Founded as a land-grant college, West Virginia University is a public, four-year, research institution of higher education,located in the city of Morgantown, West Virginia.
Almost as soon as West Virginia gained statehood in 1863, residents planned for a land-grant school. The Agricultural College of West Virginia was founded in 1867, and by 1868, the name was changed to West Virginia University. In 1889, the first ten women enrolled, in addition to two Japanese students. Though early programs focused on the sciences, humanities and social work studies were added by the 1930s. Throughout the school’s history, the student body has continued to diversify. Academic programs, with a focus on the liberal arts, have increased; and athletic programs and the physical campus have expanded.
WVU maintains divisional campuses and programs that extend throughout the state. The main campus resides on more than 1,400 acres, and includes about 430 buildings. In addition to the main campus, there are divisional campuses in Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg, and Montgomery, along with eight experimental farms, and four forests. The University also maintains the Downtown Library Complex, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library, Law Library, and the West Virginia and Regional History Center. West Virginia University offers more than 400 student-run organizations, and students can participate in intramural and club sports. The Center for Service and Learning hosts volunteer opportunities and students and faculty are encouraged to take part. West Virginia University is a member of the Big 12 Conference and competes in 18 varsity sports.
The mission of West Virginia University states: “As a land-grant institution in the 21st century, WVU 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.”
West Virginia University offers more than 190 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs housed in fifteen colleges and schools.
- Davis College of Agriculture
- Natural Resources and Design
- Eberly College of Arts & Sciences
- College of Business & Economics
- College of Creative Arts
- Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering & Mineral Resources
- College of Human Resources & Education
- Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism
- West Virginia University College of Law
- West Virginia University School of Dentistry
- West Virginia University School of Medicine
- School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy
- West Virginia University School of Public Health
- College of Physical Activity & Sports Sciences
- Potomac State College
- WVU Institute of Technology and the Honors College
Studies range from programs in agriculture, engineering, and mineral resources to business, journalism, and law. Of the more than 1,700 full-time faculty, 93 percent have doctorate or first-professional degrees in their respective fields of study. Eighteen faculty have been recognized as Carnegie Foundation Professors of the Year. The student-to-faculty ratio is 22:1. WVU is also recognized for a number of nationally renowned scholarships, including: 24 Rhodes Scholars, 39 Goldwater Scholars, 22 Truman Scholars, 9 Boren Scholars, 7 Gilman Scholars, 36 Fulbright Scholars, 2 recipients of the Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, and more.
West Virginia University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, a number of WVU programs retain programmatic accreditation.
DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION
WVU offers undergraduate and graduate distance learning opportunities through the WVU Online and Extended Campus. Programs vary from fully online to blended learning. Online graduate degrees include master’s and certificate programs in education, software engineering, public health, nursing, legal studies, management, communications, and instructional design. Online undergraduate programs include early childhood certificates, a Multidisciplinary Studies, B.A., Nursing RN to BSN degree, and Regents Bachelor of Arts R.B.A. Distance learning students can access a number of resources, including but not limited to: library services and online databases, financial aid, and career services.
Of the more than 29,000 students enrolled, nearly 23,000 are undergraduates, about 5,000 are graduates, and just over 1,600 are professional students. Just over half of students come from out-of-state, including students from every West Virginia County, all 50 states, and more than 110 different countries. Male students make up about 52 percent of the student body. About five percent of undergraduate students are enrolled in some distance education, while six percent are enrolled in distance-only education. About three percent of graduate students are enrolled in some distance education while approximately 27 percent are enrolled in distance-only programs.
Tuition is program-specific and based on residency.
Each year, more than 2,500 first-year students have access to over five million dollars in scholarships, and an estimated 88 percent of full-time first year students receive some sort of financial aid. Institutional scholarships include merit-based, leadership, diversity, departmental awards, and more. In addition, students can apply for federal student aid, specifically including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal TEACH Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, and Federal Work Study. Added aid includes state grants, veteran’s benefits, AmeriCorps-Vista awards, and Vocational Rehabilitation awards.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Public
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:8,191
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