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Methodist Colleges in New York

There are two colleges/universities, which have an affiliation, or relation, to the Methodist church, located in the state of New York. An overview of these two institutions is provided here in this article.

There are many colleges and universities scattered across the US which have an affiliation to the Methodist Church and provide an environment that upholds the traditions of Methodism, a denomination of Protestantism which was founded by the British cleric, John Wesley. Two such Methodist associated higher education institutions exist in New York state and here, the key details associated with these centers of learning are summarized.

School Comparison

The table below provides a summary of the most basic, yet important, facts associated with the Methodist affiliated colleges/universities in New York state, including location and tuition fee information.

School Name Institution Type Location In-State Tuition (2018-2019)*
Roberts Wesleyan College 4-year, private not-for-profit Rochester, NY $31,568 per year
Syracuse University 4-year, private not-for-profit Syracuse, NY $51,853 per year

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of Schools

The two Methodist related colleges/universities in New York state are private institutions and both offer a wide range of programs for undergraduates and graduates within a Methodist-inspired campus environment. In this section, information regarding the accreditation, student bodies, graduation rates, etc, is provided to give a more developed insight to each institution.

Roberts Wesleyan College

In 1866, the Chili Seminary, which was the precursor of Roberts Wesleyan University, was established in Rochester New York by Benjamin T. Roberts, the founder of the Free Methodist Church and provided a religious education to little more than a handful of students. This affiliation with the Free Methodist Church remains today. As of 2018, NCES said the student body, however, had grown to 1,740 (1,321 undergraduates) spread over more than 60 degree programs across the arts, humanities, sciences and vocational subject areas such as nursing. The student-to-faculty ratio was 11 to 1, according to the school website in 2019, and the college's academic programs are accredited by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education.

NCES noted the retention rates at Roberts Wesleyan for students from 2016 to 2017 as 82%, and the graduation rate for students starting in fall 2011 was 60% with a transfer-out rate of 7%.

Syracuse University

While Syracuse University was established in 1870, its roots go further back to the Genessee Wesleyan Seminary which was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church. These days, the university considers itself nonsectarian, but upholds its Methodist traditions and maintains a close relationship with the United Methodist Church. Syracuse is a multidisciplinary higher education provider and offers undergraduates over 200 major programs and over 100 minor programs across 13 schools and colleges with almost every imaginable academic subject represented. Graduates can also choose from over 200 advanced degree programs. Accreditation is provided by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education.

According to the school website in 2019, the student body at Syracuse University totaled 22,484 (15,252 undergraduates) representing a fairly even mix of men and women. The faculty consisted of over 1750 members of which 920 were tenured or were tenure-track faculty. These numbers added up to a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1.

The retention rate at Syracuse was relatively high with 91% of students enrolling in fall 2016 resuming in fall 2017, said NCES. The graduation rate for students starting in 2011 was 83%.


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