Virginia Wesleyan College

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1584 Wesleyan Drive

Norfolk, VA 23502-5599

Phone: (757) 455-3200
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#176 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Virginia Wesleyan College is a private institution that was founded in 1961. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,431, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 300 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Virginia Wesleyan College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 176. Its tuition and fees are $32,182 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Virginia Wesleyan College is a small, private, liberal arts college located on the border of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia. It focuses on creatively mixing core academic courses, a wealth of extracurricular activities, and opportunities to gain real-world experience through internships, fieldwork, study abroad, and community service. Through the College's partnerships with businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, VWC's 1400 students explore various career paths, "shadow" professionals as they go about their work, and take a hands-on approach to helping solve local community problems. VWC is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1961
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $48,640,037


When applying to Virginia Wesleyan College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Virginia Wesleyan College is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 85.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 85.8%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Virginia Wesleyan College is 12:1, and the school has 85.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Virginia Wesleyan College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; Social Sciences, General; Mass Communication/Media Studies; and Elementary Education and Teaching. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 65.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 42%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 17%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 9%
Social Sciences, General 9%
Mass Communication/Media Studies 8%
Elementary Education and Teaching 6%

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Student Life

Virginia Wesleyan College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,431, with a gender distribution of 36.5 percent male students and 63.5 percent female students. At this school, 61 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 39 percent of students live off campus. Virginia Wesleyan College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,431
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Virginia Wesleyan College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, and health insurance. Virginia Wesleyan College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Virginia Wesleyan College, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Virginia Wesleyan College.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Virginia Wesleyan College, 80.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,700.

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Tuition and fees $32,182 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,508 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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