Why Virginia Wesleyan

We’re affordable. Over 98 percent of our students receive financial aid assistance. Merit-based scholarships of up to $24,000/year are available. Visit our Scholarship Calculator to determine your eligibility.

We're scholarly. Our faculty members are more than professors; they’re scholars, mentors, and friends. Ninety percent hold a PhD or the highest degree in their field.

We're supportive. With small classes and a 14:1 student/faculty ratio, you'll find an extremely supportive community, from financial aid to faculty mentors, ready to help you succeed.

We're diverse. In 2020 US News & World Report recognized us as one of the top 25 most ethnically diverse national liberal arts colleges in the country. We have a campus population that is 48% self-identified people of color. In addition, first-generation students comprise approximately 25% of our campus population. 

We're nationally recognized. Selected for inclusion in The Princeton Review's Best 386 Colleges: 2021 Edition and chosen as a 2020-2021 College of Distinction for excellence in student-focused higher education, VWU is getting noticed.  

We’re coastal. Just miles from the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, the picturesque 300-acre campus of Virginia Wesleyan University is situated in world-famous Virginia Beach.

We're curious. Research is an integral part of the VWU experience. You don’t have to wait until graduate school to pursue in-depth study of a subject near to your heart.

We're competitive. Our student-athletes study hard and train hard. With nationally ranked teams and committed and caring coaching staff, you’ll get the best of both worlds—academic and athletic.

We’re community minded. In keeping with our Wesleyan tradition, we believe higher education is about more than gaining knowledge; it’s about giving back and reaching out to those in need.

We're green. The environment is serious business at VWU. You can major and minor in earth and environmental sciences, environmental studies, marine science, and sustainability management. The recently opened Greer Environmental Sciences Center, a state-of-the-art facility, and our partnerships with the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and the Virginia Institute for Marine Science further demonstrate our commitment in this area. 

We’re global. Global Engagement through direct exchange programs in Argentina, Chile, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Spain, or a broad range of affiliate and faculty-led programs that may find you studying art in London or business in Morocco.

To speak with an enrollment counselor, please call 757.455.3208.