FAQ


Questions and Answers Regarding Recent Changes at WJU

We’ve compiled answers to some frequently asked questions regarding some of the changes ahead for Wheeling Jesuit. This document will be updated regularly with new information and additional questions. If you have questions about your specific situation, please reach out to the Registrar office at 304-243-2238. To submit additional questions for possible inclusion here, please email webadmin@wju.edu. We’re here to help you and support you through this transition.

For Currently Enrolled Students 

Academic Programs

What is changing at WJU? 

Wheeling Jesuit is restructuring its academic programs to better prepare our students for personal and professional success and to better align with workforce needs. As a result, beginning in fall 2019, WJU will offer undergraduate degrees in the following academic programs:

  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Nursing
  • Exercise Science
  • Respiratory Care
  • Education

All existing graduate and doctoral programs have been retained – those are MBA, MEL, ACT, MSN, Post-Master’s nursing certificates, Second Degree Nursing, RN to BSN/MSN and DPT.

These undergraduate and graduate programs reflect the best intersection of WJU’s deep expertise, student demand and financial sustainability. We will continue to invest in and strengthen existing programs of study moving forward.

In light of this realignment, the university will soon re-craft its core curriculum to include oral and written communications, critical thinking, global perspectives and ethics, including courses in theology and philosophy. Additionally, every major will have a service learning component built in which will be very specific to the curriculum and individual major.

Does financial exigency mean I won’t be able to complete my degree at Wheeling Jesuit University?

All students currently enrolled in any academic program at WJU will be able to complete a WJU degree. Any courses needed for completion of a degree offered at a student’s time of enrollment will be offered either on-line, in a hybrid format, or through independent study.

No new students will be admitted into discontinued programs of study. Students currently enrolled in discontinued programs may remain until which time they complete their degree requirements.

Students enrolled in discontinued programs may wish to consider internal transfers to continuing degree programs. 

Each student’s situation is unique and requires thoughtful consideration. Students are encouraged to contact the Academic Support Team to schedule an appointment to discuss their options.

Where can I complete my degree?

All students currently enrolled in any academic program at WJU will be able to remain at WJU to complete a WJU degree.

However, if a student wishes to transfer to another institution to complete their degree, WJU will provide students with transcripts and course descriptions required by their new institution. For assistance with obtaining these documents, please contact 304-243-2238.

Please keep in mind each situation is unique, and our Academic Support Team is available to ensure your transition is supported.

What happens to the credits I have taken at Wheeling Jesuit University?

If you remain enrolled at WJU, credits you have earned will count toward your degree. If you elect to transfer to another institution, that institution will determine if your credits are eligible for transfer.

Will other universities accept WJU credits?

The institution to which you apply will make that determination. WJU will work with you to provide transcripts and course descriptions to

Will my degree from WJU still be considered valuable?

Yes, your degree from WJU is still valuable. It will be recognized by employers and other colleges/universities as a valid degree from an accredited institution.

I’m an incoming first-year student who planned to major in one of the discontinued programs. Now what?

 No new students will be admitted into discontinued programs of study. Our admissions team are ready to assist you in choosing a program that we will continue to offer.

What will happen to my academic records?  

All Wheeling Jesuit academic records for all programs will be preserved and remain accessible to you at the university.

How do I obtain official transcripts now?

The current process to request transcripts has not changed. Students and alumni can order official transcripts online. 

To request an official transcript using a credit/debit card, please use the National Student Clearinghouse. More detailed instructions, including associated fees, are available at this site.

To request an official transcript using cash/check, please complete the Transcript Request form and return it to the Registrar’s Office with payment.

To request an unofficial transcript, previously enrolled students may complete the Transcript Request form; currently enrolled students may view and print the unofficial transcript from WebAdvisor on Academus.

Will the university still hold commencement ceremonies for those students who are in an eliminated program?

Yes, commencement activities will continue as planned. All students are eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies who complete their degree with WJU, regardless of program elimination.

If I need to take time off from my studies, can I come back at a later date and still complete my degree if my program is eliminated?

No. Each student enrolled in a discontinued program has received a teach-out plan. These plans must be completed as indicated within the students individualized plan. If there is a lapse in enrollment, a returning student will not be able to complete a discontinued program and must select from the programs WJU offers at time of reenrollment. Any credits previously completed at WJU will be considered based on their applicability to the new degree program. 

Should you decide to complete your education at another institution, that institution will determine if your credits are eligible for transfer.

If I finish my degree after spring 2019, what will my diploma say? Who will my degree be from?

Students who graduate in May 2019 will received a diploma from Wheeling Jesuit University. Those who graduate after May 2019 will receive a diploma that carries the institution’s new name, once it has been adopted. Students who transfer to another institution will receive a diploma from that college or university.

Who can I talk to on campus about my future and my plans?

The university is working hard to support all students, including those in discontinued programs. Academic advising, career services, and financial counseling are staffed and eager to work with you as you plan for your future, whether here at WJU or at another institution.

 

Financial Assistance

Will I continue to receive my institutional scholarship(s) as I complete my degree at WJU? What if I transfer elsewhere?

