Welcome Class of 2024

Until move-in day!

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.

Welcome Future Marlins

On behalf of the entire University community, welcome to Virginia Wesleyan! You're now officially part of the #HottestCollegeinCoastalVA.

As you prepare to begin college, we'll be here to address your individual needs, connect you to valuable resources and opportunities, and help you to cultivate an understanding of VWU’s history and traditions. 

The information below is provided to assist you in navigating a smooth transition to life as a Marlin. Please feel free to contact me anytime at 757.455.2124 or jseward@vwu.edu

Good luck and GO MARLINS!

Jason Seward, M.Ed. ’05
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

Marlin Nation Orientation - August 2019

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

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: www.vwu.edu and clicking “My Beacon” in the upper right hand corner.

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.  When you were accepted at VWU you were assigned a student ID number.  Your student ID number will be your username and your password (unless you have changed it) will be: uppercase first letter of your first name, lower case first letter of your last name, two digit birth month, two digit birthday, two digit birth year, last digit of your zip code.  If you have any issues accessing your portal please contact your enrollment counselor in the Center for Enrollment Services (757.455.3208).

WebAdvisor is where you can register your car, update your emergency contacts,  view your housing and roommate information, search for courses, and many other things.  First year students are allowed to have cars on campus!  The cost for a parking decal is $100 a year.  To access your WebAdvisor your username is the part of your email before the @ sign.  Example: BobMarlin@vwu.edu username is: BobMarlin.  Your password (unless you have changed it): uppercase first letter of your first name, lower case first letter of your last name, two digit birth month, two digit birthday, two digit birth year, last digit of your zip code.


Marlin Nation Orientation (MNO) is made up of two parts; MNO-101 and MNO-102.  Students are expected to attend both sessions.  You may choose between two days for MNO-101, June 26th OR June 29th.  During MNO-101 you will meet fellow students; get all your questions answered; learn about internships/externships/study away; receive information about the housing process; pick up your VWU student ID; get a parking decal; visit the University Store; and learn about campus resources.   It is important that you access your Orientation Portal (link forthcoming) to complete tasks that will set you up for a successful transition into VWU.  An Academic Questionnaire will assist you with building a class schedule, upload a picture for your student ID, complete health forms, and more.  It is important that you check your VWU email regularly leading up to orientation so you receive all important information and updates.

Once your course schedule has been completed, it will be important for you to know what textbooks and supplies you will need for each course.  You can visit the Scribner University Store page on our website to see what textbooks are needed for each course. 

MNO-102, scheduled for August 23rd-25th, begins with move-in for resident students and check-in for all freshmen on Sunday, August 23rd.  During this three-day session, it is the University’s goal to help you establish connections; understand the roles, responsibilities, and benefits of membership in a community; expose you to diverse ideas, experiences, and people; and provide you with services and support to be academically and socially successful.  By the time you begin classes on Wednesday, August 26th, you will be well on your way to becoming a successful Marlin.


At the time of MNO-101, 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.  Housing assignments will take place throughout the weeks following orientation.  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.


For those students not participating in fall sports, move in day is August 23rd.  If you are participating in a fall sport please speak with your Coach about move in specifics.  On August 23rd you can expect to be on campus between 8:00am-9:00am to start your move-in.  You will be greeted by energetic VWU students and staff who will help you move your things.  You will have time to get settled and have lunch before orientation starts at 2:30pm.  Don’t know what to bring and what not to bring?  See our recommended list here.  You will receive a detailed schedule for MNO-102 later this summer.


For those students who are not living on campus you will need to check-in on August 23rd at 2:30pm.  Additionally, you should plan on participating in orientation events the afternoon of the 23rd, and all day Monday and Tuesday, August 24th and 25th.  You will receive a detailed schedule later in the summer.  Meals will be provided during orientation.  As a commuter you will have access to our commuter lounge and kitchen located in the Jane. P. Batten Student Center during the academic year.