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Tidewater Promise

Virginia Wesleyan University is committed to treating transfer students fairly. We believe in recognizing your hard work and making the path to your four-year degree as easy as possible.

The Tidewater Promise helps Tidewater Community College graduates save credits, save time, and save money by assuring that those with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Applied Science (human services), will enter Virginia Wesleyan with junior-class status. All lower-level general education requirements—including foreign language—will be deemed complete, allowing students to focus on courses for their major and upper-level elective credits necessary for their bachelor's degree.

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Marlin Fast Pass

Be a Marlin even before you transfer! To make your transition to VWU even more seamless, we've created the Marlin Fast Pass concurrent enrollment program. Tidewater Community College students who declare their intent to transfer to VWU will be assigned an academic advisor and issued a VWU student ID. They will have full access to the VWU campus—including use of the library and fitness center, and free admission to athletic and cultural events—before they even become students here. And, students who have attained a 3.0 GPA at the completion of their first year at a two-year institution will be eligible to concurrently enroll in two 300-level VWU courses during their sophomore year.

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Generous Transfer Scholarships

Virginia Wesleyan offers private school quality with public school affordability. With an average institutional award of just under $21,000 and a total average financial aid package of approximately $37,000, VWU's generous grant and merit award programs—along with federal and state aid—mean that you don't have to compromise. Speak with a VWU transfer enrollment counselor to learn more or try out our scholarship calculator. In addition you may be eligible for our $10,000 a year Hampton Roads College Success Scholarship.