Application Process

Am I a good candidate for the PORT Folio Program at Virginia Wesleyan University?

While demonstrated academic ability is an important selection criteria, we are looking for students who have more to offer than good grades or SAT scores. Evidence of motivation, character, and interest in teamwork will matter equally in our choices. Students who are already active in community service or with businesses or other community organizations, are adventurous, have an interest in social issues and problems, or show some evidence of leadership and initiative are likely to benefit most from PORTfolio. A selective program, PORTfolio seeks incoming freshmen who have outstanding credentials in one or more of the following areas:

  • Intellectual skills include SAT scores, decent grades, but also evidence of critical thinking, problem-solving, learning how to learn.
  • Social skills include evidence of the ability to work with other people cooperatively in a variety of settings; intracultural understanding, international experience, along with the more traditional notions of community service and leadership.
  • Presentational skills would include oral and written communication skills as well as an ability to represent oneself (and the University) in a clear, persuasive, and articulate manner.
  • Practical skills would include activity in the arts, athletics, work experience, possibly community service and leadership, but also 'pioneering' experience: successful response to new challenges.

How to Apply

Applications for PORTfolio* are available from the VWU Office of Enrollment Services (speak to your admissions counselor) or in PDF format. The one-page application is can be printed, filled out and mailed to:

PORTfolio Program
C/O Admissions Office
Virginia Wesleyan University
5817 Wesleyan Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455

*Students must first apply to Virginia Wesleyan University and be accepted by the VWU Office of Enrollment Services BEFORE applying to the PORTfolio Program. The PORTfolio Program Director and a group of select faculty will form the review committee to review all prospective PORTfolio Program candidates.

Selection to participate in the program is decided on a rolling admissions basis. This means that applicants can continue to apply to the program until the fall PORTfolio student quota has been met. There is no finite application deadline. Prospective PORTfolio students will be contacted within 30 days of the receipt of their PORTfolio application form with the decision of the PORTfolio Director and the faculty review committee.

For further information, call or email Dr. Lawrence Hultgren at (757) 455-3229 or