Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,402 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full time
36% male — 64% female
27.2% of students are from out of state
2015-2016 Academic Year
92 full-time faculty
37 part-time faculty
12.8 to 1 student/faculty ratio
87% of first year students live on campus
58.7% of all students live on campus
Virginia Wesleyan’s beautiful 300-acre campus is a refreshing wooded oasis on the border of Virginia Beach and Norfolk. The campus is both in the middle of a bustling metropolitan area with more than 1.7 million people and only 15 minutes from the beach.
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Retention Fall 2015
65% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)
6 Year Graduation Rate Fall 2015
47.3% of students graduated in 6 years
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2015
|Black or African American||24%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||1%|
|Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander||0%|
|Two or more races||5%|
|Race and/or ethnicity unknown||6%|
Marlins work hard and play hard.. Virginia Wesleyan fields 22 varsity teams and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). With nationally ranked teams and committed and caring coaching staff, student-athletes get the best of both worlds—academic and athletic.
Virginia Wesleyan College is Coastal Virginia’s premier private national liberal arts college. Recognized as a green college and named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review, Virginia Wesleyan is focused on empowering students to become active learners and engaged citizens. In accord with its United Methodist heritage, the College aspires to be a supportive community that is committed to social responsibility, ethical conduct, higher learning and religious freedom.
Named to the 2016 list of Military Friendly School designation by G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning to civilian life.
In January 2016, Virginia Wesleyan College President Scott D. Miller became a charter signatory of the Climate Commitment, a carbon neutrality and climate resilience initiative created by Boston-based organization Second Nature that sets new standards for climate leadership in higher education. The College is also a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Virginia Wesleyan College Dining Services is one of a handful of original Virginia colleges and universities to be designated as a Virginia Green Restaurant by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. To qualify, restaurants (or dining halls) must minimize the use of disposable food service products, recycle grease, recycle and reduce waste, use water efficiently and conserve energy.
Virginia Wesleyan’s beautiful 300-acre campus is home to an old-growth beech forest that is listed on the Council of Independent Colleges' site for the Historic Campus Architecture Project. It is several acres of mature hardwoods, with a very tall canopy and an undisturbed understory, making it a sustainable ecological system.
Life-changing. That’s how many students describe the experiences available to them at Virginia Wesleyan College. The College employs a wide range of approaches to teaching and learning and provides opportunities to connect the study of the liberal arts with practical learning experiences on campus, in the Coast Virginia region, and throughout the world.
The Extra Mile
Students are exposed to a myriad of internship, study away, and undergraduate research experiences through The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. The Lighthouse is a one-stop shop to help students gain experiences that pave the way for success. Some past experiences have included: taking photographs in New Zealand, visiting film studios in Hollywood, doing biology experiments in Belize, experiencing theatre in New York, studying ecotourism in Maui, and doing service learning in Ghana.
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Virginia Wesleyan professors are respected scientists. They are published authors and musicians. They are experts on environmental ethics, public relations, Buddhist philosophy, criminal behavior, supply chain management, and Irish literature. But most of all, they are mentors and friends who develop meaningful relationships with the students whose lives they touch.
The Liberal Arts Education
As a liberal arts college, Virginia Wesleyan embraces the values inherent in a liberal education—an education dedicated to developing the open-minded, disciplined reflection necessary not only to professional success, but also to a life of personal accomplishment and social commitment. Classes are small and students are expected to engage their fellow students and faculty in an active learning environment. They develop intellectual confidence and independent thinking skills, as well as respect for others, intellectual humility in the face of complexity, and openness to a better argument.
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Class Size Breakdown
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There is no excuse for becoming one with the futon at Virginia Wesleyan. From the College’s annual Mud Games and Seafood Party in the Dell to Greek Life, intramural sports and community service opportunities, there is always something to keep body and soul active and engaged at VWC.
CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES
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Students at Virginia Wesleyan will discover how rich and valuable the college experience can be. There are many student clubs and organizations to engage interests and ignite passion — everything from The Marlin Chronicle student newspaper and Habitat for Humanity to the Wesleyan Singers, Marlins Vote and fraternities and sororities. There’s something for everyone. The Wesleyan Activities Council, a student programming board, brings a steady stream of musicians, comedians, speakers, and other entertainment to campus to keep students’ days full of opportunities.
The College’s Career Development & Internship Program offers counseling services to help students find the right major and gain the most benefit from their liberal arts education. This is accomplished through externships, internships and appropriate part-time/seasonal employment, assistance in preparing for an effective job search or graduate school application, and employer on-campus visitation and recruitment events.
Prepared for the World
Providing the foundation for a good career is only a part of a Virginia Wesleyan education. First and foremost, Wesleyan seeks to prepare each student to be a Renaissance citizen—an honorable, caring, and culturally literate person who will lead a good and reflective life in service to family and community. This is the transformative Wesleyan experience.
Virginia Wesleyan students are connected to a network of nearly 10,000 Marlin alumni across the country and the world. Graduates represent a wide range of professional backgrounds and gladly share their knowledge and experience with current students preparing for future careers.
Admissions Fall 2015
1,850 Total Applicants
1,712 Total Admissions
349 Total Freshmen Enrollment
92.54% of applicants admitted
Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission
Rolling admission? No
Closing date: Aug 15
Priority: Feb 1
Rigor of secondary school record
Level of applicant’s interest
Standardized test scores
Freshmen Profile Fall 2015
|25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
|SAT Critical Reading||430||550|
The Admissions Process
Virginia Wesleyan College seeks to enroll qualified students from diverse social, religious, racial, economic, and geographic backgrounds. Admission is based solely on the applicant’s academic and personal qualifications. Factors considered include grades, standardized test scores, and extracurricular activities. Virginia Wesleyan requires either an SAT 1 or ACT score. If the applicant has taken the SAT multiple times the Office of Enrollment Services will take the highest individual Reading & Writing and Math scores from all tests taken. A high school diploma is required (GED accepted) and proof of English proficiency is required for all international applicants. Virginia Wesleyan considers applications on a rolling admissions basis. Applicants can expect notification regarding admission within two weeks after we receive your completed application and supporting documents. Priority decisions for spring freshman applications is January 1; for fall freshman applications, March 1. Prospective students are encouraged to visit our beautiful 300- acre wooded campus for a tour and to meet with an enrollment counselor.
TUITION AND COSTS
NET PRICE CALCULATOR
TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2014-2015
|Room and Board (on campus)||$8,594|
|Estimated Total On Campus||$41,880|
Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-15 Final
$27,262 First year students
$22,004 All undergrads
Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-15 Final
71.2% on average, the percentage of need that was met
18% of financial need students that had need fully met
$22,004 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$7,926 Average need-based loan
A Virginia Wesleyan College education is made affordable by a generous merit scholarship program. Awards made to freshmen range from $8,000 to $24,000 per year, and are renewable through the student’s fourth year of attendance. Prospective students are encouraged to contact an enrollment counselor before applying for admission in order to learn the value of the award for which they will qualify. More than 99% of full-time day students receive financial assistance, and the average aid package has a value of almost $30,000.
Learn more about admissions and merit awards at www.vwc.edu.