Virginia Wesleyan University

Men's D3 Coach: J.P. Stewart
2 / 10
1,351 Undergrads / 1,437 Students
8 / 10
$25,000 Net Price
2 / 10
77% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    Old Dominion (ODAC)

  • College Type

    4-year, Private non-profit

  • Campus Type

    City: Large

Student Body
  • Male
  • Female
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • In-State
  • Out-of-state
  • Foreign
  • Other
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Latino
  • Foreign
  • Other
Student-to-faculty Ratio
12 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
Overall Graduation Rate
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
43% / 48%
Calendar System
Four-one-four plan
Religious Affiliation
United Methodist
On campus housing is provided and is not required for incoming freshman

Other includes American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, two or more races and unknown race / ethnicity.

Coach Recruiting Interview

Not from a lacrosse hotbed? No worries, because college coaches like J.P. Stewart of Virginia Wesleyan look for commitment, athleticism and a hard work ethic above everything else. Coach Stewart believes players will find the best fit programs by asking coaches directly about their coaching styles. Understanding the expectations of a program are crucial because so many college lacrosse programs are unique in their own ways. Finally, Coach Stewart thinks accelerated recruiting is having a greater affect on players’ approaches to recruiting rather than on his program’s own approach.

With the 2014 season in the books, Head Men’s lacrosse coach J.P. Stewart completes his 12th season at Virginia Wesleyan College (VWC). Coach Stewart’s 92-91 overall record is the most wins by any VWC head men’s lacrosse coach. 2014 marks the Marlins’ fifth straight winning season. Coach Stewart was selected to coach the South in the USILA North-South All-Star game this past Memorial Day weekend. In addition, Coach Stewart’s 2014 offense boasted two All Americans that were also national leaders in points scored per game.

Coach Stewart is a 1995 graduate of Hampen and Sydney College where he helped the Tigers to an NCAA tournament berth in his senior year. He has had coaching stints at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Colorado College.

What advice do you have for players interested in playing DIII lacrosse?

The dynamics are different at each school. Coaches have different expectations for their players. Also, coaches tend to have their own brand or style so they will approach the game in different ways. In DIII, time spent working out and playing in the offseason will vary between programs. So, recruits should think about what they need out of a program. On the flip side, they should consider what the program needs out of them.

What’s the best way to get on your recruiting radar? Anything recruits should not do?

Each college coach has a different way of recruiting. It’s important to figure out what certain coaches respond to. Definitely do not send 20 or 30 coaches the same blanket email. I generally overlook those.

Ideally a recruit will send me a brief email, “Hey Coach Stewart, great season. I really enjoy your run-and-gun style offense. It fits my style of play…” Then they will include some basic info about themselves and a YouTube link to their highlight tape.

Make the email very direct and attach a link I can click on while walking down the street with my family. In fact, I discovered a recruit this morning doing just that. They sent me a nice, clean link to a highlight tape, I liked it and now we will be in touch throughout the summer.

What’s a question you wished players asked you more during the recruiting process?

I really like when kids ask about specific aspects relating to the school like academic programs, location or cost. It shows they are thinking not just about lacrosse but also about the school and community itself.

I think it’s great when kids ask questions directly about a coach’s coaching style. Good starters are, “what’s your style of play?” or “how do you guys train, practice and work out in the off season?” It’s important to know what a coach is doing with his guys and it’s really important to understand the lacrosse side of things. Why would a kid who doesn’t like playing run-and-gun offense in high school play for a college team that also runs a similar style offense?

What type of player do you typically look for–raw athlete or refined lacrosse player?

I get this question a lot. The easiest answer I can give is that I just need a player that can play. I don’t care where a kid is from. I don’t look at zip codes. I just want someone who is sold on the program. All I ask is that a player buys into the program and buys into being a good person off the field. DIII doesn’t get a ton of perks like some top DI programs, and they don’t even get that much either. It’s all about how much better a player wants to get and how hard they are willing to compete. That being said, I would take athleticism over skill most often.

What’s special about being a student-athlete at Virginia Wesleyan?

We talk about getting the whole package here. Lacrosse is really the fifth part of that package. You’re also getting a good education coupled with great internship opportunities. Then you consider the location of the school, Virginia Beach offers a good outlet for the kids with beaches and the water nearby. We talk about the size of the school a lot. It means different things for different guys, but generally a smaller atmosphere means more visibility on campus and stronger relationships between faculty and students. The cost of the school is attractive to most recruits as well.

How has the accelerated recruiting process impacted your approach to recruiting?

The accelerated process doesn’t change our approach, but I think it definitely changes the kid’s approach to recruiting. There’s a trickle down effect. When kids hear about their friends making early commitments they sometimes look to jump on an early opportunity too.

Great, thanks Coach Stewart. Any final thoughts?

Players interested in pursuing college lacrosse should go in eyes wide open. As a player, really try to figure out what you’re getting yourself into. Do I have a spot on the team or will I need to earn a spot? There’s a lot of competition and a lot of kids that want to play. There are also a lot of schools with programs so be sure to do your homework.

