Wesleyan: A college of firsts


Wesleyan is a college of firsts.

It was the first college in the United States to grant degrees to women, and the first two sororities in the world — Alpha Delta Phi and the Phi Mu — were started at Wesleyan

The college opened on December 23, 1836 as Georgia Female College. The name would eventually be changed to Wesleyan Female College and made its final change to Wesleyan College in 1917. 

Wesleyan College has a diverse student population of around 700 students, with students from over 20 states and 20 countries. All of the students have a wide variety of options to choose from with over 29 majors and can earn bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, and bachelor of science in nursing degree. 

Academics were not the only way Wesleyan College excelled, they also have a wide variety of sports options. 

Wesleyan College plays in the NCAA Division II. The college’s sports options include basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, track, and volleyball, and the IHSA equestrian team. 

Many notable people have alumni of Wesleyan College including the Honorary President of the Republic of China, Soong Ching-ling, the First Lady of the Republic of China, Soong May-Ling (Madame Chiang Kai-shek), Neva Langley Fickling, and author Mary Ross Banks. 

The beautiful campus includes the Candler Alumnae Center, the Loggia, the Lucy Lester Willet Memorial Library, the Monroe Science Center, the Olive Porter Student Life Center, the Porter Family Memorial Fine Arts Building, Porter Gymnasium, Tate Hall, Taylor Hall, and Pierce Chapel.

Wesleyan College also has several dozen ducks on their campus. Students can go near the pond and feed the ducks if they want. 

Color Guard Director Ms. Sylvia Haynie went to Wesleyan College at the young age of 16 years old.

Although she does not visit the campus often anymore, she has fond memories of her days there. 

I enjoyed how small the college was,” said Ms. Haynie, “I liked how I knew everyone I past, and how all the professors new my name.’’

Ms. Haynie’s fondest memory of the college was during the spring when theater classes competed against each other.