West Virginia University

West Virginia University

West Virginia University, or WVU, is a coeducational, public research university located in Morgantown, West Virginia, United States. It was established in 1867. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through the following schools and colleges:

  • College of Business & Economics
  • College of Creative Arts
  • College of Engineering & Mineral Resources
  • College of Human Resources & Education
  • College of Law
  • Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry, & Consumer Sciences
  • Eberly College of Arts & Sciences
  • Honors College
  • Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism
  • Potomac State College
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Physical Education
  • WVU Institute of Technology

The athletic teams of WVU are nicknamed the Mountaineers. They compete in the Big East Conference as a member of the NCAA Division I.

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West Virginia University
Stewart Hall, University Avenue
Morgantown , WV 26506-6201
General Phone: (304) 293-0111

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West Virginia University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,093foreign language and literature, English, creative writing, technical and business writing, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, economics, geography, ...
Business and Management677business, business management, business administration, accounting, managerial economics, finance, labor relations, MIS, marketing ...
Education and Teaching599education, educational administration, instructional media design, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, agricultural teaching, physical education teaching, ...
Engineering458engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, mining and mineral engineering, petroleum engineering, ...
Media451journalism, public relations and advertising, communication and journalism
Science391biology, biochemistry, anatomy, anatomical sciences, microbiology and immunology, genetics, physiology, cell physiology, reproductive biology, ...
Family and Social Work307family and consumer science, child development, public administration, social work
Medicine242neuroscience, dentistry, dental clinical sciences, medicine, pharmacy, pharmaceutics and drug design, public health
Nursing and Emergency Medicine236registered nursing, nursing science
Therapy and Counseling236psychology, counseling psychology, educational psychology, community health services, physical therapy
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy172parks and recreation management, health and physical education, health and fitness, occupational therapy, vocational counseling
Law151law, legal professions
Computer Science and Engineering142computer and info science courses, computer science, computer engineering, software engineering
Animal Science and Care115animal science
Medical Support and Technology114audiology, speech pathology, audiology and speech pathology, dental hygienist, clinical lab tech
Conservation and Resource Management97natural resource economics, forestry, forest sciences, forest management, wood science, wildlife management
Music76music, various music studies
Security and Law Enforcement62criminal science
Agricultural Science and Management54agriculture, agricultural economics
Art Studies48visual and performing arts, art studies
Mathematics44mathematics, statistics
Architecture and Planning33landscape architecture
Drama and Performing Arts32drama, theater history and criticism
Landscaping and Horticulture24various plant science courses
Religion and Philosophy15philosophy
Fine Arts7art history and criticism

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree1,52774
Doctor's degree20433
Bachelor's degree3,79062
First-professional degree3554

West Virginia University Student Body

In 2007-2008, West Virginia University had a total enrollment of 28,113 students (26,277 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 54%
Women 46%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 71%
Graduate 25%
First Professional 4%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 87%
Black 3%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 29%
20-21 27%
22-24 21%
25-29 11%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

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

West Virginia48%
New Jersey8%
New York3%
(International Students)1%

West Virginia University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 79 %
Part-Time 41 %

West Virginia University Room and Board (2007)

West Virginia University offers campus housing for 5,375 of its 26,277 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Morgantown, 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.

West Virginia University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470560
SAT Math490590
ACT Verbal2027
ACT Math1925
ACT Composite2126

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 SAT50%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT50%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

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

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,100
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 15,770
Room and board $ 7,202
Room charge $ 3,934
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,500
Books and supplies $ 1,160
Other expenses $ 1,960

Financial Aid:
West Virginia University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 382700)

West Virginia University Faculty

West Virginia University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track238194
Non-tenured and not on tenure track416291

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year47$129,9279$116,231
Associate professorcalendar year18$100,06512$87,784
Assistant professorcalendar year12$90,24115$86,479
Instructorcalendar year2*6$58,230
Lecturercalendar year2*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year81$114,15944$87,765

*: 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 year184$103,84132$90,064
Associate professoracademic year132$73,40865$69,345
Assistant professoracademic year135$62,091143$56,119
Instructoracademic year12$42,97223$39,658
Lectureracademic year2*23$45,901
All faculty totalacademic year465$81,251286$60,777

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

West Virginia University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big East Conference
Basketball Big East Conference
Baseball Big East Conference
Track Big East Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports4991140

West Virginia University Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Economics
Agriculture, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Architecture And Planning
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Labor and Industrial Relations
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer Software Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, Other

Conservation And Resource Management
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
Forest Sciences and Biology
Forestry, General
Natural Resource Economics
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mining and Mineral Engineering
Petroleum Engineering

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Landscaping And Horticulture
Plant Sciences, Other

Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
General Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Technical and Business Writing

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Dental Clinical Sciences, General (MS, PhD)
Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
Medicine (MD)
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music, General
Music, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell Physiology
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Chemistry, General
Exercise Physiology
Genetics, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other
Physics, General
Physiology, General
Reproductive Biology
Science, Technology and Society

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminalistics and Criminal Science

Therapy And Counseling
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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