Kentucky Wesleyan College

Kentucky Wesleyan College

Kentucky Wesleyan College was founded by the Kentucky Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1858 in Millersburg, Kentucky. In 1890, the institute was moved to Winchester, and it became coeducational soon after. It was relocated to its current 55-acre campus in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1951. KWC offers enrollment to more than 900 students every year.

Kentucky Wesleyan College offers bachelor's degrees in arts and science. Students can choose from over 25 majors. A number of pre-professional programs are also available. The academic divisions of the college are:

  • Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Division of Natural Sciences
  • Division of Social Sciences

The athletics department of Kentucky Wesleyan College sponsors teams in baseball, basketball, softball, tennis, golf, soccer, volleyball, and football. The teams are nicknamed the Panthers, and compete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in the NCAA's Division II.

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Kentucky Wesleyan College
3000 Frederica Street
Owensboro , KY 42301
General Phone: (270) 926-3111

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Kentucky Wesleyan Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management25business, accounting, business communications
Science25biology, zoology, chemistry, physics
Liberal Arts20Spanish language, English, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, history
Education and Teaching19elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, art education, physical education teaching
Therapy and Counseling16psychology
Media11communication studies
Security and Law Enforcement9criminal justice and safety
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy8sports and fitness management
Computer Science and Engineering4computer and info science, computer science
Family and Social Work4human services, public administration, social service professions
Art Studies1art studies
Design1design and visual communication
Music1music, music management
Religion and Philosophy0philosophy and religious studies
Fine Arts0fine arts studies

Number of programs and degrees for Kentucky Wesleyan in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree14433

Kentucky Wesleyan Student Body

In 2007-2008, Kentucky Wesleyan had a total enrollment of 956 students (897 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 53%
Women 47%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 79%
Black 10%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 40%
20-21 35%
22-24 15%
25-29 4%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Kentucky Wesleyan Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 54 %

Kentucky Wesleyan Room and Board (2007)

Kentucky Wesleyan offers campus housing for 520 of its 897 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Owensboro, Kentucky for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Kentucky Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 12 meals per week.

Kentucky Wesleyan Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440560
SAT Math460560
SAT Writing410580
ACT Verbal1825
ACT Math1725
ACT Composite1925

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT15%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT93%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Kentucky Wesleyan Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 15,500
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 15,500
Room and board $ 6,160
Room charge $ 2,780
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,380
Books and supplies $ 1,250
Other expenses $ 2,000

Financial Aid:
Kentucky Wesleyan participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 196900)

Kentucky Wesleyan Faculty

Kentucky Wesleyan has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track117
Non-tenured and not on tenure track14

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year12$54,9062*
Associate professoracademic year10$44,9595$41,132
Assistant professoracademic year6$41,0687$41,031
Instructoracademic year1*2*
All faculty totalacademic year29$48,37516$40,915

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Kentucky Wesleyan Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Other
Basketball Great Lakes Valley Conference
Baseball Great Lakes Valley Conference
Track Great Lakes Valley Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports196281

Kentucky Wesleyan Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Corporate Communications

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Design and Visual Communications, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General
Public Administration
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music Management and Merchandising
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General
Zoology/Animal Biology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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