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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    D
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    B
West Virginia State is a public university located in West Virginia. As a historically black college, West Virginia State has a strong history of and commitment to the education of black Americans. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,644 undergraduate students. The West Virginia State acceptance rate is 94%. Popular majors include Business, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Criminal Justice and Safety Studies. Graduating 29% of students, West Virginia State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $25,800.
Rte 25
Institute, WV 25112
About West Virginia State...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

West Virginia State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

West Virginia State Admissions

Acceptance Rate
94%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
880-1040
ACT Range
17-22
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$9,860/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,361/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
87%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
60%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.20 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.21 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.21 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
5
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
5
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    27%
  • On Campus
    62%
  • Online
    11%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,644Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,927
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
55%
Varsity Athletes
16%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 9 responses
Report
  • Out going
    56%
  • Persistence
    33%
  • Worried about grades
    11%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
41%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.22 responses
Poll
39%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.28 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Split between on campus and off campus students
    50%
  • Mostly commuter students
    29%
  • Commuter but was denied financial aid
    7%
  • Fast-paced
    7%
  • Underrated
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$29,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
29%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.13 responses
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The application process for WVSU was very easy going and it made things a lot less complicated when applying to the school. Now being at the school as a full time student, I have noticed after just one semester that the professors are here for the students and want the students to pass and succeed. I like how the class sizes are not that big which makes it feel kind of like a high school in that sense. The president of the school is wanting all students to pass in four years so no one has to pay more money than what they should. He is very big on the "15 in 4" policy and I respect that because if someone wants to go to grad school they should get out of their undergrad in four years! Overall, as much as I am not a fan of where the school is located, the academic side of things makes everything better because I know I can go get tutoring if need be.
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I like the people, education and the sports team that we have. The only downside is the town that it is in, is polluted with drugs, homeless and, small terrible roads. The education and recourses are separate from the town, but the surrounding area is not good for anyone! The campus is beautiful and the nature that comes with it is also very beautiful.
I personally chose West Virginia State University because I am pursing a degree is Elementary Education and they have one of the best Education programs around. In the education department the professors are very caring and helpful. I have encountered several professors outside of the program that were not helpful at all. The students are overall very welcoming and the food is average. The campus is small but this has its perks because since it is a smaller school students get more one on one time with their professors. The surrounding area is not very nice, but just a few miles down the road is the city of Charleston and that has more to offer!