About West Virginia University

Founded in 1867, West Virginia University. is a Public college. Located in West Virginia, which is a city setting in West Virginia, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 22,350 full time undergraduate students, and 6,138 full time graduate students.

The West Virginia University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 19:1. There are 1186 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at West Virginia University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate76%
Application Deadline
Application Fee45
SAT Range915-1130
ACT Range21-26

Admissions at WVU are considered Less Selective, with ,208% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 24 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

78% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 45% were in the top quarter, and 20% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at West Virginia University.

3%
“We”re apathetic”
27%
“We know about current events and vote”
62%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
8%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
24%
“Sometimes, but not often”
56%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
15%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
8%
“I only go out in groups”
48%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
44%
“I feel extremely safe”
1%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
3%
“We bought the gear”
96%
“We live for the big game”
6%
“It”s not really our thing”
17%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
63%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
13%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
4%
“Available in class”
65%
“They keep regular office hours”
28%
“They”re always available”
5%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
17%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
76%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
2%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
7%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
22%
“We only party on weekends”
69%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
5%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
44%
“There might be people who do”
41%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
9%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
3%
“We”re apathetic”
27%
“We know about current events and vote”
62%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
8%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
24%
“Sometimes, but not often”
56%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
15%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
8%
“I only go out in groups”
48%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
44%
“I feel extremely safe”
1%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
3%
“We bought the gear”
96%
“We live for the big game”
6%
“It”s not really our thing”
17%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
63%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
13%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
4%
“Available in class”
65%
“They keep regular office hours”
28%
“They”re always available”
5%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
17%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
76%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
2%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
7%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
22%
“We only party on weekends”
69%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
5%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
44%
“There might be people who do”
41%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
9%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

West Virginia University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    347 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    250 Students rated off-campus housing 3.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    362 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    374 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    374 Students rated class size 3.9 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    372 Students rated school activities 4.4 stars. 56 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    375 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 54 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    375 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of West Virginia University?

158 Students rated West Virginia University

Sarah - 07/04/2022

I found the school to focus more on partying than actual academics. There would be students going out to party every night. Professors also do not allow themselves to be open to the student. You often have to go to the class' TA even for office hours.

Mackenzie - 01/20/2022

Could be better

Drake - 11/16/2021

A great school with so much going on. There is something for everyone at WVU. Whether it's joining a club, attending a sporting event, participating in an intramural sports team or exercising at the Rec Center, there are many opportunities for everyone at WVU. The WVU campus may be spread out, but the PRT and bus lines offer a very easy way to get to anywhere you need to be. The student atmosphere is great at WVU and the professors are helpful and friendly. I attended WVU Discover Day and learned so much valuable information from the speakers that will help me make my way at WVU.

Brianna - 12/29/2020

When they say country roads take me home, they mean it. Right from the beginning I felt at home here and I can easily say this has been one of the best decisions of my life. I love my classes and the opportunities I have had with the Research Apprenticeship Program, study abroad trips and various organizations. My classes have prepared me for health professional school and admissions tests, such as the DAT. I have one more year left during undergrad and can honestly say that the days have passed by way too fast.

West Virginia University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at West Virginia University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for West Virginia University is 76%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    While it is hard to tell which college is right before you actually attend it, make sure when you arrive you give it a chance. Like anything else college takes some adjusting, and it is important that you have an open mind during your first couple of months. College is very nerve racking, but once the initial adjustment is made it will be the best time in your life. It is all about doing things in moderation and keeping organized, and if you can do these things you can pretty much do whatever you like in life.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    For the most part my classmates are always eager to learn by studying hard individually and in groups and attending class and actively engaging with every professors.

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Sometimes when you need to study it can often be to loud.

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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    I'm the fourth generation of my family to attend West Virginia Univesity. Growing up there was alway pride in attending this school. Attending this school has taught me that I am not the only one with pride, everyone here takes pride. I love going to all the different sporting events and seeing thousands of students cheering on the Moutaineers. West Virginia is a small state, so WVU is the pride of the state. Every student knows this and everyone does their part to make this the best university around. The best part about WVU is the pride.

