West Virginia University

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world rank  260

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University Overview

Founded in 1867, West Virginia University is a non-profit public state higher-education institution located in the urban setting of the large town of Morgantown (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), West Virginia. This institution also has branch campuses in the following locations: Keyser, Montgomery, Charleston, Martinsburg. Officially accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, West Virginia University (WVU) is a very large (uniRank enrollment range: 30,000-34,999 students) coeducational US higher education institution. West Virginia University (WVU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 155 years old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 80-90% making this US higher education organization a least selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. WVU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

Acronym WVU
Founded 1867
Motto To faith virtue and to virtue knowledge. (2 Peter 1:5)
Colours Old gold and blue

University Location

Address 1500 University Avenue
26506-6201 West Virginia
United States
Tel +1 (304) 293 0111
Fax +1 (304) 293 3080
Other locations Keyser, Montgomery, Charleston, Martinsburg

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
7,500-10,000 US$
(5,500-7,400 Euro)
7,500-10,000 US$
(5,500-7,400 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)

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University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
New Admission Requirements - Secondary school GPA is required
- Secondary school rank is recommended
- Secondary school record is required
- Completion of college-preparatory program is required
- Recommendations are neither required nor recommended
- Formal demonstration of competencies is neither required nor recommended
- Admission test scores are required
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required
- Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) are neither required nor recommended
Admission Rate 80-90%
Admission Office PO Box 6009
Morgantown 26506-6009
(304) 293 2121
800 344 9881

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Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 30,000-34,999
Academic Staff 2,500-2,999
Control Type Public State
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Urban
Land Grant Institution Yes
Religious Affiliation None

Carnegie Classification New

Basic Classification Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
2000 Classification Doctoral/Research Universities--Extensive
Size & Setting Four-year, large, primarily nonresidential institution
Enrollment Profile High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, selective, lower transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Professions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Balanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to West Virginia University's Library
West Virginia University's library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2018 the library has reported 1,210,767 physical volumes, 249,958 physical media, 129,886 digital/electronic medium and 836 licensed digital/electronic databases. West Virginia University's library has 5 branches.
Housing Yes
West Virginia University provides on-campus housing. The total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 7,210 students in the 2018 academic year.
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional Hospital Not reported

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Institutional Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission (ANSAC) of ABET
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET
  • Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET
  • Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communications
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Dietetics Association

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Memberships and Affiliations

  • West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC)
  • Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

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Online Courses

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