Colleges and Universities
Wheeling Jesuit University
Founded in 1954, Wheeling Jesuit University is the youngest of the 28 Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the United States and the only Catholic University in West Virginia. With a
reputation for high quality academic programs, outstanding NCAA Division II athletics, and a rich tradition of student led community service programs, WJU has earned top rankings by US News and World Report for 11 years.
The University offers 30 undergraduate programs, 6 graduate programs, and certification programs that help students discover their first career, or explore career goals.
Whether it is a faculty member partnering with students on research publications, or staff members helping troubleshoot software problems for online courses, or coaches mentoring athletes to be as successful in the classroom as on the playing surface, WJU employees are student centered professionals.
Relationships with the local community are important, as well, and it participates in the social, cultural, athletic, and educational events that are hosted on campus. From performing arts programs, to NCAA Division II athletics, to lectures, to summer camps, WJU contributes to the intellectual life of the Ohio Valley.
Bethany College was founded March 2, 1840. It has been a contemporary institution based in the tradition of liberal arts.
The College offers a wide array of studies, awarding Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 30 fields of study, many with options for emphasis. Students also have the option of including one or more optional minors.
Bethany places emphasis on pre-professional education in dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, physical therapy, public administration, theology and veterinary medicine.
Bethany’s 20 varsity teams compete in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference as a member of NCAA Division III. Bison Stadium, home to the Bethany Bison, features artificial turf, an eight-lane track and seating for 1,000.
Facilities include well-equipped classrooms, spacious sports/recreational areas, indoor/outdoor theaters, art galleries, a teaching greenhouse, and more.
West Virginia Northern Community College
West Virginia Northern Community College is a public, multi-campus community college with the main campus in downtown Wheeling. WVNCC delivers a comprehensive, two-year degree program for all six counties in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle. The college is known throughout the Ohio Valley to have reasonable tuition while still maintaining high quality education.
Northern offers a wide variety of programs and courses in the arts and sciences, career-technical education, developmental studies and community service. The College also admits all adults desiring postsecondary education. High school students recommended by their schools for early entrance are also admitted. Graduates receive Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Science degrees, Associate in Applied Science degrees and Certificates.
Ohio University Eastern
For over 50 years, Ohio University Eastern Campus has been serving the Ohio Valley. Just 15 minutes west of Wheeling off of I70’s exit 213, the regional campus of OUE offers associate and bachelor’s degrees. The campus offers coursework for the
following associate degrees: associate in arts and an associate in science. Coursework is available for the following majors for students who want a bachelor’s degree: business administration, communication studies, community health services, early childhood education, exercise physiology, health services administration, history, middle childhood education, specialized studies, technical and applied studies.
The campus has an active theater department while the art gallery has at least one show each quarter.
West Liberty University
A four-year intitution offering a variety of degrees, WLSC was approved to become a university by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in November 2008. The West Liberty Board of Governor’s voted to change to West Liberty University May 3, 2009. While elementary and secondary education are the most selected majors, WLSC also provides a variety of other majors including digital media design, hospitality and tourism management, and forensic science. With the modern Media Arts Center, students have access to a state-of-the art television studio, recording studio, and digital media labs. The school’s athletic teams, known as the Hilltoppers, compete in NCAA Division II.
Belmont College is conveniently located in western Belmont County, right off of Interstate I-70. Founded in 1971, Belmont Coleege in St. Clairsville offers a variety of certificate and associate degree programs. BC has a multi-million dollar high-tech applications building and offers training in a variety of new technologies including water cutting, materials testing and industrial uses of lasers. BC courses are highly transferable.