West Virginia University

WVU is ranked as a Research University (High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

WVU is among the top 100 public universities. In U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2014 rankings, WVU ranked No. 94.

WVU is among the top 15 public universities in the number of students earning Rhodes Scholarships.

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.

Forbes ranked WVU as number 30 in their top 100 list of best buy colleges. WVU is the sixth-best-buy among land-grant institutions.

A number of programs were ranked in U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” including:

  • School of Medicine: rural medicine, 11; primary care, 68; research, 84
  • Law: 83
  • Biological Sciences: 175
  • Business School: 92
  • Chemistry: 117
  • Computer Science: 112
  • Earth Sciences: 110
  • Education School: 106
  • College of Engineering and Mineral Resources: 102; aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering, 48; civil engineering, 99; electrical/electronic/communications engineering, 89; computer engineering, 84; industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering, 56; mechanical engineering, 97
  • Math: 134
  • Physics: 111

Previous year’s evaluations, which will be included in Best Graduate Schools 2015 Guidebook, are:

  • 2013: psychology, 78; English, 106; history, 118
  • 2012: audiology, 64; clinical psychology, 42; fine arts, 72; ceramics, 18; occupational therapy, 116; pharmacy, 26; physical therapy, 63; public affairs, 104; social work, 104; and speech-language pathology, 84.
  • 2011: nursing, 99; and rehabilitation counseling, 30.

The online graduate nursing program in the School of Nursing earned a No. 16 ranking.

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 third-straight year, as announced by the Sales Education Foundation in its “Top Universities for Professional Sales Education.” (2014)

The WVU Mountain State Cystic Fibrosis Center is among the top 10 centers of its kind in the country, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Care Center Network.

Wall Street Journal ranked West Virginia as 6th most-inexpensive state for college. (2013)

The College of Business and Economics’ Executive MBA program was ranked No. 8 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its Best Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans. The online graduate nursing program in the School of Nursing earned a No. 16 ranking. (2014)

The Mountainlair ranked No. 2 on Best College Reviews’ 2013 list of top 25 campus student unions.

The College of Business and Economics was ranked No. 9 out of 124 by Bloomberg Businessweek in terms of ROI on tuition.

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.

For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named WVU Hospitals, with its flagship hospital Ruby Memorial, the No. 1 hospital in West Virginia. The national magazine also listed WVUH as high-performing in 12 medical specialties. (2014)

WVU was ranked No. 5 on FierceHealthcare.com’s top 10 list of nurse-friendly hospitals in the U.S. (2014)

WVU was ranked 43rd in the Military Times “Best for Vets” list for 2015. The College of Business and Economics ranked 12th in the 2014 Military Times’ first “Best for Vets: Business Schools” list.

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.

The Sport Management Program in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences was rated as one of the top 15 graduate programs in sport management by SportBiz magazine.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Transportation designated WVU as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters.

30 30th Best Buy College

94 Top 100 Public University

15 Top 15 in Rhodes Scholarships

1 Number 1 Hospital in West Virginia

90 90th Best Undergraduate Business School

20 Top 20 “Best Places to Work”

23 23rd Best school for engineering graduates

15 Top 15 graduate program in sports management

7 7th Best Employer for Workers Over 50


Business Insider ranked Morgantown as No. 13 Best College Town in America, November 2013.

Morgantown came in No. 7 on Kiplinger’s list of 10 Great Places to Live.

Forbes listed Morgantown as the 17th of their 25 best places to retire to in the U.S. in 2014. (February 2014)

In Luminosity’s ranking of US cities by their raw cognitive performance, Morgantown ranked as the 56th smartest city.

Morgantown jumped nine spots to No. 9 in the 2012 College Destinations Index by the American Institute for Economic Research.

ABC News named Morgantown one of the 9 Best College Football Towns.

Tailgater Monthly recognized WVU and Morgantown as the 11th best college football tailgating atmosphere in the country.

Forbes ranked Morgantown as the 7th best small place for business and careers.

CNNMoney.com ranks Morgantown as one of the 50-best places to launch a small business (#7 in top small places).

Morgantown is the seventh most-secure place to live in the U.S. among small towns, according to the Seventh Annual Farmers Insurance Group of Companies study.

AARP ranked Morgantown among the 10 Best Places to Live on $100 a Day.

MSN Careers named Morgantown one of the Best Cities for Jobs.

Morgantown was ranked second on Forbes’ list for “Best College Towns for Jobs.”

Morgantown has been ranked as the Best Small City in the East and as third-best in America by the Guide to Life in America’s Small Cities.

Southern Living ranked Morgantown as one of the south’s best college towns

The Sporting News described Morgantown as the 25th best sports city in the nation (quite a feat for a town with no pro teams).

Other rankings include the 29th smartest place to live in the U.S. by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance; the 12th hottest small city: boomtown by Inc.; #1 dreamtown in the country by BizJournals.com; the third-best small town in America by Men’s Journal; and the 20th Best College Town in America by Best College Reviews.

7 7th best small place for business and careers

1 Best Small City in the East

3 3rd-best Small City in America

1 #1 dreamtown in the country

25 25th best sports city