As a land-grant institution in the 21st century, WVU will deliver high-quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, model a culture of diversity and inclusion, promote health and vitality, and build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity between the state, the nation and the world.
By 2020, WVU will attain national research prominence, thereby enhancing educational achievement, global engagement, diversity, and the vitality and well-being of the people of West Virginia.
R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest research activity as described by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Many WVU programs hold specialized accreditation.
The WVU Board of Governors is the governing body of WVU. The Higher Education Policy Commission in West Virginia is responsible for developing, establishing, and overseeing the implementation of a public policy agenda for the state’s four-year colleges and universities. E. Gordon Gee is WVU’s 24th president.
Public, land-grant institution, founded in 1867.
Morgantown, W.Va., population 31,073 (US Census Bureau, 2014), was rated “No. 1 Small City in America” by BizJournals.com. Business Insider named Morgantown the ninth best college town in America. Within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C., to the east, Pittsburgh, Pa., to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, to the northwest. Other recent rankings: Kiplinger.com included Morgantown in their 10 great places to live list; one of “Best Sports Cities” by Sporting News; 5th “Best Small Metro” by Forbes; 12th overall “Hottest Small City” by Inc.; one of “50 Smartest Places to Live” by Kiplinger’s; and the second-ranking “Best College Town for Jobs” by Forbes. WVU has divisional campuses in Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Montgomery.
The WVU System spans the state, including 518 buildings on 15,880 acres. The Morgantown campus has 245 buildings (11 on the National Register of Historic Places) on 1,892 acres. WVU operates 10 experimental farms and four forests throughout the state, in addition to WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp.
Fall 2015 main campus enrollment is 28,776. Fall 2015 WVU System enrollment is 31,514.
Faculty and Staff Profile
Excellent faculty—19 of whom have been named Carnegie Foundation Professors of the Year—guide and mentor students.
85% of full-time instructional faculty hold the highest academic degree in their field.
65% of WVU classes taught by full-time instructional faculty
Other Academic (faculty equivalents/ researchers):
2015 Freshman Class Profile
Average ACT of 24, SAT of 1052 and high school GPA of 3.45.
Choose from over 450 student organizations, or participate in an active intramural program or a variety of club sports.
The number of students traveling to another country for study abroad courses in the 2014-15 academic year.
Service and Learning
The Center for Service and Learning develops and organizes service learning and volunteer opportunities for students and faculty. WVU earned the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification—joining only 6% of all universities. It is the only institution in West Virginia the foundation recognizes for its community engagement.
10,236 Hours of service logged as part of spring 2016 academic courses.
Scholarships and Aid
Each year, WVU (Morgantown campus) awards over $433 million in financial aid, including $87 million in grants and scholarships.
A member of the Big 12 Conference, WVU competes in 17 intercollegiate varsity sports.
17 Division 1-A Intercollegiate Varsity Sports
The WVU Libraries encompass eight libraries statewide and the WVU Press. Facilities in Morgantown include the Downtown Library Complex, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library, Law Library, and the West Virginia and Regional History Center. Onsite collections include more than 2.4 million books and 48,000 journal subscriptions, electronic access to 365 databases, over 500,000 eBooks, and 47,300 online electronic journals.
Admission and Application Timeline
Admission is based on a combination of high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. Applications are processed beginning Sept. 15 for admission the following fall. March 1 is the deadline for WV residents to submit PROMISE Scholarship applications. WVU has a rolling admissions policy, and while there is no official application deadline, applicants who apply later in the year may be deferred to the spring semester.
In August 2012, Forbes ranked WVU 30th nationally in its list of Best Buy Colleges. The Forbes list assigns schools a quality rank based on academic offerings, graduate career prospects, graduation rates, and typical graduate debt, then divides that number by the school’s in-state tuition and fees. WVU is Forbes’ sixth-best-buy among land-grant institutions. 2015-16 Annual Tuition
$7,992 Annual in-state tuition and fees for undergraduates
Located on the Morgantown Waterfront, the WVU Visitors Center features unique, cutting-edge displays and traditional West Virginia hospitality. Guided tours are offered Monday through Saturday, except home football Saturdays.
Chartered in 1873, the WVU Alumni Association is made up of more than 190,000 graduates worldwide in some 135 nations.
The Mountaineer Parents Club, with more than 20,000 members in 33 clubs across the state and nation, connects parents and families with the student experience.
26,000 Mountaineer Parents Club members
Through March 31, 2016, donors have moved the WVU Foundation more than 95% of the way toward the $1 billion goal for A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The campaign was extended through 2017 after donors shattered the original goal more than a year ahead of the deadline. Last fiscal year alone, donors contributed $125 million in new gifts, the second highest fiscal year of giving ever in the Foundation’s history. The Foundation’s total endowment is $565 million.
Throughout the year in West Virginia’s 55 counties, WVU Extension Service faculty and volunteers work with more than 624,111 West Virginians. 4-H alone reaches one in five West Virginia youths.