Welcome toVirginia 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 1,500 students in undergraduate, graduate, and online programs. Undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Social Work with 35 majors, 30 minors, and 12 pre-professional tracks. Graduate degrees include a Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Education. Students thrive in average class sizes of 14 and through the University's experiential learning, high-impact leadership, and career-development programs. More than 90 percent of Wesleyan's new graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school within one year. The state-of-the-art Greer Environmental Sciences Center, Chesapeake Bay Academy, Tidewater Collegiate Academy, and other outstanding facilities and programs serve a vibrant campus community and regional partners in education. An inclusive community dedicated to scholarship and service grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, Virginia Wesleyan University inspires students to build meaningful lives through engagement in Coastal Virginia's dynamic metropolitan region, the nation, and the world.

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4 Reasons to Study
at Virginia Wesleyan University

Students at Virginia Wesleyan University receive a college experience like no other. From our access to Fortune 500 companies to our diverse and exciting community, here are just a few reasons why VWU is the best choice for you.

  • International Scholarships

    International students are eligible to receive up to $21,000 per year in merit-based scholarships.

  • Ranked University

    VWU was included in The Princeton Review’s Best 384 Colleges of 2019 and was chosen as a 2018-19 College of Distinction.

  • World Class Education

    90 percent of our professors hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their fields.

  • Accelerated Degree Options

    Students may enroll in accelerated programs and progress to graduate studies with top-tier U.S. universities. Graduate pathways include engineering, environmental management, law, and pharmacy.

Accelerated Degree Partners

About Vwu

Founded in 1961, Virginia Wesleyan University engages students of diverse ages, religions, ethnic origins and backgrounds in a rigorous liberal arts education that will prepare them to meet the challenges of life and career in a complex and rapidly changing world. VWU provides a cross-disciplinary approach to a meaningful liberal arts education and aspires to be a supportive community committed to social responsibility, ethical conduct, higher learning and religious freedom.


Virginia Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University.

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