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Wesleyan Only WV School Featured in Forbes Grateful Grads for Second Consecutive Year

US News Best Value College Ranking
Oct 30, 2019

West Virginia Wesleyan College is once again featured in the 2019 edition of Forbes’s “Grateful Graduates.” This is the second consecutive year Wesleyan is one of 200 schools across the country listed in the group and the second straight year that WVWC is the only West Virginia school included.

Since 2013, Forbes has been publishing an alternative measure of colleges’ return-on-investment (ROI).  The analysis is boiled down to a single factor, do alumni reach into their wallets and show gratitude in the form of a donation?”

The Grateful Graduates Index measures alumni giving and satisfaction in two ways:  by looking at the seven-year median gifts per full-time enrolled student and the average percentage of alumni who give back to the college, regardless of the amount that is donated.

The Grateful Graduates Index only looks at private-not-for-profit institutions with more than 500 students. Gift information per full-time enrollment comes from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and are a median of the most recent seven years. The alumni participation rate, compiled by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), is averaged over three years.

Wesleyan is currently ranked in Best Regional Universities South, Best Value Schools, and Top Performers on Social Mobility in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 edition of “Best Colleges.” For the ninth consecutive year, Wesleyan had the highest state ranking as a “Best Value” school in regional rankings that includes academic quality and cost of attendance.

Wesleyan was also featured in this year’s list of Best Southeastern Colleges in The Princeton Review’s “2020 Best Colleges:  Region by Region” and has been designated as one of the best schools in the Southeast for more than 12 consecutive years. In addition, the College has been named to Kiplinger’s 2019 list of “Best College Values” for “delivering students a high-quality education at an affordable price.”

In a recent national survey, West Virginia Wesleyan College is among the best institutions in the nation in preparing students for their post-graduate careers. Benefitting from outstanding academics in a rich liberal arts tradition, Wesleyan graduates are finding immediate success after graduation. Statistics compiled for both the 2017 and 2018 graduating classes indicate that 95% are enrolled in graduate or professional school or have been placed in a job. Those statistics are based on an 85% knowledge rate.

Wesleyan offers 49 undergraduate programs of study along with master’s and doctoral degrees. The College also has more West Virginia PROMISE Scholars than any private school. During the past ten years, fourteen Wesleyan students have been name Fulbright Scholars, while nine others have won international scholarships through the U.S. Department of State.