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West Virginia University

As a land-grant institution in the 21st century, West Virginia University will deliver high-quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, model a culture of diversity and inclusion, promote health and vitality, and build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity between the state, the nation, and the world.

Top reasons to study here

  • WVU is ranked as a Research University (Highest Research Activity)—R1—in the 2015 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  • WVU is among the top 100 public universities. In U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2016 undergraduate rankings, WVU ranked No. 98.
  • WVU is ranked the 6th most-affordable in-state tuition, according to the College Board’s 2013 Trends in College Pricing’s list of average tuition and fees.

Bachelor's programmes

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  • West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a land-grant university.
  • In 1868, the school’s name was changed to West Virginia University.


  • West Virginia University offers 133 undergraduate majors – everything from accounting to world languages.
  • With over 140 graduate and professional degree programs, spanning from forensics to forestry, from law to engineering, from pharmacy to medicine, and from agriculture to business, WVU offers doctoral programs, master’s programs, dual and joint degrees, and specialized post-baccalaureate certificate programs to advance your professional, research, and personal goals.


West Virginia University Centers:

  • Center for Excellence in STEM Education
  • Center for Neuroscience
  • Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center
  • National Research Center for Coal and Energy
  • West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • WVU Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology
  • WVU Energy Institute
  • WVU Institute for Water Science and Security


The WVU Career Services Center is a University-wide student resource serving undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni.We offer a wide range of career and professional development services including self-assessments, one-on-one career counseling, resume writing assistance, mock interviews, career fairs, and other specialized programs and events.

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University Ranking

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Student services

The Office of International Student Life and Global Services is a unit within Student Life and One Global WVU. We recruit international students; provide support and guidance to international students from campus life to immigration and visa issues; organize campus-wide international programs; and work with our international alums. We are located in Elizabeth Moore Hall on the downtown campus.

Housing services

WVU offers four centrally located on-campus apartment complexes for upper class students. Vandalia Apartments which is located on the downtown campus near the College of Business and Economics and the Life Sciences Building and University Place located just steps from campus in Sunnyside and College Park Apartments at the top of Willey Street. University Park is West Virginia University’s newest apartment complex.

Library services

  • The WVU Libraries encompass eight libraries and the WVU Press.
  • The mission of the WVU Libraries is to collect, preserve, and provide access to information that enables learning and the advancement of knowledge.

ICT services

  • Login
  • WiFi + Network
  • Academic Tools
  • STAR
  • Hardware
  • MyAccess

Medical services

  • WVU Medicine is the provider of medical health services for WVU students.
  • WVU has a physician on-site at all times and most commercial insurances are accepted with co-pay due at the time of service.

Student Life

Campus life

The WVU campus mix of historic and modern facilities includes 189 buildings on 1,099 acres. Ten main campus buildings are located on the National Register of Historic Places, and WVU operates eight experimental farms and four forests throughout the state, in addition to WVU Jacksons Mill State 4-H Camp and Lifelong Learning Center near Weston.

Sports facilities

  • A member of the NCAA, WVU competes in the Big 12 Athletic Conference at the Division I-A level in 17 intercollegiate varsity sports.
  • There are currently over 50 Club Sports administered by the West Virginia University Campus Recreation Department. Each club is comprised of enthusiastic, hardworking, and dedicated student-athletes who organize, fund and promote their clubs with the ultimate goal of competing with colleges and universities on both a regional and national level. Club sports are also involved in a variety of community service projects throughout the year.


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Many WVU programs hold specialized accreditation.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Graduate classes are taken with undergraduates in Art History, so not really a great graduate education.

Dont come here
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars

This is very isolated university, its not walkable as they claim. Cities surrounding it have lots of meth. The curriculum is not good, teachers dont want to teach. Full of international students that comes here to pay money only and not learning. Nearest airport is 1.5 hr, pittsburgh has nothing to began with, and its far anyway and its the ‘nearest big city’ from...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

A lot more school-like than what I'm used to. Midterms and finals all in one week, no freedom to do things in the order you want to.

Morgantown, West Virginia, United States