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Virginia Wesleyan College
Motto Bring a spark, light a fire
Established 1961
Type Private college
Religious affiliation United Methodist Church
Endowment US $42 million
President William T. Greer, Jr.
Dean Timothy G. O'Rourke
Faculty 83
Students 1,446
Location Norfolk, VA, USA
Campus Suburban, 300 acres (1.21 km2)
Colors Blue and Silver          
Nickname Marlins
Mascot Bob Marlin
Athletics NCAA Division III, ODAC
Website www.vwc.edu

Virginia Wesleyan College is a small Methodist liberal arts college on the border of Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia offering a Bachelor of Arts in many disciplines and has added Bachelor of Science programs as well. Virginia Wesleyan College boasts a strong student-to-faculty ratio and has shown steady campus growth for several years.

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Academics

Virginia Wesleyan offers majors in a wider range of fields than many small liberal arts colleges, ranging from traditional liberal arts programs to more pre-professional programs. Students at Virginia Wesleyan may major in:

Students at Virginia Wesleyan benefit from the individualized attention. and close mentoring relationships typical of small liberal arts colleges, developed through a number of distinctive programs. Each first-year student at Virginia Wesleyan enrolls in a First-Year Seminar that focuses on intensive exploration of a specialized topic, in a class no larger than fifteen students. Another recognized feature of the academic program at the college is its Winter Session, a three-week term between the fall and spring semesters that offers innovative and experimental courses, including travel courses to locations ranging from Belize to New Zealand. Students may also participate in the Honors and Scholars Program and the PORTfolio Program, which promotes the exploration of the liberal arts through real-world applications.

The college has recently begun a major commitment to making Living & Learning Communities available to first-year students, and up to half of the college's first-year students participate in these communities. In these communities, groups of fifteen first-year students, all of whom live in the same residence hall, immerse themselves in intensive study of a topic of mutual interest, dedicating two of their first-semester courses to that subject. The fact that the students in each community live in the same residence hall allows for opportunity to integrate these studies more thoroughly into the fabric of campus life, providing for group activities, external speakers, and out-of-class activities focused on the chosen topic. Recent and current topics of Living & Learning Communities include American Politics, Women in Science, and the Environment.

Distinctions

The college earned distinction for ten major programs in the 20th edition of Rugg's Recommendations on Colleges. The major programs for which it earned distinction are:

Greek Life

North American Interfraternity Conference Fraternities:

National Panhellenic Conference Sororities:

National Panhellenic Council Sororities:

Athletics

Virginia Wesleyan competes in Division III of the NCAA, as a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The men's basketball team won the national championship in 2006. The women's soccer team made it to the final four in 2006 after winning the ODAC tournament for the first time in program history.

Campus

Virginia Wesleyan is separated into four different villages over a 300-acre tract. Villages I and II offer combined living-learning environments on the Jeffersonian model, in which dormitory space, classrooms, and faculty and staff offices share the same buildings.

In the summer and fall of 2008, the college's Hofheimer Library underwent a major renovation and modernization that included expanded wireless internet access, twenty-four hour study space, and an art gallery.

Notable alumni

External links

  • VWC.edu: The Virginia Wesleyan College homepage

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