August 21, 2015
Wesleyan Prepares for Incoming Class
As the summer break comes to a close for most college students in the area, West Virginia Wesleyan College is in full preparation mode as it prepares for yet another large incoming class. Students from 19 states and 15 countries will begin their transition to Wesleyan during Orientation on Saturday, August 22.
“We are extremely excited to welcome another talented group of students from so many states and counties to the Wesleyan Community,” commented John Waltz ’01, vice president of admissions and enrollment management. “These incredible new students are also active in athletics, creative arts, and give to others through community service and leadership opportunities.”
Wesleyan will welcome an incoming class of 450, comprised of 400 new students and 50 transfer students. Over 50% of West Virginia freshmen was awarded a PROMISE Scholarship, and the most popular majors for the incoming class are nursing, biology, business, physics/engineering, and athletic training. This group of students has an overall GPA of 3.49 with a large portion boasting 4.0 or above.
Some students elected to take part in the annual BOOT Camp (Bobcat Outdoor Orientation Trip) activities at Seneca Rocks earlier in the week. This is the fourth year for the trip where students will take part in rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, and team building exercises.
“This trip is a great way for new students to become connected with each other and upperclassmen,” stated Leah Ripley, associate director of admissions. “They begin fostering relationships prior to the start of the fall semester which will last throughout their time here at Wesleyan.”
Orientation day is packed with activities for the incoming class including a Bobcat Fair, sessions with various offices on campus, a picnic lunch at the home of President Pamela Balch ’71, opening convocation, a picnic for students and their families, and a performance by comedian Buzz Sutherland.
“I am thankful for the diligent work of our enrollment management team, faculty, staff, and student ambassadors in playing a role in the College searches of these amazing new students who have so many options from which to choose,” said Waltz. “We know they will make a great impact on our campus community and in our world. “
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