As a land-grant institution in the 21st century, West Virginia University 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.
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a land-grant university.
In 1868, the school’s name was changed to West Virginia University.
West Virginia University offers 133 undergraduate majors – everything from accounting to world languages.
With over 140 graduate and professional degree programs, spanning from forensics to forestry, from law to engineering, from pharmacy to medicine, and from agriculture to business, WVU offers doctoral programs, master’s programs, dual and joint degrees, and specialized post-baccalaureate certificate programs to advance your professional, research, and personal goals.
West Virginia University Centers:
Center for Excellence in STEM Education
Center for Neuroscience
Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center
National Research Center for Coal and Energy
West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute
WVU Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology
WVU Energy Institute
WVU Institute for Water Science and Security
The WVU Career Services Center is a University-wide student resource serving undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni.
We offer a wide range of career and professional development services including self-assessments, one-on-one career counseling, resume writing assistance, mock interviews, career fairs, and other specialized programs and events.
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator. They look at the number of award-winning (Fields Medals and Nobel Prize) scientists who are located there, how much of their research is cited and referenced around the world, and how much they've contributed to different academic fields. After calculating and comparing these criteria, ARWU ranks the universities accordingly.
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world. They measure university reputation based on the impressions of higher education experts, companies who hire graduates, and teaching quality. QS also considers the ratio of international teachers and students present at universities, as well as the times research papers were mentioned by researchers. After calculating and comparing these criteria, QS ranks the universities accordingly.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world. They measure the rate of students going to their second year of studies, as well as the rate of students who graduate. It also asks university representatives on the performance of universities, and evaluates university resources, teacher salaries, graduation rates, student academic achievements and satisfaction. After calculating and comparing these criteria, U.S. News ranks the top international universities accordingly.
The Office of International Student Life and Global Services is a unit within Student Life and One Global WVU.
We recruit international students; provide support and guidance to international students from campus life to immigration and visa issues; organize campus-wide international programs; and work with our international alums.
We are located in Elizabeth Moore Hall on the downtown campus.
WVU offers four centrally located on-campus apartment complexes for upper class students.
Vandalia Apartments which is located on the downtown campus near the College of Business and Economics and the Life Sciences Building and University Place located just steps from campus in Sunnyside and College Park Apartments at the top of Willey Street.
University Park is West Virginia University’s newest apartment complex.
The WVU Libraries encompass eight libraries and the WVU Press.
The mission of the WVU Libraries is to collect, preserve, and provide access to information that enables learning and the advancement of knowledge.
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WVU Medicine is the provider of medical health services for WVU students.
WVU has a physician on-site at all times and most commercial insurances are accepted with co-pay due at the time of service.
The WVU campus mix of historic and modern facilities includes 189 buildings on 1,099 acres.
Ten main campus buildings are located on the National Register of Historic Places, and WVU operates eight experimental farms and four forests throughout the state, in addition to WVU Jacksons Mill State 4-H Camp and Lifelong Learning Center near Weston.
A member of the NCAA, WVU competes in the Big 12 Athletic Conference at the Division I-A level in 17 intercollegiate varsity sports.
There are currently over 50 Club Sports administered by the West Virginia University Campus Recreation Department.
Each club is comprised of enthusiastic, hardworking, and dedicated student-athletes who organize, fund and promote their clubs with the ultimate goal of competing with colleges and universities on both a regional and national level.
Club sports are also involved in a variety of community service projects throughout the year.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.