West Virginia State University, established in 1891, is an historically black public college located on a suburban campus in Institute, West Virginia, a suburb of Charleston, West Virginia. WVSU is one of the original 1890 Land-Grant colleges, and is the smallest land-grant institution in the country. WVSU is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which is a philanthropic organization with a mission of fundraising money for college tuition for black students, and general scholarship funds for 54 schools. The school was established as the West Virginia Colored Institute. The school offered the equivalent of a high school education, with vocational training and teacher preparation for segregated public schools from 1891 to 1915 when it was renamed West Virginia College, and began offering college degrees. In 1929, the school became West Virginia State College.
The university offers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as certificates, through the following colleges:
- College of Arts and Humanities
- College of Business and Social Sciences
- College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- College of Professional Studies
Flexible course schedules are offered in traditional classrooms, non-traditional settings and online.