From The School

Every application at Virginia Wesleyan is reviewed individually by the Admissions Committee. The committee will evaluate academic performance in high school, GPA, standardized test scores, community involvement and extracurricular activities. For high school students, the following credentials are required: Application form completed, signed and accompanied by the application fee Official transcript from each high school attended sent directly to Virginia Wesleyan from the high school Official copy of SAT or ACT scores if not provided on the high school transcript Guidance counselor recommendation For entering freshman, Virginia Wesleyan requires either the SAT I or ACT scores. Although the college does not require more than one SAT or ACT score, we do take the highest individual verbal and math scores from all the tests taken. Virginia Wesleyan College processes applications on a rolling admissions basis, which means that the sooner a potential student submits a completed application, the sooner we can notify him or her of our decision. Notification of acceptance will usually occur within two weeks of receipt of the completed application. Transfer students are welcome at Virginia Wesleyan, and the admissions staff will work with them to help them make a smooth transition. Transfer students must meet the following credentials for acceptance: Transfer students must be socially and academically eligible to return in good standing to their former institutions A 2.5 grade point average on all college work is encouraged. Students with less than 2.5 cumulative grade point averages are encouraged to apply, but may be asked to interview with an admissions official Official transcripts must be sent directly from each previously attended college or university Official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores must be provided for students with fewer than 12 transferable college credits Please call with any questions or with requests for material and information. We want to help in any way we can with the application and enrollment process. Send all materials to: Dean of Admissions Virginia Wesleyan College 1584 Wesleyan Drive Norfolk, VA 23502-5599 Toll-Free (800) 737-8684 Local (757) 455-3208 Fax (757) 461-5238 admissions@vwc.edu For more information, visit our web site at www.vwc.edu.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
440 - 550
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
430 - 550
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
425 - 530
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
18 - 25

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

Virginia Wesleyan strives to provide a complete education one that features a broad range of courses from different areas, depth within a student's major for professional preparation and a variety of elective courses that ensure a lifetime of flexibility and versatility. Virginia Wesleyan's Office of Career Services helps students with decisions about majors, careers, internships and part-time jobs. Several free services on campus are also available to help students in areas where their skills may be a bit weak or where they can take their strengths to even higher levels. These include the Writing Center, Learning Center and tutoring services. One of the more visible programs on campus is the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, which provides informative educational offerings for both the campus and off-campus communities. The center has offered a forum for people of deep faith and abiding conscience to share common goals that transcend denominational boundaries fostering conversations among persons of good will who seek to affirm our common humanity while yet appreciating our profound differences is an important part of the center's mission.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Virginia Wesleyan offers bachelor's degrees in more than 30 majors, including programs in liberal arts management, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies and communications/journalism. Also, pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, physical therapy, theology and veterinary medicine are offered.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General
  • History, Other

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • International/Global Studies
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Students Say

Virginia Wesleyan is the quintessential small liberal arts college, providing undergraduates with “a close-knit community” where one “can easily build strong relationship[s].” Indeed, you’re guaranteed to be “more than a number” on this Norfolk campus of 1,500 undergrads. “Small classes” are a hallmark of a Virginia Wesleyan education with many being “discussion or interaction based.” And students love the fact that they are “always taught by...professors”—no teaching assistants here! Speaking of professors, VWC undergrads are full of praise for theirs. They seem to “genuinely care about their students and are approachable outside the classroom.” A current student agrees, “I have never met a faculty so invested in my own personal success.” And an earth and environmental studies student excitedly interjects, “I have never experienced [a] learning environment like this one. Professors not only care about their students, but they go above and beyond to ensure that every student understands the material. Professors make lifelong connections with students.” All in all, Virginia Wesleyan offers individuals a college experience that’s “all about making every single student feel as though this is their second home and that every person they come into contact with is looking out for the student’s best interest.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Hon. Deborah Paxson
Judge, Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relation

Rt. Rev. Dr. Emmanuel S. Ogunyemi
Bishop, Methodist Church of Nigeria

Ms. Tina Tyson, Esq.
Attorney, Alexandria, Virginia

Mr. Jim Avery
Night-time news producer for CBS

Mr. Cam L. Garner
Chairman, Dura Pharmaceuticals

Mr. James Blood
President, Blood's Hammock Groves

Dr. Kate Rigaut, Esq.
Attorney, Dann, Dormann, Harrell and Skillman

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition and fees for 2004-05 is $20,448, plus $6,600 for room and board. Residence hall rooms feature air conditioning, telephone and cable service, microwave/refrigerator unit and links to the campus computer network and Internet. In addition to traditional residence halls, new transitional housing with private rooms for upper classmen will be available in January 2005. These four-bedroom, apartment-style suites or row houses will include two baths, a full kitchen and a living room.

Financial Aid

Virginia Wesleyan believes that no student who wishes to attend the college should be denied the opportunity because of limited financial resources. The college has worked to provide substantial and varied sources of assistance. Through a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, work-programs and payment plans, Virginia Wesleyan will prepare a package to meet a student's individual needs. Eighty-five percent of all students receive financial aid, with the average package for a full-time student exceeding $13,000.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Virginia Coalition for Independent Colleges; United Methodist Greater Higher Education Board;

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

Whether welcoming regional and national performers or celebrating big annual events such as Homecoming or Spring Fling, the Virginia Wesleyan campus is alive with activity. Student government is a very energetic group, providing a voice in many campus decisions, planning dances and band parties, scheduling ski trips and other off-campus adventures, and sponsoring leadership training activities. Students can choose from among dozens of clubs and organizations, including academic associations, national honor societies, international clubs, special interest groups, national fraternities and sororities, religious life organizations, campus life organizations and community service organizations. Virginia Wesleyan was the only Virginia college and one of fewer than 50 schools in the nation recognized by President George W. Bush for its commitment to community service. The President's "2001 America's Promise Report to the Nation" cited several volunteer programs at Virginia Wesleyan. In the athletic arena, the college's Marlins compete in the NCAA Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The college has 15 intercollegiate sports (seven men, eight women). Students may also participate in intramural sports and an outdoor activities program, including backpacking, recreational kayaking, pool tournaments and Ultimate Frisbee.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



62% female
38% male
25% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Students Say

Undergrads at Virginia Wesleyan speak very highly of their peers. Granted, this isn’t surprising given that the student body is comprised of “friendly and outgoing” individuals who are typically “laid back.” A psychology major provides a little more insight by stating, “Students are generally pretty spirited and helpful, and most [people] seem to genuinely care about their academics.” By and large, undergrads here are “open to new things.” They also tend to be “very busy” since it’s quite typical for students to be “involved in several different clubs and community service groups.” Of course, though many VWC undergrads “join one of the seven Greek organizations available” or become “a member of a sports team” to “fit in,” we’re also told that it’s by no means a necessity. A chemistry major assures us, “Whatever you are interested in, you can easily find a group of people that connect with you. Our school is so inviting that it’s hard to not fit in somewhere.” Finally, another psychology major boasts, “I feel like my school is extremely accepting, and we have events for all cultures, beliefs, and extracurricular [activities] all the time.”


From The School


Virginia Wesleyan is located in southeastern Virginia, in an area known as Hampton Roads, composed of the cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News and Hampton. This is the largest metropolitan area in Virginia that's also one of the nation's oldest communities, with a history dating back nearly 400 years. As the largest port in the United States, the Hampton Roads region at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay is home to an extraordinary range of cultural, environmental, scientific and historic sites for off-campus learning. The scenic campus is located on 300 acres in a quiet, suburban area straddling the border of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Virginia Wesleyan's campus features a unique design known as the "Jeffersonian Academic Village." This design blurs the lines between academic and campus life to create a true living and learning community. Creating a common focal point within the academic village, every building faces the center where the core of knowledge is located the architectural award-winning Henry Clay Hofheimer II Library. Several of the 11 residence halls are arranged in villages that also include classrooms and faculty offices to ensure close interaction among professors and students.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The Hofheimer Library supports the Virginia Wesleyan community with resources and services that enrich classroom and campus activities. Library staff members are eager to assist students, faculty and staff through many services and instructional activities. The new 137,000-square-foot Jane P. Batten Center, our spacious student center that opened in 2002, features state-of-the-art fitness equipment, multipurpose athletic courts, the Marlin Restaurant, a large aquarium, a three-sided indoor rock climbing wall, a swimming pool and more. Science and computer laboratories across campus have undergone recent renovations and upgrades to ensure students and faculty have access to the most technologically up-to-date learning environments.

Off-Campus Opportunities

At least 16 academic programs have formal internship components, and more than half of Virginia Wesleyan's graduates complete an internship or other hands-on learning experience. For some majors, students log hundreds of hours in their fields. Also, many students regularly assist faculty with research and present papers at impressive conferences. The college's PORTfolio Program is a four-year program that expands the classroom through partnerships with local and regional companies. Guided by PORTfolio advisors, students can determine professional goals and document pursuit of these goals in an electronic portfolio. Also, Virginia Wesleyan's Office of International Program helps students choose study abroad programs, with opportunities around the globe.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Despite students reporting that “the food could be better,” by and large undergrads seem to enjoy life at Virginia Wesleyan. To begin with, there are plenty of activities with which to get involved, be it “Greek life, music, arts, religion, sciences, business, etc.” Indeed, there’s truly something for everyone! Students also like taking advantage of various campus amenities such as “the pool, the rock wall, the indoor track, the gymnasium, and the pool table in the student center.” Of course, similar to many undergraduate institutions, “social gatherings are huge here.” Students “love inviting [their] friends and teammates over to get over a stressful week of studying and homework.” However, these get-togethers don’t tend to get too raucous. As an English major tells us, “Although fun is encouraged, we are often reminded of how to keep everyone safe. Underage drinking is NOT tolerated, and we take it seriously when rules are broken.” Finally, when the weather permits, these undergrads flock to nearby Chick’s beach. And many can be found sampling the “delicious restaurants around Norfolk.”

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Blue Marlins)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Blue Marlins)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Equality Alliance The Equality Alliance is an association that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender student rights.

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Old Dominion University


Virginia Wesleyan College’s dedication to going green is palpable and inspiring. The school makes a concerted effort to implement sustainable practices in as many realms as possible. For starters, Virginia Wesleyan has pledged that all future construction will conform to LEED specifications barring safety or practical issues. Moreover, bio-retention ponds are installed at the beginning of a new project to clean water before it runs into nearby Lake Taylor. And, when possible, groundskeepers use native plants. Perhaps more importantly, fertilizer is used sparingly and it’s always organic at that. The college also received a $50,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation to install a green roof on Smithdeal Hall. Not only does this roof provide energy savings, it offers students and faculty the opportunity to conduct ongoing environmental research. Virginia Wesleyan also does a fabulous job of actively involving undergrads in the school’s environmental policies. For example, students are invited to share any and all ideas with the President’s Environmental Issues Council. Additionally, undergrads who conceive of innovative new initiatives may apply for the President’s Environmental Challenge Grant. Winners receive an impressive $2,500 prize. The college also makes a big push for recycling. And, since 2011, Virginia Wesleyan students have participated in RecycleMania. Last year, the college recycled a total of 26,966 pounds of material during the competition. Overall, Virginia Wesleyan placed a respectable 168th (with well over 600 colleges competing). Finally, to cut down on the use of personal vehicles, undergrads can take advantage of the Marlin Express, a free transportation shuttle providing rides to Norfolk and Virginia Beach!

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Mrs. KImberly Harriman
Assistant to the Dean of Admissions

Virginia Wesleyan College
1584 Wesleyan Drive
Norfolk, VA 23502



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Jane P. Batten Student Center
Trinder Athletic Center
The Marlin Restaurant
Alpine Tower
Lake Taylor

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Virginia Beach ocean front
Waterside (Norfolk)
McArthur Center Mall
Chick's Beach

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center


Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: weekdays 10am, 2pm, upon request
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

any time

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

1 night; two meals available.


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Transportation to the campus from the surrounding community includes taxies and buses. The nearest airport is the Norfolk International Airport, located approximately 3 miles from campus. Shuttle service is provided to students to MacArthur Center on a limited basis.

Driving Instructions to Campus
A major interstate highway, I-64, passes near the campus. From I-64 one should take the Northampton Blvd. (Rte. 13, Exit 282) exit toward the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, making an immediate right turn at the first light (Wesleyan Drive). The college is 1/2 mile down on the right. If approaching from the Chesapeake Bay on Rte. 13, proceed to the last light before I-64. Turn left on Wesleyan Drive and proceed as above.

Local Accommodations
Local lodging includes the Norfolk Airport Hilton, Lake Wright Quality Inn Suites, and many others located off Northampton Blvd.