Location: Morgantown, West Virginia USA
Percent Women: 46% Female
Tuition (one year): In-state tuition and fees are $6,456 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,632 (2013-14).
Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Engineering, Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Health Professions and Related Programs
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 85%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit West Virginia University's website at https://admissions.wvu.edu/
Why Choose WVU?
"West Virginia University was the right school for me because it's a big school in a small town. There's a lot of students but Morgantown is small so it's not too overwhelming."
"I picked WVU because of its location. I live in New Jersey so it's pretty far away from home, about 6 hours. It's nice to have that freedom and a change in where I live. But it is also close enough to drive home for Easter or on the weekend. It's the perfect distance."
" I knew to go to WVU because that's where my family went. My grandparents, parents, and cousins all graduated from here. They take a lot of pride in being a WVU alum, I want to have that same experience."
" I really didn't have any plans or ideas on going to WVU. I looked at schools in the south and really liked them. But when I came to Morgantown I just loved it, it felt right. I knew I wanted to go to school there but I still can't explain why. "
"The fall in Morgantown is like a picture. It has the perfect fall colors and the sunsets are so beautiful."
" The student rec center is where I spend most of my time. It's free and almost everything is brand new. Sometimes it can be crowded but there's some much to do you can always find something. I like rock climbing and the indoor track best. I've taken a few classes as well and really enjoyed them!"
" Our President is awesome. He is always seen around campus and I feel like he really wants to get to know WVU students rather than just sit at a desk. He's a pretty cool guy, especially with his bow tie collection."
"Sometimes I see the condition of the town and think 'Wow this is dirty'. There's a lot of trash on the off campus living areas. Since it's only college kids not many people care to clean it up or how it looks. After a big Saturday night it's common to see trash or bottles in your lawn or in the street."
" Transportation is horrible. The traffic is normally in stand still around campus during the day, there's little parking, and the PRT ( the public tram on campus) is always breaking down. It's better to live somewhere in walking distance of campus."
" Landlords are horrible. First you usually have to sign a lease fall semester to have a place to live. It's a lot of stress. Then when things break down, which they tend to, landlords don't do much to fix it. They kinda just brush off the problem or in some cases don't even answer calls. The living situation for students in Morgantown really needs some changes."
"The houses aren't great. After you freshman year there are some choices. You can either live far away from campus and drive but have a nice apartment. Or you can live 2 minutes walking distance but you really won't find many places that are nice. If you find somewhere nice near campus you usually have to pay a lot to live there. It's kinda understood if you live downtown your house won't be great. Many of them haven't had great upkeep or been remodeled. It's really not the best living conditions but the location makes up for it."
New Collegiette on Campus
“Orientation is held over the summer and it all happens pretty quick. It can be a lot. I went by the school for my major and peaked in. A professor who was teaching summer classes was there and talked to me about courses in my program, I found this to be pretty helpful.”
“ ADVENTURE WEST VIRGINIA!! It’s a freshmen orientation that is held over the summer with groups of 10-30 people. You camp, hike, and raft for week while the guides give you advice about coming into college. It’s fun, helpful, and you get course credit.”
“ I did Adventure West Virginia and it was the best choice I made. I learned so much about what college would be like and even had friends before classes started. I am still friends with them today.”
“It’s a pretty big school and there’s two campuses so it can be a lot for a freshman. My advice would be print out your schedule then take a day before classes start to map out where they are. Knowing where the buildings are and how long it takes to get there will make the first day of classes less stressful.”
“ When you first get to campus it’s pretty wild. Upper class students are happy to be back and the parties are in full swing. Just remember that you’re here for school. Don’t burn out in the first month.”
All About Academics
“ Theres 17 different colleges and schools on campus. If you don't know what you want to do just yet, thats okay…after your freshmen year general ed you may have a better idea. There are 193 degree options, the right one will come.”
“ WVU has many colleges. The business school is one of the biggest on the downtown campus, then on the Evansdale Campus you’ll find engineering students. There is also a health science campus and law school.”
“ There’s two libraries on campus. The downtown library is called “ Club Lib”. It has private study rooms and a cafe that is open pretty late. The best part about the downtown library is the reading rooms, they make you feel like you are in Hogwarts.”
“ The journalism college was just remodeled and it now looks like a real PR firm. There’s a board room with glass walls and every computer is a Mac. It is really nice.”
“ Class sizes will vary. As a freshmen you may have a geology class with 250 students, but you may also have an english class with 8. The variety keeps things interesting.”
“ WVU has a reputation as a party school, but WVU also has 24 Rhodes Scholars, 22 Truman Scholars, 40 Goldwater Scholars.”
Learn from the Best
“ There’s some really cool classes that are fun and every student should try out. I would recommend scuba diving or wine tasting, it’s something interesting to learn about.”
“ Everyone on campus knows professor Brewster, and it’s an unwritten rule to at one point or another take a Brewster class. You may love what he has to say, or you may get pissed off….but either way his class gets you thinking.”
“ I’m a journalism student, and the best experience I ever had was WVU News. It’s a class but it is treated like a real news cast. You produce stories and then tape in a real studio. The professor can be tough and it can be stressful, but there is no doubt you’ll be ready for the real world after.”
“ Even in huge lecture classes it is easy to get to know your professor. I went to office hours for help, and my grade went up dramatically. Also when I really was sick on test day, he knew who I was and it made scheduling a makeup test much easier.”
“ Anytime you yell LET’S GO in Morgantown I guarantee someone will yell MOUNTAINEERS back.”
