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Colleges / Virginia Wesleyan University

Virginia Wesleyan University

Virginia Beach, VA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate86%
Acceptance Rate86%

About Marlins

Virginia Wesleyan University Overview

Virginia Wesleyan University is a private, religious school in a suburban setting in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marlins was founded in 1961 and the school enrolls around 1,324 students per year, including 1,241 undergraduate students. Marlins ensures housing for up to 858 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

Student Involvement at Marlins

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Marlins's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Marlins students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Marlins has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Marlins has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Marlins on the Student Life page.

2022 Marlins Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 86%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 13%
Tuition $36,010
Percent of Need Met 66.1%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $30,162

Is Marlins a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better idea of what Marlins offers and if the school might be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Virginia Wesleyan University

Marlins is moderately difficult to get into. Marlins admitted 86% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 2,076 applications received in 2022, 1,793 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Marlins

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Marlins, around 66% come back the next year. Marlins's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 47%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Marlins Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Marlins by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Marlins directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Marlins's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Virginia Wesleyan University's endowment was $72.8 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Marlins spends about $10,247 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Marlins

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Marlins meets 66.1% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $30,162 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $35,685 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Marlins.

Based on this information, does Marlins seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Marlins a good school for you?

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Where is Virginia Wesleyan University Located?

Marlins is located in the suburban setting of Virginia Beach, Virginia, in the suburbs of Hampton Roads.

If you would like to see Marlins for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 64 to Virginia Beach, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Norfolk International Airport.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Marlins and Virginia Beach are like without leaving home.

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College Info

5817 Wesleyan Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Campus Setting: Suburban

Marlins Application Deadline

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Wondering what life at Marlins is like? There are approximately 1,324 students enrolled at Marlins, including 1,241 undergraduate students and 83 graduate students. 89% percent of students attend school full-time, 73% percent are from VA and 27% percent of students are from other states.


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