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

U.S. News and World Report academic program rankings

The following programs were ranked in the top 100 of U.S. News and World Report's 2018 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools, including:

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, 60 (tie)
  • Chemical Engineering, 94 (tie)
  • Civil Engineering, 94 (tie)
  • Clinical Psychology, 57
  • Economics, 83
  • English, 99
  • History, 98
  • Law, 96 (tie)
  • Mechanical Engineering, 85 (tie)
  • Medicine (primary care), 64 (tie)
  • Medicine (research), 86 (tie)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, 97
  • Political Science, 96 (tie)

Some programs were not evaluated for the 2018 edition. Top 100 programs in previous years' evaluations include:

  • Audiology, 53 (tie)
  • Fine Arts, 98 (tie)
  • Pharmacy, 36 (tie)
  • Physical Therapy, 79 (tie)
  • Rehabilitation Counseling, 37 (tie)
  • Speech-Language Pathology, 92 (tie)

U.S. News & World Report online graduate program rankings (released January 2018):

  • Online master's in software engineering, 15
  • Online hybrid MBA, 47
  • Online master's in nursing, 51
  • Online business (non-MBA), 63

Other rankings

WVU is among the top 100 public universities. In U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges 2018 undergraduate rankings, WVU is tied for 99th. (2017)

The Center for World University Rankings placed WVU among the top 1.5% of universities in the world. (2017)

U.S. News & World Report ranked WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals Urology 26th in the nation. (Best Hospitals rankings, 2017-18)

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 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 United States (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)

For the 8th-consecutive year, G.I. Jobs Magazine named WVU a Military Friendly School. (2017)

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)

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

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 sixth consecutive year, as announced by the Sales Education Foundation in its "Top Universities for Professional Sales Education." (2017)

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.

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.


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. 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’s Best Places to Retire.

Morgantown ranks No. 9 in Milken’s Top 10 Best Performing Small Cities.