Early 1980’s a group of local Korean-American pastors envisioned building a higher learning institution in a Christian environment targeting solely Korean-American immigrants in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, and so Washington Baptist University started with a primary purpose of providing training for pastors and laypersons in various church ministries.
In September 1982, Dr. Edwin was appointed the first President. In May 1984, the Baptist College and Seminary of Washington (BCSW) campus was relocated to the Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church, VA and Dr. David Kim was appointed the second President.
The Virginia State Board of Higher Education recognized BCSW as a licensed educational institution as well as a non-profit organization in November 1984. The Council of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Virginia authorized BCSW to grant religious degrees such as Associate of Divinity, Bachelor of Theology, Master of Religious Education, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry.
In March 1993, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) granted the BCSW the privilege to issue the Form I-20 to qualified international students.
Dr. Dwight D. Kim became the third President of BCSW in May 1997. BCSW began the
English as a Second Language (ESL) program, and began raising the necessary funds to buy its own academic site.
In May 2000, Dr. Won H. Lee was appointed the interim President, and in September of that year BCSW underwent an administrative reorganization.
Dr. Johng O. Lee became the fourth President of BCSW in May 2002. During the summer of 2002, the seminary degree programs began to be operated under the name of Washington Baptist Theological Seminary.
In November 2003, the campus was relocated to Annandale, VA, and in February 2004, the name was changed to Washington Baptist University. It joined the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) as an associate member in June 2004.
In July 2004, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) certified WBU to grant B.A., B.S., M.A., M.R.E., M.Div., Th.M., D.Min., and Ph.D. degrees. The present building at 4300 Evergreen Lane, Annandale, VA 22003, was purchased by WBU on November 5, 2004.
WBU was granted applicant status by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) in February 2006.
Dr. Jacob S. Shin was appointed as Interim President on August 1, 2006, and the Board installed him as the fifth President of WBU on December 15, 2006.
On February 12, 2007, WBU was granted candidate status by the ATS.
In August 2007, the institution acquired additional property on the south side of the existing main campus building in order to accommodate the steady growth of the institution.
In August 2007 WBU opened its Maryland site in Burtonsville, MD and in August 2008, the site moved to Ellicott City, MD.
In February 2009, WBU was granted candidate status by the ABHE.
On May 18, 2009, Dr. Peter M. Chang was appointed as Interim President and then on August 1, 2009 the Board of Directors of WBU installed Dr. Chang as its sixth President.
On June 12, 2009, the ABHE approved the Maryland site as an extension site.
On October 6, 2009, the Maryland site received Foreign Corporation Qualification from the State of Maryland. The site moved to Columbia, MD.
On June 6, 2011, the ABHE approved the MD extension site as an additional location.
On February 15, 2013, WBU was granted the initial accreditation status by the ABHE.
On May 30, 2014 the Maryland Higher Education Commission certified the Maryland site of the then-WBU to grant B.A., B.S., M.A., M.R.E., M.Div., and M.B.A. degrees.
On October 11, 2014, the Seminary of WBU was renamed as the Neal T. Jones Seminary.
On January 15, 2015, WBU was renamed as the Washington University of Virginia (WUV).
On June 12, 2017, Neal T. Jones Seminary of Washington University of Virginia was granted the initial accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools in Canada and USA (ATS) and the MD site was approved as a complete degree-granting site for M.Div. and M.C.C. degrees.
On December 20, 2018, The Business School of WUV was granted the initial accreditation by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).
On March 6, 2019, WUV received reaffirmation of its accreditation by the ABHE until 2028.