Texas Wesleyan University was founded as Polytechnic College by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South in Fort Worth in 1890. Just over a decade later the transition from polytechnic to university started as did the end of coeducational status thanks to the siting of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The institution was renamed the Woman’s College for Southern Methodism, and then Texas Woman’s College in 1914. It was saved from the Great Depression by a merger with the Texas Wesleyan Academy in Austin in 1934, and at the same returned to coeducational status.
Currently, 63 per cent of the student body is female and 37 per cent is male. Meanwhile, 47 per cent of the student body identify as minority.
Set across 75 acres in the Polytechnic Heights Neighborhood in east Fort Worth, above the Trinity River, Texas Wesleyan has 3,378 students enrolled.
Undergraduate courses are available across the schools of Business; Education; Natural and Social Sciences and Arts and Letters. Masters’ courses run across: business; counseling; education; nurse anesthesia and nurse practitioner.
Student services cater for needs including career advice, disability, health and the Student Advocacy and Response Team (StART) .
Activities for students include religious, political, ethnic, gay and Greek societies; intramural sports, athletics (baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track & field, softball, tennis, volleyball and table tennis), student government and community outreach projects.
Notable alumni include: Mark Calaway, WWE professional wrestler (The Undertaker); Dr. Rob Dickerman, neurological and spine surgeon; Jim Landtroop, former Texas state representative; Joel Burns, politician and LGBT rights activist.