Admission Process

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Batten Honors College is highly selective. Consideration will be given only to freshman applicants for fall admission with the following qualifications:

  • A high school grade point average equal to or greater than 3.5 in combination with either:
    • An SAT score equal to or greater than 1300
    • An ACT score equal to or greater than 27

How to Apply

The Batten Honors College application process requires submission of the following:

  • Application for admission to Virginia Wesleyan University.
    Note:  no action will be taken regarding your Batten Honors College application prior to your admission to Virginia Wesleyan.
  • Batten Honors College application which includes a short answer question, an essay, and a resume.
  • A letter of recommendation. The letter can be from anyone who you feel knows you well and can speak to your accomplishments in high school and your potential in college.
    Examples of who you can ask for a letter of recommendation include a guidance/college counselor, a teacher, a coach, a job or extracurricular activity supervisor and, a religious official.
    Unless forwarded with your high school transcript, letters of recommendation must be emailed by the author directly to Denise Cunningham at

Competition Dates

Nov 14-16, 2019
Deadline: November 1st

Feb 13-15, 2020
Deadline: January 20th

March 5-7, 2020
Deadline: February 17th

Application Deadlines

Submission of the Batten Honors College application (including the letter of recommendation) is required by the Priority deadlines of November 1, 2019, January 20, 2020 or February 17, 2020.  Applications submitted after those dates will be considered on a space-available basis. Students who apply by the November 1 deadline will be notified by November 8 if they have been invited to compete.

*ReminderYou must be accepted to Virginia Wesleyan University in order to be invited to compete for the Batten Honors College scholarships.  Complete the VWU application for admission.

Scholarship Competition & Interview Process

The Batten Honors College Admission Committee will review applications to determine which applicants will be invited to campus to interview for a seat in the Honors College and one of the two available types of scholarships awarded.

Students will be invited to come to campus for a multi-day event that will include a one-on-one meeting with a professor, a group interview with the admission committee, and the opportunity to sit in on a class.

The dates for the competition are November 14-16, 2019February 13-15, 2020, and March 5-7, 2020. If a student is invited to compete prior to November 14-16, 2019, he/she will be given the opportunity to attend the competition of their choosing.

Holistic Review Process

The review process is two-pronged and includes information gathered both on paper and in person.  Consideration will be given to the academic rigor of a student’s transcript, their standardized test scores, essays, resume, and letter of recommendation.  In addition, students are scored on how they perform in the group interview during the scholarship competition.

Within two weeks of the conclusion of each scholarship competition, students will be informed of their status – Batten Fellow, Shumadine Scholar, or Wait List.  Scholarship awardees are required to accept or decline their seat in the Batten Honors College by May 1, 2020.  Wait listed students may receive an updated decision any time during the academic year, but will receive a final decision no later than May 11, 2020.

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