What's in a Name?

As much as we’d like to think otherwise, we’ve always known Nebraska Wesleyan University wasn’t the only Wesleyan out there. But what we didn’t know was exactly how many other Wesleys there are in American higher education.

Quite a few, as it turns out. Twenty-five institutions in 22 states and Washington, D.C., boast a “Wesley” or “Wesleyan” in their names, honoring John Wesley, the English cleric credited with founding the Methodist movement. They run the spectrum from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., to the John Wesley International Barber and Beauty College in Long Beach, Calif.

Think about that the next time you’re talking to non-Nebraskans about NWU. The word “Wesleyan” by itself might mean something very different to your audience. It’s always good to keep that all-important “Nebraska” modifier out in front.