West Virginia University

WVU is ranked as a Research University (Highest Research Activity)—R1—in the 2015 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

A number of programs were ranked in U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, including:

  • Aeronautics/aeronautical/astronautical, 42 (tie)
  • Audiology, 53 (tie)
  • Chemical engineering, 88 (tie)
  • Civil engineering, 81 (tie)
  • Clinical psychology, 57 (tie)
  • Education, 99 (tie)
  • Electrical/electronic/communications engineering, 123 (tie)
  • Engineering, 105 (tie)
  • Fine arts, 98 (tie)
  • Industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering, 66 (tie)
  • Law, 97 (tie)
  • Mechanical engineering, 109 (tie)
  • Medicine (primary care), 70
  • Medicine (research), 86
  • Occupational therapy, 126 (tie)
  • Pharmacy, 36(t)
  • Physical therapy, 79 (tie)
  • Public affairs, 115 (tie)
  • Social work, 103 (tie)
  • Speech-language pathology, 92 (tie)

Previous years’ evaluations included in 2017 guidebook are:

  • Biological sciences, 175 (tie)
  • Chemistry, 117
  • Clinical psychology, 42
  • Computer science, 112 (tie)
  • Earth sciences, 110 (tie)
  • English, 106 (tie)
  • History, 118 (tie)
  • Math, 134 (tie)
  • Physics, 111 (tie)
  • Psychology, 78 (tie)
  • Rehabilitation counseling, 37 (tie)

U.S. News & World Report online graduate program rankings:

  • Online MBA, 36 (tie)
  • Online master’s of education, 89 (tie)
  • Online master’s of nursing, 54 (tie)

WVU is among the top 100 public universities. In U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2016 undergraduate rankings, WVU ranked No. 98.

WVU is ranked the 6th most-affordable in-state tuition, according to the College Board’s 2013 Trends in College Pricing’s list of average tuition and fees. Out-of-state tuition at West Virginia four-year public institutions was ranked 11th most affordable.

For the fourth consecutive year, WVU is one of the 175 best colleges in the nation for veterans in the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 rankings. WVU ranked 70th out of 630 schools selected for the honor, placing in the top 11 percent of schools.

The Professional Sales Institute in the College of Business and Economics earned a ranking as one of the top sales schools in North America for the fourth consecutive year, as announced by the Sales Education Foundation in its “Top Universities for Professional Sales Education.” (2015)

In its inaugural rankings of Best Online Programs for Veterans, U.S. News & World Report ranked three WVU graduate programs in the top five: nursing, No. 3; business, No. 5; and education, No. 5.

WVU earned mention on G.I.Jobs’ list of “military friendly schools” for the fourth straight year.

The National Law Journal named the WVU College of Law a “Go-To” law school. WVU ranked No. 33 among 50 institutions in its first appearance on NLJ’s list that identifies schools with the highest percentage of juris doctor graduates hired by the 250 largest law firms.

WVU Healthcare has been named to the Most Wired list of hospitals and health systems in the U.S.

In AARP’s biennial rankings of the nation’s Best Employers for Workers Over 50, WVU ranked seventh.

6 6th Most Affordable In-State Tuition

98 Top 100 Public University

1 Number 1 Hospital in West Virginia

12 12th Best Petroleum Engineering Graduate Program

7 7th Best Employer for Workers Over 50


Business Insider ranked Morgantown 16th on its list of Top 20 Best College Towns.

Best College Reviews ranked Morgantown in the 50 Best College Towns in America – at No. 20.

FlipKey.com named Morgantown’s WVU a “Top Campus Worth Traveling For.”

ConventionSouth magazine announced Morgantown as one of their hot picks for the “South’s Historic College Towns With Hip Group Appeal”

Morgantown ranks No. 4 in Movoto Blog’s Ten Best Places to Live in West Virginia.

Livability.com listed Morgantown as No. 2 on their 2014 Top Ten Cities for Affordable Health Care.

Morgantown ranks No. 1 in Movoto Blog’s Ten Most Exciting Places in West Virginia.

Morgantown is one of Money.com’s Best Places to Retire.

Morgantown ranks No. 9 in Milken’s Top 10 Best Performing Small Cities.

16 16th Best College Town

9 9th Best Performing Small City

2 2nd Best City for Affordable Health Care