General

How do I request information about Wave Leadership College?

To request more information about WLC, please visit our homepage and fill out the form at the bottom. One of our staff will contact you once your request has been received. If you have a specific question you would like us to answer, you can also fill out the question field below.

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Is Wave Leadership College Accredited?

Wave Leadership College holds Candidate Status at the Associate of Ministry level with the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. The ABHE is a US Department of Education recognized national Bible college accreditation organization. Many ABHE colleges accept WLC transfer credits, and WLC has Articulation agreements which allow for full transfer of credits to major Christian universities such as Southeastern University, Regent University, and Liberty University.

What does WLC believe?

To learn more about WLC’s beliefs, visit our Beliefs page

Do I have to be a Christian to attend WLC?

The mission of WLC includes building the local church and equipping Christian leaders to transform their communities for the glory of God. We ask that potential students also feel strongly about this mission and calling in their own lives.

Is housing available?

Wave Leadership College officially has off site housing! We have partnered with Arbor Trace Apartments to provide housing for our out of town students. The apartments are conveniently located just 3 miles away from Wave Church and another 3 miles away from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. If you are a current student or a prospective student and you want to find out more, contact our Dean of Students Jim Knarr at jim.knarr@wavecollege.com.

What kind of involvement does the school have with it’s community?

WLC is embedded within Wave Church giving students the opportunity to be on the forefront of change within their community by joining their annual outreach programs and events. Just to name a few, WLC students participate in: Wave City Care’s Shine Girl and Man-Power mentorship programs in the local public school system and an annual School Makeover. Students also get to participate in the logistics of running a weekly service under the leadership of Pastor Sharon Kelly, Wave Sisters, specifically for women in the local community.

What kind of activities are available in and around Virginia Beach, VA?

Every year, the oceanfront area of Virginia Beach hosts over 3 million visitors. There’s a reason people from all over the world choose Virginia Beach as their vacation destination – it’s a fantastic community known for its generous hospitality, miles of sandy beaches, and a moderate climate that allows for outdoor activities nearly year-round!

Virginia Beach is located just an hour south of Colonial Williamsburg, a world-famous reproduction of life in America during the 1700’s. The historical connection between Virginia Beach and the American Revolution is one-of-a-kind, as the first settlers who went on to create Jamestown actually landed at the shore just minutes from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Virginia Beach is also a half-day’s drive to America’s Capitol, Washington, DC. Also close by is the Outer Banks, a popular surfing spot.

Further south is Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers first flew an airplane, and a little further south is Charlotte, home of Cam Newton and the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. When you live at Virginia Beach, you’ll soon discover there’s no end to attractions to be explored.

Can I still attend my local church if I decide to study at WLC?

Yes! Our mission is to build the local church and equip Christian leaders to transform their communities for the glory of God. Whatever local church you are a part of, we want to help you gain the tools you need to be an effective contributor to their vision under the leadership of your senior pastor.

Does WLC have a counseling office? Does the school offer professional help outside of the church?

Due to the intimacy of the student body, each student is assigned to an academic advisor that they can schedule visits with and talk to about anything the student is facing. All of WLC academic advisors are staff of the church or the college, and are perfectly qualified to handle most any academic or spiritual related need. Students also have open access to all faculty and staff with the college’s open door policy. If a student desires more counseling they can be referred to a pastor on staff at Wave Church or to a list of professional counselors that they can choose to visit in the area.

Applications

When are applications due?

Wave Leadership College accepts applications on an ongoing basis. We suggest that get your application in as early as possible to give our Admissions Committee plenty of time to review your submission and give you a decision well before scholarship decisions are made and class registration opens. New incoming students are accepted twice a year, Fall semester (in August) or Spring semester (in January).

Incoming students, who have been accepted, are able to register for classes starting May 31.  We suggest applying for admission by mid-May so that you have the opportunity to pick the schedule you want!  Call or text with any questions: 757-401-6422.

How do I apply?

