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.
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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.
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: 91%
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: 1%
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 Critical Reading
25th Percentile: 430 | 75th Percentile: 540
25th Percentile: 430 | 75th Percentile: 530
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 25
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 25
Tuition & Cost
- 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.
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.