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Waynesburg University, a private, Christian university, provides a valuable, personal and hands-on educational experience that prepares undergraduate and graduate students for lives of purpose and continued growth.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University offers more than 70 undergraduate major concentrations and several integrated bachelors-to-masters programs. The University also offers graduate programs, with some available 100 percent online.

Located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, Waynesburg University’s main campus is located in Waynesburg, Pa., with an additional site for graduate and professional studies in Southpointe.

Consistently ranked as a top value school in ranking systems that examine outcomes and fiscal responsibility, Waynesburg University has emerged as a national leader in educational value and has built a reputation on affordability.

The University is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania.

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Waynesburg University helps students develop academically and professionally on the foundation of faith. Faith is an integral part of the University’s mission, and students have the opportunity to discuss theory and application of faith in their professions.



While guiding students in the development of specific skills and talents, Waynesburg University also provides opportunities to apply and sharpen them through service. Service opportunities include service learning courses, international and domestic mission trips, the Bonner Scholars Program and personal service initiatives, among others.



Founded in 1849, Waynesburg University was one of the earliest schools in America to develop programs on a coeducational basis. Since its inception, the University has maintained a commitment to service as a way of witnessing to the love of God in the world. Early graduates became missionaries, ministers, educators, soldiers, statesmen, political leaders, judges and businessmen who carried that unique mission throughout their lives. Today's graduates are encouraged to do the same.

Waynesburg at a Glance

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Student/faculty ratio

Average class size

School type
Four-year, liberal arts, Christian

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Undergraduate: 1,376
Graduate: 360
Total: 1,736

Students receiving financial aid

Placement rate
97% of the class of 2016 reported working or studying in their chosen field within one year of graduation

Waynesburg's tuition is more than $11,000 below the national average for private, non-profit, four-year colleges

More than 50,000 hours of service learning and community/civic engagement hours contributed yearly

Member of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference; offers 20 NCAA Division III varsity sports