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Students: 2,395
Location: North Canton, Ohio
Founded: 1960
Majors: 64
Med. SAT: 1050 (22.6 ACT)
% Catholic: 48%
Med. H.S. GPA: 3.37
How Much? $36,220
tuition, room and board
For admitted & enrolled traditional undergrads.
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President's Letter
Dear Parents and Prospective Students:

Choosing a university may well be one of the most important decisions you make.

Here is what you have a right to expect:

• Effective career preparation and solid academics.

• Competent, communicative faculty.

• A friendly and supportive community.

• Pleasant, well-maintained, comfortable and safe facilities.

Here is what you will find in addition at WALSH UNIVERSITY:

• Guidance and leadership in a Catholic community inspired by Jesus Christ.

• Service experiences here and abroad in preparation for a life of Christian community service.

• Easy access to the sacraments, spiritual guidance, and faith experiences such as retreats, rosary and bible study groups, and adoration.

• Personal transformation that leads to a full and productive life wherever you go.

I invite you to come and see for yourself. Come and experience Walsh University,  “A Catholic University of Distinction.”


Richard Jusseaume

Information from Career Services Office
Through the Walsh University Career Center, students receive one-on-one guidance, whether they are considering entering graduate school upon graduation, or pursuing their career. The Career Center hosts a variety of events geared toward graduate school preparation including an annual graduate school fair, and provides guides and other resources to assist students with making their graduate school selection. The Center also provides individual coaching on how to prepare their graduate school application documents, making sure they have observation hours or other prerequisites needed for their selected schools.

For students pursuing or making a change in their career path, the career center provides a variety of online and in-person resources to students and alumni as they discern careers and apply for internships and career opportunities. From mock interviews to career guidance to networking events, Walsh’s commitment to its students and alumni is lifetime. Its national and international network of alumni is available to all who seek support and/or opportunities. Every effort will be made to assist those in need. 

Annual surveys for the past 3 years show on average 95% of Walsh University graduates are employed in their field or enter graduate school within 6 months of graduation. 

Information from Financial Aid Office
Walsh University understands the financial challenges many families face when investing in college, and is dedicated to providing a quality Catholic education to all who seek it. That is why our Office of Financial Aid works with every family to make this investment as affordable as possible.  This was illustrated this past year, when Walsh awarded nearly $28 million in institutional financial aid to our full-time undergraduate population of 2,395 students. Students can also apply for federal and/or state (non-Walsh) financial aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Academic scholarships, ranging from $8,000 to full tuition, are available to new entering freshmen based on a combination of their grade point average and standardized test scores.  Students graduating from a Catholic high school will receive an additional $1,000 Catholic High School Grant in recognition of their families' commitment to Catholic education. Those students who have graduated from a Home School program will receive a Home-Schooled Grant of $1,000 per year.

In addition to the need-based and academic awards, students may also possess the talent to earn an athletic scholarship or chorale or music scholarship.  Each of these awards is determined by the coach or director of the program.

Situated in North Canton, Ohio, among residential and light commercial neighborhoods, Walsh University has persevered over the past decade in strengthening its Catholic identity. At the same time, the University’s enrollment has climbed 81 percent, and nearly every building on campus has been newly built or renovated. Among the recent buildings is the campus' new St. John Paul II Center for Science Innovation.

Despite serving mostly non-Catholic students, Walsh has demonstrated a sincere commitment to upholding and teaching the Catholic faith, such that we are pleased to include it in The Newman Guide.

Named after former Youngstown Bishop Emmett Walsh, the University was founded in 1960 by the Brothers of Christian Instruction. In keeping with the Brothers’ charism, Walsh has a special commitment to Ohio’s working families.

That commitment extends to students of all faiths, so that the large student body (more than 2,300 undergraduates) is a mix of Catholics and mostly other Christians. Only 20 percent of students come from Catholic schools. The faculty is about half Catholic, although the portion is likely to grow with the University’s current direction.

Offering 64 undergraduate majors, seven graduate programs, and eight accelerated degrees for 400 working adults, Walsh is particularly known for its education, nursing, physical therapy programs and its unique majors in the medical field of bioinformatics, and museum studies. A quarter of students major in business, and a third in nursing or biology.

