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Wheeling University Named Second Best College in West Virginia by

University Also Chosen Best Catholic College in Ohio Valley

WHEELING, W.Va., October 3 – Wheeling University continues to be recognized as one of the best institutions of higher learning in West Virginia and the United States by national ranking services.

In its recent rankings, Niche reviewed 25 institutions in the state and named Wheeling the second Best College in West Virginia. Additionally, in its rankings of the Best Catholic Colleges across the United States, Niche chose Wheeling the 44th best in the country out of the 200-plus schools it reviewed.

“Wheeling University continues to be recognized as one of the best institutions in the state and country, because we provide our students a great Catholic, liberal arts education at an affordable price,” said President Ginny R. Favede. “Offering students a complete experience, one that incorporates classroom learning and outstanding student life with a faith-based grounding, Wheeling University offers each student a holistic education. This commitment to educating the whole student is why ranking services consistently rank Wheeling among the best locally and nationally.”

In its rankings for Best Colleges in West Virginia, Niche named Wheeling the second best – only the state’s largest institution, WVU, received a higher placement. Additionally, Niche placed Wheeling University among the Best Catholic Colleges in the country. The University’s 44th ranking is the highest among colleges in the Ohio Valley.

Niche gave Wheeling an overall grade of B+. The ranking service awarded the University an A- in Diversity and Value, with the faculty, student life and safety on campus receiving a B+. The online ranking service also named the University the second Best Value College in West Virginia and ranked Wheeling in the top 19 percent for value among national universities.

“Since Wheeling University was founded in 1954, it has been dedicated to providing students entrusted in our care with a high quality education grounded in Catholic principles at an affordable price,” President Favede explained. “We have remained true to the vision Archbishop John J. Swint had for this institution – to provide the people of Appalachia a place to seek ‘spiritual enlightenment for tomorrow’s leaders and to seek God and find in all things’ whether in the classroom, the chapel, the liturgy or the laboratory.”, an online rankings and review site founded in 2002, explores colleges and universities to determine which institutions are the best based on a variety of factors. Niche uses data from the U.S. Department of Education, as well as reviews from students and alumni, to rigorously analyze and rank colleges and universities. 

“Niche’s comprehensive approach to ranking institutions gives students and parents a very clear snapshot of what Wheeling University has to offer. Its grading system shows what sets our institutions a part from others in our state – we make providing students rigorous, faith-based education our top priority,” the president added.

This academic year, the University and its academic programs have received high rankings from U.S. News & World Report, and Nursing Almanac.

Niche is the market leader in connecting colleges students and families. With in-depth profiles on every college in America, more than 140 million reviews and ratings, and powerful search/data tools, Niche helps millions of students and families find and enroll in the right institution for them.