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Study at Roberts Wesleyan College

In 1866, Roberts Wesleyan College was founded by Benjamin Titus Roberts as the Chili Seminary. In 1885, the name was changed to Chesbrough Seminary, and again in 1945, it was renamed Roberts Junior College. It was finally in 1949 that the institute was given its present name. This Christian liberal arts college, often referred to as RWC, is located in North Chili, New York.

Roberts Wesleyan College offers a large number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Theology, and the Doctor of Divinity degrees are offered through the Northeastern Seminary. RWC offers the following academic divisions:

  • Adult Professional Studies
  • Business
  • General Education
  • Music and Performing Arts
  • Natural Science and Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Religion and Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Teacher Education
  • Visual Arts
The athletics department of RWC fields men’s and women’s teams in soccer, cross country, golf, basketball, track and field, tennis, and volleyball. Nicknamed the Raiders, the teams are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the National Christian College Athletic Association.

Profile of Roberts Wesleyan College

Roberts Wesleyan College is located in a large suburb, in Rochester, NY. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degree levels at Roberts Wesleyan College top out at the Master s degree.

Course Topics

One of the good things about the school is its wide range of programs leading to degrees. Students at Roberts Wesleyan College often study fine arts, education and teaching, and family and social work.

Roberts Wesleyan College Selectivity

The admissions department at the school does not accept all those who apply. Most students' verbal SAT scores were in the range of 470 to 590 in 2007. A quarter of students admitted in 2007 scored 590 or higher on the math SAT.


Students at the school benefit from the low student/teacher ratio. The school s tenure system is geared toward rewarding and keeping the most valuable professors.

Student enrolment

The school offers classes to 1,871 students (1,669 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Many students live in housing on or near campus. The school does offer meal plans to students. Students sports include formal participation in American Mideast Conference competitions. The school offers athletic financial aid to more of its students than do most colleges.

Roberts Wesleyan College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching219special ed, social studies teaching, urban education, music teaching, reading teaching, English teaching, math teaching, biology teaching, . . .
Business and Management123 human resources, business management, marketing, accounting
Nursing and Emergency Medicine74registered nursing, various nursing
Family and Social Work53 social work
Therapy and Counseling34 school psychology, psychology, psychology courses
Liberal Arts19history, humanities, sociology, English, liberal arts and sciences
Fine Arts18 fine arts
Religion and Philosophy17 philosophy and religious studies, pre-ministerial studies
Security and Law Enforcement13criminal justice and administration
Science13biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry
Media12 communication studies
Music6music, piano, voice, music performance
Mathematics4 mathematics
Computer Science and Engineering2 computer science
Photography and Commercial Art 0commercial art

Contact: Roberts Wesleyan College

Roberts Wesleyan College

2301 Westside Dr

Rochester, NY 14624

General Phone: (585) 594-6000


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