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West Virginia University Review

Morgantown, WV, Stewart Hall, 1500 University Avenue
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Career Preparation A
Students and Culture A+
Facilities A
Activities and Groups A
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West Virginia University is a large, public, four-year university enrolling 28,776 students and offering 182 degrees in Morgantown, WV.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at West Virginia University.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
1
Education and Liberal Arts
1,505 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Agricultural Teacher Education
18
5
Art Studies
51
3
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
1
Child Development
50
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
104
25
3
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services
21
Creative Writing
12
Education
14
Educational/instructional Technology
18
2
Educational Leadership and Administration
14
Elementary Education and Teaching
0
86
English Language and Literature
74
11
5
Exercise Physiology
146
10
2
Foreign Languages and Literatures
26
44
General Studies
190
Health and Physical Education/fitness
138
Health and Physical Education/fitness
8
Liberal Arts
82
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
50
77
1
Reading Teacher Education
13
Secondary Education and Teaching
78
Special Education and Teaching
88
Speech-Language Pathology/pathologist
35
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Human and Social Sciences
1,257 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Counseling Psychology
7
Educational Psychology
8
History
83
20
14
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
377
Philosophy
13
Political Science
74
13
5
Psychology
209
16
18
Public Administration
22
Social Work
43
90
Sociology
228
8
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
9
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Healthcare
820 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Audiology/audiologist
6
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/pathologist
43
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist
23
Dental Clinical Sciences
9
Dental Hygiene/hygienist
12
1
Dentistry
48
Medical Scientist
1
Medicine
103
Nursing Practice
7
Nursing Science
3
Occupational Therapy/therapist
40
Pathology/pathologist Assistant
16
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
11
Pharmacy
85
Physical Therapy/therapist
37
Public Health
62
4
Registered Nurse
243
44
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/counselor
22
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Engineering
799 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering
43
7
Biomedical Sciences
3
Chemical Engineering
43
3
Civil Engineering
89
13
Computer Engineering
36
Computer Software Engineering
13
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
43
32
Engineering
2
40
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering
3
Industrial Engineering
94
8
Landscape Architecture
22
1
Mechanical Engineering
138
23
Mining and Mineral Engineering
29
6
Natural Resource Economics
5
Petroleum Engineering
80
15
Wood Science and Wood Products/pulp and Paper Technology
8
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Business
750 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
90
38
Business Administration and Management
139
Business Administration, Management and Operations
31
Commerce
15
108
Business/managerial Economics
24
5
4
Economics
7
Finance
114
16
Labor and Industrial Relations
41
Marketing/marketing Management
118
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Communication and Media
436 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Design and Visual Communications
41
Journalism
236
6
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
153
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
7
Mathematics and Science
368 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Biochemistry
1
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
0
Biology
129
3
0
Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences
1
Cell Physiology
1
Chemistry
26
3
8
Genetics
0
2
Geography
27
3
0
Geology/earth Science
51
14
0
Mathematics
24
11
0
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology
0
Neuroscience
5
Physics
8
10
9
Reproductive Biology
3
2
Statistics
27
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
8
Agriculture
316 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Agricultural Economics
39
9
Agriculture
7
4
Animal Sciences
129
16
Forest Management/forest Resources Management
21
Forest Sciences and Biology
7
Forestry
8
Plant Sciences
21
8
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
44
3
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
9
Legal and Law
197 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Forensic Science and Technology
41
2
Law
126
Legal Professions and Studies
28
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
10
Computer Technology
121 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer and Information Sciences
11
Computer Science
43
18
7
Management Information Systems
42
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
11
Art and Design
95 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Design and Applied Arts
4
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts
18
11
Music
34
14
7
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
5
Visual and Performing Arts
2
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
12
Hospitality
33 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Hospitality Management
5
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
27
1
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at West Virginia University.

Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Business Administration, Management and Operations
Computer Software Engineering
General Studies
Legal Professions and Studies
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
Registered Nurse
Secondary Education and Teaching
*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Specialized institution accreditations:
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship (Agricultural Sciences Building Room G6)
Didactic Program in Dietetics
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission (CPE) - Clinical pastoral education (CPE) centers offering CPE programs Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Magnetic Resonance (MR) - Programs for magnetic resonance technologists
Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation Post Doctoral - Advanced dental education programs (advanced education in general dentistry and general practice residency) (General Practice Residency 12 Months)
Predoctoral
Dental Hygiene (DH)
Endodontics
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Prosthodontics (including maxillofacial prosthetics and combined prosthodontics/maxillofacial prosthetics)
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (West Virginia University Health Sciences Center Charleston)
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services)
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center - Morgantown Psychology Internship)
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Law (LAW) - Professional schools American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
Council on Education for Public Health Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health Liaison Committee on Medical Education Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
Alumni & Student Reviews
A Excellent
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 7 Reviews
Alumni
BA History, Class of 1993

alumni groups, career center, provide an education in numerous fields of study

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Journalism, Class of 1985

Career Services Center, workshops, internships, job fairs, alumni association network

