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Wesleyan Ranked Highest in West Virginia by Forbes, U.S. News, and Wall Street Journal

Posted
Sep 20, 2018

West Virginia Wesleyan College has been ranked highest in a number of special classifications among West Virginia colleges and universities by Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and the Wall Street Journal.

Wesleyan was the only West Virginia school listed among 200 colleges and universities across the country in Forbes “Grateful Grads 2018—200 Colleges with the Happiest, Most Successful Alumni.  Forbes’s ratings for this list are based on a proprietary ranking that ranks not-for-profit colleges with more than 500 students using two variables:  the median of total private donations per enrolled student over the last seven years, as reported to the Department of Education, and the alumni participation rate, or the percentage of alumni who give back to their colleges each year, regardless of dollar amount.  Total median dollar donations are given a 70% weighting in the index and the alumni participation is given 30%.

For the eighth consecutive year, Wesleyan had the highest state ranking in the Best Value category in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. The private residential United Methodist college was listed as the 15th Best Value School in the South. Wesleyan has been the only West Virginia school listed in this category six of the past eight years.  The magazine also ranked Wesleyan as a first-tier school in the South Regional University category, a classification the College has enjoyed since 2011.

Last month, Wesleyan also received the highest ranking among any public and private West Virginia school in the Wall Street Journal’s annual college and university rankings.  Wesleyan was again listed among the Best Southeastern Colleges in The Princeton Review and was one of three in-state schools to be included in the list of schools named as “Hidden Gems in the Northeast” by College Raptor.

In addition to these noteworthy rankings, Wesleyan has led the Mountain East Conference since it was formed in the number of academic awards and has enrolled more West Virginia PROMISE Scholars  than any other private school since the program’s inception.

Last spring, the College announced that 97% of the 2017 graduating class were either enrolled in graduate or professional school or placed in a job.  That statistical profile represented 85% of the class.

Wesleyan alumni hold leadership positions in a variety of fields and recent accolades include winners of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, an Emmy award, Dove Music Award, and GRAMMY award nomination.

Wesleyan offers 49 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in athletic training, business, creative writing, and nursing including a Doctor of Nurse Practice. For more information about West Virginia Wesleyan College, go to www.wvwc.edu or call 304-473-8510.