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Waynesburg University

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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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 821st for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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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Information Summary

Ranks 81st in Pennsylvania and 931st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.08
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.08
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 12 0.29
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 22 0.53
Larceny 55 1.31
Vehicle theft 2 0.05

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Waynesburg, PA 15370-1257
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population15,493 (8,488 urban / 7,005 rural)
Households5,148 (2.43 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,776
Families3,448 (2.96 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationPresbyterian Church (USA)
Congressional District4218

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1216th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $20,180 $20,180 $20,180
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $360 $360 $360
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $840 $840 $840
FT Graduate Tuition $14,400 $14,400 $14,400
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $600 $600 $600
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $31,500 $31,500 $31,500
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $29,500 $29,500 $29,500
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $23,340 $23,340 $23,340

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $19,090 $19,810 $19,090 $19,810 $19,090 $19,810
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,930 $8,250
On-Campus – Other Expenses $680 $640
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,030 $6,250
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,080 $1,140
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,080 $1,140

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$20
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,962 (858 male / 1,104 female)
Admitted 1,476 (623 male / 853 female)
Admission rate 75%
First-time Enrollment 410 (169 male / 241 female)
FT Enrollment 410 (169 male / 241 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment2,190

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Presidents' Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

655th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 29%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25

SAT Test Admission

809th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 71%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 560
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 890 / 1110

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,080
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$4,330
Board Fee$4,230

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 20 4 6 4 605 6 648
Accounting 1 11 12
Athletic Training/Trainer 16 17
Bible/Biblical Studies 4 4
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 25 27
Business Administration and Management, General 7 1 3 134 146
Business/Commerce, General 5 5
Chemistry, General 4 4
Commercial and Advertising Art
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 9 10
Counseling Psychology 1 29 30
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 1 1 22 25
Educational/Instructional Technology 1 39 2 43
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 1 23 25
English Language and Literature, General 6 6
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General 3 3
Fine and Studio Arts Management 3 3
Forensic Science and Technology 8 8
History, General 15 15
Human Services, General 2 7 9
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 3 3
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 3 3
Mathematics, General 4 4
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Psychology, General 1 15 16
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 7 2 183 3 195
Social Sciences, General 8 8
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 24 1 25
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 2 2

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2072nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,990 ($64,130 male / $55,281 female)
Number of FT Faculty 78 (42 male / 36 female)
Number of PT Faculty 281
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $2,763,672

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