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Wheeling Jesuit University

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Location: Wheeling, WV, in Ohio County

Type of institution: Private, not-for-profit, four-year plus

Degrees: Master's, Bachelor's

Classification: Master's Colleges and Universities

Wheeling Jesuit University, originally Wheeling College, was established by the Roman Catholic order of the Society of Jesus and the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in 1954. It is one of 28 Jesuit institutions in the U.S. established under the traditions of St. Ignatius Loyola. WJU provides a liberal arts education uniting the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence with the best of advanced technology. Its 65-acre campus sits on a hill east of Wheeling overlooking Wheeling Creek. The school reported an enrollment of 1,200 students in 2010.

The Wheeling Jesuit campus boasts two National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) buildings: the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center and the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Education Technologies. Its landmark Appalachian Institute has been described as a center of research and analysis, education and action... "attuned always to the struggles and dreams of the Appalachian people." The institute promotes research on issues that inform Appalachian life such as health, education, economy and the coal industry. The university’ s colors are red, gold, and black, and their sports teams are the Cardinals. Its institutional motto is "Leceat Lux Vestra," Latin for "Let your light shine."

Notable Alumnus:
Joel John Bailey, professional soccer player
John Beilein, (1975), Head Coach, Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team
Lionel Cartwright, (1982) Country Musician
John N. Ellem, member of W.Va. House of Delegates
Jay DeFruscio, (MBA 1987), Assistant NBA Coach, Indiana Pacers
Ryan Ferns (2005), member-elect, West Virginia House of Delegates
John Gage, (1968), President, American Federation of Government Employees; AFL- CIO executive committee
Neil Holloway, Head Coach, Ocean City Nor'easters
John M. Maris, M.D., (1983), Chief of Oncology; Director, Childhood Cancer Research, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
J. Davitt McAteer, (1966), Secretary, Mine Safety & Health Administration; interim president of WJU
Anthony F. Migliaccio, Jr., director of security 2004 Summer Olympics
Michael Mulligan, former MapQuest CEO
Remy Munasifi, stand-up comedian
Tim Murphy, (1974), U.S. Representative, Pennsylvania 18th District
Jeanne Neff, former president of The Sage Colleges
John F. Noonan, former president of Bloomfield College
Kathleen Hawk Sawyer (1972), Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons, 1992-2003
Erikka Storch (1996), member-elect, W.Va. House of Delegates
Jason H. Wilson, (MBA) Ohio State Senator
Stanley T. Wearden, (1975), Dean, Communication & Information Sciences, Kent State University
Tara Wilson, 2000 Miss West Virginia USA
John B. Yasinsky, (1961), former OMNOVA Solutions CEO
Ricky Yahn, (2007), Assistant Coach, Cornell Big Red Men's Basketball Team

General Info: 304-243-2000
Financial Aid: 304-243-2304
Admissions: 304-243-2359

Official Website: http://www.wju.edu