WHEELING, W.Va., July 12, 2016 -- National recognition continues to propel Wheeling Jesuit University ahead of the competition with another magazine ranking placing the university as the top institution in West Virginia.
MONEY agrees with two other publications - College Raptor, Inc. and U.S. News & World Report - that Wheeling Jesuit University is best university in the Mountain State.
For the second straight year, College Raptor, Inc. recently named Wheeling Jesuit the “hidden gem institution” of West Virginia's institutions of higher and U.S. News has annually ranked WJU as the best college in the state since 1996.
“There is a national audience that is recognizing what so many already know - that Wheeling Jesuit provides students with an affordable, quality, liberal arts education and prepares them well for the job market. Our dedicated faculty, beautiful campus and challenging curriculum provide students an environment conducive to obtaining a well-rounded education,” said WJU President, Rev. James Fleming, S.J.
Wheeling Jesuit joins many other prestigious institutions that MONEY chose as the best college in their state. They include the University of Pennsylvania, Berea College in Kentucky, The Ohio State University and Georgetown University in the District of Columbia.
MONEY determined which of the roughly 2,000 four-year U.S. colleges and universities deliver the most value-that is, a great education, at an affordable price, that prepares students for rewarding careers. Then the magazine screened out schools with graduation rates below the median, financial difficulties, or fewer than 500 undergraduates.
The remaining 705 colleges were ranked on 24 factors in three categories: educational quality, affordability, and alumni success. Plus, MONEY measured comparative value, by assessing how well students at each school did versus what's expected for students with similar economic and academic backgrounds, and the college's mix of majors.
MONEY also posted comments from current students about WJU.
One student said, “It has a Jesuit name so it is pretty prestigious. Once potential employers look at your resume, the name will give you an extra edge against other people. My faculty advisor is great for helping me with classes and internship shopping.”
Another added, “The class sizes are excellent if you're into small classroom settings. The majority of your general ed classes (core classes) will typically have more kids, but once you get into your specified major classes, they can be small. With this being said, it's nice because you have a good student/teacher ratio. The professors are generally nice and they will take the time to help you. Plus, they know you by name, first and last."