PROFILE

Virginia Wesleyan University

About Virginia Wesleyan University


Virginia Wesleyan University is Coastal Virginia's premier university of the liberal arts and sciences. Situated on a 300-acre park-like campus in Virginia Beach, the University annually enrolls approximately 1,600 students in undergraduate, graduate, and online programs.

Our COVID-19 Response:

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information:

https://www.vwu.edu/coronavirus/

About Our Students

FALL 2020 ADMISSIONS   Numbers are for degree-seeking students applied, admitted, and enrolled in the fall of 2020.


Middle 50% SAT Range for Freshman Class   Numbers are for degree-seeking students applied, admitted, and enrolled in the fall of 2020.

Virginia Wesleyan University is currently a test-optional institution during the COVID-19 pandemic as it applies to Fall 2020 and 2021 first-time, first-year admissions

Mathematics 470 - 580
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 490 - 610

The SAT has two sections (SAT Evidenced Based Reading and Writing and SAT Math), each scored on a scale of 200-800. In the ranges provided for each section below, 25% of freshmen admitted to this institution in the fall of 2020 scored the same as or lower than the first number. Fifty percent of admitted freshmen received scores between the two numbers given, and 25% of admitted freshmen received a score the same as or higher than the second number provided for each section.

Freshmen Returning for Sophomore Year
64%

FALL 2020 ENROLLMENT   Numbers are for degree-seeking undergraduate students and graduate students enrolled in the fall of 2020.

Graduate Student: A student that holds a bachelor's degree or equivalent, and is taking courses at the post-baccalaureate level. Students formerly designated as first-professional students are now captured in the graduate student enrollment numbers.

Average High School GPA of the Freshman Class
3.42

FALL 2020 FRESHMAN CLASS
GEOGRAPHICAL PROFILE   Percentages are for the origins of first-time freshmen enrolled in the fall of 2020.

GENDER: ALL UNDERGRADUATES

Women 59%
Men 41%

DIVERSITY: ALL UNDERGRADUATES

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What Students Pay

Price of Attendance in 2020 - 2021   Note: Numbers are estimates only for full-time undergraduate students living on campus in academic year 2020 - 2021. Room & Board: This figure assumes double occupancy in institutional housing and 19 meals per week (or the maximum meal plan). Books and Supplies: These costs include the average cost of books and supplies for a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus. Unusual costs for special groups of students (for example, engineering or art majors) are not included unless they constitute a majority of the students at the institution. Transportation: These costs include two round trips per year to the hometown of a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus. Other Expenses: These expenses include average costs for a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus, for clothing, laundry, entertainment, medical (if not a required fee), and furnishings.

Estimated Tuition & Fees$36,910
Estimated Room & Board$9,581
Estimated Books & Supplies$1,500
Estimated Transportation$1,600
Other Expenses$1,500

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FALL 2021 Tuition and Fees History   These figures represent typical tuition for a full-time undergraduate student for the full academic year (generally September to June) plus required fees or those charges that all full-time students must pay that are not included in tuition (for example, registration, health, or activity fees). Optional fees such as parking and laboratory use are not included.


 
Our Graduates

Percentage of Students Who Graduate   Percentages are for full-time first-time bachelor's (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduate students who entered this institution in the summer or fall of 2014 and completed their degree at this institution by the fall of 2020.

Within 4 Years 46%
Within 5 Years 50%
Within 6 Years 50%

Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded Last Year*   This graphic represents the four majors in which the most bachelor's degrees were awarded between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. The category of “All Others” is the sum of all the other majors earned at the institution in that year. Students with a double major will only be represented by the category of their first major.

