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Your chances of getting into Virginia Wesleyan College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Virginia Wesleyan College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at VWC is 86.4%.  Its admission rate is the 26th lowest in Virginia.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into VWC and can you get accepted?

Virginia Wesleyan College is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 1,793 out of the 2,076 who applied were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 24 percent on standardized admission tests. Virginia Wesleyan College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.39. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into VWC?

86% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Virginia Wesleyan College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.39 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1270 on the SAT
  • Score 29 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Virginia Wesleyan College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into VWC are to have around a 3.39 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.39 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as VWC accepts 86% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at VWC is 3.39 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #26 in Virginia for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since VWC is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.4 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Virginia Wesleyan College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 19.47% Good
3.75 to 3.99 12.98% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 16.22% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 11.5% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 11.8% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 18.88% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 8.26% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.89% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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VWC SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Virginia Wesleyan College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 13% of students submitted SAT scores and 4% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Virginia Wesleyan College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 590
Math 25th Percentile 560
Composite 25th Percentile 1150
SAT Scores for Virginia Wesleyan College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 680
Math 75th Percentile 700
Composite 75th Percentile 1380
Average SAT Score 1270

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Virginia Wesleyan College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at VWC is 1270 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1150-1380. Students who get into Virginia Wesleyan College score in the top 32 percent of all SAT test takers..  VWC ranks #7 in the state of Virginia and #195 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1270 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. VWC regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1150 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1150, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1030, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Virginia Wesleyan College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1270 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1265, you have around a 86% chance of being admitted. A 1380 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 92% chance of getting in.

Virginia Wesleyan College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1380 and Above Good >92%
1265 to 1380 Avg + 86%-92%
1150 to 1265 Avg - 76%-86%
1035 to 1150 Reach 63%-76%
Less than 1035 Low <63%
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VWC ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Virginia Wesleyan College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 24
Math 25th Percentile 25
Composite 25th Percentile 27
ACT Scores for Virginia Wesleyan College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 32
Math 75th Percentile 29
Composite 75th Percentile 31
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into VWC?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to VWC is 29, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 27 and 31.  The school ranks #7 in Virginia and #163 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 29. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 27 and score in the score in the top 15 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 25.

4 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Virginia Wesleyan College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Virginia Wesleyan College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into VWC for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 29 score has around 86% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 92% with a 31 ACT score.

Virginia Wesleyan College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >92%
29 to 31 Avg + 86%-92%
27 to 29 Avg - 76%-86%
25 to 27 Reach 63%-76%
Less than 25 Low <63%
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High School Class Rank

66% of Virginia Wesleyan College freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 36% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Virginia Wesleyan College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 15%
Top 25% of class 36%
Top 50% of class 66%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Virginia Wesleyan College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,231 845 2,076
Accepted 1,074 719 1,793
Acceptance Rate 87% 85% 86%
Enrolled 194 147 341
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 20% 19%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Virginia Wesleyan College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Virginia Wesleyan College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Virginia Wesleyan College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Virginia Wesleyan College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Virginia Wesleyan College is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.39 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1270 and ACT of 29 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=234173 IPEDS survey data for Virginia Wesleyan College.


Does Virginia Wesleyan College prefer SAT or ACT?

13% of students submit their SAT scores to VWC. 4% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Virginia Wesleyan College?

86% of those who apply are granted admission to VWC. Admission competition is and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Virginia Wesleyan College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1150 and 1380. The average SAT score is 1265. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Virginia Wesleyan College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 31. The average ACT score is 29. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.