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Walsh University

North Canton, Ohio

Walsh University is a fully accredited, liberal arts and sciences Catholic university in North Canton, Ohio. The school offers more than 65 majors, eight graduate programs, and an accelerated-degree program for working adults. As a Catholic university welcoming students of all faiths, Walsh’s ultimate mission is to develop leaders in service to others.


Walsh University believes in a small university that promotes academic excellence, a diverse community and close student-teacher interactions. The University provides its students a higher education that fosters critical thinking, effective communication, spiritual growth, and personal, professional, and cultural development. Walsh University encourages individuals to act in accordance with reason, guided by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ.


Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,342 undergraduate students
81% of undergrad students are full time
39% male — 61% female
12% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
145 full-time faculty
0 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Walsh University houses 58% of students on campus. They have a choice of ten different residence halls.

School Location

Walsh University is located in North Canton, Ohio, five miles north of Canton. Akon is just 20 miles away, and both Cleveland and Youngstown are within an hour’s drive. Canton is an urban and diversified industrial center with a population of about 84,000. The city offers a variety of opportunities for cultural and recreational activities, entertainment, sports, dining and shopping. Cultural opportunities in the Canton area include a symphony orchestra, art gallery, theatre, ballet, civic opera, and lecture series. Canton also is home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Retention Fall 2015

78% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

60% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 6%
White 73%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 13%


The Walsh University Cavaliers compete in the NCAA Division II. The Cavaliers are a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and continue to build on a winning tradition.  20 Athletic Teams (Football, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Golf, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Outdoor Men’s and Women’s Track, and Indoor Men’s and Women’s Track) as well as a cheerleading squad.

Mascot: Cavaliers
Colors: Maroon and Gold

Other Information

Walsh University is a 4-year, liberal arts and sciences, Catholic institution, founded by the Brothers of Christian Instruction in 1960.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Art History, Behavioral Sciences/Counseling (B.A./M.A.), Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biology, Biology – Accelerated B.S./D.P.T. Physical Therapy Program, Business Management, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication, Comprehensive Science, Computer Science Digital Applications, Computer Science Networking, Computer Science Programming, Corporate Communication, Counseling (Behavioral Science), Criminal Justice (Sociology), Digital Media, Education (AYA Integrated Language Arts, AYA Integrated Mathematics, AYA Integrated Science, AYA Integrated Social Studies, Early Childhood Education Licensure, Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Licensure, Intervention Specialist – Mild/Moderate Licensure, Intervention Specialist – Moderate/Intensive Licensure, Middle Childhood Education Licensure, Multi-Age Physical Education Licensure, Physical Education (Non-Licensure), Education (non-licensure program), English, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science, Family Studies (Sociology), French, General Studies, Graphic Design, History, International Relations, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Museum Studies, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science (Government and Foreign Affairs), Pre-Dental, Pre-Medical, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Optical, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy (Biology), Pre-Physical Therapy (Psychology), Pre-Veterinary, Psychology (Community/Clinical), Professional Writing, Psychology (Research), Research Methods and Data Analysis (Sociology), Sociology, Spanish, Spanish for Healthcare and Theology.

Eight graduate programs: Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Development, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Theology, Master of Occupational Therapy (Beginning Fall 2017), Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Physical Therapy.

More Distinctions

  • Campus just outside of Rome, Italy and various other opportunities to study abroad.

  • Introduced The Blouin Scholars Program where students work together to solve a current global issue.

  • Students from Walsh’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program are highly recruited before graduation.

  • Nursing students received the highest pass rate on the state licensure exam for several years running. 

  • Honored by The Cardinal Newman Society as one of the nation’s top Catholic universities. 

  • Named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth year in a row. 100% of student body participates in service work.

According to the National Survey for Student Engagement, 90% of Walsh students say they have an excellent relationship with their professors. In fact, Walsh ranked significantly higher than its peer institutions in all areas of student engagement. Numerous experiential learning, community service and study abroad opportunities, combined with an extremely supportive campus environment, are all essential components of creating this atmosphere of student engagement at Walsh University.


Volunteer work is not simply encouraged at Walsh; it is required as part of the core curriculum. Walsh students build homes for Habitat for Humanity, tutor and mentor school children, prepare taxes for low-income families, distribute meals, and perform service work around the world.

Study Abroad

Students actively participate in the global society through the University’s Global Learning program. In addition to Walsh’s campus just outside of Rome, Italy, students have the opportunity to study abroad in various locations such as Uruguay, Haiti, Mexico, Uganda, Tanzania, London, and Beijing, just to name a few.

Student Collaboration

In 2016, Walsh opened “The Garage,” a student-directed business incubator where students have the opportunity to develop enterprising skills. Together, they can create their own businesses or work on collaborative projects.

Walsh University faculty members bring strong professional and real-world experiences to the classroom. They understand what is necessary to prepare students for today’s competitive marketplace, taking sincere interest in the academic success and social involvement of their students. Walsh faculty understand the value of collaboration and, as a result, their students receive experiential learning and study abroad opportunities that cannot be matched.

