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Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification seal

WVU is ranked as a Research University (Highest Research Activity) – R1 – in the 2018 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

U.S. News & World Report academic program rankings

The following programs were ranked in the top 100 of the 2020 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools released March 12, 2019:

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, 58
  • Audiology, 53
  • Chemical Engineering, 99
  • Civil Engineering, 89
  • Clinical Psychology, 57
  • College of Education and Human Services, 93
  • Computer Engineering, 98
  • Economics, 83
  • English, 99
  • Environmental Law, 74
  • Fine Arts, 98
  • Healthcare Law, 76
  • History, 98
  • Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering, 60
  • Law Schools, 100
  • Medicine (primary care), 48
  • Medicine (research), 84
  • Petroleum Engineering, 12
  • Pharmacy, 36
  • Physical Therapy, 79
  • Physics, 100
  • Political Science, 96
  • Rehabilitation Counseling, 37
  • Speech-Language Pathology, 92
  • Social Work, 70

U.S. News & World Report online graduate program rankings:

The following programs were in the top 100 of rankings released January 15, 2019:

  • Online master's in software engineering, 30
  • Online hybrid MBA, 45
  • Online education programs, 77
  • Online business (non-MBA), 26

Other rankings

The Center for World University Rankings placed WVU in the top 3% of 19,000 universities worldwide. (2018)

Newsweek recognized WVU Medicine on its inaugural list of the World's Best Hospitals. (2019)

U.S. News & World Report ranked WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital 22nd in urology, 28th in diabetes and endocrinology and 38th in gynecology, and high performing in five specialties: cancer, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics and pulmonology. Ruby Memorial was also ranked as the top hospital in West Virginia. (Best Hospitals rankings, 2018-19)

WVU Medicine Children's received its first-ever national ranking from U.S. News & World Report, tied for 42nd in the nation for pediatric urology. (Best Children's Hospitals, 2018-19)

The Professional Sales Institute in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics earned a ranking as one of the top sales schools in North America for the eighth consecutive year, as announced by the Sales Education Foundation. (2019)

WVU Law scored a grade of A- on preLaw Magazine's list of the nation's Best Value Law Schools. Only 25 law schools scored higher than WVU. (2018)

For the second consecutive year, preLaw Magazine ranked the WVU College of Law among the best (6th in the nation) for preparing students to work in public interest law. (2018)

College Factual ranked WVU the No. 1 school in West Virginia (and in the top 15 nationally) for returning adults and other nontraditional students. (2018)

College Factual ranked the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources in the top 10 percent of all engineering schools (28th out of 302) for offering the best value for the money for undergraduate degree programs. (2017)

WVU is among the top 40 safest campuses in the U.S. (34th out of 2,000 colleges assessed), according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security. (2017)

College Rank rated WVU’s education abroad program 19th in the U.S. and third overall among public institutions. (2016)

University Police received its highest ranking – 13th – in The Security 500 Benchmarking Survey, 2017.

WVU received a 2019 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.


Morgantown is No. 49 in the U.S. in the Chamber of Commerce's annual study of Best Small Cities for Business. (2019)

Forbes ranked Morgantown as one of the Best Small Places for Business and Careers. (2019)

Insurify named Morgantown the Top STEM City and the Most Educated City in West Virginia. (2019)

Morgantown ranks No. 14 on Wallet Hub's list of Best Small Sports Cities. (2019)

In Livability’s 2018 rankings, Morgantown ranked No. 4 in Best Affordable Places to Live and No. 9 in Best Places to Raise a Family. (2018)

According to Money magazine, Morgantown is the best place to live in West Virginia. (2018)

Morgantown was the 26th community in the U.S. to earn a “Safe Communities” accreditation. (2016)

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. 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.

Morgantown ranks No. 1 in Movoto Blog’s Ten Most Exciting Places in West Virginia.

Morgantown is one of’s Best Places to Retire.