Founded in 1954, Wheeling Jesuit University, the only Catholic institution of higher learning in West Virginia, is part of a 475-year tradition of Jesuit educational excellence that prepares students for deep thinking in a moral context about important topics that impact their lives and their world. The experiences WJU students gain help prepare them for their life's work in boardrooms and classrooms, medical centers and center stage, laboratories and labor relations – in each situation making a difference in the world in which we live.
Both Washington Monthly and U.S. News and World Report rank WJU among the best in the nation. For the past decade, Wheeling Jesuit students have achieved nearly 100 percent acceptance rates for graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, law, and engineering. And again this past academic year, 100 percent of WJU students passed their certification boards in Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Athletic Training and Physical Therapy; and 100 percent of Wheeling Jesuit students who applied, were accepted into law school.
With more than 40 programs of undergraduate and graduate studies, Wheeling Jesuit University is a national leader in undergraduate research. With a 12:1 student/faculty ratio, WJU students are twice as likely to participate in research with their professors as their peers at other colleges. WJU programs include the Appalachian Institute and the Challenger Learning Center.
In 2014, Business Insider named WJU as the “Most Influential College/University in West Virginia.” In addition, Wheeling Jesuit was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This honor recognizes the university as a national leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
A member of the Mountain East Conference, WJU has 73 athletic conference championships and more than 45 Academic All-Americans. Home of the Cardinals, WJU has 20 NCAA Division II athletic teams and a USA Rugby program.