Undergraduate Admission Procedures 2016-17

Freshmen Admissions

Candidates for admission to the freshmen class must submit to the Admissions Office:

  1. an official application
  2. a non-refundable $25 application fee, which will be waived for candidates applying on-line or through a formal campus visit
  3. an official high school transcript
  4. a copy of the SAT or ACT scores

Transfer Admissions
Candidates applying for admission with advanced standing must submit to the Admissions Office:

  1. An official application
  2. A non-refundable $25 application fee, which will be waived for candidates applying on-line or through a formal campus visit
  3. Official transcripts of all previous college work from each institution attended

Admission Requirements

Freshmen Students
Requirements for admission to Wheeling Jesuit University include:

  1. A high school diploma or its equivalent
  2. 16 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 16 units of high school courses should be distributed as follows:

  • English - 4
  • Mathematics - 3
  • History/Social Sciences - 3
  • Laboratory Science - 2 (Science Major - 3 recommended)
  • Academic Electives - 4 (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. Students will satisfy acceptance standards for day division
  2. A high school GPA of 3.0 and a high school or diploma or equivalent
  3. Certification of proficiency in English as a Second Language is achieved by a 550 paper based, 213 computer based, or 80 through the internet on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)


  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.

Transfer Students

General requirements for transfer students are as follows:

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


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. Students with an A.A., A.S., B.A., or B.S., will need to complete only the following core requirements: PHI 205, a 200 or 300 level RST course and either PHI 305 or RST 305. Evaluation of credits will be made by the Registrar at the time of acceptance. The University accepts credits only. The computation of a student’s grade point average (GPA) will begin with courses taken at the University.

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

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 30 hours at Wheeling Jesuit University as well as complete all graduation requirements with these possible exceptions:

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

See http://www.wju.edu/academics/catalogs/under16_17/under16_17.pdf#page=10 for more information.