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Welcome from the President

Welcome to Roberts Wesleyan College! The passion and innovation that energized our founding in 1866 is part of our rich DNA and history. Over 30 years ago, Roberts led the way as the first college in the area to launch programs for working adults, solidifying our commitment to education students at every stage of life. For the past 155 years Roberts Wesleyan College has graduated women and men who know how to connect their head to their heart and engage their hands in service to others. We believe there is no greater calling than providing transformational education that is anchored in faith and engaged in the world.

In 1998, Northeastern Seminary was established on our campus to meet the growing needs of pastors, ministers and church leaders. Since its founding, the Seminary has continued the innovative work of educating students through onsite and online education, expanding our reach and embodying the diverse world around us.

Our innovative spirit and commitment to educational excellence continues through every academic and extracurricular program offered. Roberts is the only NCAA DII institution in the region and in 2016 our Doctorate in Psychology for clinical and school counseling was the only one in the country taught with a Christian perspective.

I hope that as you explore options for the next step into your future, you too will become energized by the possibilities of a Roberts education, which can lead you to a better career, while equipping to serve your community with your heart and mind aligned.

Dr. Deana L. Porterfield
President of Roberts Wesleyan College

History of Roberts Wesleyan College

Education for Character since 1866. Learn more about our fascinating history, view our timeline and learn more about our founder BT Roberts.

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Campus Virtual Tour

NOTE: Not all of the campus offerings in this video are available for Adult & Graduate Students.

Roberts Restart

A safe and healthy environment to teach, learn, work and be an authentic community is our top priority. We have enhanced sanitation efforts across campus and ask you to keep others in mind in order to ensure everyone’s safety. In coordination with federal, state and local guidance, we ask you to practice physical distancing, wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer, maintain clean spaces & wear appropriate face coverings/masks (College will provide for those who need them), among other best practices. Learn more about Roberts Restart at https://www.roberts.edu/roberts-restart/. 

Student Resources Checklist

Please complete the list below before moving onto your individual program orientation. 


Please walk through each step of the guide, linked below, to ensure that all Roberts Technology will work for you. Please contact the helpdesk at 585.594.6345 or onlinesupport@roberts.edu.

Included in this guide:

  1. Creating/Changing your Password
  2. Log into the Intranet website (https://rwc.roberts.edu)
  3. Logging into your course pages (also known as CMS or Moodle)
  4. Checking Your Roberts Google Email
  5. Checking your class schedule and final grades in R-Serve
  6. Accessing the Library Resources
  7. Adding Roberts email to a smartphone or tablet


The B. Thomas Golisano Library supports the mission, educational goals, and curricula of Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary by partnering in information exploration.  We provide opportunities to discover new and critical information, services committed to Christian values, and collaborative spaces to enjoy. The 43,000 square foot, two-level new facility is LEED certified and has won a number of awards both for its engaging design and for the excellent service provided by the library faculty and staff.

Office of Student Financial Services

You can contact the Office of Student Financial Services to ask any questions you may have on your financial aid package or student account and billing statement. You contact Student Financial Services by using its main phone number of 585-594-6250 or emailing us at studentfinancial@roberts.edu. We look forward to working with you!


Our registration office offers a variety of services to current and past students. If you have any questions please contact us.

Services Provided by the Registration Office:

Campus Bookstore

Our bookstore serves our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the surrounding community.  While we do focus on textbooks, we also carry school supplies, collegiate apparel, books, and gifts. Please check out our online store below.

Roberts Wesleyan Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures are fundamental to the operation of any organization.  Roberts Wesleyan’s Policies and Procedures provide administrators, faculty, staff, and students the guidelines and requirements for their actions, to maintain accountability, and clarify how the college conducts business, guiding our community to fulfilling its mission.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal gender equity law that prohibits sex discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities that receive federal funding. Sexual discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and all forms of relationship violence and nonconsensual sexual misconduct, are prohibited under this law.

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

The mission of Roberts Wesleyan College is to prepare thoughtful, spiritually mature, service-oriented people who will help transform society. In order to fulfill its mission, Roberts is committed to providing a learning, living, and working environment free from sexual discrimination.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center offers free and confidential mental health services to students of Roberts Wesleyan College. Eligible students can access individual and group counseling, psychiatric services, as well as participate in outreach events on campus designed to provide preventative mental health support. The counseling center offers short-term, goal-focused therapy. Many students are seen for one visit, while the average treatment length is five or six sessions. Services are being offered virtually through a HIPAA-secure telehealth platform. If you think this will be a problem for you, please let us know and we will discuss alternatives. We continue to be available by phone (585) 594-6882 and email counselingcenter@roberts.edu for any student needs or questions.

For mental health emergencies:

Please contact 9-1-1 or if you are still on campus, please call Campus Safety at (585) 594-7777. In the event of a mental health crisis, please contact the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741

The Learning Center

The Learning Center is a friendly place that can help you become a more efficient, independent, and self-confident student.  Our services are designed to help Non-traditional, Adult, and Graduate students who need assistance or support in their writing, learning, or disability-related needs.

Best of all, our services are completely free of charge! Whether you seek individual help to improve your approach to learning and study time, seek help to improve your writing, need assistance to handle the volume or rigor of college-level reading or research, require legal accommodations as a student with disabilities, or if you are an international student still in need of English language acquisition, your tuition dollars have already gone ahead and put the services you need in place.

Our suite is in the B. Thomas Golisano Library, (585) 594-6270.

Office of Diversity & Equity

The Office of Diversity & Equity promotes and facilitates a campus culture where all people are safe, valued and empowered through education and advocacy. We are excited to provide training and development on ideas of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and simply serve as a resource for underserved students and communities. Our mission is to facilitate personal, spiritual and intellectual growth through a lens of cultural humility.

Thank You!

Thanks for joining us today and for taking the time to prepare for the start of your program.