Virginia Wesleyan College
|Motto||Bring a spark, light a fire|
|Type||Private liberal arts college|
|United Methodist Church|
|Endowment||US $52.7 million|
|President||Scott D. Miller|
|Dean||Timothy G. O'Rourke|
|Location||Norfolk, VA, USA
|Campus||Suburban, 300 acres (1.21 km2)|
|Colors||Blue and Silver|
|Athletics||NCAA Division III – ODAC|
Virginia Wesleyan College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in Norfolk, Virginia. Founded in 1961 by the Virginia United Methodist Church, the school’s enrollment is approximately 1,400 students. The college offers bachelor's degrees in 34 major disciplines. Virginia Wesleyan College is a member of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.
Virginia Wesleyan College offers a broad-based liberal arts curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving skills and independent learning. Undergraduate degrees include a bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of social work with 34 major disciplines, 30 minors and seven pre-professional programs. The school’s two most popular majors are biology and business.
In 2011, the college introduced a new curricular model based on a four-credit rather than a three-credit course system. Students take fewer total courses to meet graduation requirements, but most courses are worth four credits each. The fourth credit is designed to include independent research, out-of-class experiences or interdisciplinary activities that complement the content of the course.
Students may participate in the Honors and Scholars Program or the PORTfolio Program. The college’s academic calendar consists of a fall and spring semester as well as an optional three-week winter session during which students can take a traditional class or a faculty-led travel course. The college’s average class size is approximately 13 students.
A law suit was filed against the College for a sexual assault that took place during a school orientation function. Although the school had expelled the accused student, the suit alleges that a school employee drugged the survivor. In a court filing for the suit, the school's lawyers have taken the unusual step of requesting entire sexual and dating history of the survivor, including events after the incident.
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Virginia Wesleyan is separated into four different villages over a 300-acre (1.2 km2) 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. The campus is within both Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
Virginia Wesleyan competes in Division III of the NCAA, as a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). The men's basketball team won the national championship in 2006, and the following year returned to the championship game, which they lost. 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.
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