Number of Degrees Awarded in 2020   Numbers are for degrees awarded between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Bachelor’s: Bachelor’s degrees are any degrees that normally require at least four but not more than five years of full-time equivalent college-level work. This includes ALL bachelor’s degrees awarded in a five-year cooperative (work-study plan) program which provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government and thus allows students to combine actual work experience with their college studies. Also, it includes bachelor’s degrees in which the normal four years of work are completed in three years. Master’s: Master’s degrees require the successful completion of a program of study of at least the full-time equivalent of one but not more than two academic years of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. Some of these degrees, such as those in Theology (ex., M.Div., M.H.L./Rav) that were formerly classified as first-professional degrees, may require more than two full-time equivalent academic years of work. Doctoral Doctoral degrees are the highest award a student can earn for graduate study. There are three categories of Doctoral degrees:
  • Doctor's degree-research/scholarship: Requires advanced work beyond the master's level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research, or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement.
  • Doctor's degree-professional practice: A doctor's degree that is conferred upon completion of a program providing the knowledge and skills for the recognition, credential, or license required for professional practice. The degree is awarded after a period of study such that the total time to the degree, including both pre-professional and professional preparation, equals at least six full-time equivalent academic years. Some of these degrees were formerly classified as first-professional and may include: Chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.); Dentistry (D.D.S. OR D.M.D.); Law (L.L.B. or J.D.); Medicine (M.D.); Optometry (O.D.); Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.); Pharmacy (Pharm.D.); Podiatry (D.P.M., Pod.D., D.P.); or, Vetrinary Medicine (D.V.M.), and others, as designated by the awarding institution.
  • Doctor's degree-other: A doctor's degree that does not meet the definition of a doctor's degree-research/scholarship or a doctor's degree-professional practice.

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About Our Faculty

Faculty Information   Student Faculty Ratio: Ratios are for full-time equivalent students to full-time equivalent instructional faculty for the fall of 2020. Full-time equivalent equals all the full-time individuals plus one-third of the part-time individuals. Faculty and students in stand-alone graduate programs such as medicine, law, veterinary, dentistry, social work, business, or public health in which faculty teach virtually only graduate level students are not included in the ratio calculations. Undergraduate or graduate student teaching assistants are not included as faculty. Full-Time Faculty with Highest Degree: Full-time instructional faculty in the fall of 2020 who held a doctorate, first professional, or the highest degree available in their field. Instructional faculty is defined as those members of the instructional-research staff whose major regular assignment is instruction, including those with released time for research.

Student Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Full-time Faculty with highest degree: 94%

Undergraduate Class Size   Undergraduate Class Size:This table reports on the number of classes by class size that was offered in the fall of 2020. Number of Classes:This is the number of classes per semester. A class is an organized course offered for credit, and not a subsection such as a laboratory or discussion section. Not included in this table is distance learning classes, noncredit classes, individual instruction such as thesis research and music instruction, independent studies, co-operative programs, internships, foreign language taped tutor sessions, practicums, and all students in one-on-one classes.

Number of Students 2-19 20-39 40-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 184 129 9 0 0

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Life on Campus

Virginia Wesleyan University will be a beacon for the liberal arts in the 21st century, where experiential learning opportunities empower students to grow as principled scholars and community leaders.

What it's Like on Our Campus   Percent of Freshmen Who Live on Campus is for freshmen enrolled in fall 2021. Percent of Undergraduates Who Live on Campus is for all degree-seeking undergraduates enrolled in fall 2021.

Freshmen who live on campus 88%
Undergraduates who live on campus 66%

Campus Safety

Virginia Wesleyan believes that a safe, secure environment is essential to learning and to the peace of mind of our students, their parents and our faculty. For this reason, we employ a staff of full-time security officers available 24/7 to assist our campus community.

A security officer is stationed at the DeFord Gatehouse, the University's only vehicular entrance, at all times throughout the year. A team of Campus Security officers patrols the campus by foot, bicycle and vehicle 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our security staff maintains a friendly and supportive relationship with state and local law enforcement that assist us if the need arises. The end result is a campus that is secure as possible while allowing students the freedom to fully enjoy the campus and the Tidewater area surrounding it.

Security officers can also assist students with such services as jump starting a dead battery, after hours escort, providing parking decals and dorm ID cards.

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