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Journalism, Class of 1980

Lots of clinicals and internships. They also work hard to hook up students with successful grads to assist in the job search.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Special Education, early intervention, Class of 2013

We had to complete a practicum in our school systems

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Art History, Class of 2003

too long ago to remember

Rated January 2016
A+ Excellent
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 7 Reviews
Alumni
BA History, Class of 1993

WVU fostered an atmosphere that allowed me to excel academically while still enjoying my college experience

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Journalism, Class of 1985

Work hard and play hard. Whatever you need is here, but you need to put in the effort.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Journalism, Class of 1980

Friendly, welcoming and inclusive with interesting traditions.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Special Education, early intervention, Class of 2013

Diverse. There were people from other countries.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Art History, Class of 2003

too long ago to remember

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 7 Reviews
Alumni
BA History, Class of 1993

all are first rate and modern while maintaining an austere collegiate image

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Journalism, Class of 1985

Extensive computer labs, dorms, dining hall options, an awesome student center, the Mountainlair, and a great student recreation center.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Elementary Ed, Class of 1994

Wide variety of dorms, near campus, clean, good food

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Journalism, Class of 1980

Adequate, with all residence halls having been renovated recently.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Special Education, early intervention, Class of 2013

It was an online program

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Buisness, Class of 2014

A little outdated but still nice

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 7 Reviews
Alumni
Journalism, Class of 1985

The student honorary, Mountain, would be unique. Otherwise there is something for pretty much everyone. If you don't see a group the covers your interests, the university will help you start one.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Elementary Ed, Class of 1994

Greek life, NCAA sports, clubs

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Journalism, Class of 1980

Marching band is huge and extremely popular. Most students are huge fans of all the Mountaineer sports teams. The university hosts many concert events each year by well known artists of all genres.

Rated January 2016
CURRICULUM FOCUS
West Virginia University Legal and Law Program
UDC Contributor

If the thought of analyzing crime scenes or testing evidence for DNA excites you, explore West Virginia University’s Forensic and Investigative Science program. Take the forensic examiner track if you want to work right on the scene. Or, if you prefer a career behind-the-scenes in a lab choose between the forensic biology and forensic chemistry tracks. The program focuses on hands on learning. In fact, at WVU the professors actually simulate crime scenes in and around three houses and a garage at the Crime Scene Training Complex, the largest of its kind in the nation. In fall 2015 students took their education off campus when they witnessed simulated bomb blasts and collected post blast evidence to analyze back on campus. The research and analysis happens in a microscopy laboratory, fingerprint processing laboratory, and Cogent Systems Laboratory that contains a cutting-edge digital fingerprinting system. As a student you can take advantage of even more exciting learning opportunities through the Forensic Identification Club, which leads fingerprinting demonstrations at local high schools and hosts speakers from the forensics field.

Featured Alumni Review
Melissa
M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications, Class of 2014

U I had an internship during my undergraduate years in WVU’s University Relations/News and Photo department that ultimately became a graduate assistantship when I continued on with my master’s. This is where I absolutely learned the most outside of the classroom; getting to work with professionals for narrative stories, press releases, multimedia projects, photo essays and more really taught me the process of how things get done in the real world– not only how they get brainstormed, mapped out and eventually created, but the approval process and how large projects finally come to fruition in large corporations. Four years later I still find myself using some of the things I learned in that internship position in my full-time work.

Featured Alumni Review
Trevor
Athletic Coaching Education, Class of 2014

U I loved the interaction and relationships I had with my teachers, especially Dr. Ziatz in the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences department (CPASS), and Professor Brewster, who taught my SOC101 class. Whether it was a problem in class, at home, or anything of the sort, those two were especially there to listen and lend a helping hand or voice. I think I speak for a lot of the students at WVU who feel that way about their professors. It is the love that they have for seeing their students achieve greatness, the immense support from the school, and the community of Morgantown that trumps the experience you could have anywhere else. I am forever proud to be a Mountaineer!

