See what students say:

Academics

One student reports that West Virginia University boasts “a relaxed, social, and extremely school-spirited environment,” and that WVU's academics “challenge students in the classroom” and prepare them “to be successful in the next step of life after college.” Another student praises the engineering program, which offers “many opportunities for seniors looking for jobs. I also like the fact that it is a big university, but being in Morgantown gives it a homey feel.” Students find a happy medium that combines studying and socializing. “The school is all about connecting academics and leadership with incredible enthusiasm for school activities.” “A wonderful experience with a good balance of academics and fun opportunities.” “Great academic experience wrapped up in a fun college atmosphere.” For in-state undergraduates, affordability is the key to choosing WVU. Many students are drawn to the “diversity of programs” offered at West Virginia University. With this variety of programs comes a “diversified faculty who bring a wide range of knowledge and experiences.” Some students would prefer smaller classes because, as one student put it, “The large classes make it difficult to form solid teacher-student relationships.” But another student offers a different perspective, “If you put forth any type of effort, you’ll get to know your professors at WVU. Of course, with some of the bigger classes, you can sit in the back and go unnoticed, but that’s a personal choice.”

Student Body

Students describe themselves as “outgoing” as well as “relaxed and social.” School spirit is evident. “The typical student always has some piece of WVU apparel on, and that’s usually sweatpants.” “Students are very involved on campus with academics and various clubs and organizations. It is a very lively campus and there is always something going on. Although one student reports, “A lot of people here drink quite often,” students also say that there is plenty to do on campus that doesn't include alcohol.

Campus Life

There is no escaping the “pride” West Virginia University students feel for their school, many of whom say they were “born to be a Mountaineer.” Whether it’s describing their majors, the marching band, alumni, or the football and basketball teams, it seems unanimous that the “spirit of the university is outstanding.” As one student states, “West Virginia University is all about combining such high academic standards with the atmosphere of Mountaineer pride, only something you can feel at a football game singing ‘Country Roads’ with 50,000 of your closest friends.” “Fun” seems to best describe student life at WVU. Whether on campus at the “amazing student recreational center,” which is “complete with weight room, indoor swimming pool, hot tubs, indoor track, indoor basketball and racquetball courts, ping-pong tables, and boxing equipment,” at the Mountainlair student union watching free movies, or off campus exploring Morgantown, everyone seems to be having a good time. “One of the best things about Morgantown is downtown High Street. People always ask, ‘you goin downtown tonight?’” This is referring to the very wide selection of bars, clubs, lounges, and restaurants that are located downtown, most concentrated along High Street. High Street starts at the south end of downtown and travels all the way up through the downtown campus. Some students would like to see an improvement in both parking and transportation, but the beauty of the area and the level of student assistance “outside the classroom with learning centers, free tutors, [and] group work areas” all get high marks.

Overview

Applicants
20,594
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.47

GPA Breakdown

38%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 27

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component required

Deadlines

Regular — August 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
:1
Total Faculty
1,486
with Terminal Degree
997

813
Men
673
Women
191
Minority
60
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agricultural Economics.
  • Animal Sciences, General.
  • Plant Sciences, Other.

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Landscape Architecture.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Exercise Physiology.
  • Microbiology and Immunology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Finance, General.
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Management Information Systems and Services.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other.
  • Journalism.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, Other.
  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Agricultural Teacher Education.
  • Education, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering.
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Mining and Mineral Engineering.
  • Petroleum Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Child Development.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist.
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist.
  • Public Health, General.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Forensic Science and Technology.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Forest Management/Forest Resources Management.
  • Land Use Planning and Management/Development.
  • Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management.
  • Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Criminology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Music, General.
  • Music, Other.
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Irene M. Keeley
US District Judge

Jerry West
Legendary NBA & College Basketball player featured in NBA Logo

Raymond J. Lane
Former Pres/COO/Chair, Oracle Corporation

Dr. Kimberly Ann Weaver
Oversaw programs at Goddard & NASA Headquarters

Rouzbeh Yassini-Fard
Inventor of the Cable Modem

James Valenti
World-renowned opera performer

Tim Kesecker
Named by Popular Mechanics as 1 of "10 Innovators Who Changed World in '13

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,357

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,212

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,290

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,358

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,616

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$8,856
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$24,950
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,220
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
22,504
Foreign Countries Represented
75

Demographics

1.49%
Asian
4.48%
African-American
3.63%
Hispanic
78.83%
Caucasian
7.02%
International

47% female
53% male
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
15%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
85%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Ann Richards

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Comprehensive Psychoeducation report

Documentation Required for ADHD

Comprehensive evaluation report

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
467
Number of Honor Societies
26

Number of Social Sororities
10
Number of Religious Organizations
31

7% join a fraternity
5% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (WV Mountaineers)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Diving
Football
Golf
Riflery
Soccer
Swimming
Wrestling
Women's Sports (WV Mountaineers)
12 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Gymnastics
Riflery
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.wvu.edu/~bigltm

