BUCKHANNON, West Virginia –Officials at West Virginia Wesleyan College are preparing to welcome new students for Orientation activities August 19-20.  The undergraduate new student class of over 360 students represents a 20% increase over 2022 and the largest new student class to enroll since 2017.   Students will be coming to Wesleyan from 26 states and 14 foreign countries.

President of the College Dr. James Moore is excited to greet students and families this weekend.

“I think what this class shows us is that students can see the value in an education at West Virginia Wesleyan College,” Moore said. “This is a strong college, with faculty and staff who care deeply for their students.”

Enrollment of West Virginia residents is up 15% over 2022 including a 10% increase in WV Promise Scholars.   International students, comprising over 11% of the class, have the potential to represent the largest freshman international cohort in over 20 years.   Over 60% of new students intend to participate in athletics. The College has also reported increases in creative and performing artists and community service scholars as contributing to the large new student class.   Some of the most popular majors include business, nursing, exercise science, education and biology.   Over 20 students in the undergraduate new student cohort are transfer students from Alderson Broaddus University.  

John Waltz, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing, stated, “I am so thankful for the work of our admissions and financial aid teams, coaches, faculty and staff, student ambassadors, and the Buckhannon community in welcoming this incredible new student class throughout the year.  We cannot wait to see what they accomplish.”    

More information and a full Orientation schedule can be found at www.wvwc.edu/orientation 

West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts and sciences 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 as one of its 2023 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan seventh in Best Value – Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 50 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, nursing and clinical mental health counseling; 20 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 50 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 wvwc.edu.