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Wheeling University


Wheeling University is about leadership, service, and an education that will last a lifetime.


Life | The Catholic traditions of educational excellence and service to others guide all of the programs at Wheeling University. By integrating learning, research and economic development with classical knowledge and Christian revelation, the University seeks to foster competence, creativity and innovation throughout and beyond the campus community. Graduates of the University enter the world of work with socially responsible goals, a life long appetite for learning and the desire to make our universe a better place.

Leadership | To model the Catholic concern for regional and global neighbors, the University welcomes people of all creeds, races and nationalities to share in the intelligent pursuit of excellence. The University promotes close student-faculty contacts and encourages students to develop their full potential for leadership. Through a grounding in the liberal arts and, above all, example of Jesus Christ, the University endeavors to produce intelligent, moral leaders who will champion the Catholic values of faith, peace and justice. Wheeling University envisions a dynamic leadership role for the University in the lives of its students and in the world at large.

Service With and Among Others | In its faculty and students, its research and outreach, the University is national and international. Yet as the only Catholic institution of higher learning in West Virginia, Wheeling University also values its distinctive mission to the immediate area, educating local men and women and returning them to enrich their own communities. Wheeling University firmly believes its graduates will enter the professional world prepared to use their God-given talents not solely for personal fulfillment but as men and women in service to others.

What if I am not Catholic?

Wheeling University welcomes students from all walks of life, faiths and religious backgrounds. As a Catholic University, we advocate for a holistic development; which intrinsically includes one’s personal religious and spiritual growth. We promote the practice of faith in our students, faculty and staff while holding fast to the principles of religious freedom; encouraging individuals and groups to practice as they choose.

You do not need to be Catholic to participate in any of our campus ministry programs. By participating in retreats, small prayer communities, community-service opportunities, and service-immersion trips, we all learn about other faith traditions and spiritual journeys. Our campus ministry staff wishes to help students grow into persons of faith regardless of denomination during their formative college years.

Look at our Other Places to Worship page for a list of local faith communities in the Wheeling area. If you need help, we would love to help you find one that fits your needs.