WHEELING - The Washington Monthly College Guide has ranked Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) as the fourth best university among baccalaureate colleges, and rates WJU as a best "bang for your buck" institution.
This rating guide ranks colleges based on three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students); research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and doctoral graduates); and service (encouraging students to give something back).
This exclusive guide shows the schools that are doing the best job of helping non- wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. As a best "bang for your buck" college, WJU is in the company of a few select colleges.
WJU?has been ranked as the fourth best university among baccalaureate colleges by the Washington Monthly College Guide. In service, WJU was in the top 10 percent in alumni who enter the Peace Corps and resources provided for community service staff, courses, and financial aid support to service.
"Since its founding, Wheeling Jesuit's mission has been to provide a quality, affordable education, rooted in the Jesuit tradition, to the people of West Virginia and beyond," said the Rev. James Fleming, S.J., president of Wheeling Jesuit.
"The Washington Monthly College Guide gives prospective students and their parents a great picture of what matters that Wheeling Jesuit is living its mission to be a university that educates its students for life after graduation, to be servants to others and to be leaders who can impact society. And, we make this education affordable to all," Fr. Fleming added.
Under the research ranking, the University was ranked third and in the top 5 percent in the number of bachelor's recipients who go on to receive PhDs relative to school size.
In the service category, WJU was in the top 10 percent in alumni who enter the Peace Corps and resources provided for community service staff, courses, and financial aid support to service.
Adrienne Tharp, director of the Service for Social Action Center said, "As part of our mission, our students are taught the importance of service and they work in our community because they know its part of their social responsibility. Last year, our students volunteered more than 25,000 hours in our community."
In social mobility, Wheeling Jesuit was ranked 101 with a graduation rate of 62 percent and a net tuition price of $17,978.
Larry Vallar, vice president of Enrollment Management said special need-based scholarships and grants make it possible for low income, first generation college students to afford Wheeling Jesuit.
Freshman Daniel Villareal, a graduate of Loyola Blakefield High School in Towson, Md., said, "I knew I wanted to attend a college that would challenge me academically and provide me with the best environment to grow as a scholar and a man. I chose Wheeling Jesuit, because I know it will give me the opportunity to learn and to serve to my fellow students and the greater community."
The Washington Monthly College Guide overall score represents the combined score of our three metrics-social mobility, research, and service-where the highest is scaled to 100 and the lowest is 0. Each metric is weighted equally.