Founded in 1873 as a preparatory school, Wesley College has a covenant relationship with the United Methodist Church. The College offers 30 bachelors, four associates, and master's degrees in nursing, education, business administration and environmental science in a multi-denominational, multi-cultural campus setting. Wesley College and its athletic facilities are located on 50 acres in historic Dover, Delaware. Dover is the capital of the nation's first state and has 35,000 residents. The campus is situated in Dover's major residential community with stores and banks in easy walking distance and malls a short commute. In addition to being the site of many pre-Revolutionary War buildings and sites, Dover is also the home of Dover Air Force Base and Dover Downs International Speedway, which hosts two annual NASCAR races. The city has a number of fine eating establishments as well as a wide variety of fast food restaurants. Seafood is a specialty because of the city's proximity to the Delaware and Chesapeake bays and to the Atlantic Ocean. New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., are within a two to three hour drive of the campus. Most of the College's 2,500 students come from the Middle Atlantic region. The majority of full time students enroll directly from high school, but the College does provide programs for nontraditional students. Wesley attracts students interested in a personal approach to learning, with a 17:1 student to faculty ratio.