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  6. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A person who is willing to work hard/ and wants to play hard.

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  7. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    West Virginia University is a great place to make friends, have a variety of different experiences, and get to know who you really are.

    Read all  55 answers
  8. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    They are one of the top party schools as well as the fact that it is an extremely big university!

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  9. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I was completely satisfied with this school and what i knew about it before coming, upon arrival I learned more about how great the people here really are from the professors to the ra's and other students. There is nothing I would have wanted to know before coming here, nothing was a surprise or weird so that I had to adjust.

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  10. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I tend to brag about my favorite classes/teachers and my good grades that I get on different assignments, tests, or quizzes

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    I believe that the most frustrating think about West Virginia University is having to ride the prt to get to the downtown campus. I think that a renovation of the prt would be a great asset for the university. In the cold weather expecially, the prt has been known to break down and cause students to miss class.

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  12. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Number one party school and our football team.

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  13. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    If your looking for a school to recieve a great education, watch division one basketball and football games and enjoy yourself you should go to West Virginia Univerisity.Morgantown isn't a gorgeous city but it has a great college town feel. It's a very large school but honestly it doesen't seem that way, you could be walking down High Street and see many friendly faces. You don't have to join Greek Life to have a good time, but it's a blast if you do.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I couldn't imagine going anywhere else. The atmosphere is great. The students are friendly. Some of the class sizes are a little big. My general chemistry classes had about 200 students in them, but that isn't the case for all courses. Also, I've found that most of the professors I've had are very helpful and are generally available outside class to help you with anything you don't understand.

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    The academic requirements here are fair. The amount of studying you need to do depends on the GPA goal that you have. Teachers will get to know your name (in large classes) if you participate and ask questions. I'm in the Honors College and all the classes I take through it are pretty small. My teachers in those classes have always gotten to know my name. I suggest the Honors College to anyone interested. It provides a broad range of interesting courses not available to other students. As a pre-pharmacy major, I have also taken many science courses at the university and have always felt as though my teachers were there to help me with anything I needed help with.

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Greek life is great and football is awesome here. Also there is a activity "Mountaineers go First"

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  17. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    ALL stereotypes have to be based on something, so, if one looks hard enough, one can find these people. However, the vast majority of people are not, to a degree.

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  18. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    mostly like jersey people-- obnoxious, crude, and horrible drivers.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    When a lot of people hear that I go to WVU, they go, "Oh yeah, the party school." But I am always quick to inform them that this is not always the case. Sure if that's what you're into you can go out and find all the parties, but it's the same way at every college. There are a lot of other groups of students here too. You have greek life, which consists of social, professional, and academic fraternities and sororities (meaning its not always just your typical frat guy or sorority girl who just wants to party). WVU is also very competitive in sports, not only in the big east, but at a club level too, so we have lots of students athletes that are attending here as well.

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  20. Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.

    ESPN's College Gameday when WVU hosted #2 LSU in football in 2011. The buzz and atmosphere around campus and at the footba game was unlike anything I have ever experienced in my life.

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  21. Describe the dorms.

    Dorms consist of almost all freshman as you are required to live in dorms your first year. "Towers" is the largest dorm as it consists of three different towers consisting of thousands of students. This dorm is located on the Evansdale campus so it is likely that most students will either have to take the bus or PRT to classes. However, this is where the majority of freshman live. Other dorms are located on the downtown campus which is closer to most classes. There are only two all female dorms as the rest are co-ed.

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Student Body

Students

46%

female

54%

male

22,350

Total Undergrad Enrollment

6,138

Total Grad Students

52%

Out-Of-State

45%

In-State

3%

International

Organizations

370

Student Organizations

16

Fraternities

8

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

19%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
2%
% Black or African-American
5%
% Hispanic/Latino
4%
% White or Caucasian
80%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

91% of students attending West Virginia University receive some sort of financial aid. 27% were awarded federal grants. While 55% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$22,488

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$900

Books and Supplies

$10,218

Room and Board

33,606

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$7,769
$30 - $48K
$8,397
$48 - $75K
$10,947
$75 - $110K
$13,832
$110K & UP
$14,504

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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