About Wesleyan

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We Have History

At Wesleyan, “First for Women” isn’t just a catchphrase. It’s a way of life. Founded as the Georgia Female College on December 23, 1836, Wesleyan was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women.

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Global Connections

Our students are encouraged to consider a study abroad experience as part of their liberal arts education. These international programs are often life-changing, providing experiences and developing skills that are attractive to future employers.

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Quick Facts

Niche has ranked Wesleyan as the 4th most diverse college in Georgia. Our population of about 800 undergraduate students comes from across the USA and from about 20 countries on average.

why choose wesleyan?

Why choose a Liberal Arts Education? A Liberal arts education teaches students how to think for themselves, how to learn, and how to see things as a whole.

A liberal arts education provides a student with general knowledge of many different subjects in order to gain a better working knowledge of the world, rather than focusing on and specializing in one specific area. This type of education can develop intellectual ability and prepare students for many fields in today’s workplace. A liberal arts background equips Wesleyan women with a unique perspective that makes them highly competitive for many professional opportunities, and quite successful at whatever they choose to do. READ MORE



Why choose a Women's College?
A women's college education creates leaders, communicators, and persuaders who speak up and speak out.

Graduating from a women’s college significantly increases a woman’s chances of earning a graduate degree. 

Women’s college graduates succeed in entering a range of career fields and graduate programs, regardless of their undergraduate major. Research also shows that a women’s college education develops critical skills for life and career. Women’s colleges help students learn to think analytically, bring social and historical perspective to issues, work as part of a team, write and speak effectively, make sound decisions, gain entry to a career, prepare for career change or advancement, and be politically and socially aware.

Women’s college alumnae report more in-class experience with making presentations than their peers at other institutions and are more likely to gain leadership experience in student government and campus media. Research also shows that when students receive honest feedback from faculty it predicts gains in physical health, gains in drive to achieve, and higher college GPAs for female college students.

Learn more about women's colleges by visiting the Women's College Coalition website.

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Denver Payne
Nursing Student

Wesleyan has a great reputation for developing women who are strong, intelligent, and who become leaders in today’s society. Wesleyan has given me the opportunity to learn to work well in group situations with other women who have different personalities but are very intelligent and share similar goals.

Calendar of Events

Wesleyan College is privileged to steward many arts and cultural events and share them with the community. Most are free and open to the public. Wesleyan art galleries are open M-F 1-5PM and on Wesleyan Market Saturdays from 10AM-2PM.

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Tour our beautiful 200-acre campus featuring Georgian architecture, lush green spaces, recreational facilities, residence halls, and worship center.

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NCAA Division III Athletics

Wesleyan College is home to five NCAA Division III sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and softball. In addition, we offer an award-winning Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Equestrian program.

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