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Wheeling Jesuit University Will Open Its Doors to Undergraduate Students from Loyola University New Orleans

As news of the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina continues to emerge from the Gulf Region, the need for our prayers and actions are evident as the region and its people cope to recover from the hurricane. Wheeling Jesuit University administrators, faculty, staff, and students have been meeting to determine a series of steps we can take to contribute to the recovery effort. One of those steps is to offer our academic resources to Loyola University New Orleans students as they seek to continue their education.

“We are prepared to accept up to 60 full-time undergraduate students as visiting students for the fall semester,” says Rev. Joseph R. Hacala, S.J., President of Wheeling Jesuit University. “We join in solidarity with the other 26 sister Jesuit institutions that have generously offered support by making arrangements to accept Loyola students this fall semester.”

In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, Loyola University New Orleans announced that it is closed for this semester and will reopen in January 2006.

“We are working to make sure there are no interruptions in the students’ education and no additional fees. Wheeling Jesuit University will not charge additional tuition, fees, and room and board for the Fall 2005 Semester,” says Hacala. Students must demonstrate they are Loyola University students and that they have made payments for tuition, room, board, and fees to Loyola University New Orleans.

Wheeling Jesuit University will accept up to 30 men and 30 women undergraduate students for the Fall 2005 semester through September 14. Students are encouraged to begin the admissions/registration process by contacting Ms. Carol Descak, Wheeling Jesuit University’s Dean of Admissions, at 1-800-624-6992 Ext 2312. Housing and meal plans will be provided by Wheeling Jesuit.

The Residence Life staff is prepared to assist new students with their transition to the campus community and the faculty have agreed to help students with the academic transitions to Wheeling Jesuit.

For more information, Loyola University New Orleans students and parents should contact Ms. Carol Descak, Dean of Admissions, at 1-800-624-6992 Ext. 2312.

U.S.News & World Report ranks Wheeling Jesuit University 17th in the "Best Master's Universities in the South," making it the highest ranked institution in West Virginia and the Ohio Valley for nine consecutive years. The only Catholic institution of higher education in West Virginia, it offers more than 30 undergraduate programs of study and six graduate degrees to about 1,500 students each year. It has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1, and 18 intercollegiate NCAA Division II athletic teams. The 65-acre campus located in Wheeling, W.Va., includes 15 modern buildings, multi-million dollar Acker Science Center, and residence halls, and a modern recreation and athletic facility that includes a soccer/track and field complex.

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