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This page was part of our Virtual Decide WVU event held on April 4, 2020 and is now archived. For the most up-to-date opportunities to connect with WVU please visit our resources page.

Find your purpose in the Eberly College

In the Eberly College, you can tailor your degree to your own passion, whether it is astrophysics, poetry, the environment or more.

Virtual Decide Day is all about exploring your options, asking questions and connecting with WVU students, faculty and staff who can help you find your place here.

Academic Sessions

Welcome, Future Mountaineers!

Watch a quick introduction by Dr. Andrea Bebell, director of recruitment for the Eberly College.

Going Pro in College

Today is all about going pro in college – making the transition from the education you’ve experienced so far to how you’ll be educated in college.

This idea may be a bit nerve-wracking, but we’re here to help. WVU and the Eberly College have many resources to support your transition to college.

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 classrooms!

Crime Scene House Kitchen

Our Crime Scene Training Complex includes four crime scene houses where students practice processing crime scenes.

Video: Real Life CSI Crime Scene Training Complex

White Hall Laser Lab

A nearly $35-million renovation project completed in 2012 improved White Hall's classrooms, study areas and student and faculty research spaces, including Dr. Alan Bristow’s laser lab.

The physics of baseball

Zebrafish Neuroscience Lab in Life Sciences

Zebrafish are used as a vertebrate model for studying genetic aspects of disorders in humans.

Video: Dr. Sadie Bergeron’s lab

Physics Class

Russian Fairytales Class

Crime Scene Excavation

Where You’ll Learn and Discover

Audience gathers for a presentation at the Core Arboretum amphitheater

Core Arboretum

Located on a 91-acre tract of hillside and bottomland near the WVU Coliseum, the Core Arboretum has a variety of natural habitats where several hundred species of native West Virginia trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants can be found.

Learn more about Core Arboretum
A library visitor examines an exhibit featuring memorabilia from the Library's Jerry West collection

West Virginia and Regional History Center

Downtown Library

The West Virginia and Regional History Center collects, preserves and provides public access to materials that show the history and culture of West Virginia and the central Appalachian region.

Learn more Coal Country Memories
A student stands in the doorway of the control room for the 40-foot Telescope at the Green Bank Observatory

Green Bank Telescope

The Physics and Astronomy Department has access to the Green Bank Telescope, the most accurate, versatile, large dish radio telescope in the world.

Sparked Podcast: Star Hunters
Student drops water onto lichen sample in Herbarium

WVU Herbarium

Life Sciences Building

The largest facility of its kind in West Virginia, the WVU Herbarium contains about 185,000 mounted and cataloged vascular plant specimens and approximately 26,000 bryophyte and lichen specimens.

Learn more about WVU Herbarium
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Center for Resilient Communities

Brooks Hall

The center combines ongoing research and social justice projects related to nutritious food, community health and innovative businesses across Appalachia, including the fair-trade coffee company FIRSTHAND Cooperative.

Learn more Meet the student fellows
West Virginia mountains with fog in valley

West Virginia Dialect Project

Within Appalachia, there are many accents unique to the region. Dr. Kirk Hazen researches local language and speech with the help of undergraduate students.

Learn more Take the Appalachian language quiz Sparked Podcast: How We Talk

Research and Innovation

Portrait of Elizabeth Cohen

Elizabeth Cohen

The Psychology of Comfort TV

Can't stop binge watching "Seinfeld" and other reruns during the coronavirus pandemic? One WVU media psychology expert shares some insights. Dr. Cohen explains why we always turn to the comfort of familiar TV: "There’s a lot of comfort in knowing when something’s going to happen," she says. "You don’t have to exert a lot of cognitive energy, so it doesn’t feel taxing."

Read More in The Atlantic

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Portrait of Brenden McNeil

Brenden McNeil

Understanding a Forest's Response to Climate Change

The world’s forests are on a fast food diet of carbon dioxide, which is currently causing them to grow faster.

But Dr. McNeil, along with an international team of scientists, finds evidence suggesting that forest growth may soon peak as the trees deplete nitrogen in the soil over longer growing seasons.

More About Dr. McNeil’s Research

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Portrait of Tamba M’bayo

Tamba M’bayo

Overcoming an epidemic

Dr. M’bayo spent the last year in Sierra Leone teaching and researching the country’s history of epidemics as a Fulbright Scholar. His forthcoming book will examine centuries-old outbreaks like malaria and yellow fever as well as include personal interviews with recent Ebola survivors.

More about Dr. M’bayo’s research

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Explore Your Academic Options

Teaching Assistant Professor Amy Alvarez leads a poetry workshop

Majors and Minors

We’ll help you find the perfect path to a meaningful career. Review our many fields of study to learn about options for specializing your degree – and meet some of the students who’ve already found their path in our academic programs.

Choose from over 40 majors and minors

Our Grads are Going Places

Kassie Colón, Class of 2019

Kassie’s interning at a policy-focused nonprofit, as well as working as a research scholar at the Ronin Institute, which encourages scholars to pursue creative and innovative scholarship beyond traditional university settings.

Read more about ‘The Book Distributor’ More December Eberly Grads

Jana El-Khatib, Class of 2019

With a psychology major and Arabic studies minor, Jana plans to attend dental school. First she’ll spend a year teaching English in Malaysia as a Fulbright scholar – an experience she thinks will make her a better healthcare provider.

More About 2019 Fulbright Scholars Read about Jana in WVU Magazine
Portrait of Rodney Elliott with telescope

Rodney Elliott, Class of 2019

As a child in Texas, Rodney dreamed of studying space in college, but it was a dream deferred because of family finances. After a 20-year career in the Air Force, he earned a dual major in physics and Russian studies.

More About Rodney Learn about the Goldwater Scholarship

The Complete University Experience

How to Study Abroad (and Become YouTube Famous)

How do you become YouTube famous while studying in another country? Find out from Chinese Studies major Arianna Smith from Charleston, West Virginia.

Visit the Education Abroad website

A First for WVU SGA 🤔👩‍🏫

English Secondary Education major Sydney Luther takes us through her experience in WVU’s Student Government Association and covers a historic election on campus during Women's History Month.

Student Vlogs Playlist →

Next Steps

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

Apply for Housing

After paying the academic deposit, apply for housing and complete your profile. The sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll know where you’ll be living.

Apply for Housing

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