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Email: admiss@wju.edu
Phone: 1-800-624-6992

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

The college search can be an exciting yet stressful experience. We understand that you will have many questions about the application process, campus life, academics and much more. Take some time to look through the questions prospective students ask the most. If you cannot find your answers here contact your admissions counselor and they will be able to answer any further questions you may have.

  • General Information

    How old is Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU)?
    WJU (then Wheeling College) was founded in partnership between the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and the Society of Jesus of the Maryland Province in 1954.

    How safe is WJU?
    WJU is concerned about the safety of all members of its community and visitors to its campus. The University provides a year-round 24-hour security patrol. Students can only access dorm hall by swiping their Cardinal ID Card. During the academic school year, the residence halls have a staff member on duty in the evenings. Each residence hall has onduty Residence Assistants, a Resident Director, and a Resident Jesuit for the campus. Safety and Security personnel are available to assist students, employees and visitors. For more information check out the Universities annual report on campus security issues. You may also contact the Office of Student Affairs at 1-304-243-2257 or the Director of Safety and Security at 1-304-243-4453.

    What does "Jesuit" mean?
    The term Jesuit refers to members of the Society of Jesus, one of the largest religious orders in the Catholic Church. The Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius Loyola, a Basque nobleman and soldier, who found God in all things. Today there are over 25,000 Jesuits serving the Church in 112 nations on six continents. Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit institutions of higher learning in the country.

    How many of your students are Catholic?
    About 60% are Catholic and the other 40% are from a large variety of denominations across the world. Wheeling Jesuit University is rooted in the Catholic tradition, but we offer a welcoming spiritual atmosphere for students from all religious backgrounds.

    What does "liberal arts" mean?
    Liberal Arts are studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills. Wheeling Jesuit "Core Curriculum" intends to provide all students, regardless of major, with the skills that will enable them to pursue their own integral development and contribute to the common good. The Core Curriculum intends to provide all students, regardless of major, with the skills that will enable them to pursue their own integral development and contribute to the common good. The Core Curriculum prepares students to think creatively and critically, as well as to evaluate and construct clear arguments based on the rules oflogic. It prepares graduates to participate actively in society as scientifically literate citizens, and to communicate effectively.

  • Admissions/Financial Aid

    Is there an application deadline?
    No. There is no application deadline. WJU offers rolling admissions.

    How long does it take to process an application?
    Applications are usually processed within 2 weeks.

    Is an interview required for admission?
    No. There is no interview process required for admission to WJU.

    How will the University evaluate or use two or more sets of SAT/ACT Scores?
    WJU uses the highest subset scores on multiple tests to gain the highest composite score.

    Does WJU offer an Early Admissions Program (EAP)?
    No. WJU does not offer an Early Admissions Program.

    What is the acceptance rate at WJU?
    Approximately 83% of WJU's Freshmen Applicants are accepted to WJU.

  • Academics

    Does WJU have courses for high school students?
    Yes! High School students do take some of the college courses offered at WJU. Contact the Registrar for information at registrar@wju.edu or call 1-304-243-2238.

    Can WJU undergrad students take courses at the graduate school?
    Yes! There are many undergrad students that do take graduate school courses.

    Do you offer quarters or semesters?
    WJU offers semester sessions to students.

    How does WJU stack up academically with other institutions?
    Among regional baccalaureate colleges, US News and World Report ranks Wheeling Jesuit number six in the South Regional Colleges in 2013. In fact, WJU has consistently been among the highest ranked universities in West Virginia for over a decade by US News and World Report.

    Does WJU offer on campus tutoring?
    Yes! The Academic Resource Center (ARC) with faculty and peer counselors offers free on-campus tutoring as well as a variety of academic services.

    Does WJU use graduate assistant faculty?
    No. WJU does not use graduate assistant faculty.

    How many of my credits will transfer?
    WJU will accept up to 90 semester hours of transfer credit from a regionally accredited college or university. Students with an associate's degree from a regionally accredited college or university will transfer their entire associate degree credits. A grade of a "C" or above is required to transfer courses not within an associate's degree.

