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316 Washington Ave.
Wheeling, WV 26003-6295
Tel: (304)243-2000
Free: 800-624-6992
Admissions: 800-624-6992
Fax: (304)243-2397
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Roman Catholic (Jesuit), comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1954. Setting: 65-acre suburban campus with easy access to Pittsburgh, PA. Endowment: $15.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $9477 per student. Total enrollment: 1,699. Faculty: 74 (72 full-time, 2 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,157 applied, 75% were admitted. 26% from top 10% of their high school class, 29% from top quarter, 90% from top half. Full-time: 1,049 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 183 students, 79% women, 21% men. Students come from 33 states and territories, 17 other countries, 62% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 21% 25 or older, 78% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Bethany College, Belmont Technical College, members of the Jesuit Student Exchange. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $27,800 includes full-time tuition ($20,890), mandatory fees ($460), and college room and board ($6450). College room only: $3070. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, gender, and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $540 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $465 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 50 open to all; 25% of eligible men and 40% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government, Student Senate, Campus Activity Board, Inter Hall Council, Campus Ministry. Major annual events: play production, Fall/Spring Formal. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,000 college housing spaces available; 700 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Bishop Hodges Library plus 1 other with 153,590 books, 127,773 microform titles, 512 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $455,897. 125 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Wheeling, one of the country's most liveable small cities, is a one-hour drive from Pittsburgh, PA and a two-hour drive from Columbus, OH. In a central area of approximately 150,000 people, many cultural and recreational facilities are available for golf, camping, hiking, skiing, and swimming, including 1,500-acre Oglebay Park and 250-acre Wheeling Park.

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