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West Virginia University (WVU) is a public land-grant research institution located in Morgantown, West Virginia. Founded in 1867, the school is ranked as a Research University with the highest research activity in the 2021 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The WVU System also includes the WVU Institute of Technology in Beckley and WVU Potomac State College in Keyser. There are also two health sciences centers located in Charleston and Martinsburg.
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Overview of West Virginia University (WVU)
The university is dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive culture that advances education, healthcare, and prosperity. West Virginia University (WVU) seeks to do this by providing access and opportunity, by advancing high-impact research, and by leading transformation in the world through local, state, and global engagement.
There were approximately 25,500 students enrolled at West Virginia University in fall 2021. Of those, 19,600 were pursuing undergraduate degrees. Total full-time faculty employment was about 2,475, with 1,300+ focusing efforts on instruction and 1,150 performing research and public service. There were also 697 part-time faculty members, 488 of whom were instructors and 209 of whom performed research. This makes the student-to-faculty ratio 18:1, which is about average among institutions in the United States. It is also worth noting that the university maintains 656 instructional graduate assistants and 735 research graduate assistants.
|Campus Setting||City: Small|
|Student Faculty Ratio||18:1|
WVU Acceptance Rate and Admissions
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Recommended|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||August 1|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
WVU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
Tuition rates at West Virginia University vary based on the enrollment status and the number of courses taken. The institution estimates that in-state, undergraduate students enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester will pay $9,384 in tuition and fees per year. Out-of-state students with the same course load will pay approximately $26,568 a year, however. Room and board costs are projected to be $11,618 per year, but may vary depending on the selections made. The estimate provided by West Virginia University assumes the use of a double occupancy room in a residence hall and a 13-meal plan.
The cost of attendance is different for graduate students. In-state students can expect to pay $10,098 per year, while non-residents will be charged $25,632 in tuition and fees per year. While graduate students do not usually require room and board, the institution offers it for an estimated $11,860 per year.
It’s worth noting that West Virginia University offers many of the same programs online with few out-of-state tuition rates. Remote undergraduate students from all over the nation pay between $376 and $528 per credit hour, including program fees. The tuition rate for online graduate students is slightly higher, with those enrolled paying $652 to $1200 per credit hour, including program fees.
In all cases, students are also responsible for paying for books, supplies, transportation, parking, and personal needs. The overall expense of enrollment can be offset, however, with financial aid. All incoming students are encouraged to apply for West Virginia University’s merit scholarships. The institution also uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for federal grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans. As of the 2020-2021 academic year, 95% of beginning undergraduate students enrolled at West Virginia University received some form of financial aid. While the majority of assistance came in the form of scholarships and grants, 55% of students still required student loans to attend.
|Average net price||2020-2021|
|Average Total Aid||$10,867|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||95%|
|Room & Board||$10,948|
- Tuition In-State - $8,976
- Tuition Out-of-State - $25,320
- Books and Supplies - $950
- Room & Board - $10,948
- Other - $3,250
West Virginia University leverages its talents and resources to create a better future for West Virginia and the world at large. From groundbreaking research to career-oriented programs, students can choose from an array of exciting academic experiences. Degrees are designed to provide those enrolled with the most up to date knowledge and skills demanded by today’s employers.
There are 355 majors to consider within the institution’s 13 colleges and schools:
- Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
- College of Applied Human Sciences
- College of Creative Arts
- College of Law
- Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design
- Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
- Honors College
- John Chambers College of Business and Economics
- Reed College of Media
- School of Dentistry
- School of Medicine
- School of Nursing
- School of Pharmacy
- School of Public Health
The university also offers flexible, online degree and certificate programs. Students can choose from over 600 virtual classes and programs that are entirely online or a combination of remote and on-campus learning.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the retention rate for first-time students pursuing bachelor’s degrees full-time in 2021 at West Virginia University is 81%. This is notable, as the national average for all higher education institutions is 68%. The retention rate for part-time students, on the other hand, was only 20%. While part-time retention is relatively low, this still indicates that the mass majority of those enrolled at the university were pleased with their experiences and decided to return for a second year of study.
Graduation rates are slightly lower. The overall graduation rate for full-time, first-time degree or certificate-seeking students who began their studies at West Virginia University in fall 2015 was 68%, with a transfer-out rate of 23%. This data is significant, as it indicates the number of students who successfully earned their degrees or certificates within 150% of the standard completion time, which is about six years. Most students strive to graduate within four years of enrollment, however. Approximately 44% of those who began their studies in fall 2015 achieved this. However, it’s important to note that this graduation rate is still above the national average and, as many students transfer in order to graduate from another institution, as many as 90% or more may have graduated from WVU or their transfer institution.
West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The university also holds many specialized accreditations.
Student Population Total
Student Population 25,474
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Engineering Majors||693 Total Graduates / 15%|
|Mechanical Engineering||156 Graduates|
|Industrial Engineering||126 Graduates|
|Civil Engineering, General||88 Graduates|
|Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering, General||82 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||657 Total Graduates / 14%|
|Finance, General||125 Graduates|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||124 Graduates|
|Business Administration and Management, General||88 Graduates|
|Health Professions and Related Programs||434 Total Graduates / 10%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||216 Graduates|
|Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist||84 Graduates|
|Public Health, General||58 Graduates|
|Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator||35 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||336 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology||137 Graduates|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||132 Graduates|
|Microbiology and Immunology||24 Graduates|
|Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies||262 Total Graduates / 6%|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General||248 Graduates|
|Sustainability Studies||14 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||48%|
Outcome & Salary
While West Virginia University does not have any graduate outcomes data posted, the institution does host an extensive career services center for alumni. This initiative provides a wide variety of resources applicable to those seeking new job opportunities and recruiting. The university provides helpful guidance regarding the job search process, resumes, and career events. Alumni also have access to Handshake, which is a platform containing current employment opportunities available in the area.
According to Payscale, graduates from West Virginia University’s main campus earn an average base salary of $72,000 per year.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$58,000|
|College Grads Average Salary||$73,000|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$105,600|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$730,000|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,786,000|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$53,688|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$676,312|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,732,312|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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