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
Research University (High Research Activity) as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
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 (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.
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.
Faculty and Staff Profile
Excellent faculty—18 of whom have been named Carnegie Foundation Professors of the Year—guide and mentor students.
81% 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):
2014 Freshman Class Profile
Average ACT of 23.8 and SAT Math + Critical Reading 1045; high school GPA of 3.42.
Choose from 475 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 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 $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. 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
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.
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
Donors have moved the WVU Foundation more than 80% 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 year alone, donors contributed nearly $100 million in cash and in-kind donations. 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.