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West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
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About West Virginia University

West Virginia University (WVU) is a public research university in Morgantown, West Virginia. It has 14 colleges and schools offering 184 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs in the fields of arts and sciences; creative arts; business and economics; human resources and education; law; engineering and mineral resources; agriculture, natural resources and design; dentistry; journalism; medicine; nursing; pharmacy; physical activity and sport sciences; public health.

Enrollment for the fall 2011 semester was 29,616 for the main campus, while enrollment across all campuses totaled 32,731. There are 1600 international students attending West Virginia University from over 100 countries.

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Many WVU programs hold specialized accreditation.

WVU ranks nationally for prestigious scholarships—24 Rhodes Scholars, 22 Truman Scholars, 35 Goldwater Scholars, two British Marshall Scholars, two Morris K. Udall Scholars, five USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team Members (and 11 academic team honorees), eight Boren Scholars, five Gilman Scholars, 32 Fulbright Scholars, 9 Critical Language Scholars, and one Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar.

Campus information

The Morgantown campus comprises three sub-campuses:

  • The original main campus, typically called the Downtown Campus
  • The Evansdale Campus
  • The Health Sciences Campus

The Downtown Campus is in the Monongahela River valley on the edge of Morgantown. This campus includes eight academic buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Evansdale Campus is located 1.5 miles north-northwest, on a rise above the flood plain of the Monongahela River, was developed in the 1950s and 1960s to address the shortage of space due to growing student population.

The Health Sciences Campus, in the same outlying area (but on the other side of a ridge), includes several hospitals and medical centers. It is located near Mountaineer Field, over a ridge from the Evansdale Campus.

The University maintains four libraries on its campuses. These include the Downtown Campus Library, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library, and the Law Library.

The Student Center of Health, also known under the label "Well WVU", provides services related to student health, disease prevention, and awareness. The Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services offers therapy to any WVU student.

Morgantown is a small city with population of 28,654. It was rated “No. 1 Small City in America” by for its exceptional quality of life. Morgantown is within easy traveling distance of:

  • Washington, D.C., to the east
  • Pittsburgh, Pa., to the north, and
  • Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, to the northwest.


On Campus


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 3 Business, Management 3 Computer Science, IT 2 Creative Arts & Design 1 Engineering 1 Health and Medicine 1


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