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Team Road Trips

Most games are played in Virginia and North Carolina. The team also travels to Pennsylvania.

Recruit Commits
Zack Tucker Athens Drive High School Raleigh, NC Goal
Harlan Menger Powhatan HS Powhatan, VA LSM
Andrew Welsh West Forsyth Syosset, NY Def, LSM
Andrew Patterson North Hagerstown Hagerstown, MD Mid
Tyler Jeu Urbana Ijamsville, MD Mid, Faceoff
Dom Hafner Loudoun County Leesburg, VA Def, LSM
Braden Knight Cedar Park Cedar Park, TX Def
Brady Morrison Osbourn Park Manassas, VA Att
Peter Langan Dominion High School Sterling, VA Att
Nick Frampton Mountain view High School Stafford, VA Att, Mid
Andrew Johson Landstown Virginia Beach, VA Mid, Att
Matt Roush Peachtree Ridge Suwanee, GA Mid
Peter Langan Dominion High School Sterling, VA Att
Michael Reeder Northern Owings, MD Goal
Anthony Scarpola Archbishop Curley Baltimore, MD Att
Nick Frampton Mountain view High School Stafford, VA Att, Mid
Andrew Johson Landstown Virginia Beach, VA Mid, Att
Evan Klipple Loudoun Valley Purcellville, VA Mid
Shane Silk Susquehannock Shrewsbury, PA Goal
Philip Venanzi C Milton Wright Bel Air, MD Goal
Bradley Lill Easton Easton, MD Mid
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5817 Wesleyan Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, 23455 See Directions
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Where Grads Live
  • Norfolk Virginia Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • Richmond Virginia Area
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Baltimore Maryland Area
  • Greater Philadelphia Area
  • Greater Atlanta Area
  • Greater Boston Area
  • Charlotte North Carolina Area
  • Raleigh-Durham North Carolina Area
  • Charlottesville Virginia Area
  • Greater Los Angeles Area
  • Roanoke Virginia Area
  • Dover Delaware Area
  • Orlando Florida Area
Where Grads Work
  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools
  • Virginia Beach City Government
  • Tidewater Community College
  • US Army
  • Capital One
  • US Navy
  • Bank of America
  • USAA
  • Dominion Virginia Power
  • Norfolk Public Schools
  • Dominion Enterprises
  • Henrico County Public Schools
  • Wells Fargo
  • PepsiCo
What Grads Do
  • Education
  • Sales
  • Operations
  • Administrative
  • Media and Communication
  • Community and Social Services
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Support
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Information Technology
  • Human Resources
  • Program and Project Management
  • Consulting
  • Healthcare Services
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Overall Experience
Student Life
Professor Rating
Test Scores
Critical Reading
430 - 530
470 - 580
980 - 1190
20 - 30
18 - 26
20 - 28

This range represents the middle half of incoming freshman from the 25th to 75th percentile. The writing component is now optional and no longer reported. Historical writing ranges: 425 - 530 for SAT

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Applicants 2,323 865 1,458
% Admitted 77% 75% 78%
% Admits That Enroll 19% 21% 18%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.21
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    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Business (16%)
    Business Administration and Management, General (16%)
    Criminal Justice/Safety Studies (10%)
    Psychology, General (10%)
    Criminal Justice & Law Enforce (10%)
    Psychology (10%)
    Social Sciences (8%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (7%)
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General (7%)
    Parks, Recreation & Fitness Stu. (6%)
    Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies (6%)
    Visual & Performing Arts (5%)
    Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General (5%)
    Mathematics & Statistics (4%)
    Education (4%)
    Mathematics, General (4%)
    Education, General (4%)
    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.


    Average net price by income for incoming freshman receiving financial aid.

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    Sticker Price

    Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

    On Campus
    Tuition & Fees$36,860
    Books & Supplies$1,500
    Cost of Living$9,581
    Personal Expenses$3,100
    Sticker Price$51,041

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    100% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship100%$24,820
    Federal Grants41%$4,553
    Pell Grants41%$4,475
    Other Federal7%$469
    State & Local Grants68%$2,982
    Institutional Grants99%$21,036
    Student Loans75%$4,996
    Federal Loans73%$2,973
    Other Loans12%$13,116

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Financial Assets $58.7 Million $40,847

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.


    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $27,000.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $15,830 $287

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 6.5%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 872 students.


    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $40,700

    Earnings of former students working by percentile.

    Earnings of former students who received federal financial aid. Figures shown are median.


    How long until this college investment pays off: 6.88 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 43% of students graduate on time.

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    Campus Safety
    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 1 1
    Fondling - -
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery - -
    Aggravated Assault - -
    Burglary - -
    Motor Vehicle Theft - -
    Arson - -

    In Residence Halls are a subset of On Campus statistics. Murder includes non-negligent manslaughter.

    The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here. Statistics represent 3-year average data.

    Data from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

    Carnegie Classifications
    Basic ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
    Undergrad InstructionArts & sciences plus professions, no graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionNot classified (Exclusively Undergraduate)
    Enrollment ProfileVery high undergraduate
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, inclusive, lower transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, small, highly residential

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