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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, 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 Reading||450 - 590|
|SAT ® Math||470 - 580|
|SAT ® Writing||440 - 560|
|SAT ® Total Score||1360 - 1730|
ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|ACT ® English||18 - 23|
|ACT ® Math||20 - 26|
|ACT ® Composite Score||20 - 25|
Acceptance Rate Table
The table below lists the chances for admission at Roberts Wesleyan College.
|Granted Admissions||591 (73%)|
|Accepted Students That Enrolled||206 (35%)|
The total student enrollment at Roberts Wesleyan College is about 1,800, where graduate students make up roughly 24% 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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||100%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||97%||$15,001|
|Receiving Student Loans||81%||$7,214|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 5%.
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo 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
The overall graduation rate of Roberts Wesleyan College is close to 65%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||54%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||8%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||2%|
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)
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)
- Track and Field, Indoor
- Track and Field, Outdoor
- Track and Field, X-Country
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
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Security and Protective Services
Theology and Religious Vocations
Visual and Performing Arts
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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 2008-2013. 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.