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Wesley College (Delaware)

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Motto  Great Things Await
Students  2,320
Acceptance rate  63% (2015)
President  Robert E. Clark II
Established  1873
Undergraduate tuition and fees  25,646 USD (2016)
Mascot  Wesley Wolverine
Phone  +1 302-736-2300
Wesley College (Delaware)
Former names  Wilmington Conference Academy Wesley Collegiate Institute
Type  Private liberal arts college
Affiliation  United Methodist Church
Address  120 N State St, Dover, DE 19901, USA
Athletics  NCAA Division III; Capital Athletic Conference
Notable alumni  Joe Callahan, Colin Bonini, Wayne Gilchrest, Charles M Oberly - III, Annie Jump Cannon
Similar  Delaware State University, Delaware Technical Communi, Wilmington University, Goldey–Beacom College, Wesleyan University

Wesley College is an American private, co-educational, liberal arts college, located in Dover, the capital of Delaware.



The institution was founded in 1873 as a preparatory school called Wilmington Conference Academy. It became a two-year college in 1918, and was renamed the Wesley Collegiate Institute. The institution conferred its first four-year degrees in 1978.


Many of its students pursue a liberal arts program of study. Majors offered in the liberal arts include American studies, English, history, international studies, liberal studies, mathematics, science, media arts, music, philosophy and religion, political science and psychology. Majors offered in the professional studies include degrees in nursing, education, physical therapy, accounting and business administration.


As of 2016, the institution had approximately 1,600 students. Full-time students made up 85.7 percent of the student population, and non-traditional, adult students (aged 25 or over) comprised 14.3 percent.

Approximately 51 percent of the student body are female. For the freshman class entering in fall 2007, 67.5 percent of applicants were admitted and 27.2 percent of those actually enrolled.


The institution competes in National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III athletics in the Capital Athletic Conference. Its teams are known as the Wolverines. Among the varsity sports offered are baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's track & field, and women's volleyball.

Notable alumni

  • William N. Andrews (1898) – lawyer and Republican Party politician, including serving as U.S. Representative for Maryland's 1st congressional district (1919–1921)
  • Wayne Gilchrest (A.A., 1971) – Republican Party politician, including serving as U.S. Representative for Maryland's 1st congressional district (1991–2009)
  • Joe Callahan (B.S. 2016) – American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL).
  • Charles M. Oberly, III (A.A., 1966) – lawyer and Democratic Party politician, including serving as Delaware Attorney General (1983–1995); U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware (since 2010)
  • Eunan O'Neill (1982) – journalist, including for Russia Today
  • Colin R.J. Bonini (1991) – Republican Party politician, including serving as a member of the Delaware Senate from the 16th district (since 1995)
  • Rocky Myers (2005) – football player; awarded Gagliardi Trophy, all-American football player and National Football Foundation scholarship
  • Bryan Robinson – professional football player; awarded all-American football player
  • Carolyn Bunny Welsh – Republican Party politician, including serving as sheriff of Chester County, Pennsylvania
  • References

    Wesley College (Delaware) Wikipedia

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