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Admission Requirements

At Wheeling Jesuit University, we value academic achievement. If you excelled in high school, we would love to have you as one of our own.

To give you an idea of our students' academic backgrounds, here are a few stats from our current freshman class:

Average GPA: 3.5
Average ACT Composite: 23
Average SAT Composite: 1025

Freshmen Students
Requirements for admission to Wheeling Jesuit University include:

  1. a high school diploma or its equivalent;
  2. 15 units of high school academic courses;
  3. submission of the official results of either the new Scholastic Assessment Test I (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT).

Letters of recommendation and a list of extracurricular activities also are encouraged.

The 15 units of high school courses should be distributed as follows:

English........................................................................................ 4
Mathematics............................................................................... 2
History/Social Sciences............................................................... 2
Laboratory Science..................................................................... 1

(Science Major-2 recommended)

 
Academic Electives..................................................................... 6

(Foreign Languages are recommended)

 

In exceptional cases, the Academic Life Committee may waive certain requirements when an applicant's record shows promise of achievement. Applicants for programs in the natural sciences should have completed one unit of biology and one unit of chemistry.

Applicants interested in preparing for future study in the physical therapy doctorate program should have a minimum 3 years of lab science (including physics).

International and ESL Students
Wheeling Jesuit University welcomes applicants from foreign countries. General admission requirements are as follows:

  1. High School diploma with GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. If English is your native language, or the language used in your high school, you should submit either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). WJU requires an SAT score of 940 or higher (Verbal and math) or an ACT composite score of 20 or above.
  3. If English is not your native language, you must submit results from the Test of English as a  Foreign Language (TOEFL). WJU requires a score of 550 on the paper based test and 80 on the internet based exam.
  4. Letters of recommendation and a list of extracurricular activities are encouraged.

Notes

  1. International students failing to meet English proficiency requirements may opt to enroll in the English Language Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University, a center for intensive English training. Proficiency certification by this program meets the English language requirement for admission.
  2. Since the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization requires international students to certify financial responsibility, certification of financial resources sufficient to cover college costs must be submitted by the appropriate financial institution. Tuition, room and board and required fees must be paid in full prior to beginning classes.
  3. Students for whom English is a second language have no further requirement in modern language.

Check out the International Student Requirements for more information.

Transfer Students
General requirements for transfer students are as follows:

  1. cumulative college GPA of 2.3 or higher and
  2. official transcripts of all previous college work from each institution attended must be submitted when applying for admission.

Notes

  1. Candidates may be asked to submit an official high school transcript upon request by the transfer counselor. Transfer credit is only awarded for course work completed at accredited institutions in which a student earned a grade of C or higher. Grades of C- are not accepted. For those students who have earned an associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution, the University will accept that associate's degree (and all related credits) in total for transfer credit. For those students who have earned a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, the University will accept not only that degree (and all credits), but will also waive all core requirements expect philosophy and religion. All philosophy and religion courses must be met with WJU courses or equivalent transfer courses. Evaluation of credits will be made by the Registrar at the time of acceptance.
  2. The University accepts credits only. The computation of a student's grade point average (GPA) will begin with courses taken at the University.
  3. Full-time students are classified as follows: Freshman - Less than 27 semester hours Sophomore - minimum of 27 semester hours Junior - minimum of 60 semester hours Senior - minimum of 90 semester hours
  4. Transfer students are bound by the academic requirements stipulated in the catalog in effect during their first semester at the University. Any students transferring in during a summer session will be guided by the catalog requirements of the following semester.

Special Departmental Regulations
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): All nursing students, regardless of the number of transfer credits, must meet the requirements of the Nursing curriculum, including the prerequisite core and cognate courses. A student may apply appropriate courses taken at other accredited institutions of higher education toward these required courses or may meet some requirements by challenge exams.

Transfer Students Graduation Requirements
Transfer students must complete all graduation requirements, with these possible exceptions:

  1. Complete the remaining core curriculum requirements as determined by the Registrar prior to the initial registration.
  2. Complete at the University not less than 18 credit hours required for the major (to be determined by the Chair of the major department).

 


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