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The only Catholic institution of higher education in West Virginia; Wheeling Jesuit University, also referred to as WJU, is a private, co-educational Roman Catholic University located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It was originally founded as Wheeling College in 1954 by the Society of Jesus, and it gained University status in the 1990s. Wheeling Jesuit University has a special educational focus to seek God in everything – in chapel, classroom, liturgy and laboratory. Today, WJU is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.


Wheeling Jesuit University is accredited by national and discipline-based associations such as Northern Central Association of Colleges & Schools; The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Ed; The American Medical Assoc. Committee on Allied Health Ed. & Accreditation; and The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Ed.

Wheeling Jesuit offers a strong core curriculum that all students must complete. The University encourages its students to actively take part in research in their preferred areas. WJU offers Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees, as well as special academic and/ or pre-professional programs, in diverse areas of concentration such as accountancy, biology, information sciences, political science, theology/religious studies, and international studies.

The Center for Professional and Graduate Studies offers five graduate programs: Master of Business Administration; Master of Accountancy; Master of Science in Nursing; Master of Science in Organizational Leadership; and a Doctor of Physical Therapy. It also features the MSOL and BOLD (Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Development) and the University’s Charleston Center.

WJU Online:

Wheeling Jesuit University online programs provide students the choice and freedom to earn a degree while maintaining a full-time job as well as family responsibilities. These online programs and courses can be complete anytime and from anywhere in the world. Students can earn online Nursing programs and Master’s in Education Leadership.

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Wheeling Jesuit University enrolls more than 1,200 students each year. Students must send the completed application form along with all the official transcripts to the University. Students seeking admission must also send their GPA score, and ACT or SAT score. International students whose native language is not English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Transfer students are encouraged to apply for admission. They must send the official transcripts from all previous institutes to WJU.

Financial Aid

Wheeling Jesuit University offers a variety of financial aid to the needy and deserving students. All students seeking financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Some of the different types of scholarships offered to students at WJU include Stephen J. Laut, S.J. Memorial Scholarships; Aluise Family Scholarship; Chicarella Psychology Scholarship; Hess (Margaret Blackford) Scholarship; Werner-Ritz Pre-Med Scholarship; and Dr. William J. Steger Education Fund.

The Federal and State Grants offered at the University include Teach Grant, Federal Pell Grant, West Virginia Grant, West Virginia Promise Scholarship, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), and Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG). The institute also offers financial aid through different types of student loans and work-study programs.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1879th for the average student loan amount.
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The Student Government Association at WJU is the elected voice of the student body. The SGA consists of two branches: the Executive Board and the Student Senate. They work together to enrich the University experience of the students and encourage them to get involved in the campus activities. There are several on campus clubs and organizations in diverse categories ranging from sports to career-interests. Some of the student organizations include Appalachian Experience Club, Psychology Club/Psi Chi, Student Leaders Across Campus, WJU Chamber Singers, and Students for Life.

Media and Publications:

The Cardinal Connection is the student-operated newspaper of Jesuit University.

The Cardinal Perspectives is a publication devoted to articles by the University faculty.

The Jewelweed is the literary magazine of WJU.

Campus Facilities:

WJU’s Bishop Hodges Library houses digital resources which include a web-based catalog, over 50 databases accessing full-text articles, abstracts and indexes, and more than 65,000 e-books. The print collections at the library include 130,000 volumes and 362 journal subscriptions, supplemented by over 60 microform units.

Wheeling Jesuit University provides on campus housing facilities to the students. There are nearly six well-equipped residence halls with modern amenities for the convenience of the students. The residence halls include Campion Hall, Ignatius Hall, Kirby Hall, McHugh Hall, Sara Tracy Hall, and Thomas More Hall. Some of the common facilities offered at the residence halls include laundry, lounges, cable/phone service, computer lines, vending machines, and kitchen facilities.

Points of Interest:

Students can take a break and get off campus for a while to explore the nearby points of interest in the community. The Wheeling Chamber of Commerce features events and activities that take place downtown and festivals on the Riverfront. The Wheeling Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is also a great source for activities taking place in the Wheeling area. Some of the other attractions worth exploring include the Oglebay Park, Ohio Valley Mall, and the Highlands.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Wheeling Jesuit University’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams that compete in sports like soccer, golf, cross-country, swimming, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, softball, and baseball. The athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division II, as part of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). The teams are nicknamed as the Cardinals. The colors are Red, Gold and Black.

WJU also offer an array of intramural sports such as dodge-ball in the fall, basketball in the winter, and volleyball in the spring. Wheeling Jesuit University houses a number of sports facilities that are considered some of the best in the country. The facilities include Performance Gym, Racquetball Court, Practice Gym, Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Fitness Center, Outdoor Athletic Complex, and Tennis Courts.


Last Blast, held at the end of every school year is one of the most popular traditions followed at WJU. The highlights of the event include a formal dance, a concert, a carnival, and a raft race down the Wheeling Creek.

Jesuit Idol is the annual talent competition, modeled after the American Idol. It is held every spring semester. The contestants perform before a live audience and a jury team decides the winner who is awarded a cash prize.


  • Joel John Bailey, Eminent Professional Soccer Player
  • Remy Munasifi, Noted Stand-Up Comedian
  • Tara Wilson, Winner of the 2000 Miss West Virginia USA Title
  • Jay DeFruscio, Assistant NBA Coach
  • Jason H. Wilson, Ohio State Senator

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U.S. News & World Report ranks WJU 18th in the “Best Master’s Universities in the South,” the highest ranked institute in West Virginia for 11 consecutive years.

Recently, the Money magazine listed Wheeling as an “extraordinarily livable city;” and the Sperling’s BestPlaces listed the area in the top three safest cities of its size in the country.


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Information Summary

Ranks 3rd in West Virginia and 1011th 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 3 0.21
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8 0.56
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Wheeling, WV 26003
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population46,413 (38,708 urban / 7,705 rural)
Households19,306 (2.27 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,141
Families11,927 (2.91 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (other dominant fields)
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 AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District5401

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 863rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $26,800 $26,800 $26,800
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,030 $1,030 $1,030
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $735 $735 $735
FT Graduate Tuition $9,807 $9,807 $9,807
FT Graduate Required Fees $250 $250 $250
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $588 $588 $588
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $36,070 $36,070 $36,070
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $35,030 $35,030 $35,030
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $31,130 $31,130 $31,130

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $25,640 $26,390 $25,640 $26,390 $25,640 $26,390
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,028 $5,140
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,800(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $4,100(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,200(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,200(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,258 (638 male / 620 female)
Admitted 867 (466 male / 401 female)
Admission rate 69%
First-time Enrollment 238 (149 male / 89 female)
FT Enrollment 238 (149 male / 89 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment1,619

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
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

ACT Test Admission

838th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 74%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24

SAT Test Admission

801st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 49%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 563
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 910 / 1113

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 Capacity864
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,140
Board Fee$5,110

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2959th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $54,637 ($57,152 male / $49,301 female)
Number of FT Faculty 88 (43 male / 45 female)
Number of PT Faculty 143
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $1,847,697

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