Wesleyan College is one of the 142 best colleges in the Southeast according to The Princeton Review’s "2021 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website feature that posted on August 18, 2020. The Princeton Review also lists Wesleyan as one of America’s most environmentally responsible colleges in the annual edition of its “green guide,” with a ranking of 91/99.
The website salutes a total of only 655 colleges that The Princeton Review recommends over five regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, and International. These 655 colleges constitute just 23% of the nation's four-year colleges. The schools are selected primarily for their excellent academics but The Review also factors in what students report about their campus experiences.
"Wesleyan is always proud to appear on The Princeton Review's ranking lists. As an industry leader in studying college and university campuses, students and their parents around the world look for and respect their stamp of approval. The Princeton Review is a valuable tool in our marketing and recruiting efforts," said Clinton G. Hobbs, vice president for strategic enrollment at Wesleyan College.
The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on dozens of issues and to answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review website. Wesleyan students compliment the "academic rigor, supportive atmosphere, diverse student body, nice facilities, and excellent classroom environment." Professors and academics receive the most praise. "Professors are definitely the best part of Wesleyan.”
Students also commented that Wesleyan students "are all very different from places all over the world." "The great international population leads to diverse religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds." They are different "in terms of political views, religious affiliation, and sexual orientation."
The Princeton Review school profiles include ratings from “Admissions Selectivity” to “Green.” The ratings are scores from 60 to 99 that the company tallies primarily from institutional data, although some factor in student survey data as well. Wesleyan’s Princeton Review ratings are scores of 86 for quality of life, 89 for enrollment selectivity, 83 for academics and for financial aid, and 91 for being a green college.
Founded in 1836 as the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women and shaped by Methodist values, Wesleyan provides students an academically challenging and relevant liberal arts education. The College offers 24 majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs. Undergraduate students can earn bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, or bachelor of science in nursing degrees. As members of the USA South Athletic Conference, Wesleyan is home to six NCAA Division III sports - basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, track, and volleyball - and competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) in both hunt seat and western. The team also competes in the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA).