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.
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.
Student Organizations & Activities
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.
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.”