The students of Wheeling Jesuit University are in shock after hearing that the school is in a financial crisis.
Students say that the air on campus is full of tension and it has everyone anxious.
“I was initially in shock just because this was my first choice in a college,” said Wheeling Jesuit University junior Anntasia Arias. “I worked my butt off trying to get here and then to just know the financial crisis has lasted this long and it seems like they are waiting until now to finally bring others in to handle the situation. It’s a bit of a shocker.”
And while seniors will soon be graduating, they are giving good advice to students who are returning.
“Be patient. I would say wait and see. Don’t make any hasty decisions right now,” said Wheeling Jesuit University senior Pierce Griffith. “I know the emotions are high strung. I know it’s a situation that I mean no one anticipated this happening.”
He also said he cherishes the way the University’s students have been integrated into the community and it would be a shame if that would ever change.
“Just the way the community opens up to us,” said Griffith. “It would just be sad that people would be able to come to this University, meet this community and I’m sure the community would be devastated as well if the University were to leave.”
As far as what will happen next, a lot of things are being thrown around such as cutting programs or closing the University altogether.
They have not made any decisions yet and are planning to have another board of trustees meeting to discuss things further.