    How accessible are your faculty outside of the classroom?
    WJU faculty goes the extra mile to help students reach their goals. Passionate and committed to education, WJU's faculty members consider each student an important part of the university community. Wheeling Jesuit faculty approach teaching as mentors, challenging students to explore all there is to learn.

    Does WJU have any accreditations?
    Yes! Wheeling Jesuit has several accreditations including:

    Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
    Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
    Commission Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
    Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
    Joint Review Commission Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology/Nuclear Regulatory Comm. (NRC)
    Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)
    West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE)

    Are there any research opportunities as WJU?
    Yes! 40% of WJU Undergraduates participate in faculty research projects vs. a national average of 19%. Check out some of our projects from the Annual Student Research & Scholarship Symposium.

  • Student Life/Athletics

    What is there to do on campus?
    Wheeling Jesuit's pledge to produce well-rounded graduates demands that we place an emphasis on social and cultural activities. Each year at WJU, a myriad of student organizations provides more than 350 activities for students. There are several clubs and organizations students can participate in as well as events planned by the Campus Activities Board happening every week.

    What service opportunities are available to students
    Service is one of the core values of a Jesuit education so there is always an opportunity to volunteer.

    WJU Students performed more than 23,000 hours of Community Service (including over 4,200 hours by student-athletes)
    Service programs include International Service Immersion Trips
    WJU has been named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

    If you are interested in participating in service opportunities contact the Service for Social Action Center.

    How can I contact a student at WJU with questions concerning the school?
    Contact the Admissions Office at 1-304-243-2359 who will put you in touch with a Student Ambassador.

    How much does each student housing choice cost?
    Housing costs are based on what building you live in and whether you live in a double or single room. Costs tend to fluctuate from year to year so check out the tuition and fee's page for the latest prices.

    What are the library hours?
    The library is open until midnight during the week. During finals week the library is opened 24 hours. Check out the library's website for special hours.

    What type of computer labs does WJU have?
    There are several computer labs around campus. Each dorm building has a lab as well as the library, two labs in the Acker Science Center and a writing computer lab in Donahue Hall. Check out the ITS page for more information about the WJU computer labs.

    Would I be able to be employed for work at WJU?
    Yes! There are regular postings for work study positions from our student financial planning department.

    What makes a Jesuit education?
    The purpose of Jesuit education is to produce students who can contribute intelligently and effectively to the welfare of society because they are competent and virtuous. A Wheeling Jesuit education is a liberal arts education that focuses on the whole person, gives the students a solid foundation in many subjects, which builds written and verbal communication skills, and shows how knowledge is interconnected and teaching the student to think for him or herself.

    Are freshman permitted to have cars on campus?
    Yes! WJU offers ample parking to all students.

    Does WJU offer Fraternities and Sororities?
    No. To encourage the sense of community at WJU there are no Fraternities and Sororities on campus.

    May students have private rooms?
    Yes! Students may have a private room depending on yearly availability.

    Is Campus Ministry active on campus?
    Yes! Campus Ministry offers to all members of the WJU community opportunities for spiritual growth. While open to all religious traditions, particular focus is placed on developing a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ in light of the Ignatian experience of the Catholic Christian tradition. Campus Ministry reaches out through bible study and faith sharing, retreats, spiritual & social programs, liturgical ministry & music, worship & reconciliation services, ecumenical & interfaith programs, and active community service.

    What kinds of Athletic Programs are offered?
    WJU offers 20 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's teams including: Men's and Womens Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Track and Field, Lacrosse, Women's Volleyball and Softball, Men's Baseball, Ice Hockey, Wrestling, and Rugby. With 67 championships and more than 50+ Academic All-Americans, our victories take place on the field and in the classroom.

    Students who do not participate in intercollegiate sports have the opportunity to take part in several club and intramural sports including football, volleyball, basketball and ice hockey. Check out the Athletic Website for more information.

    Are Athletic Scholarships offered?
    Yes! Athletic Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the coach.


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