Student and Faculty Research

A team of Walsh undergraduate students, professors, and alumni are collaborating on significant cancer-related research. The team has been able to successfully synthesize the compound on campus and establish innovative methods for determining purity and efficacy. Their work is currently setting the stage for important clinical trials.

Future Educators Today

While many universities wait until the final semester to introduce education students to real-world teaching environments, Walsh offers the opportunity for students to be out in the classroom as part of their very first education course. Walsh students are involved in partnerships with schools throughout the community, enabling these future educators to interact with students from a variety of backgrounds. It’s not uncommon for Walsh students to log more than 200 hours of field experience before they begin student teaching.

Museum Studies Major

One of the only programs of its kind in the entire Midwest (and the first in Ohio), Walsh University’s Museum Studies major provides a unique and hands-on experience for students who want a career working in and managing museums. As an added benefit, Walsh has its own museum: the Hoover Historical Center. Museum Studies students can combine classroom instruction with real training at the center and in other local museums, including the National First Ladies Library and Museum, the Professional Football Hall of Fame, the Canton Museum of Art, and the Massillon Museum. Walsh is also a partner with the prestigious Campbell Center for Historical Preservation in Mount Carroll, Ill. Walsh students can receive a full scholarship to participate in Campbell Center workshops and work with museum professionals from across the globe, all while earning classroom credits.

Active and involved in campus and community life, more than 60 percent of Walsh students participate in extracurricular programs. The University offers many options for students to get involved, have fun, and grow as active members of the Walsh community.

Student Activities

Students can select from more than 55 clubs and organizations (or start one of their own) or play sports in the NCAA Division II varsity teams or intramural leagues. Additionally, Walsh’s Campus Ministry encourages students to grow their faiths. No matter a student’s interest, he or she may participate in numerous activities and programs designed to enrich any one of his or her personal, physical, spiritual, and academic life.

Student Retreats

Student retreats, such as the Discover Retreat for freshmen and the Shape Retreat for sophomores, challenge students to make new friends, reflect on changes within their lives, and enhance their leadership potential. These non-denominational retreats offer students some time away from the daily grind to focus on their personal enrichment.

Cultural Events

Walsh hosts several cultural events including the International Dinner, World Week, theatre performances by the Walsh Genesius Players, and music by the Walsh University Chorale. In addition, campus groups and academic units bring world-renowned singers, musicians, artists, and speakers to campus throughout the year.

Walsh University has always believed that learning transcends the classroom, that caring faculty help students aim higher, and that leadership requires more than intellect. Walsh’s distinguished tradition is to develop students’ minds, bodies, and spirits.


Students are encouraged to work in their fields of study during their time at Walsh through practicums, internships, and other opportunities. In fact, internships are a mandatory component of every academic program. Walsh’s on-campus Career Center assists students in finding their placement, both during college and after graduation. Many students participate in numerous experiential learning projects each year.

Service Learning

Walsh’s emphasis on service learning prepares students to become engaged members of their community. Walsh graduates understand the importance of giving back, and every service experience imparts life lessons that build character and leadership.

Alumni Achievements

On average, 20 percent of Walsh graduates go on to professional or graduate school and, upon graduation, more than 70 percent of Walsh students obtain a job in their major. Walsh has more than 13,000 alumni worldwide, many of whom are employed at high-profile companies such as the Cleveland Clinic; Disney; Rolls-Royce; Diebold, Inc.; Goodyear; the Timken Company; Aultman Hospital; J.M. Smucker Company; FedEx Custom Critica; and the Cleveland Browns.


Admissions Fall 20145

1,447 Total Applicants 
1,162 Total Admissions 
439 Total Freshman Enrollment

80.30% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 440 550
SAT Math 460 560
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 20 25
ACT Math 18 25
ACT English 19 25
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $26,300
Fees $1,410
Total $27,710
Room and Board (on campus) $9,920
Room Only $5,260
Board Only $4,660
Estimated Total On Campus $37,630


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
76% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$18,022 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,823 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

Though Walsh University operates under a rolling admissions policy, early application is still recommended. The completed admissions application and a high school transcript are required for admission. In 2015, Walsh adopted a test-optional admissions policy that allows students to apply without submitting SAT or ACT scores. (Note: Recruited NCAA Division II athletes, homeschooled students, and international students without U.S. transcripts and with at least two years of U.S. high school education are not eligible for the test-optional policy.) A personal essay is recommended for general requirements and is required for students applying under the test-optional policy. Transfer students must also submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

For incoming freshmen, the applicant’s high school achievement record is the single most important factor considered. A college preparatory program in high school is generally required. Candidates are strongly encouraged to distribute their high school work over as many of the academic areas as possible.

Walsh University does the utmost to make a college degree affordable for all students. In 2014, Walsh provided more than $28 million in grants and scholarships. In fact, 99 percent of Walsh students receive some form of financial assistance. The average financial aid award was $25,000 last year with academic merit scholarships ranging from $4,000 to full-tuition, based on students’ academic record.

In addition to the generous academic awards offered to entering students, federal and state financial aid programs are also available to those that are eligible. To determine which, if any, of the federal and state grant, loan, and work programs, students must complete the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

Any students or parents who have concerns about financing their educational costs can discuss this with the staff during their campus visit.