Wheeling Jesuit University

Psychology Students, Department Achieve Excellence

The Psychology Department at Wheeling Jesuit University is among the nation’s best, scoring in the top six percent on recent standardized tests.

Senior psychology majors at Wheeling Jesuit are required to take the area test in psychology, administered by the Educational Testing Service. The test, which is used by 139 colleges and universities across the nation, allows undergraduate institutions to review outcomes of academic programs, evaluate curricula and assess academic departments.

As a group, psychology students at Wheeling Jesuit scored in the 94th percentile, placing the University’s Psychology Department in the top six percent of participating institutions, which include Xavier University, Wittenberg University, University of Michigan, U.S. Air Force Academy, The Citadel, Spring Hill College, Kalamazoo College, John Carroll University, James Madison University, Elon University and Bridgewater College.

Debra Hull, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Psychology at Wheeling Jesuit, says the students’ outstanding performance on the test, which covers the areas of learning and cognition, physiological, sensation and perception, clinical, abnormal, personality, developmental and social psychology, validates the University’s curriculum.

“I am enormously proud of our students. They work hard, challenge themselves, take their studies seriously and strive for the Jesuit idea of magis (more). Their performance is a great credit to them and to the school,” Hull says.

Wheeling Jesuit University integrates the Jesuit traditions of intellectual excellence with the best of advanced technology to help students develop lives of success, service and significance. The University's mission is to educate students for life, for leadership, and for service with and among others. U.S.News & World Report ranks Wheeling Jesuit University 15th in the "Best Master’s Universities in the South," making it the highest ranked institution in West Virginia in that category for eight consecutive years, and the highest ranked school in the Ohio Valley. Wheeling Jesuit University is profiled in The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development, which profiles exemplary college programs that inspire students to lead ethical and civic-minded lives. Wheeling Jesuit--the only Catholic institution of higher education in West Virginia--offers more than 30 undergraduate programs of study and six graduate degrees to about 1,500 students. It has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to1, and 18 intercollegiate NCAA Division II athletic teams. The 65-acre campus located in Wheeling, W.Va., includes 15 modern buildings, the multi-million dollar Acker Science Center, residence halls and a modern recreation and athletic facility that includes a soccer/track and field complex. The campus is home to the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center, the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies, the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future, a Challenger Learning Center and the Clifford M. Lewis Appalachian Institute.

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