Featured Alumni Review
Samantha
Fashion Design and Merchandising with Emphasis in Business Management, Class of 2014

U My favorite class that I ever took at West Virginia University was my Fashion Draping Class. Dr. Deb Christel truly made me fall in love with draping garments. She was not only an amazing professor who really taught me what I needed to know, but she pushed me when she knew I could be more creative, she showed me how to dig deeper into my inspiration and she was there at any hour I needed her to help complete different lines. I am now the CEO of an awesome brand that I along with my team built in only 8 months and I still use skills that she taught me in that class. I will be in a runway show for New York Fashion Week next month and some of the pieces that will be featured were ones in which I used her books and teachings to create these garments.

Questions and Answers about West Virginia University

Do you have questions about furthering your education with West Virginia University? People are listening and are ready to help. Plus, we're pretty sure others have the same question you do!

Popular Questions
Who are the notable alumni?
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Several big names in entertainment hail from West Virginia University, including Chicago Fire and The Vampire Diaries Actor Taylor Kinney, Entertainer Steve Harvey, Two And A Half Men Actress Conchata Ferrell, Actor/Voice Actor Chris Sarandon (think Jack Skellington of The Nightmare Before Christmas), and The Andy Griffith Show Actor Don Notts. Alumni also have a wide presence in the world of sports, with grads including Super Bowl XXV Starting Quarterback for the New York Giants Jeff Hostetler, Super Bowl V Linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys Chuck Howley, Cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals Adam Jones, and former Point Guard for the Los Angeles Lakers Jerry West, who is also the source of the silhouette used in the NBA’s famous logo. Other notable alumni span a variety of industries, including New York Times Bestselling Author Stephen Coonts, former KEYE-TV News Anchor Melanie Lofton, Fighter Pilot Frank Kendall Everest, and President and CEO of Bayer Corp. Gregory Babe.

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What is the campus setting like?
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At West Virginia University you’ll have the best of rolling green hills and the vibrant city life. On campus you’ll see both historic brick buildings and brand new constructions, including a residence hall, baseball stadium, auditorium, and engineering research building completed in 2015 alone. To travel between WVU’s three campuses, faculty, staff and students can take the Public Rapid Transit for free. The “PRT” as it’s called is a one-of-a-kind automated and electric-powered shuttle system with 70 cars traveling along a network of raised tracks. When classes are done for the week you’ll have plenty of fun activities to do right on campus. Grab your friends and hit up the student center where you can fill up on Sbarro’s pizza, show off your skills at glow-in-the-dark bowling, or check out a comedy show at the Side Pocket restaurant (did we mention there’s free food?). If a relaxing afternoon surrounded by nature is more your style, lace up your sneakers and trek over to the 91-acre WVU Core Arboretum for a group hike or trail run.

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What are the online learning and extension/adult learning opportunities?
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If you like to take classes on your own time you have plenty of options. As an undergrad you can choose from online degree and certificate options like early childhood development, multidisciplinary studies, and nursing RN-to-BSN. If you’re ready to study at the master’s level check out WVU’s 31 online graduate degree and certificate program offerings, which include clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling, forensic accounting and fraud examination, higher education administration, legal studies, public health, software engineering, and sport management. Some online programs like nursing and sport management require students to complete residencies, which are great opportunities to gain real-world experience.

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What are the athletic highlights?
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Let’s go Mountaineers! WVU athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division I level and are members of the Big 12 Conference. If you’re a serious athlete who wants to join the ranks of WVU’s list of sports stars, see if your sport of choice is among the 17 varsity sports the university sponsors. Some of your options include baseball, basketball, football, gymnastics, rowing, tennis, and volleyball. WVU even has a co-ed rifle team, so if you’ve got sharpshooting skills you can try out for a team that has 17 national championships under its belt. The football team has scored 14 conference titles and often plays for a packed house at the 60,000-seat Milan Puskar Stadium. The women’s soccer team has also seen its fair share of success by playing in 16 straight NCAA championships and snatching six Big 12 Conference titles.

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What are the school's academic highlights?
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This research university is home to 27 research centers in which faculty members study a variety of areas including neuroscience, cancer, eye care, strokes, and alternative fuels engines and emissions. Each year, the university receives approximately 127 million dollars in grants and awards for sponsored research; in 2015 the National Institutes of Health granted 10.7 million to the Center for Basic and Translational Stroke Research for faculty-researchers to examine ways to reduce the negative effects of strokes. West Virginia University launched a now internationally recognized biometric systems program in partnership with the FBI, in which the faculty explores research interests that include DNA analysis, biomedical imaging, and biometrics mobile applications. Those sponsored research dollars have certainly paid off, because WVU’s researchers have celebrated numerous scientific breakthroughs through the years. They have identified a distinctive star system in outer space, successfully cloned an endangered species of American chestnut, and detected a device Volkswagen installed in its diesel vehicles to trick emissions tests– a discovery which made news internationally in 2015.

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