Your institutional scholarship(s) will be awarded at WJU provided that you maintain the minimum academic standards and enrollment criteria under which that scholarship was awarded to you. If you transfer to another institution, our institutional scholarships will not transfer with you.

Can I transfer my financial aid from one school to another school?

You will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial aid at any institution. Please make sure to include the institution’s federal school code on your FAFSA. The FAFSA website is www.fafsa.gov. The financial aid you qualify for will be determined by each institution. 

Who is my loan servicer? Can I find out more details about my student loans?

When you log into NSLDS website( https://nslds.ed.gov/nslds/nslds_SA/) by using your FSA ID username and password, you will see a list of every federal loan you have borrowed while enrolled in college.  In addition to seeing who your loan servicer, you will also be able to see your enrollment status, subsidized loan usage and view your contact information.  If you click on the “servicer” link, the website will bring up the contact information for that servicer.

Where can I find more information on the terms of my loans and repayment options?

You will need to log into the federal student loans website using your FSA ID Username and password at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action. You will be able to complete the required Exit Loan Counseling which will provide you important information regarding the repayment of your federal direct loans. It will take you through a repayment calculator, how to avoid default and loan consolidation.

If I elect to take a semester off to decide where to complete my degree, will I have to start repaying my student loans?

You’ll have a six month grace or deferment period after you leave school or drop below half-time enrollment before you must begin making payments on your federal direct loans.  Your federal loans can be deferred once you are re-enrolled at least half-time at an eligible college or university.

If I transfer to another institution and it takes me longer than I expected to complete my degree, will I run out of eligibility for any of my federal student aid?

For federal direct loans your maximum eligibility period is generally based on the published length of your current program. This time limit does not apply to Direct Unsubsidized Loans or Direct PLUS Loans. If this limit applies to you, you may not receive Direct Subsidized Loans for more than 150 percent of the published length of your program. However, you also have watch your aggregate limits for subsidized/unsubsidized loans. For more information please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans/subsidized-unsubsidized#eligibility-time-limit

The Federal Pell Grant lifetime eligibility is limited to 12 semesters or the equivalent.

 

Religious Life

Why are the Jesuits separating from WJU?

Following WJU’s decision to refocus our academic program to ensure the future of the university, the Society of Jesus notified us that it would no longer sponsor the university. However, WJU remains a Roman Catholic institution and will retain a Jesuit presence on campus through Campus Ministry and service activities.

Are we still a Catholic Institution?

Yes. WJU’s distinctive Roman Catholic identity remains.

Is this a punishment for recent announced changes to the academic program?

Absolutely not. This decision was made to accurately represent our new programs and our institution moving forward.

Will Mass still be offered on campus?

Yes, the institution will continue to offer Mass and Catholic campus ministry at the Chapel of Mary and Joseph. Catholic teachings on social justice will also continue at the Appalachian Institute.

 Will Jesuit faculty still teach here?

 No, but under the new structure Jesuits will continue to administer the Campus Ministry.

Will Jesuits remain on the university’s board?

After the current academic year, Jesuits will not serve on the Board of Trustees.

 

Student Life

What will happen to extracurricular activities at WJU? Will the clubs and organizations I’m involved in still have support from student life staff?

Just like every year, clubs and activities will still be supported by student life as long as there is sufficient interest from students. Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board will also remain, and clubs will stay as long as each meets the requirements for "good standing" as set by the Student Government Association.

What will happen to athletics?

All varsity athletics programs will continue. 

I’m a student-athlete and I plan to transfer. What do I need to do to protect my eligibility to play at another institution?

NCAA Eligibility information is linked to our athletics page at https://wjucardinals.com/sports/2013/9/23/GEN_0923132639.aspx

which when you click "Transfers" takes you to the NCAA resource page. https://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/current/want-transfer

Students need to work with current athletics compliance, Carrie Hanna, in conjunction with the athletics compliance to wherever the student will be attending to determine eligibility.

 

Name Change

What will our new name be?

Our team is working diligently to name the institution.

When will it be announced?

Before the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

Will our website address change?

Yes, in alignment with the university's new name.

Will my email address change?

Yes, in alignment with the university’s new name.

 

For Alumni

How do I get copies of my academic records? 

To request an official transcript using a credit/debit card, please use the National Student Clearinghouse. More detailed instructions, including associated fees, are available at this site.

To request an official transcript using cash/check, please complete the Transcript Request form and return it to the Registrar’s Office with payment.

To request an unofficial transcript, previously enrolled students may complete the Transcript Request form; currently enrolled students may view and print the unofficial transcript from WebAdvisor on Academus.

How do I get a copy of my diploma if I have lost mine?

To request a duplicate copy of your diploma please go to: http://www.wju.edu/registrar/pdf/WJU-Duplicate-Diploma-Request.pdf

Will there continue to be reunion events for those who graduated from discontinued programs?

Yes, the Alumni Director in conjunction with alumni will continue to host an annual reunion on campus for all who have graduated from the institution regardless of current program status.

How can I help the university?

Become an Alumni in Recruitment (AIR) volunteer and attend college fairs in your area or visit a high school. Alumni can also make a gift to help support University operations, scholarships and funding of the new Student Learning Center.