Wesley College (Delaware)

Wesley College is a private liberal arts college in Dover, Delaware.

Wesley College
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Former names
Wilmington Conference Academy
Wesley Collegiate Institute
MottoGreat Things Await
TypePrivate liberal arts college
Religious affiliation
United Methodist Church
PresidentRobert E. Clark
Location, ,
United States
CampusSmall city
50 acres
AthleticsNCAA Division III
Atlantic East Conference
ColorsBlue and white


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.[1]


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, biology, biological chemistry, environmental science, media arts, music, philosophy and religion, political science and psychology. Majors offered in the professional studies include degrees in law and justice, nursing, education, physical therapy, accounting and business administration.

As of 2016, the institution had approximately 1,600 students.[2] 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.[3] 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 Atlantic East 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. Since the Atlantic East is a non-football league, the football team competes in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Athletic facilities


Notable alumniEdit

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  1. ^ "State of Delaware - Delaware Public Archives - Kent County Markers". Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "About Wesley" Archived February 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Wesley College.
  3. ^ "Wesley College - Best College - US News". Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  4. ^ "Facilities". gowesleyathletics.com. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  5. ^ William N. Andrews
  6. ^ "GILCHREST, Wayne Thomas - Biographical Information". Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  7. ^ Joe Callahan (American football)
  8. ^ "Meet Charles Oberly". Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ http://legis.delaware.gov/legislature.nsf/0/dd6f40db63c8522b852569d8005369fa?OpenDocument&TableRow=1.5.1#1.5.
  11. ^ "Saint John's University - The Gagliardi Trophy". Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  12. ^ "Robinson Standing Out For Philadelphia Soul - Wesley". Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  13. ^ Carolyn Bunny Welsh
  14. ^ http://www.wesley.edu/news/wesley-unveils-annie-jump-cannon-historical-marker. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ http://www.gowesleyathletics.com/sports/fball/2010-11/bios/Justin_Sottilare?view=bio. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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