The Philosophy & Mission
Walsh University is an independent, coeducational Catholic, liberal arts and sciences institution. Founded by the Brothers of Christian Instruction, Walsh University is dedicated to educating its students to become leaders in service to others through a values-based education with an international perspective in the Judeo-Christian tradition.
Walsh University believes in the desirability of a small university that promotes academic excellence, a diverse community, and close student-teacher interaction.
The University provides its students a higher education that fosters critical thinking, effective communication, spiritual growth, and personal, professional, and cultural development. Walsh University encourages individuals to act in accordance with reason guided by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Walsh University confers the following degrees:
- Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.);
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.);
- Master of Arts (M.A.);
- Master of Arts in Business Administration (M.B.A.);
- Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N);
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.);
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.);
- Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S. in Ed.);
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.);
- Associate of Arts (A.A.); and
- Associate of Science in Computer Science (A.S.C.S.).
Walsh has 132 full-time instructional faculty and hundreds of adjunct faculty members. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1. 78% of the full-time faculty members hold Ph.D.s or terminal degrees in their respective fields.
Walsh University is located in North Canton, five miles north of Canton, in northeastern Ohio. Akron is 20 miles away, and both Cleveland and Youngstown are within an hour’s drive.
Canton is an urban and diversified industrial center with a population of about 84,000. The city offers a variety of opportunities for cultural and recreational activities, entertainment, sports, dining and shopping. Cultural opportunities in the Canton area include a symphony orchestra, art gallery, theater, ballet, civic opera and lecture series. Canton also is home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Canton is served through Akron-Canton Regional Airport by major and feeder airlines. Interstate 77 runs north-south and U.S. Route 30 runs east-west through Canton. I-76 and I-80 are north of the city and I-71 is west. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses also serve the area.
Walsh University also conducts classes at three off-campus locations for the School for Professional Studies Program. The locations are near I-77 on Arlington Road in Akron and near I-71 on Route 18 in Medina and at the Ursuline Center/Canfield in the Mahoning Valley. Walsh University also has campus locations in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, and Uganda.
Walsh University has 26 major buildings on its 140-acre campus (see map).
Farrell Hall (1960) is the main classroom building and administrative center. It houses the Library, Printing Services, and the Student Service Center (Financial Aid, Registrar and Business Services). Offices in Farrell Hall include those of the President, Academic Affairs, Finance, Advancement and Alumni. The Academic Support Center is located on the second floor (FH209), along with Accessibility Services, and offers services in tutoring, placement and advising. The Eastgate parking lot is adjacent to Farrell Hall.
THE BROTHER EDMOND DROUIN LIBRARY
The Brother Edmond Drouin Library connects students to information they can use to gain success in attaining academic goals and teaches them to become lifelong learners. Finding articles, books, media and other resources is enhanced by a large collection of electronic resources, almost all available 24/7 both on and off campus. Librarians are available to assist students in many ways–in person, by telephone, through email or in chat sessions to help students find the best information for their needs. Access to books, articles, media and other resources in the Walsh collection is augmented by membership in OhioLINK, giving students access to resources found in academic and public libraries throughout Ohio. In addition to more traditional formats, the library collection includes online databases and journal articles, electronic books and digital media and music. Research guides are available online to give students a pathway to effective research. The library staff strives to help students attain academic excellence.
THE AULTMAN HEALTH FOUNDATION HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER
The Aultman Health Foundation Health Sciences Center (2000) is home to Walsh’s first-rate Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing, which consistently has one of the highest pass rates on the National Counsel of Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses. This three-story facility houses multi-media classrooms and labs that provide students with opportunities to extend learning beyond textbooks to real-life situations.
THE BARRETTE BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY CENTER
The Barrette Business and Community Center (formerly the Rannou Campus Center—1966; renovated in 2005) is a state-of-the-art resource for our business, marketing, accounting, and management majors, as well as our business community. In addition to traditional classrooms and learning spaces, The Barrette Business and Community Center houses the School for Professional Studies, Main Campus Location (accelerated degree completion program for adult learners); The DeVille School of Business and MBA Program; the Brother Robert Francoeur Convocation Center, a 400-seat conference/meeting space; state-of-the-art Media and Communications Center; the Walsh University Leadership Institute; a snack bar, courtyard, atrium and outdoor patio.
THE DON AND IDA BETZLER SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES CENTER
The resources found in the Don and Ida Betzler Social and Behavioral Sciences Center (1972), home to the University’s counseling program, include classrooms, learning labs, small meeting rooms, a 120-seat amphitheater, a 167-seat auditorium, faculty offices, and the Department of Humanities.
