North Carolina Wesleyan College

North Carolina Wesleyan College
Motto Wisdom and Courage through Christian Education
Type Private
Established 1956
President Dr. Dewey G. Clark [1]
Students 1,500
Location Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA
Campus 200 acres (81 ha)[2]

Blue & Gold

Athletics NCAA Division III, USA South Athletic Conference [3]
Nickname Battling Bishops

North Carolina Wesleyan College is a private four-year coeducational, liberal arts college, located in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Founded in 1956, the school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers a number of degree programs in the arts and sciences and selected professional disciplines. The Rocky Mount Campus is a one-hour drive east of Raleigh, North Carolina, a two-hour drive south of Richmond, Virginia, and a four-hour drive north from Columbia, South Carolina. North Carolina Wesleyan also offers evening courses at its main Rocky Mount campus, as well as satellite locations in Morrisville, Goldsboro, Greenville, North Carolina, Whiteville, North Carolina, Washington, North Carolina, and Wilmington, North Carolina.[4] Dr. Dewey G. Clark joined North Carolina Wesleyan College as its seventh president on May 4, 2014.[5]

The College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Baccalaureate degrees. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction grants North Carolina teaching certificates to graduates of North Carolina Wesleyan who have completed the prescribed certification program and who are recommended by the College. The teacher education program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.


On May 14, 1956, the North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church met in Goldsboro and approved a petition from the citizens of the city of Rocky Mount to locate a college in their community. The College was officially chartered by the State of North Carolina on October 25, 1956. Capital investments totaling approximately $2 million made possible the construction of the main buildings on the 200-acre site donated by the M.C. Braswell heirs of Rocky Mount, and four years later 92 students enrolled in the first class at North Carolina Wesleyan College. In 1964, 33 students received their degrees at the College’s first Commencement.

Nearly 9,000 students have earned bachelor's degrees in the arts and sciences and selected professional disciplines.


The 200-acre (81 ha) Rocky Mount campus includes six residence halls, nine academic and administrative buildings, the Everett Gymnasium, the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts, and outdoor athletic facilities, including a soccer field, baseball field, tennis courts, intramural fields, and softball field.

Organization and administration

In addition to a residential campus, North Carolina Wesleyan has developed a strong multi-campus adult degree program called ASPIRE with locations in Raleigh-Durham, Goldsboro, Greenville, Washington, Whiteville, and Wilmington in addition to the main campus in Rocky Mount.[6] The Wesleyan community includes students from diverse religious, cultural, and racial backgrounds.[7] About 600 traditional age students (residential and commuter) in the Rocky Mount campus day programs. Another 800 students are enrolled in the evening college programs at sites in Rocky Mount, Morrisville, Goldsboro, and Wilmington.

The College is a member of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church, the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the National Association of Colleges and Universities Business Officers, and the American Council on Education. Women graduates are eligible for membership in the American Association of University Women.

Academic profile

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
  • Degrees Offered: The college offers 28 undergraduate degrees [8]


  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Business Administration - Entrepreneurship Concentration*
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Criminal Justice
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Entertainment/Theatre
  • Environmental Science
  • Exercise Science
  • General Science
  • History
  • Liberal Studies - American Studies Concentration
  • Liberal Studies - Communication Concentration
  • Liberal Studies - International Studies Concentration
  • Liberal Studies - Custom Multidisciplinary Course of Study
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Organizational Administration - Organizational Development Concentration
  • Organizational Administration - Sports Administration Concentration
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Special Education


The Roger G. and Gaile Davenport Taylor Honors Program North Carolina Wesleyan College offers a select group of students the opportunity to complement their degree program with a series of challenging and rewarding courses. Freshman take special freshman courses in composition and humanities. Honors Program students then take one honors course each semester during their sophomore and junior years. As seniors, students complete an Honors Project in some area of interest. The Honors Program offers students the opportunity to develop a close community of learning and to take courses from some of the best faculty members at the College. Being in the Honors Program does not add to a student’s course load, but it does add variety and depth to her or his college experience. Transcripts of Honors graduates include recognition that they completed the Honors Program. [10]

Student life

Honor Societies

  • Alpha Phi Alpha - the first Black, Inter-Collegiate Greek-Lettered fraternity.
  • Alpha Sigma Phi - the 10th oldest fraternity in the United States.
  • Delta Phi Epsilon - a National Panhellenic Conference affiliated social sorority.
  • Nu Gamma Phi - a affiliated non social fraternity.

Omicron Delta Kappa - national honorary leadership fraternity.


Cultural Programs

  • Visiting Writers Series
  • Performing Arts Series
  • Staley Lecture Series
  • Mims Gallery Exhibits
  • Four Sisters Gallery

Special Collections

  • The Lynch Collection of Outsider Art
  • Johnson Collection of North Carolina Maps
  • Black Mountain College Collection

Student Organizations

  • Black Student Association (BSA)
  • The Refuge Campus Ministries Club
  • Covenant Campus Ministry an out reach of Christ Covenant Church
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Future Alumni Association (FAA)
  • Voices of Triumph
  • Visions of Beauty
  • Psychology Club
  • Club Dramatica
  • Politics Club
  • Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB)
  • Rotaract Club
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Math Club
  • Music Club
  • Campus Activities Board
  • Sisters of Distinction (SOD)
  • Cinematography Club
  • Anime Manga Cosplay (AMC3)
  • Science Club
  • B Club
  • Gen-UN Wesleyan
  • Students Advocating for Equality (SAFE)
  • Young Americans for Liberty

Performing Groups

  • The Wesleyan Singers College Choir
  • The NC Wesleyan Jazz Band
  • Gospel Choir
  • Wesleyan Players
  • Pep Band
  • NCWC Dance Team

Student Publications

  • The Decree (newspaper)
  • The Dissenter (yearbook)


North Carolina Wesleyan is a member of NCAA Division III and the USA South Athletic Conference. The Battling Bishops compete in a total of 12 sports:


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Golf


  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Cross Country

The men's baseball program has two Division III National Championships in 1989 and again in 1999.

The college's football program was established in 2005.

The NCWC football team finished the 2007 regular season with an 8-2 mark, its best overall record in the program's short history. The Battling Bishops made it to the NCAA Division III Football tournament as the USA South champion, where they upset top-seed Washington & Jefferson in the first round 35-34. Not only was this Wesleyan's first post-season victory, but the first time the top seed lost to a number 8 seed since 1975.[11]

NCWC's Soccer program has also begun to gain more support and notoriety in recent years after successful showings in division tournaments and having alumnus Mamadou Danso go on to play professional soccer for the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer.


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