WHEELING, W.Va., June 4, 2015 – College Raptor Inc., has named Wheeling Jesuit University the best hidden gem institution in the state.
Hidden gems institutions are defined as “high-caliber colleges and universities which receive fewer than 5,000 applicants per year but have a total enrollment of greater than 1,000.” WJU has more than 1,500 students currently enrolled.
“Wheeling Jesuit’s curriculum, dedicated faculty and beautiful campus provide students a wonderful environment for learning. Our university is truly a hidden gem in the state and the region,” said WJU President, Rev. James Fleming, S.J.
The top hidden gem in each state was determined by analyzing colleges based on their enrollment and application data submitted to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
Each institution also received an “Overall Ranking” of quality based on academic and outcome data, including graduation rate, selectivity, student-to-faculty ratio and other factors.
Wheeling Jesuit University was one of 49 institutions recognized across the country. One college was named from each state, with the exception of Alaska, which did not have an institution meeting the criteria for recognition.
The announcement is meant to call attention to institutions, which may be overlooked by many students but stand out in terms of academic rigor and student success.
College Raptor, Inc., a college-matching platform, builds products to help students, parents and college enrollment managers resolve some of the biggest challenges in college planning. It is the only college search platform that allows users to estimate their individual “net” cost for attending every four-year college in the United States.
Founded in 1954, by the Society of Jesus, Wheeling Jesuit University is the youngest Jesuit institution of higher learning in the United States and the only Catholic university in the state of West Virginia. Consistently ranked as one of America's top regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report, WJU is a global leader in academic excellence, undergraduate research and service learning.