Frequently Asked Questions for International Students
About Waynesburg University
What is the University's regional and national school ranking?
Waynesburg is ranked by US News and World Report as 106th in the Northern region. Nationally, Waynesburg is in the top 10% of colleges and universities in the outcome-based index compiled by Educate-to-Career. We are #104 out of the 1,224 colleges and universities on the ranking.
What percent of your graduating class has a job after graduation?
Survey results show that 97% of our students are either employed or in graduate school one year after their graduation.
What are some of your strongest academic programs?
We have a number of excellent programs. Our nursing program has had a 100% pass rate for the national nursing certification exam for the last seven years in a row! We also offer strong programs in Business and Criminal Justice, Political Science, and many other fields.
Life at Waynesburg University
Can I live on campus?
Yes! All undergraduate students are required to live on campus unless they are living with their parents and within a one hour drive. Experience our virtual tour from anywhere in the world, right now.
What is the best way to get to know other students?
Get involved! You will find lots of ways to meet other students through your classes, residents halls, volunteering, Chapel, professional clubs, sports, music, and many other events. We especially hope that you will join the Multi-Cultural Club (MCC), a group of students from all races, ethnic groups, and nationalities. MCC sponsors activities to help all WU students learn more about the world around them. These have included visits to different nearby ethnic restaurants, churches, and community events, as well as fun on-campus events.
What is the weather like in Waynesburg?
Waynesburg has four seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter. The average temperature in January, the coldest month of the year, is 30 F (-1 C). In July, the hottest month of the year, the average temperature is 85 F (29 C).
Transportation around Waynesburg, the Region, and the Country
Do you provide airport pick-up?
Yes, we do. Please make sure to email us or fax us your arrival information, such as date and time of arrival, airline flight number and the city you are flying from. Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is our closest airport.
Can I get around Waynesburg without a car?
Yes. Downtown Waynesburg is just a few blocks from campus, and there are several shops and restaurants within walking distance. WU also offers a free shuttle twice a week to other local stores and restaurants.
Can I use public transport to get to Pittsburgh and other places?
Yes, there is a bus to Pittsburgh that leaves Waynesburg twice a day. For school holidays, WU offers a shuttle directly to the airport. In addition, we offer student outings several times a month to go to plays, concerts, shopping, professional sporting events, and other activities around the Pittsburgh Area.
Will I have chances to travel?
Definitely! You are always welcome to travel on your own when school is not in session, and you can also participate in many school-sponsored events in Pittsburgh and periodic trips to New York, Philadelphia, and DC. You are also welcome to join one of our service learning (volunteer) trips. These teams travel to places both within the US and to other countries. Learn more about Service Trips here. This is a great way to apply your education to service that helps others.
Do international students have to pay more tuition than domestic students?
No. All Waynesburg University students pay the same tuition.
What is the total cost of attending Waynesburg?
Waynesburg is one of the best values you can find for a private university. Please contact the Office of Admissions for an outline of costs.
How much do I need to have on my Declaration of Finances Form?
The most up-to-date amount will be on the form itself. Click here for the Declaration of Finances Form. Costs typically increase by about 3% every year.
Do you have scholarships for international students?
Yes. We honor all of our best students with scholarships. These are based on high school grades, SAT / ACT scores, and TOEFL scores.
How to Apply
What is the deadline to apply?
For the Fall Semester (August-December) Deadline: March 10
For the Spring Semester (January-May) Deadline: October 1
You do not need to wait until March to apply. You can apply as early as November the previous year. This is called "rolling admission," and it means that you can send us your application before the deadline.
What do I need to do to apply?
Click here to see how to apply to Waynesburg as an international student.
Where can I find the application form?
Click here for the online international application form.
Do you require the SAT or ACT for international students?
Yes. To qualify for admission, you need a minimum of 980 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT in addition to the GPA and TOEFL requirements.
Do I need to take the TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language)?
If English is not your first language, you need to take the TOEFL test. Waynesburg requires a TOEFL score of at least an 80 (84 for Nursing). Some students with high enough SAT or ACT scores may qualify for admission without the TOEFL. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information.
Should I have my transcripts translated?
Yes. Transcripts and records must be in English and need to be converted to a U.S. grading scale using WES.
What other documents do I need for the application?
You will need contact information for yourself and your parents, as well as your transcript, your TOEFL scores, and your scores for either the SAT or the ACT. You will also need to be prepared to write a brief essay on the topic, "In your own words, describe what has prepared you for study in the United States."
Are interviews required for admission?
The Office of Admissions may need to ask you questions about your application. If they do, they will contact you and ask for an interview. The interviews can be done on Skype or on the telephone.
Do you accept transfer students?
Yes. We will need to see your transcripts from both your high school as well as any college or university you have attended, in addition to the other required admissions materials.
After You Have Been Accepted
If I apply, do I have to go to Waynesburg University?
You may want to apply to many different schools. You may be accepted at several. Then you choose which school to attend. We hope you will choose Waynesburg! If you are accepted to Waynesburg and you choose to come, you will need to send us a deposit of $250. Your letter of admission will tell you how to send in your deposit. This money guarantees your place in the freshman class. If you change your mind and decide that you do not want to come, please tell us by May 1. Then we can send the money back to you. If you change your mind after May 1, we cannot send the money back to you.
When is tuition payment due?
Payment is due before classes start each semester. All students need to make payments on time in order to maintain their full-time status.
Who is an international student?
An international student is a student who is not a US citizen or a permanent US resident. A permanent US resident is someone who has a US Green Card.
Who do I email with any immigration questions or updated information for my I-20?
All I-20 related information and immigration questions should be directed to Bob Barnhart, International Admissions Counselor.
Can I get a job on campus?
International students with an F-1 visa are permitted to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week. Not all students will be able to get a job on campus immediately, but every semester there are a few openings. The WU Career Services Center can help you with this process.
I/my parents have applied for a green card. Am I still an international student?
Yes. You are still considered an international student until you have the green card and can send us a copy.