They call themselves “Wesleyannes” with a proud and playful smile. Students at Wesleyan, the first college established for women, definitely know their place in the world --- it is anywhere they want to excel and make a meaningful difference.
From the start, Wesleyan College has made history by moving forward. Founded in 1836 as the world’s first institution to grant degrees to women, the college continues to pioneer a well-rounded and conscience-grounded curriculum with all of the singular benefits of a single-sex education.
Small class sizes, with a student-faculty ratio of nine to one, create a confidence-building community where professors become mentors, and scholarly research offers possibilities for transformational self-discovery as well as professional preparation. With an appreciation for the worth of the individual and the strength of the team, Wesleyan students learn not only how to make a living but also how to make a life. More than a century before “sisterhood is powerful” resounded as a revolutionary social movement, it was joyfully self-evident at Wesleyan.
Head of the class
Wesleyan claims diverse, accomplished, and adventurous alumnae, including the state’s first female M.D.; the first woman to argue a case before the Georgia Supreme Court; first woman granted a pilot’s license; and Georgia’s first “Miss America,” among others. Madame Chiang Kai-shek, who played a pivotal role in the politics of China, was also a proud “Wesleyanne.”
High standards, low tuition
The awards add up while the numbers stay down, to the relief of consumers. Committed to accessibility for qualified students, Wesleyan offers generous, merit-based scholarships, and, in the major educational rankings, stands out as one of the country’s most affordable -- but selective -- colleges with tuition set well below the sticker-shock rates of most private institutions.
Both the Princeton Review and USA Today honored it as the nation’s No. 3 “Best Value Private College” for its low price tag and near-perfect academic ratings. Forbes listed Wesleyan as the nation’s 15th “Best College Value” and CNN Money named the women’s college in the “Top 10 Best Colleges Under $20,000.”
Just ask the students, who also give their campus high marks. In the National Survey of Student Engagement, the college outperformed the top 10 percent of institutions nationally in all five categories: active and collaborative learning, enriching educational experiences, level of academic challenge, student-faculty interaction, and supportive campus environment. Their high acceptance rates into medical, law, business, and other graduate programs illustrate these benefits.
Tall in the saddle
Physical education is not limited to the gymnasium at Wesleyan, which in 1928 established a respected equestrian program that welcomes curious beginners and more experienced riders for its 14 prized show horses. All students are invited to try out for the Wesleyan College Equestrian Team, which competes successfully in regional and national competitions in hunt seat and Western events.
Adding to the pastoral aesthetics of the leafy, 200-acre campus is the Nancy Ellis Knox Equestrian Center, a 24-stall barn adjoining six paddocks with a fenced allée and a lighted riding ring. Miss your horse back home? Board it in these safe and comfortable surroundings for a reasonable rate.
Students also can pay part of their tuition by working part-time in the equestrian center.