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Virginia Wesleyan University Overview

Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Virginia Wesleyan University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Virginia Wesleyan University Known For?

288 Undergraduate Awards
$30,713 Avg Cost After Aid
70% Acceptance Rate
  • The 5% student loan default rate at VWU is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at VWU is the master's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 69% of the faculty were full-time.
  • It takes the average VWU student 4.2 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

Where Is Virginia Wesleyan University?

Contact details for VWU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5817 Wesleyan Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Phone: 757-455-3200

How Do I Get Into VWU?

You can apply to VWU online at:

Admission Requirements for VWU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL considered but not required

How Hard Is It To Get Into VWU?

70% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
89% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at VWU is 70%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 69%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.

Average Test Scores

About 89% of students accepted to VWU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 590. Math scores were between 463 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Virginia Wesleyan University  ( 490 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Virginia Wesleyan University  ( 463 to 570 )
VWU received ACT scores from 14% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 25. Math scores were between 17 and 26. Composite scores were between 19 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Virginia Wesleyan University  ( 17 to 25 )
ACT Math Scores for Virginia Wesleyan University  ( 17 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for Virginia Wesleyan University  ( 19 to 25 )

Can I Afford Virginia Wesleyan University?

$30,713 Net Price
77% Take Out Loans
4.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of VWU is $30,713. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At VWU, approximately 77% of students took out student loans averaging $5,538 a year. That adds up to $22,152 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at VWU is 4.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Virginia Wesleyan University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,262 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,351 undergraduate students at VWU, with 1,262 being full-time and 89 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  VWU

There are also 86 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,262 full-time undergraduates at VWU, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  VWU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Virginia Wesleyan University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of VWU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 18
Black or African American 323
Hispanic or Latino 100
White 658
International Students 27
Other Races/Ethnicities 136

Geographic Diversity

Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at Virginia Wesleyan University. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 13 countries are represented at VWU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, France, and Japan.

Online Learning at Virginia Wesleyan University

122 Took All Classes Online
148 Took At Least One Class Online
There are 5 bachelor’s degree and 1 master’s degree programs available online at VWU. In 2017-2018, 148 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at VWU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 46th most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of VWU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 29%
Business, Management & Marketing 29%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at VWU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at VWU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Social Sciences #14
Social Sciences #249

Virginia Wesleyan University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 43 16 59
Criminal Justice & Corrections 30 0 30
General Psychology 30 0 30
General Biology 18 0 18
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 18 0 18
Communication & Media Studies 12 0 12
General Education 12 0 12
Mathematics 12 0 12
General English Literature 11 0 11
Political Science & Government 10 0 10
Fine & Studio Arts 10 0 10
Social Work 9 0 9
General Social Sciences 8 0 8
Ethnic Studies 6 0 6
History 6 0 6
Biological & Physical Science 6 0 6
Drama & Theater Arts 6 0 6
Mathematics & Computer Science 5 0 5
Chemistry 5 0 5
Sociology 5 0 5
International Relations & National Security 4 0 4
Other Education 0 3 3
Classical Languages & Literature 3 0 3
Romance Languages 3 0 3
Liberal Arts General Studies 3 0 3
Natural Resources Conservation 3 0 3
Religious Studies 3 0 3
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2 0 2
Philosophy 2 0 2
Music 2 0 2
Germanic Languages 1 0 1
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0
Other Visual Art 0 0 0
TOTAL 288 19 307


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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