Rochester, New York
4-year, Regionally accredited
Affiliation: Free Methodist
Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's
Don’t let the sticker price of Roberts Wesleyan College, almost $44,000 according to the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator website, quickly make you close the door on this college. The actual net cost to attend (first year fulltime students), according to that same government site, is really $22,300. This is possible because 99% of the college’s students receive financial aid, and 97% of them are awarded grants and scholarships directly by the school. Although we feel that inflated sticker prices serve no useful function other than to promote the illusion of “if it’s expensive it must be good,” we are pleased with institutions like Roberts Wesleyan that use real-world actual pricing when all is said and done.
This is a “classroom college” as opposed to one offering blended learning, i.e., part classroom and part online. Since a quarter of Roberts undergraduate students are over the age of 24, and most are from the State of New York, we presume the Rochester, NY campus is well suited for a serious learning experience. Many faiths are represented in the student population and there is an open tolerance evident by students, faculty and administration.
Popular programs include health, nursing, business, education, criminal justice, psychology, and social work. Bachelor degree programs include business management, health administration, sports marketing and management, music, nursing and teacher education, and communication, among others. The college has graduate programs offering classroom and online options in business, health administration, nursing, and social work. Roberts also has a doctoral program in Clinical & School Psychology. There are some online courses, but only a limited selection (as of 2015-16 school year). A four-season Upstate New York climate, a very livable city (Rochester), and some great academic programs at reasonable costs all merit close inspection at Roberts Wesleyan College.