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.

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, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Roberts Wesleyan College is about 1,700, where graduate students make up roughly 13% 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 $28,000-$33,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
  • The estimated tuition for part time students is around $600 to $720 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 Aid99%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships99%$19,020
Receiving Student Loans80%$7,602

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 61%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years53%
Graduating in 5 Years7%
Graduating in 6 Years0.8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

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

Intercollegiate Athletics

Roberts Wesleyan College is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NAIA Division II classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (East Coast Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, Indoor
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball

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 (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


English Language and Literature

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Theology and Religious Vocations

Visual and Performing Arts

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Data Disclaimer

Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Roberts Wesleyan College for official up-to-date information.

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