Admission Process

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Batten Honors College is highly selective. Consideration will be given only to freshman applicants for fall admission who have earned a 3.5 GPA in a challenging academic curriculum that includes Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and/or Dual Enrollment courses. For the Fall 2021 application year, Virginia Wesleyan University and the Batten Honors College have adopted a Test Optional policy.  Applicants who are able to take a standardized test and who feel their test scores reflect their academic ability and potential may submit testing and these scores will be considered during our holistic application review. 

How to Apply

The Batten Honors College application process requires submission of the following:

  • Application for admission to Virginia Wesleyan University.
    Note:  no action will be taken regarding your Batten Honors College application prior to your admission to Virginia Wesleyan.
  • Batten Honors College application which includes a short answer question, an essay, and a resume.
  • A letter of recommendation. The letter can be from anyone who you feel knows you well and can speak to your accomplishments in high school and your potential in college.
    Examples of who you can ask for a letter of recommendation include a guidance/college counselor, a teacher, a coach, a job or extracurricular activity supervisor, or a religious official.
    Unless forwarded with your high school transcript, letters of recommendation must be emailed by the author directly to Denise Cunningham at

Competition Dates

November 6, 2020
(Priority Deadline is October 19)

February 11 - 13, 2021
(Priority Deadline is January 25)

March 4-6, 2021
(Priority Deadline is February 15)


Application Deadlines

Submission of the Batten Honors College application (including the letter of recommendation) is required by the Priority deadlines of October 19, 2020, January 25, 2021 or February 15, 2021.  Applications submitted after those dates will be considered on a space-available basis. Students who apply by the October 19 deadline will be notified by October 28 if they have been invited to interview on campus for a seat in the Batten Honors College.

*ReminderYou must be accepted to Virginia Wesleyan University in order to be invited to compete for the Batten Honors College scholarships.  Complete the VWU application for admission.

Scholarship Competition & Interview Process

The Batten Honors College Admission Committee will perform a holistic review of completed files review applications to determine which applicants will be invited to campus to interview for a seat in the Honors College and one of the two available types of scholarships awarded.

Students will be invited to come to campus for a multi-day event that will include a one-on-one meeting with a professor, a group interview with the admission committee, and the opportunity to sit in on a class.

The dates for the scholarship competitions are November 6, 2020February 11-13, 2021, and March 4-6, 2021. If a student is invited to compete prior to November 6, 2020, he/she will be given the opportunity to attend the competition of their choosing.

*We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and have decided to move the November 5-7, 2020 competition to a virtual setting out of care and concern for the health and safety of our guests and the VWU community. The Virtual BHC competition will take place on Friday, November 6, 2020. A decision will be made in late January, 2021 about the February 11-13, 2021 competition, and this page will be updated accordingly.

Holistic Review Process

The review process is two-pronged and includes information gathered both on paper and in person. Consideration will be given to the academic rigor of a student’s transcript, their standardized test scores (if submitted), essays, resume, and letter of recommendation. In addition, students are scored on how they perform in the group interview during the scholarship competition.

Within two weeks of the conclusion of each scholarship competition, students will be informed of their status – Batten Fellow, Shumadine Scholar, or Wait List.  Scholarship awardees are required to accept or decline their seat in the Batten Honors College by May 1, 2021.  Wait listed students may receive an updated decision any time during the academic year, but will receive a final decision no later than May 11, 2021.

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