Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is a private, Christian university located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Waynesburg is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The university offers bachelor’s, graduate, and doctoral degree programs in more than 70 areas of study. The Education programs are accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education while the Chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society and the Athletic Training program is approved by the National Athletic Training Association and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, the Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Some of the most popular majors at this school include Business, Communication, Education, Nursing, and Law. The university also has a number of unique academic programs that include Forensic Science, Forensic Accounting, Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Computing, Marine Biology, Media Ministry, International Mission, and Athletic Training. The student-to-faculty ratio at this university is 13:1 and the average class size is 25, with close to 70 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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Students who wish to apply to Waynesburg University must first complete an application form. The nonrefundable application fee is waived if the application is completed online. Each applicant must also submit an official high school transcript or a GED score report, an official SAT or ACT score report, and an official college transcript or an AP transcript (where applicable). Each student is assigned a personal Admissions Counselor that will help him or her throughout the entire process. The university utilizes a rolling decision plan, but there may be deadlines for certain special programs, so prospective students should contact the school for specific dates. Students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above are encouraged to apply before November in order to be considered for scholarships.
Adult students, non-degree seeking students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements.
Waynesburg University is the second least expensive private university in Pennsylvania and offers a wide variety of financial aid programs. The vast majority of the college’s students receive some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. Waynesburg students receive over 88% of financial need met. Forms of aid that are available for students at Waynesburg University include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The college also offers a limited number of scholarships and grants for students. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents. Students who wish to be considered for in-state tuition rates must also submit an Application for Massachusetts In-State Tuition Rates form with appropriate documentation.
Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. Students should also note that financial aid applications must be renewed each year.
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Waynesburg University has a very diverse student body, with a gender distribution of 49 percent male students. About 60 percent of the students live on campus in the university’s ten fully furnished residence halls. First, second, and third year students are required to live on campus or commute from their permanent home addresses. There are separate halls for men and women. There are also new halls, for which preference is given to upperclassmen. Every residence features cable television, telephone service, and some form of Internet access. All of the residence halls have laundry facilities, which can be used for an additional fee. Room assignments are made based on a first come first served basis. Living on campus gives students the opportunity to live, work, and hang out together in select residence halls.
There are also academic and social support services to help students make the transition to college. There are numerous diverse clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. The Student Activities Board sponsors variety of student activities during the week and on the weekends throughout the academic year. There is a Performing Arts series that features student musical and theater groups, as well as professional artists. Students can also participate in competitive and recreational intramural opportunities. On-campus activities are scheduled every Friday and Saturday evening, and periodically during the week. Popular special events and activities include concerts, dances, club meetings, athletic and ski trips, and excursions to the nearby city of Pittsburgh. Some popular activities that take place annually include Homecoming, Family Day, Little Sibs Weekend, Black History Week, and Spring Week. Christian life is also a significant part of life at Waynesburg University; there are many activities and student organizations that help foster students’ spiritual life.
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Known as the Yellow Jackets, Waynesburg University’s 17 intercollegiate athletic teams participate in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) and compete at the Division III level. The school’s colors are dark orange and black. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, track & field, and wrestling. Women’s sports include softball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.
Athletic facilities at Waynesburg University include the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse, with 2 gymnasiums, locker rooms, a weight room, a wrestling room and a state of the art fitness center. The John F. Wiley Stadium is the venue for football, soccer, and lacrosse games, and has a skybox to accommodate VIP guests. There is also a softball field, a brand new baseball field, tennis courts, and a newly built two-story fitness center that is free for all of the university’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
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