THE FATHER MATTHEW HERTTNA COUNSELING CENTER
The Father Matthew Herttna Counseling Center (2009) is located adjacent to the Don & Ida Betzler Social and Behavioral Sciences Center. With more than 100 students pursuing a career in Counseling, the Father Matthew Herttna Counseling Center was developed to serve as an alternative site for students interested in pursuing their clinical experience on the campus of Walsh University. The Counseling and Human Development (CHD) program provides students with practicum experience under the direct supervision of experienced faculty. Clinical services at the Walsh clinic focus on lower-income, uninsured clients and those less fortunate to acquire counseling services in the community.
THE PAUL AND CAROL DAVID FAMILY CAMPUS CENTER
The Paul and Carol David Family Campus Center (2002) contains the offices of Admissions, Student Affairs, Career Center, Intramurals, Student Activities, Student Organizations, Multicultural Affairs, Campus Ministry, Commuter Services, Counseling Services, International Student Services, Residence Life, the Schervish Dining Centre, University Wellness, a post office, a bookstore/gift shop, the David Fitness Center, game room, lounge/study space, vending machines, and various meeting rooms.
THE GAETANO M. CECCHINI FAMILY HEALTH AND WELLNESS COMPLEX
The Gaetano M. Cecchini Family Health and Wellness Complex (2008), located on the west side of campus, houses a 2,000 seat arena, 1,000 seat gymnasium, athletic offices, the Mercy Wellness Center- Health Services, Cavalier Fitness Center, weight rooms, locker and shower rooms, and a state-of-the-art athletic training facility. Classrooms and faculty offices are located on the second floor, along with the Management Conference Center. The Gaetano M. Cecchini Family Health and Wellness Complex includes the following athletic facilities:
The Cecchini Center
The Cecchini Center (2009) serves as the primary performance arena and as the home court for Walsh’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. The facility has seating for 2,000 fans.
Klekotka Tennis Complex
Klekotka Tennis Complex includes six courts in maroon color to reflect Walsh’s school colors. Spectator stands and team bleachers are situated in the middle of the courts. The entire facility is enclosed within fencing.
Located near the main entrance of Walsh’s campus is the baseball field, which includes team dug outs in Walsh’s signature school color of maroon, a fence-enclosed field and spectator bleachers. The women’s softball team home field is located on the beautiful acres of Walsh University’s Hoover Park.
Milazzo Soccer Field
Milazzo Soccer Field is located directly across from Walsh’s Westgate entrance and is the home field to Walsh’s men’s and women’s soccer teams and various youth summer soccer clinics. Milazzo Soccer Field is surrounded by an eight lane, accelerator surface, 440 meter running track with an infield area that features a stainless steel steeplechase water pit hazard and a high jump area. The north end of the facility features two runways for pole-vault and long jump events.
Vascosports Athletic Field
Vascosports Athletic Field is a state-of-the-art artificial turf, low maintenance surface that will conserve water usage and upkeep. Game-like markings are part of the field. It serves as the game filed for men's and women's lacrosse as well as a practice/conditioning home for Walsh’s other athletic teams.
Mercy Wellness Center - Health Services
Mercy Wellness Center - Health Services is located in the Gaetano M. Cecchini Family Health & Wellness Complex. The Mercy Wellness Center houses the Cavalier Fitness Center and Health Services. This collaborative space offers outreach programs and clinics in conjunction with Walsh University Divisions of Physical Therapy program. These programs offer our students supervised, clinical opportunities while providing local community members with preventative, awareness, and behavior modification programs.
THE HANNON CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The Hannon Child Development Center (1990) is home to Walsh’s Division of Education. It has specialized teaching stations used by education majors as they work with children; classrooms; educational technology/media lab; a large computer lab; state of the art learning space, meeting, resource, and conference rooms; and faculty offices. The Hannon Center also is home to Transition U, the After School Enrichment Program, STARS, and several grant projects.
THE TIMKEN NATURAL SCIENCES CENTER
The Timken Natural Sciences Center (2005) is a 30,000 square foot teaching center, where students apply classroom learning in practical research settings. In addition to multi-media classrooms and lecture halls, the Timken Center houses state-of-the-art laboratories for biology and microbiology, organic and general chemistry, anatomy, biochemistry, computer science, and bioinformatics, a field that uses sophisticated computer equipment to study new diagnostic procedures, treatments for diseases, and genetic research.
THE RESIDENCE HALLS
The Residence Halls are:
- MENARD HALL (1966)
- ALEXIS HALL (1968)
- LEMMON HALL (1995)
- BRAUCHLER (1999)
- MEIER (2000)
- STEIN (2002)
- WILKOF TOWERS (2004)
- BETZLER TOWER (2006)
- OLIVIERI FAMILY TOWERS (2007)
- "THE COMMONS" (2012)
In total, Walsh's residence halls accommodate a little more than 1,000 students. Alexis, Lemmon and Menard have study and lounge areas, and laundry facilities. Menard Hall has the Servants of Christ Chapel. All first-year, traditional-aged students live in either Alexis or Menard Halls, which offer single-sex living communities. Lemmon Hall, is the Honors-International living and learning community. It features apartment-style suites with kitchenettes, is open to Honors and International students. The Commons offers apartment-style suites complete with kitchenettes and is home to upperclass students and the students of the Blouin Global Scholars Program. The University Apartments offer apartment style living for upperclass students. Each furnished apartment has a full kitchen, living room, its own washer and dryer, as well as a private bedroom for each resident. Each resident will have a phone jack and an ethernet port with a free connection to the Internet and the campus network.
