You Belong at Davis College
<p>In the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, you can turn your passions into a fulfilling profession through hands-on learning, internships and research. </p>
Virtual Decide Day is all about exploring these options, asking questions and connecting with WVU students, faculty and staff who can help you find your place here.
Our Students (and Grads) are Going Places
Hometown: Newark, New Jersey
Sharon, a May 2020 grad, is an aspiring veterinarian. As a WVU student, she majored in Animal and Nutritional Sciences and minored in Spanish and Conservation Ecology. She took advantage of many opportunities to expand her skillset including working as a resident assistant and VIDA Volunteer.
Last summer, with the help of a Davis College enhancement grant, Sharon traveled to many different towns in Costa Rica for a two-week veterinary service trip. She worked alongside veterinarians to provide veterinary care to low-income families. She received invaluable hands-on experience while making a huge impact on the community.
That’s what she loves about the Davis College: Regardless of your career goal, there are opportunities for every student to thrive and succeed.
Hometown: Summitville, Ohio
Jimmy loves the outdoors and so decided to pursue a degree in wildlife and fisheries. He transferred from Hocking College to attend WVU’s Davis College. He made the move because of the opportunities available at a large land-grant university where he knew he’d still get one-on-one interactions with his professors.
Because of his professors and coursework, Jimmy has learned and changed. He originally had plans of going into natural resources law enforcement, but, during his time here, he has discovered a passion for wildlife ecology, behavior and management. He now has aspirations to become a wildlife biologist/technician and plans to work for a federal agency such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or Department of Agriculture.
Hometown: Nitro, West Virginia
Cassie is a rising senior and will graduate in December 2020 with the hope of working as an adaptive apparel designer, focusing on people with disabilities. Her degree will be in Fashion, Dress and Merchandising with an emphasis in Fashion Design and a minor in Disability Studies.
During her time at Davis College, she has spent many hours in the Fashion Design Studio, and has conducted research with the WVU LaunchLab to make pants for children ages 6-11 who use a wheelchair as an aid. Impressively, she received the Janet Reed Textiles Apparel and Merchandising enhancement grant from Davis College to do her research. Highlights from past opportunities include her Disegno Italia trip, the New York Study Tour, and her Intro to Fashion class that opened her eyes to the possibilities in the fashion industry.
Her favorite aspect of Davis College is that it is more than a college; it is a close-knit community with goals to help you succeed. Cassie loves talking to students with an interest in fashion and would love to hear from you!
Dakota Wells Scott
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
When he was a student at the University of Arkansas, Dakota Wells attended the World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, WV. There, he met E. Gordon Gee for the first time. After returning home to Dallas, Texas, Dakota kept in touch with President Gee by email and was soon convinced that transferring to WVU was the right move!
Dakota Wells is passionate about the outdoors and wants to share that love with others by organizing events and camps. He hopes that by majoring in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources, he can help motivate people to get outside, learn about their environment and how to take care of it.
Hometown: Meyersdale, Pennsylvania
Mackenzie Bouch is a 2019 graduate of the Interior Design program at Davis College, where she was offered numerous opportunities and met incredible people. She not only found a home to grow in but a family to grow with.
She knows the Davis College is a true melting pot of fields and that allowed her to explore the relationships between design and sustainability, eventually becoming LEED Green certified. Through her role as a Davis College Ambassador, she was privileged with welcoming new interior design students and supporting them in their transition to WVU.
She now works for a proud West Virginia Company, Omega Commercial Interiors, which is committed to keeping WVU's Interior Design program on track with the commercial design industry. Mackenzie recognizes the importance of having engaged alumni and having design firms offer education and resources to students, so she continues to volunteer her time through mini-lecture sessions.
Hometown: St. Mary’s, West Virginia
After earning her associate degree in Agronomy at Potomac State College of WVU, Bethani moved to the Morgantown campus to earn her bachelor's degree.
From the beginning, Davis College felt like a home away from home. Bethani recalls how refreshing it was to be surrounded by so many caring people, both faculty and staff. Her original major, Agronomy, was later renamed Environmental Soil and Water Sciences. The program provided Bethani with ample hands-on, outdoor experiences, a strong STEM foundation, and a diverse group of faculty that are nationally known in their respected areas.
Bethani chose to earn both her bachelor’s and master's degrees from Davis College and now works for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as an Agricultural Runoff Management Specialist.
A former Davis College Student Ambassador, Bethani still stays involved with the College and enjoys talking to prospective students and their families.
The R1 Difference
WVU is one of only 130 R1 institutions in the U.S. to earn the “very high research” designation (a group that includes Johns Hopkins, MIT and Stanford). Look inside our facilities!
Agricultural Sciences Building
Opened in 2016, the new Agricultural Sciences Building includes administrative offices for the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and research and learning spaces that support animal and nutritional sciences, entomology, genetics, human nutrition and foods, landscape architecture, reproductive physiology, resource management and soil science.
The Evansdale Greenhouse has approximately 19,000 square feet of growing space that is shared by the Davis College and the USDA Forest Service.
Natural History Museum in Percival Hall
Welcome to the great outdoors! Percival Hall’s lobby is filled with wildlife mounts and natural habitat dioramas from the WVU Natural History Museum.
Animal Science Farm
Located on Stewartstown Road, the Animal Science Farm encompasses 408 acres and includes a livestock pavilion and buildings, state-of-the-art poultry research facilities and food animal research facilities.
Fashion Design Lab
From patternmaking to draping to sewing, Fashion Design students learn practical and technical skills necessary to take a design from concept to finished garment.Watch Fashion Lab 360 Video
Service Dog Training Facility
Yes, there's a class with dogs! Meet some of the dogs from the Hearts of Gold program. Students who take this class get to help train the dogs in many different activities.Watch Hearts of Gold Video
Pay the Academic Deposit
The academic deposit saves your place in our incoming class and allows you to continue the admissions process.Pay Academic Deposit
Register for New Student Orientation
Next is NSO, where you’ll register for your first semester classes, hear from faculty and students and learn to navigate campus like a pro.Register for NSO
Choose an Adventure
Adventure WV first-year trips are optional (but highly recommended!). Register early to secure your spot in your first-choice trip.Adventure WV First-Year Trips