“ The love for WVU and Morgantown is unreal. Fans here are beyond passionate, that is why you see people wearing the Flying WV all around the country.”
“ WVU sports teams are the main team for people who live in West Virginia since there is no pro team. There are 100% committed to the Mountaineers.”
“ Our mascot is one of the best in the country, because the Mountaineer is a student. Everyone knows him by Michael and says hi when he’s going to class. I think it makes it special because he is like one of us, it’s a good way to represent the whole University. Plus the gun is pretty cool.”
“ If you’re a die hard WVU fan you join the Mountaineer Maniacs. There is over 6,000 members in the organization. They travel to away football and basketball games by bus, attend sports like volleyball and soccer, and host watch parties throughout the year.”
“Singing Country Roads with your classmates after a win is something special, very special.”
Interests & Involvement
“ There’s 400 student organizations. There is a little something for everyone based on interests, time commitments, and size.”
“ I would suggest getting involved right away. In the Mountain Lair there’s always clubs holding booths. Sign up for one or two, but don’t over extend yourself.”
“ There’s plenty of clubs usually within the college with your major. This is great for resumes and experience. In the journalism school alone there are 8 different clubs.”
“ Greek Life at WVU has been a little bumpy lately. There has been some tough issues, but I wouldn’t change my decision to go greek. I have made lifelong friends and it has helped me stay connected to campus life.”
“ Greek Life at WVU pretty active, but it isn’t a make or break on the college experience like it would be in some schools in the south. Those in it love it, and those who aren’t find other ways to be involved.”
“ Club sports is a great way to meet people and stay active. There’s plenty of options to chose from when it comes to club sports… there’s even a Quidditch club.”
“ Our guys athletics get a lot of attention, but it’s typically the girls who perform the best. Women’s soccer and basketball always have winning seasons.”
“ The Rifle team won a National Championship again this year, for the 16th time. There were three women on the roster and individually Maren Prediger was a runner-up in the finals.”
“ Typically when people think of the Mountaineer they think of a guy with a beard. Well there’s actually been two female Mountaineers.”
“On campus there is the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies. It is an academic unit that offers a central location for discourse relative to the field of women’s & gender studies.”
Food & Drink
“ There’s five buffet style dining halls on campus. The biggest one is on the Evansdale campus, then smaller ones downtown. It gives some variety.”
“ If you plan on eating healthy, it may be a challenge. Every dining hall has a salad bar, which is nice but other healthy options are limited. One dining hall listed cheese pizza as the healthy item of the day.”
“ I didn’t really like the dining halls, but my meal plan included breakfast and dinner at restaurants in the Mountain Lair. You can chose from Tazikis, Sbarros, Burger King, and Chick-Fila.”
“ There’s plenty of restaurants on High Street, which is right next to campus. I mean plenty, at least 20. Lots are bar type food, some sandwich shops, then some restraints like Thai and Mexican. There’s a lot of options with an array of price ranges.”
“ Sheetz just opened downtown and it is magical. It isn't a normal Sheetz. There’s Made To Order food, but also a grocery store. I’m not describing it very well you just have to try it for yourself.”
“ WVU is a party school, and it has that reputation. Like it or not it’s the truth.”
“ Everyone tends to go out here…a lot. But there is different scenes to mix it up. There’s house parties, frat parties, or the downtown bar scene.”
“ WVU bar scene is pretty lively. There’s a lot of bars on one street, and they stay open till 3 AM. Some are also 18 and up so unlike other places, underage students also go out. It can be pretty fun.”
“ The social scene here isn’t a Friday/Saturday thing. It’s actually the opposite. Everyone has there nights….some people do Wednesday/Friday, others Thursday/Saturday…some maybe every night of the week. It also depends on the deals, like Monday is 50 cent wings and dollar beers….who’s gonna pass that up?
“ WVU has something unique which is Up All Night. It’s an alternative to partying, and it has some awesome events. Every week theres bowling and billiards for cheap, and I mean really really cheap. But they bring in new events every weekend…there’s been laser tag, bumper cars, and mini golf.” And there’s also a buffet of food. All of it is free!”
“ There’s basically two options: Downtown Campus of Evansdale. Both have benefits. Evansville has slight nicer dorms, but downtown has great location.”
“ Towers is a building where almost the whole freshmen class lives. It’s kind of a town of it’s own. It’s fun because everyone is freshmen and new to the college life all together.”
“ Definitely pick a dorm with a dining hall. Makes getting a quick meal before class so much easier.”
“ I lived in Boreman downtown. It wasn’t the nicest, and I didn’t meet as many other freshmen as I would in Towers… but it was nice to roll out of bed and make it to class in time. Also you get meet a lot of upperclassmen in houses around the dorm.”
“ If your nervous about academics or loud, late nights I wouldn’t live downtown. Living downtown as a freshmen makes it easy to be close to parties and bas. It also is much louder at night when other people come home from parties and bars.”
“ There’s a ton of great local restaurants in Morgantown, you just have to find them. Try to stay away from the chains. Black bear and Mountain State Pizza are my favorite.”
“ Everyone who goes to WVU has to go to Coppers Rock. It’s about a 10 minute drive and a small hike, but the view is awesome. Students tend to go any warm day, but the fall is when it’s the best with the leaves changing.”
“ Around Morgantown there’s not tons and tons to do. Pittsburgh is an hour and a half away, so it’s a great day trip. I try to go once a semester just to switch up the scene. Pittsburgh has a lot more to do.”
“ The rec center rents out outdoor sports equipment. Around Morgantown there’s great places for biking, hiking, and water sports.”
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