Marlin Nation Orientation

Welcome, Future Marlins!

We are so excited that you have decided to become a VWU Marlin!

Your enrollment deposit secures your place in the class and lets us know that we need to start sending you additional information.


It's official! You are now part of Coastal Virginia’s premier university of the liberal arts and sciences!
As you prepare for your journey at Virginia Wesleyan University, we'll be here to address your individual needs, connect you to valuable resources and opportunities, and help you cultivate an understanding of VWU's history and traditions.

The information below is provided to assist you in navigating a smooth transition to Marlin Nation.

Good luck and GO MARLINS!

Jason Seward, M.Ed. ’05
Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Operational Management

The information below is presented to help you successfully navigate the start of the school year.

Save the date for Marlin Nation Orientation! Our newest Marlins should plan to join us on campus on Friday, June 21st or Monday, June 24th.

College 101 will begin on August 25th!

Be on the lookout for more information about registering for Marlin Nation Orientation from VWU Orientation ( We can't wait to have you here! 

As a student at Virginia Wesleyan you will often be required to use a username and password. When you were accepted at VWU you were assigned a student ID number. Your student ID number is your username. (If you've misplaced your student ID number, please contact the Office of Enrollment at 757.455.3208.) You will need to create a personal password. To do so, you'll first create a temporary, single use password and then use it to create your personal password. When you are ready to create your personal VWU password, please click here

Being able to use the Beacon will be key to your success at Virginia Wesleyan.  The Beacon is your home for accessing your Self-Service Financial Aid portal, being able to pay your bill, accessing your VWU email, accessing your Blackboard, and accessing WebAdvisor.  You can get to My Beacon by visiting our website: and clicking the Menu button. The link will be in the Quicklinks section of the menu. Alternately, you can go directly to myBeacon using this link. Be sure to bookmark it for quick access.

You can access your Financial Aid Self Service Portal by going into My Beacon and clicking on the Financial Aid Self Service icon.  It is important that you log into your portal to review and accept your financial aid. Do so using your username (student ID number) and personal password. (See above for instructions about your personal password.) If you have any issues accessing your portal please contact your enrollment counselor in the Center for Enrollment Services (757.455.3208).

Parking on campus requires registering your vehicle with Security in order to receive a VWU Parking Decal. Those who register vehicles on campus will be charged $150.00 to their Student Account. In order to register your vehicle be sure to do the following: 

  1. Go to your WebAdvisor Account
  2. Login in using your VWU credentials
  3. Navigate to “Web Miscellaneous Programs” in your Student Account 
  4. Click on “Vehicle Registration” 
  5. Complete the required fields
  6. Pick up your Vehicle Decal from the Security Office when you’re on campus!

During the summer, you will receive an email (to your VWU email account) with information on how to access StarRez. StarRez is our online portal for the housing selection process.  If you already know who you would like your roommate to be, you will need to list their name on your housing application.  If you don't, that is okay!  You will answer questions through the housing application that will help us match you with potential roommates.  You and other students will be able to communicate through StarRez to decide if you are a match or not. You will be notified of your placement via your email and will be able to see room assignment and roommate information in the StarRez portal where you submitted your application.


Details regarding move-in will be forthcoming from Residence Life.  If you are participating in a fall sport, please speak with your Coach about move in specifics. Don't know what to bring and what not to bring?  See our recommended list.  You will receive a detailed schedule for Orientation later this summer.  

Get Your Marlin Gear

Head over to the Scribner University Store and get your Marlin Gear

T-SHIRT Under Armour

T-Shirt "Fear the Fish"

Rain Poncho with Hood

Full Zip Sweatshirt 'Snowball'