Quick Facts


Virginia Wesleyan's 300-acre park like campus is a beautiful oasis on the border of Virginia Beach and Norfolk. The University is in the middle of a bustling metropolitan area, the 37th largest in the nation, with more than 1.7 million people, yet we're minutes from the beach. We're ideally located for education, travel, internship and employment opportunities, as well as social and recreational activities. Chances are you'll find whatever you're looking for right here.


Let's get real. One of the best reasons to go to college is to make new friends. As a Wesleyan student, you'll form life-long relationships with people from Virginia, the East Coast, the nation and the world. We embrace diversity and celebrate the differences that every person brings to our community. With a small student body of approximately 1,500, you will be more than a face in the crowd or a number on a form. Faculty and staff members will call you by name. And you'll probably never pass someone on the sidewalk without getting a friendly smile and a hello!


Our faculty members are not only specialists in their fields, they love (and live) to teach! They come from prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Princeton and Yale. And 90 percent of our faculty members have the highest degrees offered in their field. No need to worry that you'll be stuck in a huge classroom with 200 other students and a graduate assistant as a teacher - it's the faculty at Virginia Wesleyan University who will guide you through your college career. Our 13:1 student/teacher ratio means you'll get lots of one-on-one counsel and guidance. And your teachers will be more than mentors, they'll become your friends - friends who will challenge and push you toward your dreams and celebrate your successes.


Virginia Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Virginia Wesleyan University.

Majors and Programs

So - what do you want to be? Virginia Wesleyan has 35 majors spread throughout the Susan S. Goode School of Arts and Humanities, Joan P. Brock School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and the Birdsong School of Social Science. Even if you don't know yet what you want to major in, we can help! Wesleyan offers an array of great programs to pick from. We've got everything from classics to chemistry and history to recreation and leisure studies. Don't see anything you like? You can even design your own major!
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Job Placement

After graduation, then what? A job? Grad school? We help you get where you want to go. The Career Services Center will help you choose the right path when Virginia Wesleyan is in the rear view mirror. And, with a degree from Virginia Wesleyan, you have lots of great employment opportunities. Ninety percent of recent graduates found employment within six months of graduation at top-notch organizations such as the CIA, IBM and the US Capitol. If you decide not to go to work but to school, you're likely to be at one of the nation's top graduate schools.

Student Life

A real education is more than books and tests. It's about life! With more than 70 student organizations, you'll gain social and leadership skills for a lifetime. Clubs offer an easy outlet for involvement and entertainment on campus, many hosting social and service events throughout the year. Whatever you're into, we have. There's Greek life, service organizations, religious and foreign language clubs, the Black Student Union and the Model United Nations.

Be sure to check out intramural sports, ranging from volleyball and soccer to softball and roller hockey. In your spare time take advantage of the Jane P. Batten Center where you can rock climb, swim, play racquetball, train, and after that, grab a bite to eat at the Marlin Grill.

Environmental Initiatives

Marlins go green! The ongoing sustainability efforts of the University's faculty, staff and students reflect a larger commitment to ethical conduct and social responsibility through environmental stewardship and education. 

The Greer Environmental Sciences Center, a state-of-the-art 44,000 square foot facility with 145,000 square foot gardens (including a green roof), positions the University as a leader in the field.  The park like 300 acre campus includes the Wilson Arboretum, Lake Taylor, and historic Beach Forest. 

Virginia Wesleyan has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally for its greening practices. Most recently, VWU was selected for the the 2015 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges.


Marlins work hard in the classroom and play hard on the fields and courts. Virginia Wesleyan has 22 men's and women's NCAA Division III athletic teams. With nationally ranked teams, All-American athletes and a truly committed and caring coaching staff, you'll get the best of both worlds--academic and athletic. 

The 2017 softball team and 2006 men's basketball team won NCAA National Championships and golfer Evan Cox won the NCAA National Championship in 2016. Go Marlins!


Inspired by Thomas Jefferson's concept of the Academic Village, living and learning are intermingled in our four residential villages (Bray, Allen, Brock, and Honors). Villages are split into halls for community living - single rooms, suites with kitchens, and apartment-style living are also available. All rooms include cable, telephone, a microwave, refrigerator/freezer unit and, of course, Internet access. And, if you do not have a computer of your own, there are plenty of computers available in campus computer labs.