Waynesburg University was recently selected by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Value School – Regional Universities (North) in the 2014 "U.S. News Best Colleges" ranking, which identifies the top 15 "Best Value Schools" in the northern region of the country.
As defined by U.S. News & World Report, schools named to the list are above average academically and cost considerably less than many other schools when the financial aid that they dispense, in the form of need-based grants and scholarships, is taken into account.
Waynesburg's tuition is $8,500 below the national average for private, non-profit, four-year colleges, and the University offers a free online application.
"At Waynesburg University, ensuring that the cost of Christian higher education remains affordable for our students has always remained a top priority," said Douglas G. Lee, Waynesburg University President. "As the ranking indicates, Waynesburg offers an affordable yet valuable combination of rigorous academic programs as well as service and character building opportunities."
For first-time freshman students, the University offers two types of renewable, four-year scholarships: Achievement Awards and Competitive Merit Scholarship Programs. Achievement Awards range from $20,000 to $60,000 and are automatically awarded in an acceptance letter to those who qualify. This range of scholarships can cover approximately 25 to 75 percent of tuition cost. Competitive Merit Scholarship Programs can cover from $2,500 to full tuition, room and board annually.
"While Waynesburg is already one of the most affordable schools in the area, my scholarships made it by far the most affordable of the schools I considered," said Nicholas Farrell, a senior communication (sports broadcasting) major from Lower Burrell, Pa. More
University graduates achieve 96 percent placement rate
Within one year of graduation, 96 percent of Waynesburg University alumni reported working full-time or attending graduate school.
The University’s Career Services and Placement Office recently released its graduate career path analysis, detailing that the 96 percent placement rate is reflective of a 77 percent response rate.
“I think if we’ve got basically three-quarters of students that we have data on and that the vast majority of them are on their career path, it says that we’re doing a good job of preparing them to go where they want to be,” said Mary Cummings, vice president for student services.
The University encourages and often requires internships as an important component of academic development. This enables students to gain experience in a real world setting before graduation, making them more attractive on the job market. Students also benefit from an immersive educational experience where hands-on learning is made possible by state-of-the art facilities and mentorship from professors.
Commitment to service lands University on Community Service Honor Roll for sixth consecutive year
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently notified Waynesburg University of its selection to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the University’s sixth consecutive year receiving the honor.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. CNCS is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.
“Congratulations to Waynesburg University, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.” More
Waynesburg University named one of 25 most beautiful Christian universities
Waynesburg University has been selected as one of the most beautiful Christian colleges in America for 2013 by the editors of ChristianUniversitiesOnline.org.
According to the editors, the list was put together as an aid for prospective students looking for a Christian school where their quest for truth will be enhanced by truly beautiful surroundings. All of the schools included on the list are members or affiliates of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
Spanning 70 acres, the University’s historic campus is nestled in the foothills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three adult centers located in the Pittsburgh region. More