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Phone: 1-800-624-6992


Frequently Asked Questions: General Information


How old is Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU)?
WJU (then Wheeling College) was founded in partnership between the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and the Society of Jesus of the Maryland Province in 1954.

How safe is WJU?
WJU is concerned about the safety of all members of its community and visitors to its campus. The University provides a year-round 24-hour security patrol. Students can only access dorm hall by swiping their Cardinal ID Card. During the academic school year, the residence halls have a staff member on duty in the evenings. Each residence hall has onduty Residence Assistants, a Resident Director, and a Resident Jesuit for the campus. Safety and Security personnel are available to assist students, employees and visitors. For more information check out the Universities annual report on campus security issues. You may also contact the Office of Student Affairs at 1-304-243-2257 or the Director of Safety and Security at 1-304-243-4453.

What does "Jesuit" mean?
The term Jesuit refers to members of the Society of Jesus, one of the largest religious orders in the Catholic Church. The Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius Loyola, a Basque nobleman and soldier, who found God in all things. Today there are over 25,000 Jesuits serving the Church in 112 nations on six continents. Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit institutions of higher learning in the country.

How many of your students are Catholic?
About 60% are Catholic and the other 40% are from a large variety of denominations across the world. Wheeling Jesuit University is rooted in the Catholic tradition, but we offer a welcoming spiritual atmosphere for students from all religious backgrounds.

What does "liberal arts" mean?
Liberal Arts are studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills. Wheeling Jesuit "Core Curriculum" intends to provide all students, regardless of major, with the skills that will enable them to pursue their own integral development and contribute to the common good. The Core Curriculum intends to provide all students, regardless of major, with the skills that will enable them to pursue their own integral development and contribute to the common good. The Core Curriculum prepares students to think creatively and critically, as well as to evaluate and construct clear arguments based on the rules oflogic. It prepares graduates to participate actively in society as scientifically literate citizens, and to communicate effectively.



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