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Roberts Wesleyan College

2301 Westside Dr, Rochester, NY

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Roberts Wesleyan College, located in Rochester, New York, was founded in 1866. The school was first known as the Chili Seminary when it was founded by B.T. Roberts, but changed its name in 1885 to Chesbrough Seminary after a financial gift from A.M. Chesbrough. In 1945 the school again changed its name, this time to Roberts Junior College in honor of its founder and then again four years later to Roberts Wesleyan College, in order to pay homage to John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. The school added the Northeastern Seminary in 1998, which serves as a graduate school in theology.


Roberts Wesleyan College offers over fifty programs of study, including pre-professional studies and graduate level work. Students may take a variety of courses as electives to explore educational opportunities outside of their area of study. Various programs and educational opportunities are also present to assist students in the development of skill and the expansion of knowledge. Some programs in the pre-professional category can lead directly to graduate level work as part of a combined program.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students interested in enrolling at Roberts Wesleyan College should complete the application for admission and provide all information requested, such as transcripts and test scores as requires. Once received, the student's application will be reviewed and a final decision made regarding admissions. The average GPA for students entering the school is 3.3 and an average SAT score of 1147.

Students in need of financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the TAP form in order to be considered. Deadlines must be met for financial aid awards to be determined and disbursed. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the applicants Roberts Wesleyan College accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to have a better understanding of your chances of getting into Roberts Wesleyan College.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading470 - 620
SAT ® Math470 - 600
SAT ® Writing440 - 590
SAT ® Total Score1380 - 1810

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English22 - 29
ACT ® Math24 - 29
ACT ® Composite Score23 - 29

Acceptance Rate Table

The table below lists the chances for admission at Roberts Wesleyan College.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions940 (51%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled240 (26%)

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Roberts Wesleyan College is about 1,800, where graduate students make up roughly 27% of the student body.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are between $25,000-$30,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
  • For part-time students, charges are between $550-$660 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid100%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships97%$15,001
Receiving Student Loans81%$7,214

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 6%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Roberts Wesleyan College may provide student services like those listed below:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Roberts Wesleyan College is close to 65%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years54%
Graduating in 5 Years8%
Graduating in 6 Years2%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Art and Design Program
  • Music Program (more info)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Health and Clinical Professions

Business and Marketing Studies

Public Administration and Social Services


  • Special Education (B, M)
  • Reading Teacher Education (M)
  • Music Teacher Education (B, M)
  • Guidance Counselor (M)
  • Social Studies Teacher Education (B, M)
  • Urban Education and Leadership (M)
  • Biology Teacher Education (B, M)
  • Art Teacher Education (B)
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (B, M)
  • Education, Early Childhood Special Education Programs (B)
  • Mathematics Teacher Education (B, M)
  • Chemistry Teacher Education (B, M)
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education (B)
  • Earth Science Teacher Education (M)
  • Physical Education (B)
  • Elementary Education
  • Physics Teacher Education


Security and Protective Services

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Communications and Journalism


Philosophy and Religious Studies

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Fine Studio Arts (B)
  • Music (B)
  • Voice and Opera (B)
  • Piano and Organ
  • Music Performance
  • Design and Applied Arts
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

English Language and Literature

Mathematics and Statistics

Physical Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B)

Social Sciences

Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Pre-Theology, Pre-Ministerial Studies (B)

Computer and Information Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Natural Sciences

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