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Student Success

WVU recipients of prestigious scholarships include 25 Rhodes Scholars, 24 Truman Scholars, 45 Goldwater Scholars, 3 George C. Marshall (British) Scholars, 5 Morris K. Udall Scholars, 5 USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team Members (and 11 academic team honorees), 26 Boren Scholars, 63 Gilman Scholars, 64 Fulbright Scholars, 3 Department of Homeland Security Scholars, 32 Critical Language Scholars, one Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar, 5 National Institute of Standards and Technology Fellowships and 25 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

Five WVU women - Jana El-Khatib, Kaley Hensley, Karen Laska, Jordan Miller and Constantia Rhinehart - were awarded Fulbright Scholarships to teach English abroad next year. (2019)

Kassandra Colón, a junior from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is WVU's 24th Truman Scholar.

Two Honors College students - Keanan Allen and Taima Ross - will have an intensive cultural experience this summer as recipients of the highly competitive U.S. Department of State's Critical Language Scholarship.

Civil Engineering graduate Morgan King is WVU's third Marshall Scholar. She is one of 48 students to be selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applications from across the U.S.


The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has honored 19 WVU faculty as West Virginia Professors of the Year. Powsiri Klinkhachorn, professor of computer science and electrical engineering, earned the award in 2015.

WVU is one of only about a dozen schools in the country that are land-grant, doctoral research universities with a comprehensive medical school.

WVU is the only university in the country offering a bachelor of science, master of science and PhD in Forensic Science. WVU is only one of two programs nationally that offers the PhD in forensic science.

The WVU School of Medicine was the first in the country to rotate students through a clinical addiction program, which is now a requirement for all American medical students.

WVU is one of only three institutions that offer a joint petroleum and natural gas engineering ABET-accredited major.


WVU continues to rank at the highest level of research activity (“Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity” or “R1”) as reflected in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Only 130 of the nation's 4,500 colleges and universities attain this ranking.

WVU faculty generate over $127 million annually in sponsored contracts and research grants, and 3,244 faculty actively perform research in their respective fields.

2,030 students participated in undergraduate research from 2011-16.

The Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute — the world’s first institute devoted to the study of human memory — is at WVU.

WVU is partnering with NASA to launch West Virginia’s first satellite into orbit.

WVU engineer Dan Carder, who led the research team that broke open the Volkswagen emissions scandal, was named to the 2016 Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

WVU professors Sean McWilliams and Zach Etienne and a group of graduate students are part of a global team of scientists who have detected gravitational waves for the third time, demonstrating that a new window in astronomy has been firmly opened.

Maura McLaughlin and Duncan Larimer from the Department of Physics and Astronomy were part of a global team of astronomers who detected for the first time repeating short-duration bursts of radio waves from an enigmatic source, likely located well beyond the edge of the Milky Way galaxy.


WVU has earned the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification. Only 6% of all universities have.

WVU students completed 150,000+ hours of community service, meeting 1,240 community-identified needs.

The College of Law provides about 40,000 hours of free legal services and student pro bono projects annually.

Bonnie’s Bus, WVU Cancer Institute’s mobile digital mammography unit, has provided more than 8,698 mammograms in West Virginia since 2009.

WVU Extension educators and volunteers guide 1-in-5 West Virginia youths in “learn by doing” 4-H projects and activities that build citizenship and career skills.

The Job Accommodation Network located at WVU serves the nation by providing free consulting services designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities.

WVU raised $301,425 in its 2016 United Way campaign.

International Connections

In November 2015, President E. Gordon Gee and other WVU officials visited Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar to celebrate partnerships and charter the Kuwait alumni chapter, WVU’s first chapter in the Middle East.

Since 1991 WVU’s Global Health Program has given students in medicine, dentistry, and other health careers opportunities to visit and provide care in countries whose people have limited access to health care.

WVU alumni reside in 135 nations.

WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design is a Peace Corps Master’s International partner, which allows graduate students to pursue a master of science degree while also completing an international service internship with the Peace Corps.

A total of 967 WVU students studied abroad in 2016-17.


For the 8th time since 1998, the WVU men's basketball team returned to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. (2018)

In 2017, the WVU rifle team won its 19th NCAA Championship. The title was the fifth straight for the Mountaineers.

The sixth-seeded WVU women’s basketball team overcame improbable odds to win the 2017 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship trophy.

Eleven current and former Mountaineers competed in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

Ginny Thrasher, a member of the WVU rifle team, won the first gold medal awarded at the Rio Olympics. Women’s soccer players Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence won bronze medals with the Canadian women’s soccer team.

The women’s soccer team was the 2018 Big 12 Conference champion (the team's 17th conference title) and has made 19 consecutive NCAA appearances.