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Roberts Wesleyan College

Former names
Chili Seminary
Motto Education for Character[1]
Established 1866
Type Private
Affiliation Free Methodist Church
Endowment $16.4 million[2]
President Dr. Deana L. Porterfield
Students 1,752
Location North Chili, NY, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Red, White, and Black             
Athletics NCAA Division IIECC
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball
Nickname Redhawks
Mascot Reggie the Redhawk
Affiliations CIC

Roberts Wesleyan College is a Christian liberal arts college located in North Chili, 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,[4] the Rochester Area Colleges, the Association of Free Methodist Educational Institutions, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC),[5] and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).[6]

Northeastern Seminary (NES)[7] is a graduate school of theology located on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College. NES has been fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada since 2003.[8] It is also accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[9] and the New York State Board of Regents University of the State of New York.[10]


  • History 1
  • Academics 2
  • Athletics 3
  • Notable alumni 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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.

In 1998, Roberts Wesleyan College established Northeastern Seminary[11] as its graduate school of theology.


Roberts Wesleyan College is a Christian liberal arts college. Undergraduate majors and program include: Art, Business, Biological and Chemical Sciences, Communication, Computing & Math, Criminal Justice, Engineering & Physics, History, Interdisciplinary, Language and Literature, Music and Performing Arts, Nursing, Pre-Health, Psychology, Religion and Philosophy, Social Work, and Teacher Education. Roberts Wesleyan College offers 50+ undergraduate, 13 graduate and 5 degree completion programs. The student to faculty ratio is 12:1.

At Northeastern Seminary, students can complete a Master of Arts in Theology, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry degree, and several certificate programs.


Roberts is a dual member of two national athletics associations: the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). The Redhawks are currently competing as members of the East Coast Conference (ECC); they formerly competed as members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the American Mideast Conference. Roberts offers sixteen varsity sports: basketball (men and women), cross-country (men and women), golf (men), lacrosse (men and women), soccer (men and women), tennis (men and women), track and field/indoor track and field (men and women), and women’s volleyball.

In July 2011, the college was accepted into the NCAA Division II reclassification process from the NAIA to NCAA.[12] Roberts became a full member of NCAA Division II for the 2014-15 academic year.[12] Roberts Wesleyan College is the first NCAA Division II school in the Greater Rochester Region.

Notable alumni


  1. ^
  2. ^ As of June 30, 2011. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2011 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2010 to FY 2011" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. January 17, 2012. p. 21. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ NAICU – Member Directory
  4. ^ Association of Colleges and Universities of the State of New York
  5. ^ Council of Independent Colleges
  6. ^ CCCU Member Detail
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ ATS Member School Profile
  9. ^ MSACHE Member School Profile
  10. ^ [4]
  11. ^ Northeastern Seminary
  12. ^ a b Bradley, Steve (July 13, 2011). "Roberts Wesleyan moving up to Division II athletics".  

External links

  • Roberts Wesleyan College Official Website
  • Roberts Wesleyan Redhawks Official Athletics Website
  • Northeastern Seminary

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