The Campus

Beginning with the donation of 200 acres of land on which to build the University, North Carolina Wesleyan has had the opportunity to plan and build its campus to a master plan in the uniform architectural style of Georgian-Colonial.

Jeffersonian Serpentine Wall
The eastern border of the campus is flanked by a mile-long Jeffersonian serpentine wall. Two tall gatehouses form an entrance at the center of the winding wall, and from them, a dual-lane drive leads toward the center of the campus. A wooded area of the main quadrangle centers around a 40- foot fountain, beyond which are the main buildings and a student gathering area known as the ARC.

Southern Bank Green
A large commons area, the Southern Bank Green, is located behind the Braswell Administration Building, Pearsall Classroom Building, and Gravely Science Building. This open space provides seating and covered tables and serves as an outdoor gathering place for students, staff and faculty.

Braswell Administration Building
The Braswell Administration Building, Pearsall Classroom Building, and Gravely Science Building complex house administrative offices, faculty offices, classrooms, and science laboratories.

Hardee’s Student Union
The Hardee’s Student Union Building houses the Blue and Gold Café, the BB&T Dining Room, the University Store, the Post Office, the Security Office, the Counseling Center, The Locke Career and Internship Center, and Student Affairs offices.

Elizabeth Braswell Pearsall Library
The Elizabeth Braswell Pearsall Library is a gathering place on campus that provides print, media, and electronic resources to support both academic work and recreational needs. Library collections include over 91,000 volumes and over 1,200 films. The library also provides online access to over 44,000 magazines, newspapers, and journals; over 202,000 electronic books; and over 25,000 films. Friendly and knowledgeable library staff are eager to help students deal with technology and find the information they need. The library with is Learning Commons offers comfortable study space for both independent and collaborative work and includes a Flexible Instruction Lab, a Media Production Lab, the Writing Center and Math Lab, and the Peer Tutoring Center. The library has 3 noise zones to help assure users can find space that meets their needs: a Quiet Zone, a Collaborative Zone, and a Social Zone.

The library can seat over 350 users and includes a flexible instruction lab, a media production lab, and over 40 computers plus laptops and iPads that circulate for student use in the library. The Café serves Starbucks coffee and snacks.

Residence Halls
The University has eight traditional residence halls, 16 attractive townhomes. All rooms are air-conditioned, heated, and have Internet capability through wired or wireless connections. Four of the traditional halls are three-story brick buildings, similar in size and design, which house approximately 120 students each. Rooms are furnished with sinks, two twin beds, two desks and chairs, two dressers, and two wardrobes. Rooms are designed to be shared by two students. The four remaining traditional halls are two-story brick buildings that accommodate 40 upper-class students each in 100-square- foot, single-occupancy rooms.

The Villas at Wesleyan Townhome Community is located off of Bishop Road, just across from the NCWU softball field. The Community includes 16 attractive townhomes. These offer increased privacy and modern finishings in over 1,500 square feet that accommodates 5 students of the same sex.

Everett Gymnasium
Everett Gymnasium and the adjoining Roger G. and Gaile D. Taylor Center house the Department of Athletics and classrooms. In 2004, the University completed a $2 million renovation that added the Taylor Center, which features the Athletics Hall of Fame, the Jean Brake Edge Gym, and a fitness center. The main gymnasium is the home of Don Scalf Court and with seating for up to 1,200 people provides a great home court advantage for men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball. The gym proudly displays numerous banners earned by various Bishop athletic squads over the years. The auxiliary gym can be used for a variety of activities including basketball, volleyball, and fitness classes. It is connected to a state-of-the-art fitness center complete with free weights and cardiovascular machines.

Competition and practice fields for varsity baseball, lacrosse, soccer, and softball are located on the edge of the campus adjacent to a large field house with facilities for outdoor sports and coaches’ offices. The football team plays at the Vernon T. Bradley, Jr. Stadium and has a practice field on campus. In addition, there are campus fields for intramurals, a beach volleyball court, bicycle racks, and activities to encourage physical activity for all students.

Slick Family Foundation Tennis Complex
The Slick Family Foundation Tennis Complex provides 12 lighted hard-surface courts, a field house, and seating area for approximately 300 spectators. The complex includes the Thomas A. Betts Pavilion and the six original Vietnam Memorial Courts.

Leon Russell Chapel
The Leon Russell Chapel includes a flexible-use area covering 1,600 square feet and the Rena Perry Blackburn Prayer Room, which is available for individual or small-group meditation. The Chapel also houses the Edna Gladden Hartness Music Library. A courtyard surrounded by a pierced brick wall is adjacent to the building. The University Chaplain has an office in the Chapel and is available to students, staff and faculty for consultation.

