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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 (

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.

Filing a Complaint

To register a complaint against Virginia Wesleyan University for any reason unrelated to accreditation, please contact the President's Office at 757.455.3215 or by email at

Once all institutional processes have been exhausted and the complaint has not been resolved, students may file a formal complaint with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). SCHEV can be contacted at 804.225.2600 or through the SCHEV Student Complaint Process.

To file a complaint against Virginia Wesleyan University for alleged non-compliance with an accreditation standard or requirement, please consult Complaint Procedures against SACSCOC or Its Accredited Institutions. Please note that the SACSCOC complaint process is not intended to be used to involve the Commission in disputes between individuals and member institutions or to cause the Commission to interpose itself as a reviewing authority in individual matters; nor does the policy allow the Commission to seek redress on an individual's behalf. The primary purpose of the SACSCOC complaint procedures is to acquire valuable information regarding an accredited institution's possible non-compliance with accreditation standards, policies, and procedures. Normal inquiries about the University should be addressed directly to the University and not to SACSCOC.