Click the “apply now” button below and fill out the application form provided. After we receive your initial application, we will need a written personal essay and copies of official transcripts from each institution you have attended. Unofficial or “in progress” copies are okay for the initial application. The Admissions Committee will conduct a background check and may choose to call your references, including your pastoral reference.  To follow up on an application, or for any questions, please call us at 757-401-6422 (call or text).

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Is there an application fee?

Wave Leadership College charges $25 for early application and $35 for late application. Often, there are opportunities to waive your application fee by visiting our campus and meeting with one of our Admissions Counselors. Contact us to schedule your visit!  757-401-6422 (call or text)

Can I apply with unofficial transcripts?

Yes! The Admissions Committee can use your unofficial transcripts to make an initial admissions decision on your application. The benefit is that you can usually get an unofficial transcript much quicker. We will require an official transcript to be requested and on it’s way once you are accepted.

How do I get my high school transcript?

When you are ready to apply to Wave Leadership College, simply contact your school’s guidance office to request an official copy of your transcript. If you are currently in high school, you may request an official “in progress” transcript for the Admissions Committee to consider your application. Please have them send it directly to Wave Leadership College.

Where do I send my high school or college transcripts?

Please send all transcripts to:

Wave Leadership College
ATTN: Registrar
1000 N. Great Neck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

How do I schedule a visit before I apply?

We’d love to have you sit in on a class with our students, meet with the registrar and talk out your personal class schedule, and hang with some of your future friends. Click here to schedule a visit.  Or call or text: 757-401-6422.

How long will it take to receive an answer on my admission application?

Wave Leadership College accepts applications on an ongoing basis. The Admissions Committee meets regularly and will review your application as soon as all elements have been received, including your personal essay, unofficial or official transcripts, and reference/background check.  To check on the status of an application, or for any questions, call or text: 757-401-6422.

What are the minimum acceptance requirements?

Wave Leadership College requires a high school diploma or GED equivalent in order to be a full-time student. The mission of WLC includes building the local church and equipping Christian leaders to transform their communities for the glory of God. We ask that potential students also feel strongly about this mission and calling in their own lives.

Courses

Is attendance required in classes?

Yes. Students are expected to attend and be on time for all classes, and active participation in class meetings is essential to learning. Occasional absences may be necessary due to circumstances beyond the student’s control. Because classes meet only once each week, four absences in a 16-week semester will cause students to miss significant instructional time and will be considered excessive.

How often do classes meet?

Each Wave Leadership College class meets one day a week. Our convenient schedule allows most students to take one day a week off of school and provides enough options and flexibility to work around a part-time job.

Do I need a computer?

You will need access to your Wave Leadership College email address and will need to submit assignments to your professors via Word Doc. If you don’t have your own computer, Wave Leadership College conveniently allows access to PC’s in the library and Mac Computers in the Computer Lab. Students are also able to use the library printer with their student ID number.

What is the class experience like?

Wave Leadership College offers you the opportunity to earn your Associate in Ministry degree under the influence of caring professors and a supportive staff. Your Biblical and theological studies, general education classes, and professional development electives are all presented with a Biblical perspective and in classes with an average student-faculty ratio of 11:1. All of our classes are taught in a face to face environment. Each class is offered one day a week in a 2 ½ hour time period.

How do I access the most recent class schedule?

To view our most current course schedule click below.
View Current Course Schedule

How do I access the Academic Calendar?

To access our most current Academic Calendar click below.
Academic Calendar

What is LEAP?

Leadership Experience and Practicum is a course sequence that gives students the ability to practice the principles they learn within the classroom. Students are assigned to a department within Wave Church (or their own home church, if it is in the Hampton Roads area) to gain practical leadership experience in a variety of ministry and management areas. Students take 4 LEAP courses within the structure of WLC’s Associate of Ministry degree, giving the student an opportunity to experience new opportunities, maybe even stumbling upon a talent or desire they never knew about before. This real life experience is useful to add to your resume!  LEAP students also have the distinct opportunity to serve as the base foundation of one conference per semester.  If you’ve been to Devoted or Wave Conference, you’ve seen our students in full force – paving the way as servant leaders.  Each LEAP class is one credit toward the Associate of Ministry degree.

