Virginia Wesleyan University is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and helps students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Norfolk, VA, which is a predominantly urban area. The school's United Methodist affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's mission. Approximately 1,300 students are enrolled yearly at Virginia Wesleyan University.
Students may pick from a few areas of study, including but not limited to:
- Business And Marketing Studies
- Communications And Journalism
- Social Sciences
- Recreation And Fitness Studies
The admissions process starts with the submission of an application, transcripts, and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions office. Either the SAT or ACT exam must be taken in order to be able to apply to VWU. Scores within the range of 19 - 23 on the ACT or 1298 - 1603 on the SAT are required to greatly increase the chance of getting accepted. An estimated 90 percent of all students that applied were accepted at VWC, with 16 percent of those accepted choosing to attend. More information on admissions can be found here.
Tuition is approximately $33,000 per year, though it may change based on any number of circumstances. Students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to get a more personalized estimate of costs. VWC may offer financial aid for students who qualify as loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.
The VWU Marlins participate in a number of athletic programs, as part of the NCAA organization. Available athletic programs offered may include the following:
- Baseball (NCAA Division III)
- Basketball (NCAA Division III)
- Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
- Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)
Students should take a look at the school's website at vwu.edu to view additional information.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the students Virginia Wesleyan University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
Virginia Wesleyan University has a total student population of about 1,400, with undergraduate students making up about 100% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition is estimated to range between $34,000-$41,000 for both in-state and out-of-state students
- The estimated tuition for part time students is around $1,400 to $1,700 per unit
- on campus dorms & meals are estimated to cost around $10,000
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||100%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||100%||$20,727|
|Receiving Student Loans||78%||$6,585|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help support students, Virginia Wesleyan University may offer services to students like those listed below:
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Work study style employment
Virginia Wesleyan University has an overall graduation rate which is around 44%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||37%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||7%|
VWC is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division III (without football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Old Dominion Athletic Conference)
- Basketball (Old Dominion Athletic Conference)
- Track and Field (Old Dominion Athletic Conference)
- Field Hockey
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Virginia Wesleyan University by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Virginia Wesleyan University for official up-to-date information.