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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.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Terrance Jackson
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, Saturdays-10:00 am-12:30 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.

Admissions

Applicants: 18,639
Acceptance Rate: 82%
Average HS GPA: 3.53







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