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?
- 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.
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.
|#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.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards WVU has earned from around the web.
|#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?
Contact details for WVU are given below.
|Address:||Po Box 6201, Morgantown, WV 26506|
How Do I Get Into WVU?
You can apply to WVU online at: https://admissions.wvu.edu/how-to-apply
Admission Requirements for WVU
|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|
How Hard Is It To Get Into WVU?
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.
Can I Afford West Virginia University?
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
There are also 5,753 graduate students at the school.
Of the 19,369 full-time undergraduates at WVU, 51% are male and 49% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of West Virginia University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||741|
|Hispanic or Latino||787|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at WVU has changed over the last few years.
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%|
|Criminal Justice & Corrections||19%|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||19%|
|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|
|Communication & Journalism (Other)||#9|
|Legal Professions (Other)||#13|
|Arts & Media Management||#15|
|Public Relations & Advertising||#40|
|Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods||#41|
|Visual & Performing Arts||#115|
|Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies||#117|
|Instructional Media Design||#125|
|Human Development & Family Studies||#161|
|Communication & Journalism||#165|
|Family, Consumer & Human Sciences||#192|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||#210|
|Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies||#233|
|Criminal Justice & Corrections||#444|
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.
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
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