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Admissions Staff

The Office of Admissions at West Virginia Wesleyan is dedicated to helping students and their families as you complete the college application and selection process. Our admissions counselors are ready to answer your questions and help make Wesleyan your home among the hills.

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John Waltz
VP for Enrollment Management

M.A., Communication, West Virginia University, 2007
Weirton, WV

Favorite thing about WVWC:
Like most students, when I was in high school I didn’t know what I wanted to do. When looking for schools, I wanted to find one that gave me the opportunity to write, study, act, sing, engage in leadership activities, be in a fraternity, and a variety of other things all in one place without being tied to any one specific major or activity. Wesleyan provided me those opportunities as it does for all of our students today. You are shaped greatly as a person even more than you are as a student.

Any advice to prospective students:
At the risk of sounding like my father, read a book! The most difficult transition from high school to college is the volume of reading.

Brett Ripley
Senior Associate Director of Admissions

B.S., Sports Management, Davis & Elkins College, 2006
Master of Business Administration, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 2008
New Martinsville, WV

Favorite thing about WVWC:
My favorite thing about Wesleyan is the true “family” feeling you get around campus. Everyone knows each other and are willing to give a helping hand whenever someone needs it. Also, as a former student-athlete I get excited when anyone talks about Wesleyan athletics. Whether it is on the court, on the field, or in the pool, Wesleyan puts out a solid team that strives to win championships.

Any advice to prospective students:
My advice to prospective students would be to get involved. Whether you are joining a club, fraternity, sorority, or playing a sport, be involved on campus. It not only helps you build relationships with your peers but also helps prepare you for life after college.

Leah Ripley
Associate Director of Admissions

B.S., Nuclear Medicine Technology, Wheeling Jesuit University, 2009
MA, Communication Studies, West Virginia University, 2013
Dillonvale, OH

Favorite thing about WVWC:
Its beauty. The first time I set foot on Wesleyan’s campus was a cold, rainy, gloomy night in the middle of winter. I remember saying to myself, “this place is gorgeous.” The architecture, chapel, fountain, and campus green nestled in the West Virginia hills make WVWC’s beauty truly remarkable.

Any advice to prospective students:
Ask for help! You’re an adult now and college is intimidating. You’ll succeed by finding your voice and speaking up for yourself. WVWC faculty and staff are always here to help… you just have to ask!

Scott Stoeckle
Admissions Counselor

B.S., Exercise Science, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 2016
Master of Business Administration, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 2018
Buckhannon, WV

Favorite thing about WVWC:
There are several aspects that I like about Wesleyan; however, my favorite thing about Wesleyan is the campus. I believe the Wesleyan campus is second to none. I also enjoy Wesleyan’s small class sizes. Small classes allow you the opportunity to get to know everyone in your class. This is a great way to meet new people. Additionally, having small class sizes provides the opportunity to get to know your professor and your professor to get to know you. This makes it easy to ask your professor questions and get the answers that you need.

Any advice to prospective students:
The first piece of advice I would give to prospective students is to go to class and turn in your work on time. If you can do these two things, you can be successful in college and in life. My second piece of advice would be to get involved. Wesleyan offers several different extracurricular activities to choose from. These activities include athletics, performing arts, Greek Life, religion, service, and many more. Getting involved is a great way to meet new people and better enjoy your Wesleyan experience.