Overview

Applicants
2,072
Acceptance Rate
89%
Average HS GPA
3.30

GPA Breakdown

19%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
8%
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

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
120
with Terminal Degree
92

60
Women
60
Men
16
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
42%
Graduate in 5 years
47%
Graduate in 6 years
48%

Majors

  • 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/Virginia Beach 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."

Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

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
42%
Graduate in 5 years
47%
Graduate in 6 years
48%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,469

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,774

Average Need-Based Loan
$7,142

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$17,928

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$32,636
Required Fees
$650
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$10,586
Transportation for Commuters
$1,720

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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;

Non-Need-Based
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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,501
Foreign Countries Represented
7

Demographics

1.47%
Asian
23.24%
African-American
7.70%
Hispanic
56.13%
Caucasian
3.88%
Unknown

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 [eight] 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."

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
61%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
85%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Other
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 gettogethers 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" and Virginia Beach.

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
60
Number of Honor Societies
19

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
4

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Blue Marlins)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Blue Marlins)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
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

Sustainability

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
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
40%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
No

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

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
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
20

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
16

Average Number of PC's per Lab
14

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
80%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mrs. KImberly Harriman
Assistant to the Dean of Admissions

Address
Virginia Wesleyan College
1584 Wesleyan Drive
Norfolk, VA 23502

Phone
800-737-8684

Email
admissions@vwc.edu

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
Monday-Saturday

800-737-8684

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
any time

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@vwc.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1 night; two meals available.

Transportation

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.