Waynesburg offers more than 70 major concentrations and five integrated bachelors-to-masters programs in athletic training, business, counseling, criminal investigation, and education. The University also offers graduate programs, with some available 100 percent online. The University’s top academic programs include business, communication, criminal justice, education, forensic science, and nursing.
What makes Waynesburg truly special, though, is that its academics are not just about class. They’re the foundation for a culture of growth, championed through academic excellence and personalized guidance that nurtures mind, spirit, and future. Waynesburg programs accelerate student growth through hands-on learning, research, internships, leadership work, service trips, and career planning.
- Waynesburg is one of only 22 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 Best Places to Work – Pittsburgh Business Times
- President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (8 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.
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“Waynesburg University has stretched me in many ways, both in mind and spirit. I have had many opportunities that built not only upon my skills necessary to be an effective educator, but that also strengthened my relationships with God and with others.” – Elizabeth Sible, 2019 valedictorian and education graduate
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 freshmen. 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.
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.
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.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 0%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 4%
White, non-Hispanic: 86%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 4%
“The faculty and staff at Waynesburg University invested in me. They poured their knowledge, love, and experience into me. I have made lasting connections at Waynesburg and have found a home in the community it provides.” – Caitlin Brooks, 2019 valedictorian and mathematics graduate
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.
Waynesburg University’s English and Communication departments give students the avenue 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 them 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.
“Waynesburg University has helped me to grow in many ways, especially through service. Waynesburg has given me the sense of community where everyone around you is there to support you and help you grow.” – McKenzie Shaffer, 2019 valedictorian and education graduate
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, all while building 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 22 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. Bonner fosters a program with 60 students who serve the needs of the local Waynesburg community. Each week, Bonner 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.
Waynesburg University is located in southwestern Pennsylvania, approximately 1 hour south of Pittsburgh and within 30 miles of both Washington, PA, and Morgantown, WV.
As a member of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC), Waynesburg University offers 20 NCAA Division III varsity sports, 10 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: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, and wrestling
Women’s varsity athletics: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field, and volleyball
Waynesburg University’s athletic programs are represented by Sting, their mascot, adorned in burnt orange and black.
“From my very first day as a student, I knew Waynesburg would set me up for success. The faculty here was so committed to my learning, and opportunities for hands-on experience were always within reach. Waynesburg gave me the tools I need to pursue my dream of being a broadcaster.” – Nick Farrell, sports broadcasting/sports information graduate; sports director at WBOY-TV
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.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 495 | 75th Percentile: 580
25th Percentile: 475 | 75th Percentile: 580
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 23
Tuition & Cost
A.B. Miller Scholarship ($15,000 maximum annual amount)
4.12 average GPA*, 1210/27 average SAT/ACT
Presidential Honor Scholarship ($13,000 maximum annual amount)
3.87 average GPA*, 1070/23 average SAT/ACT
Waynesburg Honor Scholarship ($11,000 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 the State Scholarship or State Award, respectively, worth an additional $2,000/year.
ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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.
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