Minority Support Groups: www.wvu.edu/~ebcr

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

In the past few years, more than 100 WVU faculty members have worked on $98.4 million worth of energy research in a diverse range of projects—from enhanced fuel cell production and industrial energy use assessments to engine efficiency, alternative fuels, biofuels and environmental impact studies of Appalachian energy recovery. The WVU College of Law launched the first Center for Energy and Sustainability Law and Policy in the eastern United States. The Adventure WV Program provides a unique outdoor orientation for first-year students at WVU, and sustainability interns are active participants through the WVU Office of Sustainability internship program. An investment of nearly $30 million has been committed towards performance contracting with Siemen’s Building Systems to manage energy and water resulting in over $4 million in cost savings and significant greenhouse gas reductions. The intermodal station provides indoor bicycle storage, pedestrian and bicyclist shower facilities, commuter student and public lounges, a terminal for bus and shuttle services, a 505-space parking garage, and direct access to the PRT station. WVU’s trayless dining initiative has significantly reduced food waste, and excess food is donated to charities, and used cooking oil is sent to a biodiesel processor. The campus-wide storm water management as part of the MS4 program incorporates best management practices such as bio-cells, rain gardens, and green roofs. During the month-long Ecolympics competition, residence halls and office buildings reduced energy by an average of 7 percent and recycled over 36 tons of material. Campus textile recycling supports the Clarksburg Mission while other recyclables support the Monongalia Solid Waste Authority. WVU finished second in the national oneSHIRT campaign by collecting nearly 4,500 pounds of textile materials.

81/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

% food budget spent on local/organic food
4%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
98

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dells, and Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Danica Wilburn
Director of Visitors Center

Address
WVU Visitors Center
P.O. Box 6693
Morgantown, WV 26506-6693

Phone
304-293-3489

Email
visitwvu@mail.wvu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Recreation Center
Mountainlair (Student Union)
Personal Rapid Transit (PRT)
Mountaineer Field
Historic Woodburn Circle
Downtown Library Complex WVU Barnes & Nobel Bookstore Coliseum

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Waterfront -Wharf District
Cooper's Rock State Park
Caperton Recreational Trail
Downtown Morgantown
Cheat Lake Area
Core Arboretum Pittsburgh PA is 70 miles north of Morgantown.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
9:30 am and 1:00 pm
304-293-3489

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 9:30am and 1:00 pm
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Except Saturday visits

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
contact the visitors resource center (visitwvu@mail.wvu.edu)

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Morgantown Airport is 2 miles from campus, available via county buses, taxi, or personal car. The Greater Pittsburgh International Airport is approximately 70 miles from campus. Flights to Pittsburgh leave Morgantown Airport daily. WVU also provides transportation to and from the Pittsburgh Airport, for a reasonable fee, during peak holiday times. Rental cars are also available.

Driving Instructions to Campus
By car: at the intersection of I-79 and I-68, WVU is approximately 70 miles south of Pittsburgh or 200 miles northeast of Washington, D.C.. The Visitors Resource Center is accessible from Exit 1 of Interstate 68 (University Ave. exit). If you exit from I-68 West, turn left at the end of the exit ramp on to Route 119 North; go straight for four stoplights. If you exit from I-79 onto I-68 East turn left at the light on Route 119 North; go straight for four stoplights. One Waterfront Place is on the left. You will see a large blue sign labeled Visitors Resource Center. As you turn left, make a quick right into the parking garage. You will receive a parking ticket that you will need to bring inside with you to have validated for your time at the Visitors Resource Center. The Visitors Resource Center is located on the ground floor.

Local Accommodations
Right across from the Visitors Center is the Waterfront Place Hotel (304-296-1700 or 1-866-854-0332, $100.00 and up). Another nearby option is the Historic Clarion (304-292-8401, $100.00 and up) located on 127 High Street in downtown Morgantown- just blocks away from WVU's downtown campus. The Ramada Inn (304-296-3431 or 1-800-228-2828, $60.00 and up), located at the intersection of Rt. 119 South and I-68 is approximately one mile from the WVU Visitors Center as is the Comfort Inn (304-296-9364 or 1-800-228-5150, $60.00 and up) located across from the Ramada Inn at the same intersection. The Hampton Inn ( 304-599-1200 or 1-800-HAMPTON, $80.00 and up) located near WVU's Medical Center, is on 1053 Van Voorhis Road. Also near the Medical Center is the Euro-Suites Hotel (304-598-1000 or 1-800-6-SUITES, $100.00 and up) on 501 Chestnut Ridge Road. The Econo Lodge (304-599-8181 or 1-800-4-CHOICE, $60.00 and up) on 3506 Monongahela Blvd. is another possibility close to WVU's Coliseum and Evansdale campus. Fifteen minutes away, the Lakeview Resort ($100.00 and up, 304-594-1111 or 1-800-624-8300), is located on Route 6 in the Cheat Lake Area. The New Glenmark Center (approximately 15 minutes from WVU's downtown campus) is located off of I-68 and has a Holiday Inn Express ($80.00 and up,304-291-2600) and a Super 8 Motel ($40.00 and up, 304-296-4000 or 1-800-800-8000) , both on Venture Drive. New hotels to the area include Hilton Garden Inn located at the Suncrest town Center ( $$$$ 150 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive Morgantown, WV 26505 304-225-9500 phone 304-225-9501 fax), Residence Inn by Marriott located near Mountaineer Field ($$$ 1046 Willowdale Road Morgantown, WV 26505 304-599-0237), Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott located at University Town Center ($$$ 2500 University Town Centre Drive Morgantown, WV 26501 304-598-5006), and Spring Hill Suites by Marriott ( $$$ 1910 Hunters Way Morgantown, WV 26505 304-225-5200 or 1-888-287-9400). Note: Lodging rates are subject to change without notice. Rates may increase during home football weekends, WVU Graduation, Parents Weekend and other peak periods throughout the year.


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