West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV

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About West Virginia University at Morgantown

West Virginia University at Morgantown (WVU) is the largest of the West Virginia University campus sites. Morgantown is a small city with a population of about 30,000, located in the north central part of the state. With enrollment at the university being nearly the same as the city's entire population, the school plays a major part in the economics and culture of the Morgantown area.

The university was originally founded in the 1860s as a land-grant college when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which gave states federal land if they would open colleges of engineering and agriculture. Now, WVU is a large Division I school and participates in 17 NCAA intercollegiate varsity sports as the 'Mountaineers'. In addition, there are over 350 cultural and social clubs, professional organizations and intramural sports available to students.


The university at Morgantown is divided into 14 colleges, which includes the WVU Institute of Technology, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, College of Law and Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. Each college offers a wide variety of degree options.

WVU is classified as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the entire university.


Applications for fall enrollment are processed starting on September 15th of the previous academic year. Undergraduate applications are accepted by WVU continuously, though there are February 1st deadlines for academic scholarship applications and housing preferences.

Prospective freshmen students are evaluated on a combination of ACT or SAT scores and high school grade point average, as well as meeting the high school course requirements. There are additional requirements and prerequisites for certain colleges and programs.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition rates vary by college. As of 2012-2013, the lowest annual undergraduate rates were for students admitted to the university, but not yet to a specific college. Those students paid $6,090 for tuition and fees if they were West Virginia residents and $18,868 if they were non-residents. Students enrolled in the College of Dentistry paid the highest annual tuition and fees, with residents paying $8,498 and non-residents paying $23,760.

The university participates in an initiative of the Southern Regional Education Board's Academic Common Market, which offers non-resident students lower resident tuition rates if they are enrolled in specific fields that are needed in their home states.

Over $5,000,000 in scholarship funds are awarded to over 2,500 incoming students annually. The university also participates in the West Virginia PROMISE scholarship program, which offers additional financial assistance (up to $4,750 per academic undergraduate year) to students who have met certain academic benchmarks while in high school.

School Type Public, 4-year *
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees *
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 22,711 undergraduate and 6,906 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing 11 residence halls located on campus**
Schools and Programs 14 academic colleges; nearly 180 degrees offered**
Student-Faculty Ratio 23 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies (410)
Master's: Business (126)
Doctoral: Law (124)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who began in Fall 2005:
32% in four years
52% in five years
57% in six years*
Admission Rate 87% in Fall 2011*
Entering Class Size 5,025 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 78% for full-time and 39% for part-time students (2010-2011)*
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students in 2012 ACT: 23.6
SAT (Math and Critical Reading): 1045**
Application Due Date Rolling application process starting on September 15th**
Decision Notification Date Within a few weeks of the university receiving complete application**
Tuition and Fees (2011-2012) $5,674 for in-state students and $17,844 for out-of-state students (estimated expenses for full-time new undergraduate students)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For all undergraduate students in 2010-2011:
Grants or scholarships (62%)
Federal student loans (55%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 88% in 2010-2011 for full-time beginning undergraduate students*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **West Virginia University

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, University of West Virginia, One Waterfront Place, PO Box 6009, Morgantown, WV 26506-6009
  • Phone: (304) 293-2121
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