Roberts Wesleyan University

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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Free Methodist

Roberts Wesleyan College is a private, 4-year school located just outside of Rochester, NY, within 15 miles of Lake Ontario. The school was founded as Chili Seminary in 1866 and was the first school for Free Methodists in the country. The name was changed in 1945 to Roberts Junior College; 4 years later, it was given its current name. In 1998, the College established Northeastern Seminary as a Graduate School of Theology affiliated with the College. The 180 acre campus features a blend of contemporary and traditional architecture and contains several quads, tree-lined pathways and open spaces. Notable alumni include Olympic pole vaulter Jennifer Suhr.

Academic Programs

Roberts Wesleyan College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers Bachelor’s degrees and Master’s degrees in over 60 majors. Noted for Nursing, Art & Design and Education, the largest programs on campus are in Healthcare fields and Business. College departments include Art, Business, Biological and Chemical Sciences, Communication, Criminal Justice & Homeland Security, Engineering and Physics, History, Interdisciplinary, Language and Literature, Mathematics and Computing, Music and Performing Arts, Nursing, Pre-Health, Psychology, Religion and Philosophy, Social Work, and Teacher Education. Per the Mission Statement, “As a community of learners committed to historic Christianity, Roberts Wesleyan College seeks to prepare thoughtful, spiritually mature, service-oriented people who will help transform society. At Roberts, we believe the best education addresses the person in his or her entirety – as a physical, psychological, social, rational, and spiritual being. A Roberts education presupposes both the complexity of the world and the diversity of human nature. It is one in which the students investigate the aesthetic, historic, philosophic, scientific and professional disciplines. No one method of inquiry or verification is regarded as the sole route to knowledge, nor does one set of skills provide sufficiently for a life of service and achievement.”

Student Life

There are over 1,300 undergraduate students enrolled in Roberts Wesleyan College, many of whom live on campus among the 5 residence halls as well as townhouses and apartments. The College sponsors over 50 clubs and student organizations, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the red Redhawks, led by Reggie the Redhawk, field teams in 7 sports and participate in NCAA Division II competition. The mission of Roberts Wesleyan College is anchored in shared assumptions about: Scholarship – The world reflects the mind and purpose of the Creator. God desires people to reflect upon the world thoughtfully; Faith precedes and conditions all understanding; Knowing the truth requires people to act upon that truth. Spiritual Formation – We affirm the richness of diverse traditions within historic Christianity; We honor the Creator through nurturing the life of the mind; Each member of the community is shaped and strengthened in faith through shared experiences. Service – Christian service derives from the Biblical mandate to love God and to love one’s neighbor as oneself; Christian commitment to servant-leadership should contribute to constructive and restorative acts; Christian service responds to the diverse needs of individuals and communities; Christians learn and grow from serving others.

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