Texas Wesleyan University, the 124-year-old institution in east Fort Worth, considers its small size a major advantage.
It even adopted the theme, “Smaller. Smarter.” to emphasize that it is a “values- and student-centered” school where students are known by their names rather than as numbers. With an enrollment of just over 2,000 according to the school’s website, the university brags that its typical classes have a student-faculty ratio of 14-to-1.
This week the university took another step in building on its theme and acting on its principle of providing students with personal attention.
At a time when college tuition is out of reach for many deserving youngsters, Wesleyan announced its new “Smaller. Smarter. Promise Scholarship” program, which will provide free tuition for qualifying students transferring from community colleges.
Although designed with a focus on Tarrant County College, which provides 54 percent of the university’s transfer students, the program is for anyone who meets the requirements, school President Frederick G. Slabach told Star-Telegram reporter Monica S. Nagy.
To qualify for the scholarship, an individual must be a first-time student with at least 42 credit hours, eligible for the full amount of the federal Pell Grant ($5,730 for the 2014-15 school year) and must maintain a 3.0 average.
Considering Wesleyan’s average annual tuition is $19,658, this program will be a major benefit for those needy students who would not be able to attend the university otherwise.
In addition to the scholarship program, Slabach signed an agreement with TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley to streamline transfers from the community college. The compact specifies the credit hours that are transferable, assuring that students graduating with associate degrees from TCC will enter Wesleyan as juniors.
Slabach said that the agreement should help increase even more the number of TCC students coming to the university.
With this new program and its dual-enrollment program in which high school students take college-level courses, Wesleyan is continuing to find ways to funnel area students to its campus for a unique academic experience.