LA MENNAIS HALL
La Mennais Hall (1960) is the residence of the Brothers of Christian Instruction who are assigned to the University. A number of faculty offices are also housed in La Mennais.
HOOVER HISTORICAL CENTER/WALSH UNIVERSITY
A vibrant part of Walsh University, the Hoover Historical Center preserves the Hoover legacy in the Hoover family’s Victorian home. Elegant Victorian décor, family furnishings, and a history of Hoover products, tell the story of the Hoover Company and family history. Ladies fashions are displayed throughout. Herb gardens grace the grounds. The Center is located inside Walsh University’s Hoover Park on original Hoover family farmland and across the street from the main campus.
Located directly across from the main campus, Hoover Park offers unique rental facilities in a private park setting. The facilities are perfect for group meetings, retreats, receptions, and special events. In addition to the 500-seat Hoover banquet hall, 160-seat outdoor pavilion, and two quaint meeting cottages, guests can enjoy the use of playground equipment, baseball fields, basketball court, bocce court, and a volleyball court.
Environmental Field Center
Environmental Field Center (2011) is a four-season center featuring an enclosed lab as well as a pavilion for use as an outdoor classroom, allowing for hands-on training, testing and experimentation for Walsh's botany and ecology classes.
OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP CHAPEL
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (2006), is named in honor of the patroness of the Brothers of Christian Instruction – Walsh’s founders.
In 1960, the Brothers relocated their college in Maine to Ohio. La Mennais College in Alfred, Maine, became Walsh College in North Canton, Ohio, and, in 1992, Walsh University.
Since its founding, the Brothers have continued a dedicated mission to Walsh University, affirming others by assisting them to develop their intellectual and spiritual gifts so that they, in turn, can become persons who serve others. Their vowed life, with the person of Jesus as focal point, makes them available to meet today’s needs, particularly those of Christian education and related areas.
Through the offering of substantial investments, the Brothers have overcome many hardships in the past 50 years, allowing Walsh University to prosper. Even when facing assumption of the college’s initial funding debt of $750,000, limited faculty and staff, meager living allowances and daily time constraints, the Brothers were undaunted in their purpose and commitment to providing a quality and values-based education to "all who seek it."
In reverence of the founders' mission of providing for students’ spiritual needs, Walsh University dedicated its Chapel and religious education complex to the Brothers. The facility serves as a visible commitment to the Catholic heritage of Walsh University. A center for spiritual development, the complex offers space for quiet contemplation, prayer services, spiritual education, Bible study and Mass. This religious center is designed to also accommodate new faculty and staff offices, the Jewish Catholic Institute, and additional meeting space.
THE BIRK CENTER FOR THE ARTS
The new 13,000 square-foot Birk Center for the Arts (2012) is connected to the south end of the Cecchini Center and includes a visual art studio, atrium, music library, instrument storage, Fine and Performing Arts offices, Dorothy Ling Rehearsal Hall and practice rooms for the Walsh Chorale/Chamber Singers and the Cavalier Pride Marching Band.
THE ST. JOHN PAUL II CENTER FOR SCIENCE INNOVATION (2015)
The two-story St. John Paul II Center for Science Innovation (2015) adjacent to the Timken Natural Science Center features new and innovative laboratories and learning spaces to support various programs. Additional features include a human anatomy lab with an interactive virtual dissection table, an occupational therapy lab, an advanced chemistry lab, an exercise science lab, a showcase area for science innovation, a faculty lab and much more.
Walsh University maintains specially designed facilities in five convenient locations for easy access from Canton, Akron, Youngstown or Cleveland: near I-77 on Arlington Road in Akron and near I-71 on Route 18 in Medina, Stark State College in Canton, at The University of Akron –Wayne College Campus and at the Ursuline Center/Canfield in the Mahoning Valley. The Undergraduate Degree Completion Programs in Business and in Corporate Communications (the S.P.S. Program) are offered at Arlington, Canfield, Medina, Stark State College, the University of Akron - Wayne College Campus and the Main Campus (North Canton); the RN/BSN Program at the Akron Campus; the MAED Program is offered at the Main Campus in (North Canton) the Canfield Campus, a campus near Rome in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, and in Uganda through a partnership with Kisubi Brothers University. Advising, registration, and tuition payments are all made at these sites. Designed specifically for adults, classrooms are comfortable and conducive to learning.