BUCKHANNON - West Virginia Wesleyan College is gearing up for student orientation to welcome its second largest class in 10 years.
Orientation is set for this weekend as the college welcomes a class that will help the school reach a total enrollment of more than 1,500 students for the first time in a decade.
"It is truly an exciting time at the College," said Bernie Valento, vice president for enrollment management. "This enrollment growth can be attributed to another large incoming freshman class, an increasing number of graduate students, and improved retention rates that have contributed to student success."
Students will arrive on campus for check-in at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
For the third year, the College will host its B.O.O.T Camp (Bobcat Outdoor Orientation Trip) at Seneca Rocks. Thirty-five new students will take the trip, which runs Wednesday through Friday. The trip includes opportunities for students to participate in rock climbing, canoeing, hiking and team-building exercises.
"The B.O.O.T Camp is a great opportunity for new students to meet other students and begin building relationships," said Leah Ripley, assistant director of admissions and camp coordinator. "Many of the students that attend the pre-orientation ... trip maintain their initial friendships throughout their time at West Virginia Wesleyan College."
Director of Admission and Enrollment Marketing John Waltz attributes the success of this recruitment year to the hard work of the office of admissions and the entire college.
"The team's creativity, teamwork and drive is evident every day. Recruitment and retention are truly campus-wide initiatives at WVWC," Waltz said.