North Carolina Wesleyan College

AT A GLANCE NORTH CAROLINAWESLEYAN COLLEGE WHAT: A private Methodist liberal arts college WHERE: Rocky Mount, North Carolina WEBSITE: NORTH CAROLINA WESLEYAN COLLEGE A wealth of wisdom and courage N orth Carolina Wesleyan College (NCWC) was established in 1956, because the Methodist Church wanted to establish a private educational institution in North Carolina. Initially, it took a couple of years to get the infrastructure developed through fundraising, but by 1960, the first group of students arrived on campus. Since the first graduating class in 1964, NCWC has been a liberal arts college, but it’s been adding more programs to the curriculum, as well as night classes and accelerated learning formats, and recently, the school has been able to offer full, online degree programs. NCWC has more than 1,700 students, with a faculty of 65 and a staff of 250. While there are other private liberal arts colleges in North Carolina, the President of NCWC, Dr. Evan Duff, believes that one of the things that sets his school apart from other institutions is the hands-on approach that the faculty provides to its students. “They consistently conduct research with our students, especially in the sciences and the social sciences, and we find that when our students move into graduate programs, they’re more prepared than their peers,” he explains. “Through working with faculty, our students are published in peer-reviewed articles with some presenting at national conferences before they’ve even graduated with a four-year degree, and that’s