Four Brothers serve on the board of directors, which also includes three priests and Youngstown Bishop George Murry, S.J. President Richard Jusseaume was appointed in 2001. He is a Walsh alumnus, a former student Brother, a former professor and dean of students, and a successful businessman. Committed to Walsh’s Catholic identity, he built the University chapel, placed crucifixes in all of the classrooms, and made hiring Catholic professors and staff a priority.

At a cost of $36,220 in 2015-16 for tuition, room, and board, Walsh is well below the average for private schools in Ohio and nationally. The average financial aid package is $22,262, and scholarships and grants are available, including some for Catholic high school graduates and graduates of home school programs.


Walsh’s 37-credit general education program—representing about a third of the credits required to graduate—exposes students to the liberal arts and Western thought, and Catholic theology is firmly integrated.

“Scripture and the Catholic Tradition” is the only particular course that every undergraduate student must take. Theology professor Father Patrick Manning designed the course to ensure “that every student is exposed to the Catholic interpretation of Scripture and the deposit of faith.”

Students choose from a wide range of courses to meet requirements in philosophy, history, literature, science, art or music, and social and behavioral sciences (choosing among government and foreign affairs, economics, psychology, and sociology).

The general education program is completed with a series of “heritage” courses, most of them interdisciplinary. Students choose a course focusing on areas such as business ethics, the environment, American and European history, and sexual responsibility; a course in “religious traditions,” with some options more explicitly Catholic than others; a course in the development of Western culture; and finally a “capstone” course, pulling together what has been learned about contemporary challenges and exploring solutions by such means as conflict resolution, business policies, bioethics, liturgy and sacraments, etc.

There are additional requirements in mathematics, foreign languages, and reading and writing skills if students do not demonstrate proficiency in those areas upon entering as freshmen.

At least one general education course must qualify as a “diversity course,” meaning that it “focuses on how categories of differences are formed, how differences are experienced, and how differences are given meaning through social institutions.” Also, at least one general education course must be designated “service learning,” involving at least 10 hours of service to a community organization.

Walsh places special emphasis on the Second Vatican Council document Gaudium et Spes, which addresses the Catholic Church’s role in the modern world, especially with regard to social justice, culture, science, and ecumenism. All faculty are expected to consider the document and apply it to their teaching.

Walsh’s 64 undergraduate majors are provided by schools and academic divisions of liberal arts, business, education, nursing, and social behavioral sciences. Walsh is one of only three colleges in Ohio to offer a program in the genetics field of bioinformatics. It is also one of the top colleges in the state for nursing and physical therapy. The museum studies program is also unique; students are able to intern with local museums, such as the nearby Hoover Historical Center.

The theology department’s Catholic professors are required to have the mandatum to teach; three of them are Catholic converts. But also affiliated with the department part-time is Rabbi John Spitzer, who directs the University’s Jewish/Catholic Studies Institute. Several years ago, he publicly offered to perform homosexual “commitment” ceremonies.

Walsh University offers several unique study abroad programs. Students have the opportunity to participate in a number of faculty-led courses in Uganda, Tanzania, Haiti, and Europe. Walsh's campus in Castel Gandolfo near Rome provides courses throughout the academic year and into the summer. Students may also seek study-abroad opportunities through a number of third-party study abroad companies.

Spiritual Life

The University has six priests who serve the University’s Catholic and other Christian students together with Director of Campus Ministry Miguel Chavez, a Walsh alumnus, and two other full-time campus ministers.

“We won’t compromise our Catholicism, but a lot of it—like vespers or exposition of the Blessed Sacrament—has to be taught or explained,” Chavez said. “It’s easy to be Catholic where everyone is Catholic. This is mission territory.”

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel serves as the spiritual hub of the campus. Mass is offered twice a day except for Saturday; attendance at daily Mass averages 35-40 students and external community members. Eucharistic Adoration and confession is available 30 minutes prior to each Mass on campus (daily and Sunday). Confession can also scheduled any time by appointment.

In addition, a mid-week praise and worship service is held every other Tuesday evening. This event is popular with both Catholic and non-Catholic students.

University ministry coordinates several retreats throughout the year. Every spring, the staff brings a group of students to the Chrism Mass Chapel at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown.

There are weekly Bible studies, a book study for faculty and staff led by a priest in University Ministry, and prayer gatherings including a men’s group (The Brotherhood) and a women’s group (Sisters in Christ). In the From Water into Wine group, juniors and seniors can work on discerning their future calling.

In 2012 Walsh launched the House of St. Andrew, a residence for up to eight men discerning a religious vocation. Fr. Thomas Cebula, Campus Minister for Spiritual Development, collaborates with the diocese to foster vocational discernment on campus.

Campus ministry's two peer mentoring programs, Peacemakers and Pathfinders, organize programs and facilitate the transition to college life for first-year students.

Residential Life

Students under 21 who do not live locally with their parents must reside on campus. There are nine residence halls, each with its own computer lab, access to wireless internet, and exercise facilities.

All first-year, traditional students reside in Alexis Hall, in which opposite-sex students are separated by wing or floor. Most of Walsh’s other residence halls are single-sex or apartment-style buildings.

Students who are of legal age can have alcohol in their private residence, but the University does not allow it in public spaces. Records show a significant decline in alcohol-related incidents in recent years.

Privacy hours are between midnight and 8 a.m. during the week—starting at 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekends—and there can be no opposite-sex visitation in hallways or rooms during those hours. Visits are always permitted in common areas. Walsh presents several discussions promoting chastity and women’s dignity.

Towers Connector is a common area that connects several of the residences and provides a computer lab, classrooms, a fitness center, a 75-seat movie theater, and a convenience store. The Connector also houses a residence hall chapel.

Gaetano Cecchini Family Health and Wellness Complex features two gymnasiums, coaches’ offices, some classrooms, and a wellness center for fitness activities. Just off campus there are sporting fields, a running track, tennis courts, and Hoover Park.

The University is within minutes of more than 100 restaurants, shopping, recreational, and entertainment options in suburban Canton. Canton is home to the Professional Football Hall of Fame and the William McKinley Presidential Library. Cleveland is about 55 miles north, with additional cultural and sporting events.

Student Activities

Walsh has approximately 60 different official student clubs and other organizations and activities. Student campus ministry is the most popular, working with the priests on campus and other student organizations to provide retreats, prayer, social and service outings, such as an Appalachia immersion experience, Habitat for Humanity service, and more.

The Paul and Carol David Family Campus Center serves as the University’s active student union. A game room, on the lower level, features pool, foosball, table tennis, a snack bar, flat panel televisions, performance space, and computer stations. Poetry readings and other social events take place here.

The University Program Board organizes campus activities such as homecoming, on-campus concerts, bringing entertainers on campus, spring formal, and Little Sibs weekend.

There are a number of academic preparation clubs tied to various majors. There’s a student newspaper The Walsh University Spectator, a campus radio station, three choirs, and a marching band.

Walsh offers 20 intercollegiate sports for men and women in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and indoor track, and volleyball. The Cavaliers are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II (NCAA) and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for all sports other than men’s lacrosse.  Men’s lacrosse is a member of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

In addition, Walsh offers a variety of intramurals. Competitive league play is offered in flag football, dodgeball, softball, soccer, kick-ball, basketball, volleyball, and bowling. Weekend tournaments are held in billiards, table tennis, and corn-hole.

Bottom Line

While Walsh University continues to strengthen its Catholic identity, it is clear to us that the administration, campus ministry, and many faculty are committed to the task. The University is more than doctrinally Catholic; its attention to service and to working families reinforces its mission.
Walsh is not a strictly liberal arts college, like many in The Newman Guide. But today many Catholic students are not interested or prepared for four years of liberal arts studies, and too often they turn to secular and state universities to find particular majors, career preparation, sports, and other programs. For them, Walsh offers an authentic Catholic campus life together with a wide variety of academic disciplines and other services that are typical of contemporary universities.
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