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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    C+
WVU is a highly rated public university located in Morgantown, West Virginia. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 20,524 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the WVU acceptance rate is 76%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Journalism, and Sociology. Graduating 57% of students, WVU alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,700.
About West Virginia University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big 12 Conference
Address
PO Box 6201
Morgantown, WV 26506
Website
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West Virginia University Rankings

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

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
76%
Application Deadline
August 1
SAT Range
915-1130
ACT Range
21-26
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$10,814/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,769/ year
  • $30-48k
    $8,397/ year
  • $49-75k
    $10,947/ year
  • $76-110k
    $13,832/ year
  • $110k+
    $14,504/ year
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Academics

Professors
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Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.171 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.189 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.189 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,524Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 137 responses
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  • A Mountaineer
    48%
  • The school is very diverse.
    15%
  • Free
    10%
  • Montani Semper Liberi
    8%
  • Down to Earth
    7%
  • Nice
    3%
  • It's a jersey thing.
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.220 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.267 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 131 responses
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  • Prideful
    31%
  • Let's go Mountaineers!
    16%
  • One of a kind experience
    15%
  • Wild and wonderful West Virginia
    14%
  • Proud
    12%
  • Worthwhile
    4%
  • Money Hungry
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
57%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
92%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.132 responses
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West Virginia University Reviews

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During my time as a student, I worked at the NASA Space Grant office at the Engineering Campus. Yes, NASA, in West Virginia! WVU is one of the best colleges in the state, there are so many opportunities for every type of person! The state of West Virginia needs a lot of work, but West Virginia University is really the best thing about the state. They are bringing in jobs, educating people, and overall contributing to the betterment of the state. I actually went to a different college first and transferred here later, and I am so glad I did! My life has changed for the better because of my time at WVU!
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I only went to WVU because of the music department and the scholarships. I was on an academic, diversity, and a music scholarship, which made my tuition about $18k, regular $40k sine I was out of state. I stayed in Bennett on the Creative Arts floor, and my dorm room was nice! Partying is huge there which I didn't like since I'm not one to drink and smoke. You start to feel a bit left out because most of your friends will likely go party. I ended up dropping out a month in due to the party scene and the people. If partying is your thing though, and you have at least a 3.0 GPA and decent SAT, you'll be financially well off attending WVU.
West Virginia University has a great group of professors and ancillary staff. I feel they are more into helping you succeed instead of fail. The campus is nice and easy to navigate. They have a great love and following for their sports and when they play Country Roads after each game I get chills!
I wish they were not known as the party school because people may steer away from campus. As a grown adult going back to school, I'm looking more for the academic and sport aspects...not partying.