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West Virginia University Overview

Located in Morgantown, West Virginia, West Virginia University is a public institution. The location of WVU is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is West Virginia University Known For?

4,561 Undergraduate Awards
$30,606 Avg Cost After Aid
72% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at WVU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 76% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, WVU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $45,800 a year. That's about 12% more than their peers at other schools.

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West Virginia University Rankings

WVU holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in West Virginia ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

WVU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#97 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#112 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#138 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#165 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at WVU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Natural Resource Management Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Natural Resource Management Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Wildlife Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Natural Resources & Conservation Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Most Popular Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Most Popular Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Most Popular Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#78 Most Popular Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#93 Most Popular Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards WVU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#10 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation College Factual
#14 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#22 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#27 Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation College Factual
#44 Best Value Colleges for Engineering College Factual
#58 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual

Where Is West Virginia University?

Location of West Virginia University

Contact details for WVU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Po Box 6201, Morgantown, WV 26506
Phone: 304-293-0111
Website: www.wvu.edu

How Do I Get Into WVU?

You can apply to WVU online at: https://admissions.wvu.edu/how-to-apply

Admission Requirements for WVU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into WVU?

72% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
31% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at West Virginia University is 72%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 63%, and the acceptance rate for women is 81%.

Average Test Scores

About 31% of students accepted to WVU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 610. Math scores were between 510 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for West Virginia University  ( 510 to 610 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for West Virginia University  ( 510 to 600 )
200
800
WVU received ACT scores from 64% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 27. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 27.

ACT English Scores for West Virginia University  ( 21 to 27 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for West Virginia University  ( 19 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for West Virginia University  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford West Virginia University?

$30,606 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
8.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WVU is $30,606. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At WVU, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $9,041 a year. That adds up to $36,164 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WVU is 8.0%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

West Virginia University Undergraduate Student Diversity

19,369 Full-Time Undergraduates
49% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 21,086 undergraduate students at WVU, with 19,369 being full-time and 1,717 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  WVU

There are also 5,753 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 19,369 full-time undergraduates at WVU, 51% are male and 49% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  WVU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of West Virginia University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of WVU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 309
Black or African American 741
Hispanic or Latino 787
White 15,519
International Students 1,098
Other Races/Ethnicities 915

Geographic Diversity

West Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at West Virginia University. At this time, 42 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 112 countries are represented at WVU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and China.

Online Learning at West Virginia University

2,577 Took All Classes Online
7,808 Took At Least One Class Online
-3.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 4 bachelor’s degree and 18 master’s degree programs available online at WVU. In 2017-2018, 7,808 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at WVU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in West Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of WVU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at West Virginia University was -3.4%. This is the #2,398 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WVU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of WVU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Arts & Media Management 73%
Business Administration & Management 2%
Business, Management & Marketing 11%
Computer Engineering 2%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 19%
Engineering 3%
General Business/Commerce 22%
Health Professions 1%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 19%
Nursing 8%
Public Health 23%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 2%
Visual & Performing Arts 13%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WVU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at WVU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Law #3
Communication & Journalism (Other) #9
Legal Professions (Other) #13
Arts & Media Management #15
Computer Engineering #32
Public Relations & Advertising #40
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #41
Public Health #107
Visual & Performing Arts #115
General Education #117
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #117
Legal Professions #123
Engineering #125
Instructional Media Design #125
Human Development & Family Studies #161
Communication & Journalism #165
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #192
General Business/Commerce #201
Special Education #202
Teacher Education Subject Specific #210
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #233
Educational Administration #262
Criminal Justice & Corrections #444
Nursing #492

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

West Virginia University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 286 0 0 286
Liberal Arts General Studies 276 0 0 276
Nursing 199 39 8 246
Journalism 226 8 0 234
Mechanical Engineering 212 21 0 233
General Business/Commerce 65 142 0 207
Sociology 180 4 0 184
Business Administration & Management 133 42 4 179
General Psychology 156 13 9 178
Teacher Education Subject Specific 56 100 1 157
Accounting 120 36 0 156
Finance & Financial Management 125 20 0 145
Health & Physical Education 135 0 8 143
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 126 12 4 142
General Biology 128 4 5 137
Public Relations & Advertising 0 133 0 133
Industrial Engineering 116 13 0 129
Social Work 38 83 0 121
General Education 0 112 6 118
Civil Engineering 97 13 0 110
Petroleum Engineering 103 7 0 110
Marketing 108 0 0 108
Communication & Journalism (Other) 58 44 4 106
Law 0 0 101 101
Animal Science 80 15 4 99
Public Health 59 30 7 96
Medicine 0 0 93 93
Political Science & Government 85 3 3 91
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 49 41 90
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 79 7 0 86
Wildlife Management 75 6 0 81
Communication Sciences 43 27 8 78
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 75 75
Music 41 20 12 73
General English Literature 62 6 4 72
Computer Science 50 12 7 69
Geological & Earth Sciences 57 8 3 68
Criminal Justice & Corrections 45 23 0 68
History 51 11 5 67
Management Information Systems 61 0 0 61
Design & Applied Arts 60 1 0 61
Chemical Engineering 57 3 0 60
Forestry 37 7 12 56
Special Education 0 54 0 54
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 28 26 0 54
Computer Engineering 42 10 0 52
Fine & Studio Arts 44 7 0 51
Human Development & Family Studies 48 0 0 48
Natural Resource Management 35 2 11 48
Drama & Theater Arts 45 3 0 48
Agricultural Economics & Business 46 1 0 47
Electrical Engineering 42 4 0 46
Dentistry 0 0 45 45
Business/Managerial Economics 18 12 7 37
Mathematics 21 12 4 37
Other Health Professions 0 33 0 33
Physics 14 11 8 33
Plant Sciences 22 9 1 32
Chemistry 20 0 11 31
Geography & Cartography 18 5 8 31
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 26 0 4 30
Biomedical Engineering 29 0 0 29
General Engineering 0 1 28 29
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 27 0 0 27
Landscape Architecture 21 4 0 25
Public Administration 0 25 0 25
Human Resource Management 0 23 0 23
Student Counseling 0 21 0 21
Recreation Administration 19 0 0 19
Hospitality Management 17 0 0 17
Dental Support Services 17 0 0 17
Statistics 0 17 0 17
Mining Engineering 13 3 0 16
Economics 16 0 0 16
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 14 0 1 15
Instructional Media Design 0 14 1 15
Writing Studies 0 14 0 14
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 13 0 13
Teacher Education Grade Specific 12 0 0 12
Environmental Engineering 0 12 0 12
Entrepreneurial Studies 11 0 0 11
Arts & Media Management 0 11 0 11
Educational Administration 0 9 1 10
Legal Professions (Other) 0 10 0 10
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 9 0 9
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 5 4 9
General Agriculture 0 8 0 8
Philosophy 7 0 0 7
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 5 0 5
Computer Information Systems 4 0 0 4
Genetics 0 1 2 3
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 3 3
Systems Engineering 0 3 0 3
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 3 0 3
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 2 2
Other Education 0 0 2 2
Materials Engineering 0 1 0 1
Medical Science 0 1 0 1
Computer Systems Analysis 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4,561 1,476 567 6,604

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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