Virginia Wesleyan College: Narrative Description

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1584 Wesleyan Dr.
Norfolk, VA 23502-5599
Tel: (757)455-3200
Free: 800-737-8684
Admissions: (757)455-3208
Fax: (757)461-5238
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent United Methodist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1961. Setting: 300-acre urban campus with easy access to Norfolk/Virginia Beach. Endowment: $36.2 million. Total enrollment: 1,442. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,258 applied, 79% were admitted. 16% from top 10% of their high school class, 36% from top quarter, 70% from top half. Full-time: 1,139 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 303 students, 77% women, 23% men. Students come from 32 states and territories, 10 other countries, 28% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 14% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 21% 25 or older, 42% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 66% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $27,048 includes full-time tuition ($20,448) and college room and board ($6600). Full-time tuition varies according to class time. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $852 per semester hour. Part-time tuition varies according to class time and course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 60 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 12% of eligible men and 12% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, student radio station, student newspaper, Black Student Union, Leadership Council. Major annual events: homecoming, Lake Taylor Music Festival, Seafood Party in the Dell. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, well-lit pathways. 633 college housing spaces available; 609 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. H. C. Hofheimer II Library with 140,400 books, 15,844 microform titles, 923 serials, 3,810 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Tidewater, Virginia, is the cultural center of the Commonwealth. Norfolk features the Chrysler Museum, MacArthur Memorial, Scope Arena, Chrysler Hall for professional theatre, an opera house, and is headquarters of the Virginia Orchestra Group, Feldman String Quartet, and the Tidewater Ballet Association. Virginia Beach, in addition to its world-famous beaches, is proud of Seashore State Park, the Little Theater, Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment, the Virginia Beach Pops and other groups. Within one hour's driving time are Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown, several nationally known museums including the Mariners Museum, and Busch Gardens.

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