WVU Facts


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. 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future

Location and Facilities


Morgantown, W.Va., population 30,293 (US Census Bureau, 2011), 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 (main campus 430 buildings/1,456 acres). Eleven main campus buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, and WVU operates eight experimental farms and four forests throughout the state, in addition to WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp and Lifelong Learning Center near Weston.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 main campus enrollment is 29,175—22,563 undergraduate, 5,001 graduate, and 1,611 professional students. Fall 2014 WVU System enrollment is 31,976.

Academic Excellence

WVU ranks nationally for prestigious scholarships: 24 Rhodes Scholars, 22 Truman Scholars, 39 Goldwater Scholars, two British Marshall Scholars, 3 Morris K. Udall Scholars, 5 USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team Members (and 11 academic team honorees), 9 Boren Scholars, 14 Gilman Scholars, 39 Fulbright Scholars (5 in 2012), 3 Department of Homeland Security Scholars, and 14 Critical Language Scholars.
24 Rhodes Scholars
22 Truman Scholars
39 Goldwater Scholars

Faculty and Staff Profile


Excellent faculty—18 of whom have been named Carnegie Foundation Professors of the Year—guide and mentor students.


93% of full-time instructional/tenure track faculty have earned doctorates or first-professional degrees in their discipline.


61% of WVU classes taught by full-time instructional faculty

Instructional Faculty:

Full-time: 1,709
Part-time: 622

Extension Faculty:

Full-time: 137
Part-time: 1

Library Faculty:

Full-time: 37
Part-time: 2

Other Academic (faculty equivalents/ researchers):

Full-time: 499
Part-time: 55

Classified Staff:

Full-time: 2,531
Part-time: 150

Non-Classified Staff:

Full-time: 847
Part-time: 32

Graduate Assistants:

Part-time: 1,804

Academic Programs

15 colleges and schools offering 191 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs in agriculture, natural resources, and design; arts and sciences; business and economics; creative arts; dentistry; education and human services; engineering and mineral resources; journalism; law; medicine; nursing; pharmacy; physical activity and sport sciences; public health. Hundreds of distance education and online classes are available.
15 Colleges and Schools
191 Bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs

2014 Freshman Class Profile

Average ACT of 23.8 and SAT Math + Critical Reading 1045; high school GPA of 3.42.

Student Organizations


Choose from over 400 student organizations, or participate in an active intramural program or variety of club sports.

Study Abroad


The number of students traveling to another country for study abroad courses in the 2013-14 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.

61,517 Hours of community service by WVU students in 2013

Scholarships and Aid

In 2013-14, WVU provided over $394 million in financial aid (grants, loans, work study, and scholarships). The average package was $16,291. The WVU undergraduate scholarship program awards in excess of $24 million a year; more than 7,100 students benefit from this program annually.


A member of the Big 12 Conference, WVU competes in 17 intercollegiate varsity sports. With the reintroduction of men’s golf, WVU will have 18 sports at the start of the 2015-2016 academic year.

17 Division 1-A Intercollegiate Varsity Sports


Library facilities—Downtown Library Complex, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library, Law Library, and the West Virginia and Regional History Center. Onsite collections include more than 2.1 million books and 48,000 journal subscriptions, electronic access to 246 networked databases, over 300,000 eBooks, and 45,700 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. College Portrait of Undergraduate Education


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. 2014-15 Annual Tuition

Visitors Center

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 60 nations.

Parents Club

The Mountaineer Parents Club, with more than 22,000 members in 35 clubs across the state and nation, connects parents and families with the student experience.

22,000 Mountaineer Parents Club members

Private Support

Donors have moved the WVU Foundation 95% of the way toward the $750 million goal for A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University, which runs through December 2015. Cash and in-kind gifts for the past fiscal year alone totaled $99.5 million. The Foundation’s total endowment is $521 million.


Throughout the year in West Virginia’s 55 counties, WVU Extension Service faculty and volunteers work with more than 536,000 West Virginians. 4-H alone reaches one in four West Virginia youths.