Virginia Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Virginia Wesleyan University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
The University's Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Studies is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COART). The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). VWU's Professional Education Program is approved by the Virginia Board of Education (Virginia Department of Education Approved Teacher Education Programs) according to standards set out in the Code of Virginia and Regulations Governing the Review and Approval of Education Program in Virginia. Questions about the accreditation of these programs should be directed to the respective agencies. Other inquiries should be directed to the University and program directors.
Virginia Wesleyan University is one of more than 80 colleges and universities in the United States recognized as United Methodist-related by the University Senate of the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church. The University was chartered in 1961 by a grant from the Virginia Annual Conference of the Methodist Church to create a church-related liberal arts college that would encourage critical and independent thinking among students of all religious and cultural backgrounds. Rooted in these traditions, Virginia Wesleyan offers rigorous academic training, while, at the same time, encouraging students to become ethical, actively engaged citizens.