Wesleyan College
MottoScientia et pietas (Latin); "Knowledge and loyalty"
Motto in English
Knowledge and devotion
TypePrivate women's college
EstablishedChartered 1836; 185 years ago (1836)
opened 1839
Endowment$69,000,000
PresidentVivia L. Fowler
Academic staff
52
Undergraduates750 (women only)
Postgraduates35 (coed)
Location, ,
United States

32°52′29″N 83°42′45″W / 32.8745862°N 83.7124689°W / 32.8745862; -83.7124689Coordinates: 32°52′29″N 83°42′45″W / 32.8745862°N 83.7124689°W / 32.8745862; -83.7124689
CampusSuburban
ColorsDeep Purple and Lavender   
NicknameWolves (formerly Pioneers)
Websitewesleyancollege.edu
Wesleyan College Historic District
Wesleyan College
Wesleyan College
Location4760 Forsyth Rd., Macon, Georgia
Area200 acres (80.9 ha)
Built1928
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. Founded in 1836, Wesleyan was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women.[2]

An illustration of Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia circa 1877
An illustration of Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia circa 1877

History

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.

Wesleyan College circa 1877
Wesleyan College circa 1877
Wesleyan College Chapel circa 1876
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] in 1852, now known as Phi Mu. The two sororities together are referred to as the "Macon Magnolias". In 1914, the school disbanded sororities on its campus.

Academics

Wesleyan College has an undergraduate student population of around 700. It has a student-faculty ratio of 8:1 and an average class size of 21 students. Students from more than 20 states and over 20 countries around the world attend the school each year. Wesleyan offers 29 majors, 32 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.

Campus

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
Cherry blossoms bloom in front of Candler Hall
Chapel at Wesleyan College, circa 1876.
Chapel at Wesleyan College, circa 1876.
Faculty of Wesleyan College circa 1880 displayed in Sholes' directory of the city of Macon, 1880
Faculty of Wesleyan College circa 1880 displayed in Sholes' directory of the city of Macon, 1880
The residential courtyard featuring the Loggia in the distance
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 are prohibited. 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.

Athletics

Wesleyan's athletes were Pioneers until becoming Wolves in fall 2013. They play in the NCAA Division III. The Wolves have 6 varsity sports: basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, track, and volleyball, and the IHSA equestrian team. Wesleyan competes in the USA South Athletic Conference of NCAA Division III.

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
Looking across Foster Lake towards the Nancy Ellis Knox Equestrian Center

The school color is deep purple (PMS 268).[4]

Notable alumnae

See also

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ https://www.ajc.com/news/state-amp-regional/college-reckoning-stirs-memories-nooses-hazing-and-painful-past/DNLdbHwfn9wWhbrdqOttDK/
  3. ^ not associated with the Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania
  4. ^ [1][dead link]