Roberts Wesleyan College
Roberts Wesleyan College (RWC) is a Christian liberal arts college located in Rochester, New York. It is the first educational institution established for Free Methodists in North America. Roberts is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, is a member of the Association of Colleges and Universities of the State of New York, the Rochester Area Colleges, the Association of Free Methodist Educational Institutions, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
Roberts Wesleyan College was originally established as Chili Seminary by Benjamin Titus Roberts in 1866. Roberts was a social activist who opposed slavery and oppression of the poor, and was a supporter of women's right to vote. He began the school to train young people to become servant leaders with high moral character. In 1885, its name changed to Chesbrough Seminary in response to the $30,000 gift of benefactor A.M. Chesbrough. In 1945, it was renamed Roberts Junior College in honor of B.T. Roberts, the founder of both the college and the Free Methodist Church. Four years later, it was renamed as Roberts Wesleyan College in order to pay homage to John Wesley, the founder of Methodism and the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Roberts Wesleyan College is a leader among liberal arts and professional studies colleges with a Christian worldview. Striving for higher learning with a higher purpose, the College offers more than 50 undergraduate programs taught by high-quality, caring faculty and graduate programs in business, education, health administration, health information administration, marketing, music, nursing, school counseling, and school psychology. Innovative undergraduate degree-completion programs are also available for working adults in health administration, nursing, organizational management and teacher education. In 1998, Roberts Wesleyan College established Northeastern Seminary as its graduate school of theology.
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.
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