West Virginia University: Narrative Description

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University Ave.
Morgantown, WV 26506
Tel: (304)293-0111
Free: 800-344-9881
Admissions: (304)293-2121
Fax: (304)293-3080
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.wvu.edu/


State-supported, university, coed. Part of West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1867. Setting: 913-acre small town campus with easy access to Pittsburgh. Endowment: $349.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $81.1 million. Total enrollment: 25,255. Faculty: 1,073 (776 full-time, 297 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. 10,523 applied, 89% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 45% from top quarter, 78% from top half. Full-time: 17,614 students, 46% women, 54% men. Part-time: 1,039 students, 54% women, 46% men. Students come from 51 states and territories, 59 other countries, 40% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 4% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 7% 25 or older, 27% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Academic Common Market, Garrett County Community College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, minimum 2.25 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $3938 full-time, $167 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,060 full-time, $506 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to location, program, and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition varies according to course load, location, program, and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $6084. College room only: $3212. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 270 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 5% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Residential Hall Association, Gamma Beta Phi, Alpha Beta Phi. Major annual events: Mountaineer Week, Fall Fest, Parents' Weekend. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 4,876 college housing spaces available; 4,639 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Wise Library plus 9 others with 1.7 million books, 2.9 million microform titles, 9,107 serials, 46,488 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $11.9 million. 2,500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

West Virginia University's main campus is located in Morgantown, a small city of 30,000 in the Appalachian Mountains on West Virginia's northern border. Although the state is rural and the community quiet, Greater Morgantown is within easy traveling distance, on modern interstate highways, of the metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, about 70 miles north, and Baltimore and Washington, D.C., about 200 miles to the east. The community has churches of various denominations, two hospitals, a city library, and various civic and fraternal organizations. Local recreation is available through the city's park system which includes several municipal pools and an ice skating rink. The area has golf courses, 1,800-acre Cheat Lake, whitewater rafting, and nearby Cooper's Rock State Forest. A half dozen snow skiing areas are within easy driving distance, as are some of the best remaining wilderness areas in the eastern United States.

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