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Waynesburg University, a private Christian university in southwestern Pennsylvania, provides a valuable, personal, and...

Waynesburg University

Waynesburg, Pennsylvania

Many students have left their fingerprints at Waynesburg University. Staying true to its mission of 1849, students are encouraged to make connections between faith, learning, and serving. Waynesburg graduates have made historic strides around the globe by influencing positive change in the world.


As a Christian liberal arts University, Waynesburg provides students with opportunities to pursue truth in God’s world through rigorous scholarship, academic excellence, and creative expressions. At Waynesburg University, students are called to create their own legacy and are charged with the task of others before them – to leave their fingerprints on the campus, the community and, eventually, the world.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,422 undergraduate students
93% of undergrad students are full time
42% male — 58% female
20% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
80 full-time faculty
150 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
90% of first year students live on campus
70% of all students live on campus

School Location

Waynesburg University is located in southwestern Pennsylvania, approximately 1 hour south of Pittsburgh and within 30 miles of both Washington, PA and Morgantown, WV.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

80% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate Fall 2015

62% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Black or African American 3%
White 91%
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 1%


As a member of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC), Waynesburg University offers 18 NCAA Division III varsity sports, nine each for men and women. Waynesburg University also offers a number of intramural sports for students who cannot commit to a full season of workouts, practices and games.

Men’s varsity athletics include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling.
Women’s varsity athletics include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Waynesburg University’s athletic programs are represented by Sting, their mascot, adorned in burnt orange and black.

Other Information

Waynesburg University is a private, Christian co-educational institution founded in 1849.


Academic Programs

Accounting (Public Accounting, Forensic Accounting); Art Administration (Music Concentration, Theatre Concentration, Visual Arts Concentration); Athletic Training; Biblical and Ministry Studies (Children & Youth Ministry, Drama Ministry, International Mission, Latin American Studies, Media Ministry, Religion & Philosophy); Biology (Pre-Dental, Pre-Medical, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Physical Therapy); Business Administration (Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Marketing, Sports Management); Chemistry (Biochemistry, Forensic Chemistry); Communication (Advertising, Digital Design, Electronic Media, Journalism, Public Relations, Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information); Computer Science (Business Information Science, Information Technology, Computer Security & Forensics); Criminal Justice Administration; Early Childhood Education (Pre-K/4th Grade); Early Childhood Education (Pre-K/4th Grade) with Special Education Certification; Elementary/Middle Level Education (4th-8th Grade – English/Language Arts and Mathematics, Science and Mathematics, English/Language Arts and Science, Social Studies and Mathematics, Social Studies and Science); Secondary Education (7th-12th Grade – Biology, Chemistry, English/Creative Writing, English/Literature, General Science, History/Social Studies, Mathematics); Engineering (3/2 – Chemistry, 3/2 Mathematics); English (Creative Writing, Literature; Professional Writing); Environmental Science; Exercise Science (Fitness Management, Wellness/Physiology); Forensic Science; History (Public & Applied); Human Services; International Studies (Culture); Marine Biology (3/1); Mathematics; Music Ministry; Nursing; Psychology; Social Science (Political Science, Pre-Law); Sociology (Family Studies, Sociological Studies, Urban Studies); Undecided/Exploring

More Distinctions

  • Waynesburg is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service. This scholarship program offers financial assistance to selected students with a high level of demonstrated financial need in return for a commitment to service while enrolled at Waynesburg.

  • 2015 Leadership in Service Education Award - The Imani Christian Academy in Pittsburgh

  • 2015 Best Places to Work - Pittsburgh Business Times

  • Star Chapter (3 straight years) - Public Relations Student Society of America

  • Dr. F.H. Teahan Award for Best Chapter Newsletter - Public Relations Student Society of America

  • Outstanding Chapter Award (6 straight years) - American Chemical Society

  • Top Value Counseling Program in Pennsylvania - Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Programs

  • President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (7 straight years) - Corporation for National and Community Service

  • Waynesburg University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

  • Waynesburg University is also accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333 (717.783.6788). The mission of the Pennsylvania Department of Education is to assist the General Assembly, the Governor, the Secretary of Education, and Pennsylvania educators in providing for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system in education.

