West Virginia State University

West Virginia State University

West Virginia State University, also known as West Virginia State, or WVSU, is a public university located in Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States. It was originally established in 1891 as the West Virginia Colored Institute. After a few name and status changes, it became a university in 2004. WVSU offers several undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students. The university is organized into the following academic colleges:

  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • College of Business Administration and Social Sciences
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • College of Professional Studies

West Virginia State houses an athletics department. The university is a member of the NCAA Division II and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Their sports teams are nicknamed the Yellow Jackets.

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Contacting West Virginia State University

West Virginia State University
Rte 25
Institute , WV 25112-1000
General Phone: (304) 766-3000

West Virginia State University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts125English, general studies, economics, political science, sociology, history
Education and Teaching74elementary school teaching, secondary teaching
Business and Management70business management, accounting
Security and Law Enforcement42criminal justice and safety
Media40communication studies, mass communication
Therapy and Counseling31psychology
Science24biology, biotechnology, chemistry
Family and Social Work20social work
Medicine13health professions
Art Studies6art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy6parks and recreation management
Computer Science and Engineering0computer science

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree44220
Master's degree92
Postbaccalaureate certificate11

West Virginia State University Student Body

West Virginia State University is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, West Virginia State University had a total enrollment of 3,218 students (2,526 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 52%
Women 48%
Full-Time 95%
Part-Time 5%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 99%
Graduate 1%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 77%
Black 17%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 6%
18-19 17%
20-21 18%
22-24 21%
25-29 16%
30-34 9%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

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

West Virginia95%
Washington, DC1%

West Virginia State University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 53 %
Part-Time 39 %

West Virginia State University Room and Board (2007)

West Virginia State University offers campus housing for 568 of its 2,526 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

West Virginia State University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal340430
SAT Math330450
SAT Writing330385
ACT Verbal1521
ACT Math1520
ACT Composite1621

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT12%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT75%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

West Virginia State University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,058
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 9,980
Room and board $ 5,739
Room charge $ 5,739
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,170
Books and supplies $ 1,125
Other expenses $ 3,270

Financial Aid:
West Virginia State University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 382600)

West Virginia State University Faculty

West Virginia State University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*0*
No academic rankcalendar year0*5$42,035
All faculty totalcalendar year1*6$48,391

*: 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 year14$63,76812$60,308
Associate professoracademic year22$56,97414$57,011
Assistant professoracademic year30$48,66313$45,614
Instructoracademic year6$34,7497$42,072
All faculty totalacademic year72$52,98046$52,377

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

West Virginia State University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports53641

West Virginia State University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets West Virginia State University Apart:

Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 5%West Virginia State University Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in media
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%West Virginia State University % of degrees in media
% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 14%West Virginia State University % of degrees in liberal arts
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%West Virginia State University Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of degrees in security and law enforcement
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 15%West Virginia State University % of degrees in security and law enforcement
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 20%West Virginia State University % of freshmen enrolled part-time

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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