Waynesburg University

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Waynesburg University
Waynesburg University Emblem.png
MottoLatin: Fiat Lux
Motto in English
Let There Be Light
TypePrivate, Liberal Arts
Establishedca. 1850
AffiliationPresbyterian Church (USA)
PresidentDouglas G. Lee
Location, ,
ColorsDark Orange, Black
NicknameYellow Jackets

Waynesburg University is a private university founded in ca. 1850 and located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations, and enrolls over 2,500 students, including approximately 1,800 undergraduates.

General Anthony Wayne


In honor of General Anthony Wayne, the university was founded in 1849 as Waynesburg College by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church - now affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) - and was officially established with a charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1850.[1]

Waynesburg University is located on a contemporary campus on the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, and has three adult learning centers located in the Greater Pittsburgh Region including Southpointe, Cranberry and Monroeville.

Miller Hall and Hanna Hall are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]


Waynesburg University offers Bachelor's and Master's degrees in up to 70 majors and minors including: Business, Economics, Accounting, Finance, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, History, Philosophy, Biblical & Ministry Studies, English, Forensics, Criminal Justice, Fine Arts, International Studies, Education, Nursing, Foreign Languages, etc.[3][4]


Miller Hall
Hanna Hall

The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[5]


Facilities at Waynesburg University include:[6][7]

  • faculties
  • administration offices
  • a chapel
  • a performing arts center
  • a gym with a basketball and a volleyball court and a wrestling ring
  • a library
  • a museum
  • a laboratory
  • a student center
  • a dining hall
  • residence halls
  • a fitness center
  • tennis courts
  • a baseball field
  • a football stadium
  • a TV station
  • a radio station
  • a newspaper agency


Roberts Chapel

The university emphasizes Christian and community values. Students have the option to participate in:

  • Weekly chapel services
  • Bible studies
  • Contemporary, student-led weekly worship services
  • Speakers who engage students to integrate faith, learning and service
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Faith and Services Mission Trips

The exploration of faith is encouraged on Waynesburg's campus, but at the discretion of the student.

Waynesburg welcomes students on any part of their journey into its Christian community.

Students may also choose to be involved in various campus ministries: for example, becoming a Christian Ministry Assistant (CMA). CMAs are student leaders who serve the community by creating Bible studies and building student relationships and groups across campus that enhance the mission of Waynesburg University.


Waynesburg University is built around four spacious parks owned by the town of Waynesburg. The westernmost park contains a bridge meandering through the trees; the next park features a gazebo; and the two parks nearest the university center are commonly referred to as the Fountain Park and the Statue Park. Fountain Park is directly in front of Hanna and Miller Hall, while Statue Park is between Buhl Hall, Stewart Hall, Pollock Hall, and Martin Hall. Statue park features a statue dedicated to the lives lost in the Civil War. The combined area of the parks is approximately 15 acres.

Residence halls[edit]

The university is home to ten campus residence halls, seven women's and three men's halls. Martin and Thayer Hall are home to most of the men on campus. They both are double occupancy halls on the Eastern side of campus. Martin Hall is closer to downtown Waynesburg while Thayer Hall is located next to Buhl Hall and the Eberly Library. Willison is the third men's hall and student apartment complex, it is mostly a double occupancy hall but students have the option to triple. Willison is six stories tall and is the newest building on campus. It is on Franklin street and is adjacent to the armory.

Denny Hall is attached to the Benedum dining hall on the West side of campus, like Thayer it has built in desks and cabinets in the wall. It is one of three underclassmen women's halls. Across the parking lot overlooking the chapel is Burns hall and on the other side of the chapel is the single story Ray Hall.

The four upperclass women halls are West, South, East, and Pollock. West, South, and East sit above the Stover campus center and the Eberly Library in a small plaza. Pollock is located right between Buhl Hall, one of the classroom buildings, and Thayer Hall.

Of all the halls only South, West, East, Pollock, and Willison have air conditioning. They are all the same floor layout with two sleeping areas, a bathroom with a shower, and a living area with a provided futon. South, West, and East also have bay windows.

