West Virginia University

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West Virginia University is a public, 4-year school located in Morgantown, WV, along the Monongahela River not far from the Pennsylvania border. The school was founded in 1867 under the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act as the Agricultural College of West Virginia; the school was renamed West Virginia University in 1868. Additional schools in the University include West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery and Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser. The 900 acre campus is actually three semi-distinct locations: Downtown Campus, featuring a blend of architectural styles including red brick collegiate gothic; Evansdale Campus, just a mile north of Downtown; and the Health Sciences Campus just over the ridge from Evansdale. Transit between the campuses was designed by Boeing and is a “personal” transit system – a rider specifies their destination as they board, then the system makes custom stops depending on passenger volume.

Academic Programs

West Virginia University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission and offers Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees and Doctorates in nearly 200 majors. Noted for Healthcare fields, Art & Design, Music and Teacher Education, the largest programs on campus are in Engineering and Business. The University is comprised of 14 colleges and schools: Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design; Eberly College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business and Economics; College of Creative Arts; School of Dentistry; College of Education and Human Services; Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources; College of Law; Reed College of Media; School of Medicine; School of Nursing; School of Pharmacy; College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences; School of Public Health; and includes two free-standing campuses: Potomac State College of WVU and WVU Institute of Technology. Per the Mission Statement, “As a land-grant institution in the 21st century, WVU will deliver high-quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, model a culture of diversity and inclusion, promote health and vitality, and build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity between the state, the nation and the world.”

Student Life

There are about 22,500 undergraduate students enrolled in West Virginia University, many of whom live among the 12 residence halls on campus. The University sponsors over 450 clubs and student organizations including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the old gold and blue Mountaineers field teams in 12 sports and participate in NCAA Division I competition. Annual campus events include FallFest – a welcome concert before classes start, Mountaineer Week features a beard-growing contest and the annual “PRT Cram” determined how many students can fit in a transit car (without windows). Students are aware of the Strategic Vision for the University: By 2020, WVU will attain national research prominence, thereby enhancing educational achievement, global engagement, diversity, and the vitality and well-being of the people of West Virginia. Part of this involves acceptance of the University’s stated Core Values: “We are dedicated to the democratic purpose of education as a primary means for promoting healthy and productive lives. Therefore, although we value many things, our core values are: Application of knowledge; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Collaboration and Discovery; Community Engagement; and Well-being.”

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