We are one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country, and we embody a more than 450-year-old tradition, conceived and initiated by St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. From the outset, we continue to personify the goals of St. Ignatius as we integrate academic education with a commitment to public service.
We provide a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence with the best of advanced technology so you receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others.
WJU's Mission of Educating Men and Women for ...
The Jesuit traditions of educational excellence and service to others guide all the programs at Wheeling Jesuit University. By integrating learning, research, and economic development with classical knowledge and Christian revelation, the University seeks to foster competence, creativity and innovation throughout and beyond the campus community. Graduates of the University enter the world of work with socially responsible goals, a lifelong appetite for learning and the desire to make our universe a better place.
To model the Jesuit concern for regional and global neighbors, the University welcomes people of all creeds, races and nationalities to share in the intelligent pursuit of excellence. The University promotes close student-faculty contacts and encourages students to develop their full potential for leadership. Through a grounding in the liberal arts and, above all, example of Jesus Christ, the University endeavors to produce intelligent, moral leaders who will champion the Jesuit values of faith, peace and justice. Wheeling Jesuit envisions a dynamic leadership role for the University in the lives of its students and in the world at large.
Service with and Among Others
In its faculty and students, its research and outreach, the University is national and international. Yet as the only Catholic institution of higher learning in West Virginia, Wheeling Jesuit also values its distinctive mission to the immediate area, educating local men and women and returning them to enrich their own communities. Wheeling Jesuit University firmly believes its graduates will enter the professional world prepared to use their God-given talents not solely for personal fulfillment but as men and women in service to others.
Wheeling Jesuit University’s diversity policy is to ensure fair treatment to all students. The mission of the University is to educate for leadership, educate for life, and educate men and women for others. Rooted in the rich Catholic and Ignatian traditions, Wheeling Jesuit affirms that all reality is the work of a loving Creator in whose image and likeness we are made. Wheeling Jesuit’s goal is to help students develop a deep respect for all persons, resulting in a desire to know and learn from men and women from various cultural, religious and racial backgrounds.