WHEELING, W.Va., Sept. 9, 2015 - Wheeling Jesuit University has been named the best institution of higher learning in the Ohio Valley and in the state of West Virginia by the 2016 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges edition – a distinction it has held since 1996.
WJU was rated 11th in the Best Regional Colleges, South Region by U.S. News. Also, the university’s RN to BSN received accolades as being the Best Online Degree Program in West Virginia among both public and private institutions.
“Once again this year, the rankings prove WJU performed better than any other local and state institutions in providing our students an affordable college education. We remain the highest rated university in the Mountain East Conference, proving again that Wheeling Jesuit student-athletes are winners in the classroom and on the field,” said University President, The Rev. James Fleming, S.J.
According to the publication, Wheeling Jesuit also has the highest graduation rate of any college or university in the state of West Virginia.
Dr. Robert Phillips, WJU vice president for Academic Affairs, said, “The ranking prove to parents that WJU is a good investment. Wheeling Jesuit is known for providing students with a rigorous education that is grounded in the Jesuit tradition."
The ratings are based on 16 indicators of academic excellence. The assessment is heavily weighted toward academic excellence, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.
U.S. News & World Report ranked three WJU programs among the Best Online Programs for Veterans in the nation: Masters of Science in Nursing, Masters in Educational Leadership and the R.N. to B.S.N. – this BSN degree program is designed to serve working adults and community college graduates. WJU has consistently received high marks and top rankings for its on-line programs from U.S. News and World Report over the last decade.
“Earning the top rating in the State for our online RN-BSN program gives much credence to affirming our mission of education for life, leadership, and service. Our service-oriented health care degree programs are dedicated to providing quality education that meets the needs of our adult learners and the needs of their chosen profession,” said WJU Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, Dr. Chris Petrosino.
This year, WJU has students from 35 states and 20 countries. WJU offers more than 40 undergraduate programs of study and seven graduate programs of study along with offering 21 varsity sports. Wheeling Jesuit was this year’s winner of the MEC Commissioner Cup, which recognizes overall athletic excellence among its 12 member colleges and university.