  • The Education Department is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

  • The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program has full approval status through the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate degree in nursing, the master's degree in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice at Waynesburg University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

  • The Graduate and Professional Studies programs of Addiction Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This specialized accrediting agency, recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, grants accredited status to graduate-level programs in the professional counseling field. This recognition provides assurance to the public and higher education institutions that CACREP is a legitimate accreditor with authority granted by a regulating body who has reviewed the standards, processes, and policies of CACREP. In addition, the Addictions Counseling specialization is approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB).

  • Waynesburg University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

COMMON Intellectual Experience

One of the ways Waynesburg University fosters common intellectual experiences is through its “Common Read Program,” a first-year reading experience for incoming freshman. Students are expected to read a carefully selected book and participate in a variety of classroom activities, discussions, and University events that enhance their understanding of the text, the book’s themes, and one another.

Collaborative Assignments and Projects

Students who participate in the Waynesburg University Honors Program have the opportunity to organize collaborative Honors projects that count toward completion of their Honors points to graduate.

Undergraduate Research

Waynesburg University hosts an annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work Symposium that is open to the public. The event features student presenters, as well as podium and poster presentations. Research fields include biology, chemistry, forensic science, history, and nursing.

Diversity/Global Learning

Waynesburg University offers a unique International Studies minor option, employing many opportunities for students to gain a global education. One such example is the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership, which provides scholarships to students who have never left the United States to study abroad for a summer. Waynesburg is one of only 13 higher education institutions in the country to participate in the program. Students can also partake in Faith Learning and Service Immersion Trips, which extend beyond domestic borders to places such as Nassau, Bonaire, Montego Bay, Patzun, Juana Diaz, Taipei, Belize, and the Dominican Republic.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization  
Jazz band  
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station X
Yearbook X

First-Year Seminars and Experiences

Every Waynesburg University freshman is enrolled in WBE 108 – Fiat Lux, named for the University’s motto (Latin for “Let there be Light” from Genesis 1:3). This introductory course serves to familiarize new students with Waynesburg’s mission of faith, learning, and service. As a part of the curriculum, students are required to take part in a community service project.

Writing-Intensive Courses

Waynesburg University’s English and Communication departments give students the avenues to explore and develop their writing skills in various areas. College Composition I and II are designed to enhance students’ writing and reading skills while also preparing students for college-level research and writing, literary analysis, and discussion. Print Journalism and Advanced Print Journalism allow students to engage in feature writing while experiencing interviewing and copy editing.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Life Skills, Service Learning, Fiat Lux

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 110 239 110 17 3 3 0 482


The Waynesburg University Honors Program exists to foster the further development of students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence. Through enhanced learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom, the Honors Program seeks to develop the intellect of such students by emphasizing the pursuit of intellectual curiosity, reflective and meditative engagement with significant texts, and critical thinking across the disciplines.

Through a course of study emphasizing rigorous academic and experiential inquiry, Honors Students may complete the program through a combination of traditional coursework and opportunities outside the classroom. These include interdisciplinary projects, Honors Colloquia, campus leadership, and independent research, among many others. These opportunities are designed to foster the curiosity and critical thinking skills of Honors Students, and to build a community of scholars. The Honors Program at Waynesburg University serves as a model of and laboratory for excellence in interdisciplinary learning, service to the community, intercultural awareness, and leadership development.



Waynesburg University is proud to be one of only 21 Bonner Scholar Schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, this unique scholarship program generates 15 awards for select students each year. Bonners fosters a program with 60 students who serve the needs of the local Waynesburg community. Each week, Bonners scholars complete over 600 hours of service.


