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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. 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 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs housed in the following colleges and schools:
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business and Economics
College of Creative Arts
School of Dentistry
College of Education and Human Services
Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
WVU Institute of Technology
College of Law
Reed College of Media
School of Medicine
School of Nursing
School of Pharmacy
College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
School of Public Health
Potomac State College of WVU
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.
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