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WVU is ranked as a Research University (Highest Research Activity) – R1 – in the 2021 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

U.S. News & World Report academic program rankings

Undergraduate programs

  • 131 Engineering

Online programs

  • 14 Master's in Business for Veterans
  • 28 Master's in Computer Information Technology
  • 28 Master's in Business
  • 29 MBA for Veterans
  • 42 MBA
  • 120 Master's in Education

Graduate programs

  • 31 Pharmacy
  • 37 Rehabilitation Counseling
  • 64 Clinical Psychology
  • 67 Medical Schools: Primary Care
  • 70 Social Work
  • 73 Audiology
  • 73 Fine Arts
  • 79 Education
  • 79 Occupational Therapy
  • 83 Physical Therapy
  • 83 Economics
  • 84 Medical Schools: Research
  • 90 Public Affairs Programs
  • 96 Political Science
  • 98 History
  • 99 English
  • 100 Physics
  • 102 Public Health
  • 107 Earth Sciences
  • 109 Speech-Language Pathology
  • 110-143 Business Schools
  • 111 Computer Science
  • 111 Law
  • 114 Chemistry
  • 125 Engineering
  • 127 Mathematics
  • 131 Psychology
  • 175 Biological Sciences

Other rankings

The Center for World University Rankings placed WVU in the top 2.5% of 19,788 universities worldwide. (2022)

College Gazette describes WVU as one of the Top 10 “Hidden Gem” public universities in the nation.

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

Six WVU Medicine hospitals – four member hospitals and two managed hospitals – were recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2020-21. The rankings also include the WVU Medicine Urology Program’s fourth consecutive national ranking and WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital’s designation as the number-one hospital in the state.

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.

WVU and WVU Institute of Technology are at the top of the 2021 list of best adventure colleges in the U.S. from Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.


Morgantown is No. 36 on Parade's list of the best 50 college towns in the U.S. (2021)

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.