West Virginia University

WVU is ranked as a Research University (Highest Research Activity) -- R1 -- in the 2015 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

A number of programs were ranked in U.S. News and World Report's 2017 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools, including:

  • Aeronautics/aeronautical/astronautical, 42 (tie) 
  • Audiology, 53 (tie) 
  • Chemical engineering, 88 (tie)
  • Civil engineering, 81 (tie) 
  • Clinical psychology, 57 (tie)  Education, 99 (tie) * Electrical/electronic/communications engineering, 123 (tie) 
  • Engineering, 105 (tie) 
  • Fine arts, 98 (tie) 
  • Industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering, 66 (tie) 
  • Law, 97 (tie) 
  • Mechanical engineering, 109 (tie) 
  • Medicine (primary care), 70 
  • Medicine (research), 86 
  • Occupational therapy, 126 (tie) 
  • Petroleum engineering, 12 (tie) 
  • Pharmacy, 36(t) 
  • Physical therapy, 79 (tie)
  • Public affairs, 115 (tie)
  • Social work, 103 (tie) 
  • Speech-language pathology, 92 (tie) 
Previous years' evaluations included in 2017 guidebook are: 
  • Biological sciences, 175 (tie) 
  • Chemistry, 117 
  • Clinical psychology, 42 
  • Computer science, 112 (tie) 
  • Earth sciences, 110 (tie)
  • English, 106 (tie) 
  • History, 118 (tie) 
  • Math, 134 (tie) 
  • Physics, 111 (tie) 
  • Psychology, 78 (tie) 
  • Rehabilitation counseling, 37 (tie) 
U.S. News & World Report online graduate program rankings:
  • Online executive MBA, 36 (tie)  
  • Online master's in education, 89 (tie) 
  • Online master's in nursing, 54 (tie) 
  • Online master's in software engineering, 30 (tie) 

WVU is among the top 100 public universities. In U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges 2017 undergraduate rankings, WVU is tied for 99th. 
WVU Medicine-West Virginia University Hospitals was ranked the sixth top academic medical center out of more than 200 participating organizations in Vizient’s Quality and Accountability Study. 
College Rank rated WVU’s education abroad program 19th in the U.S. and third overall among public institutions. (2016)
The Military Times Best for Vets: College 2017 rankings rated WVU 26th out of more than 500 schools. It's the fifth consecutive year WVU made the list. (2016)
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 fifth consecutive year, as announced by the Sales Education Foundation in its "Top Universities for Professional Sales Education." (2016)
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.
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.
WVU was named a 2017 Military Friendly Employer by Victory Media the only higher education institution to make the list. Victory Media has also named WVU a Military Friendly School for the past eight years. WVU is the only university to receive both designations.
With over 2,000 hired in 2016, WVU Medicine earned the title of Job Creator of the Year from The Exponent Telegram's editorial board

9 9th Most Affordable Tuition Among Flagship Universities

99 Top 100 Public University

66th Top Academic Medical Center

12 12th Best Petroleum Engineering Graduate 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