Hartness Student Center
What was originally a Power Plant building used to supply heat to the College, this structure was transformed in 1997 to The Rufus and Patsy Hartness Student Center. The Hartness is named in honor of the patriarchs of the Hartness Family. Not only was their scholarship fund used as the seed money for the project. Countless members of the Hartness family have given funds to refurbish and remodel the Hartness Center. The University is grateful to Dr. Hartness and all of the Hartness family members that have made the Student Center the place it is today.

The Student Center was extensively renovated in 2019 with the help from Dr. John Hartness and his family. It offers a recreation area/game room with multiple flat-screen TV’s, an esports gaming space and other recreational attractions, a lounge for students, and the WoW Cafe. Offices for the Student Government Association, student publications, Campus Activities Board, and the Student Entertainment and Activities Team (SEAT) are also located there.

Gateway Technology Center
The Gateway Technology Center – Thomas A. Betts, Jr. Education Building opened in May 2006 near the entrance to the campus. The facility provides access to graduate degrees through Montreat College, East Carolina University, and North Carolina State University. The two-story facility also provides classroom and office space for the University.

Spruill Building Health Center
The Health Center, located in the Spruill Building, offers basic medical care and referral services by a physician’s assistant for students. North Carolina Wesleyan University requires all of its students to have health insurance coverage and has an insurance provider for students who need coverage.

Thomas J. Pearsall, Jr. Building
The Thomas J. Pearsall, Jr. Building serves as the campus Welcome Center (The Vernon T. Bradley, Jr. Welcome Center), which houses the Admissions Office and the Office of Adult & Professional Studies.

The Bellemonte House
Our historic Bellemonte House, constructed about 1812, is an example of Federal architecture. It was moved to the Rocky Mount campus from adjacent property in 1988 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Dunn Center
A focal point for the arts at North Carolina Wesleyan University is the 48,060-square-foot Charles K. Dunn, Jr. and Ineze D. Dunn Center for the Performing Arts. This beautiful Neo-Georgian-style building houses the 1,200-seat Minges Auditorium, with a full working stage with fly loft and fully operational control booth. It also includes the 132-seat Powers Recital Hall, the Carlton Board Room, the spacious Garner Lobby, an acting classroom, and two art galleries. The Mims Gallery features an exhibit schedule of regional and international contemporary art. The Gravely Gallery features art of the extended Rocky Mount community. In addition to providing a showcase for performing artists, symphonies, dance groups, and theatrical companies, The Dunn Center serves as a meeting facility, offering space for conferences, shareholder and employee meetings, retreats, wedding receptions, and banquets.

Vernon T. Bradley, Jr. Stadium
The Stadium consists of a turf field, lighting, additional parking, fencing, permanent seating, scoreboards, a press box and a fieldhouse. The proposed new fieldhouse will contain an Athletic Training Facility, weight room, classrooms, meeting space and offices.

Indoor Sports & Education Facility
This facility serves the campus community for primarily indoor tennis events and is considered one of the most technologically advanced air dome structures in the world. With two squash courts and four indoor tennis courts, Wesleyan’s facility is unlike any in the area. The software-driven, climate-controlled “smart” building automatically adjusts to changing weather conditions. The shell of the structure is evenly covered with a square woven cable harness system that allows for superior strength and corner protection creating unmatched structural durability.

The building includes our Exercise Science and Health Promotion area with laboratory and office space, as well as new equipment to offer state-of-the-art learning to Wesleyan students. Amenities are PC computers, teaching stations, wall touch whiteboards and more.

The university strives to provide equal access opportunities, including the establishment and coordination of academic accommodations, and auxiliary aids and programs to qualified students in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students who believe that they are eligible for accommodations should contact Counseling and Disability Services in the Division of Student Affairs for more information. Visitors to campus who have concerns about physical access to campus buildings should contact Disability Services at 252.985.5216.

Shaw Learning Center
The approximately 5,000-square-foot Shaw Learning Center is located behind the Welcome Center in the middle of campus and contains four classrooms and four offices. The facility provides students with unique learning opportunities, scientific initiatives and innovative ideas towards the care of felines. A unique feature of the facility is the cat lounge centrally located as guests enter the building.

The cat lounge houses approximately six to eight rescue or endowed cats from owners who have passed away. In addition to offering a serene space for these cats to live, there is also a space for students to study and socialize. Multiple research studies have shown that cats help reduce anxiety, stress and depression.

Shaw Environmental Center
A new hands-on learning classroom for environmental science, ecology, the biology of plants and other science labs.