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Research Classification

R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest research activity as described by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Many WVU programs hold specialized accreditation.


The WVU Board of Governors is the governing body of WVU. The Higher Education Policy Commission in West Virginia is responsible for developing, establishing, and overseeing the implementation of a public policy agenda for the state's four-year colleges and universities. E. Gordon Gee is WVU's 24th president.


Public, land-grant institution, founded in 1867.

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Location and Facilities

Morgantown, W.Va., population 31,073 (US Census Bureau, 2014), was rated "No. 1 Small City in America" by Business Insider named Morgantown the ninth best college town in America. Within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C., to the east, Pittsburgh, Pa., to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, to the northwest. Other recent rankings: included Morgantown in their 10 great places to live list; one of "Best Sports Cities" by Sporting News; 5th "Best Small Metro" by Forbes; 12th overall "Hottest Small City" by Inc.; one of "50 Smartest Places to Live" by Kiplinger's; and the second-ranking "Best College Town for Jobs" by Forbes. WVU has divisional campuses in Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Beckley.

The WVU System spans the state, including 518 buildings on 15,880 acres. The Morgantown campus has 245 buildings (11 on the National Register of Historic Places) on 1,892 acres. WVU operates 10 experimental farms and four forests throughout the state, in addition to WVU Jackson's Mill State 4-H Camp.

Student Profile

Fall 2017 WVU System enrollment is 31,442:

  • Potomac State College - 1,410
  • WVU Tech - 1,623
  • Morgantown campus - 28,409

Students at the Morgantown campus come from 107 nations, all 50 U.S. states (plus D.C.) and all 55 West Virginia counties; 15,353 are West Virginia residents.

Academic Excellence

WVU ranks nationally for prestigious scholarships: 25 Rhodes Scholars, 23 Truman Scholars, 45 Goldwater Scholars, 2 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), 22 Boren Scholars, 36 Gilman Scholars, 49 Fulbright Scholars, 3 Department of Homeland Security Scholars, 28 Critical Language Scholars, one Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar, 5 National Institute of Standards and Technology Fellowships and 4 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

Faculty and Staff Profile

Excellent faculty – 19 of whom have been named Carnegie Foundation Professors of the Year – guide and mentor students.

82% of full-time instructional faculty hold the highest academic degree in their field.

66% of WVU classes taught by full-time instructional faculty.

Instructional Faculty: 2,034 Full-time / 671 Part-time

Extension Faculty: 123 Full-time / 0 Part-time

Library Faculty: 35 Full-time / 1 Part-time

Other Academic (faculty equivalents/researchers): 576 Full-time / 53 Part-time

Classified Staff: 1,964 Full-time / 106 Part-time

Non-Classified Staff: 937 Full-time / 30 Part-time

Graduate Assistants: 1,594 Part-time

Academic Programs

14 Morgantown colleges and schools offer 340+ majors in agriculture, natural resources and design; arts and sciences; business and economics; creative arts; dentistry; education and human services; engineering and mineral resources; journalism; law; medicine; nursing; pharmacy; physical activity and sport sciences; public health. Hundreds of distance education and online classes are available.

2017 Freshman Class Profile

Average ACT of 24, SAT of 1039 and high school GPA of 3.47.

Student Organizations

Choose from 460+ student organizations, or participate in an active intramural program or a variety of club sports.

Study Abroad

During the 2016-17 academic year, 967 students traveled to another country for education abroad courses.

Service and Learning

The Center for Service and Learning develops and organizes service learning and volunteer opportunities for students and faculty. WVU earned the Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Classification – joining only 6% of all universities. It is the only institution in West Virginia the foundation recognizes for its community engagement.

Scholarships and Aid

Each year, WVU (Morgantown campus) awards over $433 million in financial aid, including $48 million in scholarships.


A member of the Big 12 Conference, WVU competes in 18 intercollegiate varsity sports.


The WVU Libraries encompass eight libraries statewide. Facilities in Morgantown include the Downtown Campus Library, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library, Law Library, and the West Virginia and Regional History Center. Onsite collections include more than 2.4 million books, over 600,000 ebooks and 95,000+ online electronic journals.

Admission and Application Timeline

Admission is based on a combination of high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. Applications are processed beginning Sept. 15 for admission the following fall. March 1 is the deadline for WV residents to submit PROMISE Scholarship applications. WVU has a rolling admissions policy, and while there is no official application deadline, applicants who apply later in the year may be deferred to the spring semester.


Our tuition rates are among the lowest in the nation. Annual undergraduate tuition and fee rates for 2017-18 are $8,376 for in-state students and $23,616 for out-of-state students. Estimate your cost of attendance and view all tuition rates.

Visitors Center

Located on the Morgantown Waterfront, the WVU Visitors Center features unique, cutting-edge displays and traditional West Virginia hospitality. Guided tours are offered Monday through Saturday, except home football Saturdays.


Chartered in 1873, the WVU Alumni Association is made up of more than 200,000 graduates worldwide in some 135 nations.

Parents Club

The Mountaineer Parents Club, with 20,000+ members in 28 clubs, connects parents and families with the student experience.

Private Support

On September 30, 2016, it was announced that the largest fund-raising effort in WVU’s history shattered its $1 billion goal more than a year before the deadline. The Campaign’s success puts WVU on a list with only 36 other four-year public universities across the country that have successfully raised more than $1 billion. Last fiscal year alone, donors contributed $125 million in new gifts, the second highest fiscal year of giving ever in the Foundation's history. The Foundation's total endowment is $565 million.


Throughout the year in West Virginia's 55 counties, WVU Extension Service faculty and volunteers work with more than 624,111 West Virginians. 4-H alone reaches one in five West Virginia youths.