Wesleyan College
Former names
Georgia Female College (1836–1843)
Wesleyan Female College (1843–1917)
MottoScientia et pietas (Latin); "Knowledge and loyalty"
Motto in English
Knowledge and devotion
TypePrivate women's college
EstablishedChartered 1836; 188 years ago (1836)
opened 1839
Religious affiliation
United Methodist Church
PresidentMeaghan Blight
Academic staff
Undergraduates750 (women only)
Postgraduates35 (coed)
Location, ,
United States

32°52′29″N 83°42′45″W / 32.8745862°N 83.7124689°W / 32.8745862; -83.7124689
ColorsDeep Purple and Lavender   
NicknameWolves (formerly Pioneers)
Wesleyan College Historic District
Wesleyan College is located in Georgia
Wesleyan College
Wesleyan College is located in the United States
Wesleyan College
Location4760 Forsyth Rd., Macon, Georgia
Area200 acres (80.9 ha)
ArchitectWalker & Weeks; et al.
Architectural styleColonial Revival
NRHP reference No.04000242[1]
Added to NRHPApril 2, 2004

Wesleyan College is a private, liberal arts women's college in Macon, Georgia, United States. Founded in 1836, Wesleyan was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women. It opened in 1839, two years after the opening of Mount Holyoke College.[2]

An illustration of Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia circa 1877


The school was chartered on December 23, 1836, as the Georgia Female College, and it opened its doors to students on January 7, 1839. The school was renamed as Wesleyan Female College in 1843, when its affiliation changed from the Methodist-Episcopal Church to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The college shortened its name in 1917 to the present Wesleyan College.

Image showing Wesleyan College circa 1877
Wesleyan College circa 1877
Wesleyan College Chapel circa 1876

Wesleyan has the world's oldest alumnae association, begun in 1859.[citation needed] Wesleyan College is the birthplace of the first sororities in the United States: the Adelphean Society in 1851, now known as Alpha Delta Pi, and the Philomathean Society.[3] The two sororities together are referred to as the "Macon Magnolias". In 1914, the school disbanded sororities on its campus.


Wesleyan College has an undergraduate student population of around 700. It has a student-faculty ratio of 20:1 and an average class size of 21 students. In any given year, students from more than 20 states and over 20 countries around the world attend the school. Wesleyan offers 25 majors, 35 minors, and eight pre-professional programs. Students can earn a bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, or bachelor of science in nursing degree. Wesleyan is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.


Wesleyan College has a 200-acre (800,000 m2) campus dotted with revivalist Georgian style brick buildings and features a 6.3-acre (25,000 m2) lake, Foster Lake.

Non-residential buildings on the (main) upper campus include:

Cherry blossoms bloom in front of Candler Hall
Chapel at Wesleyan College, circa 1876.
Faculty of Wesleyan College circa 1880 displayed in Sholes' directory of the city of Macon, 1880
Allie Luse Dick, teacher of voice, 1882-85.[4]
The residential courtyard featuring the Loggia in the distance

Non-residential buildings on the lower campus include:

Student life

There are four major student boards: CRU (Council on Religious Unity), CJA (Council on Judicial Affairs), CAB (Campus Activities Board), SRC (Student Recreation Council), which are represented as a part of SGA (Student Government Association). Wesleyan boasts the Nu Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity. It also has over 25 special interest clubs, academic honor societies including the Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Beta Beta and Omicron Delta Epsilon; musical groups, art clubs, service organizations, religious groups, and departmental leadership groups. Sororities have been prohibited since 1917.[5] Residence halls on campus include:

There are several popular events of the International Cherry Blossom Festival every springtime, such as the grand finale fireworks display. Porter Auditorium was once the home of the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and it still hosts many musical and theatrical events and competitions.


Wesleyan athletic teams are the Wolves. (formerly known as "Pioneers" until after the 2012–13 school year). The college is a member of the Division III level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). It competes in the Collegiate Conference of the South (CCS), formed in July 2022 by an amicable split of Wesleyan's former home of the USA South Athletic Conference. The Wolves had been USA South members since 2016–17, and before that competed in the defunct Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) from 2003–04 to 2015–16.

Wesleyan competes in intercollegiate varsity sports, including basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, equestrian, soccer, softball, track, and volleyball. Wesleyan's equestrian team competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association and the Intercollegiate Dressage Association.


In addition to Porter Gym on the main campus, other athletic facilities on the campus include:

Looking across Foster Lake towards the Nancy Ellis Knox Equestrian Center


The school color is deep purple (PMS 268).[6]

Notable alumnae

Main category: Wesleyan College alumni

See also


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Wesleyan alumnae haunted by Klan hazing rituals".
  3. ^ not associated with the Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania in 1852, now known as Phi Mu
  4. ^ Foster, Mary Dillon (1924). "Alice Luse Dick". Who's who Among Minnesota Women: A History of Woman's Work in Minnesota from Pioneer Days to Date, Told in Biographies, Memorials and Records of Organizations. Mary Dillon Foster. p. 86. Retrieved June 26, 2022. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ "LibGuides: Wesleyan College Archives & Special Collections: Sororities".
  6. ^ [1][dead link]