Mountain State University

Mountain State University

Mountain State University, MSU, is a private, non profit, non sectarian, four year university in Beckley, West Virginia. The college was founded in 1933 as the Beckley College and was given its' present name in 2001. Students are offered programs at the associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree levels in areas like technology, humanities, and science. The schools of the university are as follows:

  • Patsy H. Haslam School of Health Sciences
  • School of Arts and Science
  • School of Business and Technology
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • School of Leadership and Professional Development

MSU is a member of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and participates in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The nickname for the athletics teams is the Cougars. Students participate in basketball, cheerleading, track & field, volleyball, and soccer. There are also many clubs and organizations including the Criminal Justice Honor Society (Delta Delta Epsilon), Student Radiologic Technologist Association, Student in Free Enterprise, and the Student Social Work Organization.

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Mountain State University
609 S Kanawha St
Beckley , WV 25801-9003
General Phone: (304) 253-7351

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Mountain State University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management386business administration, accounting, banking, human resources, human resources management, business and related services
Nursing and Emergency Medicine274EMT paramedic, registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, various nursing
Security and Law Enforcement152criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety, forensic science, fire-fighting, security and protective services
Medical Support and Technology105health service and sciences, medical coding, medical assistant, respiratory care tech, surgical tech, sonography and ultrasound tech, radiographer, physician assistant, phlebotomy ...
Liberal Arts89liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies
Therapy and Counseling33psychology, psychology courses, physical therapist assistant
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy21occupational therapist assistant
Science21biology, biological and biomedical sciences
Family and Social Work14social work
Computer Science and Engineering13computer and info science, computer programming, computer science, network management, webmastering, computer support
Cooking and Culinary Arts9culinary arts, pastry, chef training
Transportation5aviation operations
Education and Teaching4elementary school teaching, secondary teaching
Hospitality3tourism and travel, hospitality administration
Law3legal studies, legal secretary, legal assistant
Conservation and Resource Management2environmental studies, wildlife management
Medical Administration1health care administration, medical records tech, medical secretary
Office and Administration0administrative assistant
Religion and Philosophy0religion
Media0radio and TV tech
Engineering Technician0mining tech
Medicine0gerontology, health professions

Number of programs and degrees for Mountain State University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree16037
Bachelor's degree70726
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years69
Postbaccalaureate certificate13
Master's degree2599
Post-master's certificate33

Mountain State University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Mountain State University had a total enrollment of 4,847 students (4,562 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 86%
Graduate 14%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 66%
Black 10%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 3%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 8%
20-21 8%
22-24 11%
25-29 17%
30-34 13%
35-39 11%
40-49 12%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

West Virginia64%
(International Students)16%
New Jersey1%

Mountain State University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 52 %
Part-Time 29 %

Mountain State University Room and Board (2007)

Mountain State University offers campus housing for 192 of its 4,562 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Beckley, West Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other West Virginia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Mountain State University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,720
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 6,720
Room and board $ 6,116
Room charge $ 3,000
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,116
Books and supplies $ 1,530
Other expenses $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Mountain State University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 380700)

Mountain State University Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3371

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year3$129,3250*
Associate professorcalendar year3$64,3095$59,552
Assistant professorcalendar year3$60,76515$52,049
Instructorcalendar year8$66,37721$59,581
No academic rankcalendar year0*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year17$76,13043$56,621

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year5$55,4381*
Associate professoracademic year1*4$48,315
Assistant professoracademic year5$48,67313$43,822
Instructoracademic year5$38,47910$36,757
All faculty totalacademic year16$47,48428$42,328

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Mountain State University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Division I Independents

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports02424

Mountain State University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General
Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Mining Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Hospitality Administration/Management, Other
Tourism and Travel Services Management

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

Medical Support And Technology
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer & Ultrasound Technician
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Physician Assistant
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Surgical Technology/Technologist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Occupational Therapist Assistant

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Forensic Science and Technology
Security and Protective Services, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapist Assistant
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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What Sets Mountain State University Apart:

% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 9%Mountain State University % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 12%Mountain State University Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in security and law enforcement
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Mountain State University % of degrees in security and law enforcement
% of degrees in business and management
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Mountain State University % of degrees in business and management
Number of students
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Top 16%Mountain State University Number of students
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Mountain State University Number of degree programs

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
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checked Career counseling
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checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
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checked On-campus library
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checked Offers a board (meal) plan
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