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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    D
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    D-
  10. Campus Food
    D+
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    B
Wesleyan is a private, Christian university located in Virginia Beach, Virginia in the Norfolk Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,262 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Wesleyan acceptance rate is 70%. Popular majors include Business, Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, and Biology. Graduating 48% of students, Wesleyan alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,800.
5817 Wesleyan Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Old Dominion Athletic Conference

Virginia Wesleyan University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

VWU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
70%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
950-1180
ACT Range
20-28
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$25,000/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$24,820/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.35 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.39 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.38 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
5
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
5
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    2%
  • On Campus
    95%
  • Online
    3%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,262Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
89
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
31%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 30 responses
  • Friendly, outgoing, positive, down-to-earth.
    30%
  • Social
    23%
  • Cliquey
    13%
  • Everyone at VWC is their own person
    13%
  • Atheletic
    7%
  • Outgoing
    7%
  • Energized
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
92%
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.55 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.59 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
  • Community
    38%
  • Safe environment
    27%
  • Inspiring
    12%
  • Education oriented environment
    8%
  • Absolutely Terrible
    4%
  • Dead
    4%
  • Home away from home
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
48%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.24 responses
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The past couples of years have been good so far. I like how the school is small and that we can form closer relationships with the teachers. Even though there are not that many majors to choose from, there are a ton of programs that you could go into to further your education. I like how close the school is to everything such as places to eat, shop, and especially the beach. The school also has a ton of privacy from the surrounding community. I enjoy watching the sport games and interacting with the events that the school puts on. Overall, the experience at this school has been going well!
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I absolutely adore Virginia Wesleyan University. It is an amazing school that helps you grow and find your place in the world. It feels like one big happy family. With the small class sizes you are able to receive more one on one attention with professors and peers. You can tell with the whole atmosphere that everybody is rooting for you and wants you to be the best that you can be!
The reason I came to Virginia Wesleyan was because of the opportunity beyond the classroom and for the athletic program. I played volleyball all four years of college and my experience was incredible. In addition, I was able to connect with several career-opportunities in the area like NATO and I was also given the opportunity to study abroad in Madrid, Spain. I was well connected in the community both on and off campus and I think that's what makes VWU special: its small size and ability to connect students with future resources.