West Virginia University

WVU is ranked as a Research University (Highest 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 2015 rankings, WVU ranked No. 93.

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.

A number of programs were ranked in U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, including:

  • School of Medicine: rural medicine, 13; primary care, 72 (tie); research, 88 (tie)
  • Rehabilitation Counseling, 37
  • College of Engineering and Mineral Resources: 107; aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering, 53; chemical engineering, 94 (tie); civil engineering, 91 (tie); electrical/electronic/communications engineering, 105; industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering, 58 (tie); mechanical engineering, 100 (tie)
  • School of Nursing: 82
  • Law: 94
  • Master of Business Administration, 95 (tie)
  • College of Education and Human Services, 104

Previous year’s evaluations, which will be included in Best Graduate Schools 2016 Guidebook, are:

  • 2014: biological sciences, 175; chemistry, 117; computer science, 112; Earth sciences, 110; math, 134; physics, 111
  • 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.

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 School of Nursing online graduate programs rank 10th in the nation, according to Graduate Programs Foundation. (2014)

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)

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)

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 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

93 Top 100 Public University

1 Number 1 Hospital in West Virginia

13 13th Best Rural Medicine 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