The Stover Scholar Program invites applicants from outstanding students who would like to understand—and ultimately influence—the way the United States Constitution shapes American life today. Stover scholars are engaged in their community through Boys/Girls State, Model U.N., electoral campaigns, student government, debate teams, church-related programs, school newspapers, and civic organizations. Stover Scholars explore complex political issues throughout history. The Stover Scholar Program culminates with a senior internship, which provides the chance to bring together diverse ideas and apply them in a context that fits students’ individual interests and goals.

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students  
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

Service Learning

Students attending Waynesburg University are provided access to approximately 15 Faith, Learning, and Service Immersion Trips per year. These include both domestic and global service opportunities. Additionally, the Center for Service Leadership maintains partnerships with over 40 local, regional, and international service agencies.


Several of Waynesburg University’s academic programs and majors require students to complete a relevant internship prior to graduation. Waynesburg students have interned at ABC, the Bayer Corporation, CONSOL, the LA County Probation Department, Mary Kay, Mylan, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Ruby Memorial Hospital, Sea World, Special Olympics, UPMC Sports Medicine, Walt Disney World, Yale University, and more.

Capstone Course and Projects

A broad variety of Waynesburg University majors require students to complete a capstone project (also sometimes referred to as a senior project or research project). While the work involved can be intensive, it’s a satisfying and appropriate way to complete a college career. Waynesburg faculty advisors encourage their students to begin thinking about these capstone projects as early as their freshman year, ensuring portfolios and collections of work are robust and compelling when the time comes to bring it all together.


Admissions Fall 2015

1,418 Total Applicants
1,214 Total Admissions
347 Total Freshmen Enrollment

85.61% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Feb 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Extracurricular activities

Application Essay
Alumni/ae relation
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 450 550
SAT Math 455 550
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 26
ACT Math    
ACT English 19 26
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $21,620
Fees $410
Total $22,030
Room and Board (on campus) $9,170
Estimated Total On Campus $31,200


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-16 Estimated

$18,150 First year students
$13,312 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-16 Estimated

78.9% on average, the percentage of need that was met
35% of financial need students that had need fully met

$13,312 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,834 Average need-based loan

Achievement Awards

AB Miller Scholarship ($15,000 maximum annual amount)
4.12 average GPA*, 1210/27 average SAT/ACT

Presidential Honor Scholarship ($12,000 maximum annual amount)
3.87 average GPA*, 1070/23 average SAT/ACT

Waynesburg Honor Scholarship ($10,000 maximum annual amount)
3.6 average GPA*, 980/21 average SAT/ACT

University Scholarship ($9,000 maximum annual amount)
3.23 average GPA*, 930/19 average SAT/ACT

A Waynesburg Opportunity Award, which can be worth up to $6,000/year but cannot be combined with an Achievement Award, is also available for students who exhibit academic promise within the application process.

Amounts shown above are the maximum amount that a student can receive and are reduced for commuters who qualify for either an Achievement Award or a Waynesburg Opportunity Award.
Out-of-state students who receive an Achievement Award or a Waynesburg Opportunity Award also qualify for our State Scholarship or State Award, respectively, worth an additional $2,000/year.


First-time freshman students who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 are encouraged to apply before Nov. 1 of their senior year. If they do and are accepted, they are eligible to explore additional scholarship opportunities. For more information on these opportunities, please see below.

Bonner Scholarship – $2,500-$4,000 annually

Eagle Scout/Gold Award – $500 annually

Fine Arts Program Scholarship – $1,000 annually

Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship – Full tuition, room and board (approximately $120,000)

The Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership Scholarship – $5,000 annually plus $500 to participate in conferences and an additional $1,000 to defray the cost of an internship

Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship: Waynesburg University is also proud to participate in the Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship Program. All graduates from the Pittsburgh Public Schools and Charters are eligible to receive this scholarship. Eligible candidates can receive up to $40,000 for up to four years ($10,000 per year). Visit pittsburghpromise.org to apply or find out additional information.