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.

Location and Facilities


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.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 main campus enrollment is 28,776. Fall 2015 WVU System enrollment is 31,514.

Academic Excellence

WVU ranks nationally for prestigious scholarships: 24 Rhodes Scholars, 22 Truman Scholars, 40 Goldwater Scholars, 2 British Marshall Scholars, 4 Morris K. Udall Scholars, 5 USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team Members (and 11 academic team honorees), 12 Boren Scholars, 25 Gilman Scholars, 43 Fulbright Scholars (5 in 2012), 3 Department of Homeland Security Scholars, and 22 Critical Language Scholars.
24 Rhodes Scholars
22 Truman Scholars
40 Goldwater Scholars

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

Instructional Faculty:

Full-time: 1,847
Part-time: 617

Extension Faculty:

Full-time: 151
Part-time: 0

Library Faculty:

Full-time: 38
Part-time: 1

Other Academic (faculty equivalents/ researchers):

Full-time: 520
Part-time: 52

Classified Staff:

Full-time: 2,289
Part-time: 133

Non-Classified Staff:

Full-time: 793
Part-time: 31

Graduate Assistants:

Part-time: 1,707

Academic Programs

15 colleges and schools offering 193 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
193 Bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degree programs

2015 Freshman Class Profile

Average ACT of 24, SAT of 1052 and high school GPA of 3.45.

Student Organizations


Choose from 475 student organizations, or participate in an active intramural program or a variety of club sports.

Study Abroad


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.

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 $34 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.

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 135 nations.

Parents Club

The Mountaineer Parents Club, with more than 26,000 members in 54 clubs across the state and nation, connects parents and families with the student experience.

26,000 Mountaineer Parents Club members

Private Support

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 536,000 West Virginians. 4-H alone reaches one in four West Virginia youths.