Wesleyan enrollment sets record


N.C. Wesleyan Director of Transfer Admissions Dr. Angela Foster, left, assists new students with their schedules at the college.


From Staff Reports

Friday, January 19, 2018

A record number of new students enrolled this spring at N.C. Wesleyan College.

N.C. Wesleyan Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing Judy Rollins said 64 new students arrived on campus to begin classes last week. Wesleyan topped the 1,000-student mark for the first time in school history last fall.

“Our spring recruitment numbers continue to grow as more and more students find out Wesleyan is a great place to transfer and complete their degrees,” said N.C. Wesleyan President Dr. Dewey Clark. “We are excited our effort to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price is yielding such positive results.”

Rollins said more than one-third of the new students are college and community college transfers while 13 percent are former Wesleyan students returning to complete their degrees. Nearly another third are international students representing 10 different countries, including Argentina, El Salvador, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, Panama and Venezuela.

“This year, we had a record number of students who attended one semester of college or community college elsewhere and it didn’t work out,” Rollins said. “We treat those students like first-time freshmen and provide them with support and special programs to get them back on the right path to graduation.”

In 2017, Wesleyan was one of 65 colleges and universities — and the only private college in North Carolina — recognized by Phi Theta Kappa as members of the Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities for creating dynamic pathways to support community college transfer.

Last month, the college received approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer its first graduate degree, the Master of Science in Criminal Justice. The first cohort of 15 students who will begin in March is already filled, and applications are being received for the May cohort, Rollins said.