Frequently Asked Questions

As a Batten Fellow, students are guaranteed full tuition for all 4 years at Virginia Wesleyan University, provided they maintain good academic standing.

As a Shumadine Scholar, students are guaranteed two-thirds of tuition for all 4 years at Virginia Wesleyan, provided they maintain good academic standing.

For both scholarships, the cost of Room and Board, and any Fees are not covered by the scholarship and therefore are the responsibility of the student.  All Batten Honors College students are required to live in the Honors Village for a minimum of their first two years at VWU.

Yes! Students are eligible for need-based financial aid based on their family’s income. To apply for financial aid you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are admitted into the Batten Honors College, you will receive a financial aid package that will incorporate your honors college scholarship.

Yes, you can use your Virginia529 plan at Virginia Wesleyan. To understand how to best use your plan, please speak to Teresa Rhyne, Director of Financial Aid. She can be reached at 757-455-5733.

No. Batten Fellowships and Shumadine Scholarships have a fixed value, as noted above. Since we commit to renewing your scholarship for a total of eight semesters, we do not re-evaluate scholarships once you have enrolled. The scholarship is renewable until graduation requirements are met, not to exceed four consecutive years, assuming full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.

Yes. The Batten Honors College Admission Committee will review applications to determine which applicants will be invited to campus to compete for a seat in the Honors College. 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 a teamwork activity. The dates of the competitions are November14-16, 2019, February 13-15, 2020 and March 5-7, 2020. If a student is invited to compete, he/she will be given the choice to attend any of the dates.
Learn more about the admission process.

Each student in the Batten Honors College will receive a scholarship to cover the course fee for their first Honors study away course, which will typically be during the summer session before or the winter session during their sophomore year. Students are responsible for covering the cost of obtaining a passport, the registration fee for the course, and spending money while traveling. Students may select from those courses being offered that year.  Previous BHC students have studied in Barcelona, Iceland, Mexico, Alaska, Germany, Israel, and Peru.  Students may choose to participate in additional study-away experiences, but the student will be responsible for the course fee for subsequent courses beyond the first.  Check out the Lighthouse for additional study away and study abroad opportunities, as well as information study abroad grants and scholarships.

Yes – the Batten Honors College is a residential program, therefore students are required to live on campus for all four years.  Batten Fellows are guaranteed housing in the Honors Village for all four years, while Shumadine Scholars will live in the Honors Village for at least their first two years, and then on a space available basis.  Comprised of six different buildings, each Honors Village townhouse houses five students and consists of three single rooms, one double room, two full baths, a fully-equipped kitchen, living room area, and essential furniture. Ample parking is located nearby.

No – because much of the Honors curriculum is front-loaded into the first two years of the program, it’s impossible for transfer students to fulfill the Honors requirements.  At this time, only first-year students (freshmen) are able to apply to the Batten Honors College.

Batten Honors College students represent most (if not all) of Virginia Wesleyan University’s majors.  The Honors curriculum is compatible with all the majors and students work with an advisor to make sure they take appropriate classes to meet major requirements.  Many BHC students will double major and/or minor to cover diverse interests and experiences.  In addition, many students arrive at Virginia Wesleyan University with college credits from Advanced Placement, IB, and Dual Enrollment course work, which allows them more flexibility within their major and the Honors College.

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