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West Virginia Wesleyan College

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!


Amanda Barnette
Assistant Director of Admissions

B.A., Public Relations, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 2015
Buckhannon, WV

Favorite thing about WVWC:
Here you’re home! You’ve probably seen this a time or two and I’m here to attest that it couldn’t be truer. One of my favorite things about this beautiful campus is the family-like atmosphere it provides. The faculty and staff are unmatched in regards to wanting to see their students succeed. They truly take the time to get to know you on a personal level and go above and beyond to make sure you have the tools you need to excel in your field of study.

Any advice to prospective students:
My advice to prospective students is to take advantage of all the resources WVWC has to offer and ask lots of questions. If you’re unclear on a particular topic, ask! We’ve all been in your shoes at some point and are more than happy to help. Also, get involved! There are so many opportunities through sports teams, sororities, fraternities, clubs, and organizations for you to find your niche amongst like-minded individuals.

Tara Hott
Admissions Counselor

B.A., Psychology & Gender Studies, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 2021
Augusta, WV

Favorite thing about WVWC:
My favorite thing about Wesleyan is its small campus! When I was looking into colleges in high school, I wanted a small, close knit campus community for which I could call my second home. When I first visited Wesleyan, that feeling arose right away! Wesleyan gave me the opportunities and adventures I was looking for my future. From joining a sorority and to becoming a Student Ambassador, Wesleyan became my second home!

Any advice to prospective students:
Always step out of your comfort zone! College is also about finding who are and how you fit into the world. Surround yourself with great friends, join organizations, and reach out to others for help when you need it!