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Virginia Wesleyan College

Norfolk, Virginia

A meaningful college education is not the downloading of facts from one brain to another. A Virginia Wesleyan education involves developing relationships, learning new skills, cultivating new ways of looking at the world, stretching in new ways, and making connections.

 

That kind of meaningful education happens best . . .

– at a place where students have a multitude of opportunities not just on-campus, but also off-campus

– within a community where values matter and where the value of education is linked to civic engagement

– at a small college, where students receive personal attention, guidance, and advising

 

The mission of Virginia Wesleyan College is to engage students of diverse ages, religions, ethnic origins and backgrounds in a rigorous liberal arts education that will prepare them to meet the challenges of life and career in a complex and rapidly changing world. In this endeavor, 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. In accord with its United Methodist heritage, Virginia Wesleyan aspires to be a supportive community that is committed to social responsibility, ethical conduct, higher learning and religious freedom.

Student Profile

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

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
92 full-time faculty
37 part-time faculty
12.8 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
87% of first year students live on campus
58.7% of all students live on campus

School Location

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.

High-Impact Practices

High-Impact Practices Read more about the importance of High-Impact Practices 

First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

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

Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Black or African American 24%
White 54%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 6%

Athletics

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.

Other Information

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.

More Distinctions

  • 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.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band  
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band  
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera  
Pep band  
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  
Yearbook  

Involved Faculty

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.  

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 180 220 82 3 0 0 0 485

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

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options  

Student Activities

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.

Career Services

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

Admissions Fall 2015

1,850 Total Applicants
1,712 Total Admissions
349 Total Freshmen Enrollment

Selectivity
92.54% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority: Feb 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Level of applicant’s interest

Important
Standardized test scores
Extracurricular activities

Considered
Application Essay
Interview
Talent/ability
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 430 550
SAT Math 430 540
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 17 26
ACT Math 17 24
ACT English 17 24
ACT Writing    

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

http://admissions.vwc.edu/affordability/netpricecalculator 

TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2014-2015

Expenses  
Tuition $32,636
Fees $650
Total $33,286
   
Room and Board (on campus) $8,594
Estimated Total On Campus $41,880

FINANCIAL AID

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

Scholarship Information

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.

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