Roberts Wesleyan College

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.

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Roberts Wesleyan College
2301 Westside Dr
Rochester , NY 14624
General Phone: (585) 594-6000

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Roberts Wesleyan College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching197urban education, special ed, early childhood special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, art education, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, ...
Business and Management187business management, accounting, human resources, marketing
Nursing and Emergency Medicine90registered nursing, nursing administration, various nursing
Family and Social Work47social work
Therapy and Counseling41psychology, school psychology, psychology courses
Medical Administration22health care administration
Fine Arts14fine arts
Security and Law Enforcement14criminal justice and administration
Liberal Arts12English, humanities, sociology, history
Science10biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Media10communication studies
Religion and Philosophy9philosophy and religious studies, pre-ministerial studies
Music9music, music performance, piano, voice
Computer Science and Engineering5computer science

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree39038
Master's degree27818

Roberts Wesleyan College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Roberts Wesleyan College had a total enrollment of 1,871 students (1,692 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 32%
Women 68%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 69%
Graduate 31%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 77%
Black 10%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 21%
20-21 22%
22-24 16%
25-29 12%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 11%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

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

New York86%
(International Students)2%
New Hampshire1%

Roberts Wesleyan College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 80 %
Part-Time 40 %

Roberts Wesleyan College Room and Board (2007)

Roberts Wesleyan College offers campus housing for 739 of its 1,692 (full-time) students.

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

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Roberts Wesleyan College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470590
SAT Math460580
SAT Writing450570
ACT Verbal2027
ACT Math2027
ACT Composite2027

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT83%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT33%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Roberts Wesleyan College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 22,598
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 22,598
Room and board $ 8,228
Room charge $ 5,702
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,526
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,484

Financial Aid:
Roberts Wesleyan College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 280500)

Roberts Wesleyan College Faculty

Roberts Wesleyan College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2438
Non-tenured and not on tenure track01

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year7$76,1982*
Associate professorcalendar year7$65,2371*
Assistant professorcalendar year4$58,3855$57,835
All faculty totalcalendar year18$67,9778$62,258

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

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year18$61,6887$66,230
Associate professoracademic year11$54,3609$53,293
Assistant professoracademic year10$47,48623$47,537
Instructoracademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year39$55,98040$51,665

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

Roberts Wesleyan College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball American Mideast Conference
Track American Mideast Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports372764

Roberts Wesleyan College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Urban Education and Leadership

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Music Performance, General
Music, General
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies

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

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other
School Psychology

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