Fitness center[edit]

The fitness center is two stories. The first floor houses weight lifting and locker rooms. The second floor features cardio workouts. Both floors have flat screen TVs and the cardio machines are equipped with built in radio tuners.

Graduate and professional studies (GPS)[edit]

The university offers graduate programs in business, counseling, education, criminal investigation and nursing. The programs are designed to serve the working professional in the Pittsburgh region and beyond via off-campus centers located in Cranberry, Monroeville and Southpointe.

The Graduate School of Professional Studies offers degrees in athletic training, business, nursing, education, counseling and criminal investigation in the three Pittsburgh locations as well as in Waynesburg and online. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program (IACBE accredited) is the third largest in the Pittsburgh region. Waynesburg University also offers a Doctoral Program of Nursing Practice (CCNE Accredited) and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP Accredited).

Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership[edit]

Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, named after Dr. W. Robert Stover, is an interdisciplinary scholarly center dedicated to bringing insights from the U.S. Constitution’s Founding Era and from Christianity to bear in the contemporary public square, with the ultimate goal of creatively transforming the ethical state of the polis.

The Center brings Stover Constitutional Fellows and other guest speakers to campus and offers an array of experiences to a select group of students designated as Stover Scholars. These experiences include special seminars, visits with state officials, and internships in the fields of government, law, and public policy.

Yellow Jacket student newspaper[edit]

The Yellow Jacket is the student newspaper for Waynesburg University. The newspaper is produced entirely by Waynesburg University students and is incorporated into many classes within the university's Department of Communication.

The Yellow Jacket features news on campus and community news, student opinion, coverage of the Presidents' Athletic Conference sports teams, and other topics of student or faculty interest. The Yellow Jacket publishes weekly during the academic year in print and online. The newspaper has been published under the Yellow Jacket nameplate since 1924, though student newspapers at Waynesburg University (then Waynesburg College) date back to 1894. Federal Judge John Clark Knox served as the first student editor of the first student newspaper at Waynesburg College.The Yellow Jacket is a member of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association and is affiliated with the Waynesburg University student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The staff of the Yellow Jacket has been recognized numerous times by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association's Keystone Awards and the Society of Professional Journalists regional Mark of Excellence Awards.[8]


WCYJ is a radio station located on the third floor of Buhl Hall. It is run by students and the Waynesburg communications staff. The station plays Adult Contemporary Top-40 hits from the studio at the entry to Buhl, and broadcasts out from the tower located on top of Buhl. The station broadcasts specialty shows, Waynesburg University sports, and even local high school football games.

The station's frequency, 99.5 FM, can be heard within the limits of the Waynesburg borough. You can also listen to "The Hive" online at bit.ly/wcyjfmlisten. Until 2011 the station was called 88.7 "The Buzz".

Every October the station hosts their largest event, Pumpkin Bowling, in Johnson Commons. Their relay for life event, the 24-hour broadcast, has been steadily growing. Radio staff stays in the radio station for 24 straight hours.


Waynesburg Community Television is operated by students at Waynesburg University. The station is available via the Waynesburg Comcast cable system on channel 14 and online at wctv.waynesburg.edu. The studio is located on the 4th floor of Buhl Hall. WCTV broadcasts a variety of student and community oriented programming such as Jacket Sports Weekly, The Buzz, Live at 5 Newscast, Plead Your Case, The Journey and The Waynesburg Effect.

WCTV has won three national awards. They received a Telly Award for a 2013 episode of The Buzz, a Communicator Award for a 2014 episode of The Waynesburg Effect, and another Telly Award for a 2014 episode of The Greene Room.

Community service[edit]

Through the Center for Service Leadership, students are connected with organizations according to their field of study. The college community commits over 50,000 hours of service each year to over 50 agencies and community projects. On average, university students perform 1,400 hours of community service a week, both domestically and internationally.[citation needed]

Waynesburg University is one of only 27 Bonner Scholar schools in the country offering local, regional and international opportunities to help others through community service. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, this unique scholarship program offers selected students financial assistance in return for a commitment to community service while enrolled at Waynesburg.

As a Bonner Scholar school, Waynesburg University:

  • Awards 15 new Waynesburg University Bonner Scholarships each academic year.
  • Fosters a program with 60 students, who each serve an average of 10 hours per week.

To be considered for the Bonner Scholar program, an applicant must be accepted to Waynesburg University, must successfully complete the Bonner Scholarship application and interview process, and should:

  • Carry a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA and place in the top 40% of a graduating high school class
  • Qualify financially

Study abroad[edit]

Students at Waynesburg University can opt for various study abroad options including:

Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership[edit]

The Vira Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership, funded by The Heinz Endowments, annually affords three Waynesburg University women the opportunity to experience foreign travel through an established charitable foundation. Up to three scholarships are awarded to women (sophomore or junior status) who wish to study abroad during the summer between their sophomore and junior or junior and senior years.

The scholarship prepares women for global challenges by offering a unique opportunity for international experiences, leadership development and community service.

Waynesburg University is one of only 16 participating universities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Scholarship recipients receive $5,000 to put toward the cost of an international experience of their choosing. To date, nearly 50 Waynesburg University students have received the scholarship.

In recent years, Waynesburg University Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership scholarship recipients have traveled to Australia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Haiti, India, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Spain, Mongolia, London and Russia.

Exchange programs[edit]

EWHA University - South Korea (classes offered in English)

BEI - Northern Ireland - study at one of five different universities in N. Ireland

Endorsed programs[edit]

Australia Studies Centre - Sydney, Australia

Creation Care - Belize or New Zealand

International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA) at Butler University

Latin American Studies Program - San Jose, Costa Rica (classes are in Spanish and English)

LCC International University - Lithuania (classes are in English)

Middle East Studies Program - Amman, Jordan

Oxford Summer Program - Oxford, England

Scholars' Semester in Oxford - Oxford, England

Semester in Spain - Seville, Spain (classes are in Spanish)

Uganda Studies Program - Mukono, Uganda

Endorsed universities[edit]

American University of Rome

Queens University - Belfast, N. Ireland

Northumbria University - Newcastle, England

Massey University - New Zealand

University of Waikato - New Zealand

Tokyo Christian University - Inzai City, Japan


Official athletics logo.

Waynesburg University teams, known athletically as the Yellow Jackets, compete in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division III.[9] Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, indoor and outdoor track & field and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track & field and volleyball.

In 1939, Waynesburg University's football team played in the first televised football game against Fordham University, losing by a score of 34 to 7.[10] In 1966 under head coach Carl DePasqua, the Yellow Jackets football team won the NAIA Football National Championship game in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Yellow Jackets are also 2–0 against Penn State. They played the Nittany Lions in 1931 and 1932, beating them 7–0 and 7–6, respectively.

In 1998, the Jacket baseball team defeated Grove City College to capture the PAC championship 5-4. From the 1998 team came a plethera of First team All-PAC selections including Brian Cutlip, Charlie Humes, Jim Ohara and Adam Jack, who was also named Player of the Year. The conference head coach of the year was also from Waynesburg, as the award went to Mike Florak who was assisted by Mike Humiston.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Waynesburg University: History".
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  3. ^ "Waynesburg University: Majors".
  4. ^ "Waynesburg University: Minors".
  5. ^ "Accreditation". Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
  6. ^ "Waynesburg University: Instructional Facilities".
  7. ^ "Waynesburg University: Athletic Facilities".
  8. ^ "Yellow Jacket lauded with SPJ and PNA awards". waynesburg.edu.
  9. ^ "Membership". National Collegiate Athletic Association.
  10. ^ DeLassus, David. "Fordham game-by-game results (1935–1939)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 11, 2011.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°53′57″N 80°11′15″W / 39.8993°N 80.1875°W / 39.8993; -80.1875