Beginning with the donation of 200 acres of land on which to build the College, 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.
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.
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.
The Braswell Administration Building, Pearsall Classroom Building, and Gravely Science Building complex houses administrative offices, faculty offices, classrooms, and science laboratories.
The Hardee’s Student Union Building houses the Blue and Gold Café, the BB&T Dining Room, the College Store, the Post Office, the Security Office, the Counseling Center, The Locke Career and Internship Center, and Student Affairs offices.
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.
The College has seven traditional residence halls and the Wesleyan Inn. 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 three remaining traditional halls are two-story brick buildings that accommodate 40 upper-class students each in 100-square- foot, single-occupancy rooms. Finally, the Wesleyan Inn was previously the Rocky Mount Inn, a 72 room hotel that was donated to the college by Mr. Jin. The Wesleyan Inn was converted to an off-site living option for students. It is approximately, 2.5 miles from the college on Hwy 301.
Everett Gymnasium and the adjoining Roger G. and Gaile D. Taylor Center house the Department of Athletics and Exercise Science faculty offices. In 2004, the College 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 has a practice field on campus; however, home games are played off-site at Bishop Stadium, a part of the Rocky Mount Sports Complex. In addition, there are campus fields for intramurals, a beach volleyball court, bicycle racks, and activities to encourage physical activity for all students.
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.
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 College Chaplain has an office in the Chapel and is available to students, staff and faculty for consultation.
The Rufus and Patsy Hartness Student Center has been extensively renovated. The facility offers a recreation area/game room with a 52-inch flat screen TV and other recreational attractions, a lounge for students, and the WesSide Grill. Offices for the Student Government Association, student publications, Campus Activities Board, and the Student Entertainment and Activities Team (SEAT) are also located there.
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 College.
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 College requires all of its students to have health insurance coverage and has an insurance provider for students who need coverage.
The Thomas J. Pearsall, Jr. Building serves as the campus Welcome Center, which houses the Admissions Office and the Office of Adult & Professional Studies.
The Office of College Advancement is located in the Bellemonte House at the entrance to the College. The historic building, constructed about 1825, 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.
A focal point for the arts at North Carolina Wesleyan College 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 Civic 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.
The college strives to provide equal access opportunities, including the estab- lishment 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.