At Wesleyan College, "First for Women" isn't just a catchphrase. It's a way of life. Chartered as the Georgia Female College on December 23, 1836, Wesleyan is the world's oldest women's college. The college was founded through the efforts of a group of Macon citizens and the Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as evidence of their concern for the education of women. Today, Wesleyan continues to be a pioneer in women's education. Wesleyan concentrates its strengths in liberal arts education by offering one undergraduate degree: the A.B. (Artium Baccalaureate, or Bachelor of Arts). Majors and concentrations are available in 30 areas of study. Wesleyan also offers facility rentals, catering, as well as camps and youth programs. On Wesleyan's campus, is their Arboretum which features approximately 2.25 miles of trails. Junctions are made with color-coded wooden posts. There is the "Main Trail" at 0.5 miles, "Interior Loop" at 0.76 miles, "Exterior Loop" at 1.17 miles, "Foster Lake Trail" at 0.42 miles, and several shorter trails which connect the main Arboretum trails. The Wesleyan College Arboretum was established in 1996 as an ecological study area, wildlife refuge, and recreation resource for the College. The arboretum comprises 100 acres of mixed pine and hardwood forest and lies within the boundaries of Wesleyan's suburban Rivoli campus. The area is a remarkable resource not only for recreation and reflection, but also for use as an outdoor learning laboratory that will promote a nature-smart curriculum for Wesleyan faculty and students as well as local teachers and school children, youth organizations, researchers, and residents.
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