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West Virginia Wesleyan College named 2022 Hidden Gem by College Raptor

Sep 24, 2021

BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – West Virginia Wesleyan College has been selected as one of the 2022 “Hidden Gems in the Southeast” by College Raptor, a leading college planning platform that helps families discover college matches driven by advanced artificial intelligence algorithms to find the best colleges at the best price. 

WVWC is one of three West Virginia higher education institutions and the only private West Virginia college to be chosen as a Hidden Gem.

The Hidden Gem selection recognizes Wesleyan as one of the best colleges in the country, based on a combination of factors, including number of applications received, graduation rates, campus diversity, endowment per student, and other key metrics as reported via the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the most recently available enrollment year.

John Waltz ’01, vice president for enrollment management, said, “We are again honored to be named by College Raptor. West Virginia Wesleyan College’s outstanding academic reputation, student-focused experience and distinctive co-curricular programs in the arts, athletics and community service have continued to allow students from all over the U.S. to find our ‘hidden gem.’”

Bill Staib, CEO of College Raptor, added, “Finding hidden gem schools for students is core to how we help families discover great college choices. We take pride in making it easy for students to make those connections through our Hidden Gems Rankings lists by highlighting excellent schools like Wesleyan.”

WVWC recently announced its listing in the Best in the Southeast of The Princeton Review’s “2022 Best Colleges” Region by Region” as well as being ranked one of the top regional universities in the South in U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges. 


West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2022 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit