Walsh University

Walsh University


Walsh University is a place for discovery. With more than 70 undergraduate majors, more than 50 student organizations, a campus just outside of Rome, Italy, and numerous other study abroad opportunities in places like Uganda, Tanzania and beyond, Walsh prepares students for well-rounded, global success. In addition, Walsh remains dedicated to its mission of developing leaders in service to others. At Walsh volunteer work isn’t simply encouraged – it is part of the core curriculum. Walsh also offers a test-optional admissions path for students whose potential for academic success is not accurately measured by standardized test scores.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Special Admissions Policy Test Optional Admissions Policy

As part of Walsh University's holistic approach to evaluating freshman applicants, the University has adopted a test-optional admissions policy. This policy offers an admissions pathway for students whose potential for academic success isn't accurately depicted by standardized test scores. Students applying through this method will not be required to submit ACT or SAT scores. Instead, they will be evaluated based on application information, high school transcripts, and an admissions essay. Learn more about Test Optional Admissions Policy

First-Year Experience & Transition GE100: FIRST YEAR INSTITUTE

Each first generation student participates in this program specifically designed to ease the transition from high school to college. All freshman students are required to complete these credit-bearing courses. Instructors are trained on presenting topics related to time-management, self-care, connecting to campus resources, developing strategies for academic success, etc. Walsh offers lunch forums for students who need extra assistance to discuss their concerns and help provide the assistance that they need.

Academic Advising & Support Structured Education Program (SEP)

Walsh University offers a variety of programs for first generation college students. Among them are our Structured Education Program (SEP) in which students remain in a learning community triad for study skills, freshman comp, and math throughout the year. Each small group has a designated tutor/mentor who can help guide them every step of the way and provide 24/7 support.

Academic Courses & Service Learning Service Learning

in living out its founding mission, Walsh University is dedicated to educating students to become leaders in service to others through a values-based education with an international perspective. A vital component of this means incorporating service learning into Walsh University coursework and providing these opportunities for all Walsh students. Learn more about Service Learning

Student Life & Support Multicultural Affairs Support Services

Walsh also offers special programs for our multicultural first generation students. These programs and services are dedicated to the success of the Walsh multicultural student population and provides various support services and collaborates with many other departments. For example, through iMODEL program, peer mentors help connect incoming students to academic and social support.

Student Diversity

  • 2,136
  • 40/60
  • 46%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • <1%
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 2%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 81%
  • 2%
    Two or more races
  • n/a
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • n/a

Student Success

  • 83%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 55%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 72%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • n/a
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 132
    Full-time faculty
  • n/a
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 13:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Nursing, Business, Education, Biology, Criminal Justice

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Black Student Union, International Club


Cost of Attendance

  • $27,220
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,765
    Required Fees
  • $10,240
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $29,528,333
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • n/a
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 34%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 87%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • n/a
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 1,693
    # of applicants
  • 78%
  • 3.44
    Average HS GPA
  • 23
    ACT Composite
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Critical Reading
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • Rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date