ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Roberts Wesleyan College (RWC) administrators have received notification from the NCAA Division II membership committee that the College has earned provisional-year status in its application for Division II. This advancement to the third and final year of the process puts Roberts Wesleyan on track to being granted active member status in summer 2014, becoming the only NCAA Division II member in the region.
“This is a tremendous achievement for the College, and we are grateful to the NCAA for their professionalism throughout the application process,” RWC President John Martin said. “Advancing to Division II is further evidence that Roberts students can compete at elite levels in both academics and athletics.”
Throughout the 2013-14 academic year, the College is required to function like a full-fledged Division II institution. Roberts was able to advance after submitting several thorough reports and hosting an NCAA site visit. Benefits of progressing to the provisional year include permission to use the highly recognizable NCAA logo and the ability to brand the College as an NCAA Division II member.
“Moving into the home stretch of this process is exciting and a tribute to the hard work of College staff and administrators,” RWC Athletic Director Mike Faro said. “The Athletic Department staff has done a tremendous amount of work and should be commended for their efforts.”
The Redhawks, who enter their second year of competition in the East Coast Conference, are unable to qualify for conference or NCAA post-season competition until officially granted full membership status in July 2014. The College has maintained its longstanding membership with the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), which allows the opportunity to compete for regional and national championships.
For more information on Roberts Athletics, please visit www.roberts.edu/athletics.
About Roberts Wesleyan College
With an enrollment of nearly 1,800 students and a tradition of excellence since 1866, Roberts Wesleyan College is a leader among liberal arts and professional studies colleges with a Christian worldview. Striving for higher learning with a higher purpose, the College offers more than 50 undergraduate programs taught by high-quality, caring faculty and graduate programs in business, education, health administration, healthcare informatics administration, marketing, nursing, school counseling and school psychology, and social work. Innovative undergraduate degree-completion programs are also available for working adults in health administration, nursing, organizational management and teacher education.