How do I find the Course Descriptions?

To view course descriptions, visit any one of the Professional Development Electives found on the Academics page. Once there, click the arrow to read more about featured courses.

How much homework should I expect?

College courses require intentional time set aside for reading, studying, and working on assignments. Your instructor will provide you with a syllabus at the start of each semester’s class. This syllabus will be your map of assignments and reading due throughout the semester. You should plan to devote a minimum of 3 hours per week, outside of class time, to each individual class you are taking.

Transferability

Can I transfer credits from another school?

Wave Leadership College frequently has students who attend as transfer students. Whether you have earned an accredited degree in a different major, or have taken classes at an accredited college, you may be able to transfer credits when enrolling at Wave Leadership College. Please contact our Academic Dean’s office with specific questions on transfer credits.

Can I transfer AP classes or CLEP credits?

Wave Leadership College is happy to accept earned college credit through AP classes or CLEP testing. All potential credits are evaluated by the office of our Academic Dean before they are accepted as transfer credit. We encourage you to contact that office even before you apply!

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What kind of degree do you get from the program? Where can it take me? Can I only become a pastor with my degree?

Wave Leadership College offers an Associate of Ministry Degree. The experience you gain in the program can take you anywhere, not just ministry. The associate degree we offer covers basic leadership in all aspects of life. Students have gone into full time ministry after graduating but have also taken the degree into the secular business and the production world. Every Christian is a leader. Every Christian has a calling. Whether your calling is to full-time church ministry, the nonprofit charitable sector, or entrepreneurship, the fulfillment of your calling depends on the level of your equipping. Many of our students take their WLC degree and transfer to a four-year college to complete their bachelor’s degree.

Does WLC offer Dual enrollment for high school students? If so what would that look like?

High school students, start your college story by taking one of our afternoon classes at Wave Leadership College! High school students receive a 60% discount off WLC’s regular tuition: Only $200 per 3-credit course. Apply today!

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Tuition and Financial Aid

How much is tuition?

Tired of seeing how expensive college is? Wondering how you could ever pay for it without borrowing so much money that won’t be paid off until you’re a grandparent? Wave Leadership College understands and is dedicated to providing our students with a great education at a reasonable price. Wave Leadership College tuition and fees are in the same price range as in-state community colleges. Not only can you afford to attend Wave Leadership College, with our prices, you can’t afford not to.  Current tuition at Wave Leadership College is $185 per credit hour, plus semester fees.
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Will I be able to pay for tuition in installments?

Yes. We offer the option to make payments in four separate installments each semester.  The fee to enter our payment plan is $50 per semester.  Payments are due as follows:

First day of class: 25% of tuition plus all fees
5th week: 25% of tuition
10th week: 25% of tuition
15th week: final payment

We strongly encourage all students to contact the Wave Leadership College Financial Aid office to see if they are eligible for tuition assistance. If you haven’t already submitted your FAFSA, it is important to do so right away.

Whom should I contact for information about Financial Aid?

Wave Leadership College’s financial director is Jim Knarr. You can contact him directly with any financial aid questions, even before you apply! If you haven’t already submitted your FAFSA, it is important to do so right away. We strongly encourage all students to contact the Wave Leadership College Financial Aid office to see if they are eligible for tuition assistance.

What type of scholarships does Wave Leadership College offer?

To learn about the scholarship opportunities WLC offers visit our Scholarships page.

What is WLC’s school FASFA code?

WLC’s institution code is 042415. If you haven’t already submitted your FAFSA, it is important to do so right away. We strongly encourage all students to contact Jim Knarr, in the Wave Leadership College Financial Aid office, to see if they are eligible for tuition assistance.

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