Founded on the 450-year Jesuit tradition of academic excellence and service to others, Wheeling Jesuit University provides students with outstanding educational offerings, cutting-edge research opportunities, and ways to have an influence in the community for the greater good of all. Since its founding in 1954, WJU and its dedicated faculty have focused on educating students for life, leadership and service. The university’s goal is to educate ‘the whole person’ to prepare its students for their life’s work.
The entire Wheeling Jesuit community works together to create a university at which education is second to none, where research flourishes, and students can make a difference in the lives of others. WJU students perform more than 30,000 hours of service in the region and state each year – living out the university’s mission to be men and women in service to others. Wheeling Jesuit instills in its graduates a desire to make a difference in the world – to investigate who they want to be as much as what they want to be.
Wheeling Jesuit University is consistently ranked as one of America's top regional universities by U.S. News & World Report and other publications. The university is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate research, where undergraduates work side-by- side with faculty mentors on research projects and display their scholarly work during its annual, day-long Research Day and Scholarship Symposium.
Home to the Cardinals, WJU has 20 varsity sports teams, which compete at the NCAA D II level. The university’s newest sport, football, will debut in the fall of 2018 and play its first varsity schedule in the fall of 2019. The 2015 Cardinals won the NCAA D II National Volleyball Championship – the first national championship in WJU’s history. The Cardinals have won more than 70 conference championships and have more than 50 academic All-Americans.
The university offers more than 35 undergraduate and graduate programs of study. Wheeling Jesuit has an 13 to 1 student to faculty ratio, which provides a learning environment where students receive an individualized education. Our research shows that 90 percent of our graduates are employed or in graduate school within 12 months of graduation. The success of our graduates is a direct reflection of the environment that Wheeling Jesuit provides during your four years.