Morgantown, WV
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Reviews 1653 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Majors: There was a rigorous process to get into the Social Work program. They only select 40 applicants out of 100 or so. You must have good grades, experience, and work ethic. There is a huge application packet to fill out, an essay or two, and one must complete 100 service hours before being considered.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Plenty of bars, clubs. and house parties! Always something going on!

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not in Greek life here, but it doesn't seem like something I'd want to join. Most girls are snooty and the guys, jerks. There is also a lot of violence that occurs at the school because of Greek Life. I'm not against it because I was in a sorority at my old college, but it's different here. Not a southern style Greek life to say the least.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Safety on campus is great. Off campus, not the best, but ok.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: A college town at it's finest! There is always something happening both on and off campus. Even the people who don't attend the school have school spirit. The atmosphere, especially during WVU games is phenomenal.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I love living off-campus. It's a lot cheaper than on-campus in all aspects (rent, food, utilities, etc.). The quality of the houses aren't exquisite, but one must remember it's a college town. The only negative is there is a sufficient lack of parking because it is mostly street parking. There are lots that you can pay for, but it can be pricey.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Transportation is pretty good in regards to nightlife. There's no need to drink and drive as long as you make it to the bus on time. Underage nightlife is decent, but somewhat limited (about 4-5 clubs available).

3 College Junior

Computers: Definitely bring your own computer! Relying on computer labs (although there are some in almost every building) is not going to cut it, especially during finals. During exam week, the library is completely packed- some students even sit on the floor just to be out of their house and studying.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Fan support and school spirit is amazing, even when our teams are not doing so well. People attend every sport from football to basketball to gymnastics and rifle. WVU loves their sports teams! And the Rec is also a very well-kept place for non-athletes to get in a good workout. Always very clean and the Rec even offers free personal training.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: There's a definite trade-off between proximity to campus and quality of the dorms. Dadisman and Boreman are right on campus, but are two of the oldest (and probably dirtiest) dorms on campus. Lincoln Hall is GORGEOUS, new, and extremely clean, but also far from downtown. You have to pick which criteria is more important to you.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: File FAFSA early! Also, go into the Financial Aid Office the moment you see something is incorrect on your MIX account. Apply for aid within your school too (e.g. the College of Business and Economics offers many scholarships to Business students if the government has not supplied enough need-based aid).

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are a few petty crimes that occur on campus, but nothing usually too major. The police are everywhere, especially if they hear of a party going on a Friday or Saturday night. It's very difficult to walk downtown at night and not see a police officer. However, once you leave the downtown/ campus area, things get a little more sketchy and you have to use more caution.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining, especially for late nights, is awesome. You can never walk up High Street hungry at 3 am as long as you have $5 in your pocket. Most restaurants also deliver, in case you feel like being lazy.

2 College Junior

Weather: The weather is all over the place. Prepare for rain, snow, wind, sunshine and humidity all in the same week. Completely unpredictable, even when you check the weather that morning. I keep an umbrella and a pair of sunglasses in my purse at all times.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life seems to only be important to non-Greeks during freshman year, or for St. Patty's Day. That's really the only time non-Greek upperclassmen participate in Greek life (e.i. parties). It is important to make friends with a diverse group of people, but the Greeks are definitely cliquey when there's more than two of them together at a time.

3 College Junior

Diversity: A lot of the students here are from West Virginia, so they may hold some of the same beliefs. However, there are also a lot of out-of-state students who come here because it is cheaper than going in-state, and that is where the majority of the diversity (religious, economic, ethnic, etc.) comes into play.

4 College Junior

Academics: WVU as a whole may have some "just okay" professors, but the College of Business and Economics has a lot of donors who will pay for higher-quality faculty. Being in the College of Business and Economics is vastly different from some of the other colleges on campus (for example the School of Journalism). B&E was definitely a wise choice for me. I feel like I'm getting a better bang for my buck than some of my peers in other schools.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Plenty of computers around the campus. There are many different labs to get a computer and there are plenty of places to get some nice, quiet work done. The only thing is that the wireless can sometimes be a pain in the ass as you have to constantly keep logging in with your school username and password every 30 minutes.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Safety is always really great at this campus but alcohol is the only problem here. Honestly I wouldn't even call it that much of a problem since no one is really dangerous to others when they drink (besides the occasional couch burning in the street and fireworks on huge game days).

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Love the rec center. Parking isn't as good which is to be expected here but you can always catch a ride on the PRT. They have everything you could possible need for athletics. The only downside is that I wish they would expand the rec as much as they are expanding the students on campus. It's gets fairly crowded sometimes and it's hard to get a consistent workout.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Plenty of bars and clubs to go to and even private parties which are pretty much always going on. There are even some nights when clubs give away free beer during a few hours of the night. When we're not in class, we're pretty much encouraged to party it up.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Students attend from all over the world. I'm always learning new things about different cultures and meeting new people from different places and ethnicities.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It seems the only thing the University is worried about is the parking in terms of strictness. They're fairly easy going with most other things.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Again it depends on what you want. Some campus housing just has the regular dorms, community showers, and a dining hall while others have private bathrooms, their own study rooms and lounges, mini shops, mini movie theater, and other great aspects.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The best thing would be the Mountainlair. They offer Up All Night which is a social, movie, game night where they offer free food and things to students who just want to relax or even to serve as a break for those who might have had a little too much to drink. Another great things is the atmosphere during sporting events. No other school can celebrate a win like a Mountaineer can and no one supports their teams as much either, whether it's soccer, football, rifle, basketball, or whatever. We turn everything into a cause for celebration.


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Jessica Murphy
Parkersburg, WV
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Overall, students have made it pretty clear that they are really enjoying their time at WVU. Looking back through this book, it can be seen that WVU has garnered many high grades for subjects such as social scene, academics, and athletics. It is clear that there are many things the school excels in. The aforementioned are huge parts of campus life at WVU, and the students have said nothing but good things about them. While there were many high grades, there were a few grades that show the University could still improve in certain areas. It is clear that the campus dining services are not doing a great job pleasing the students, nor is the parking situation on campus. Considering these are two pretty important things on a college campus, the University should quickly take the right steps to move those two issues into a positive direction.

The attitude at WVU seems pretty split between academics and social events. While most students attend WVU with the expectation of a great education, there are a select few who come to WVU because of the potential party scene. Either way, WVU offers something for each side. With each incoming class comes the promise to improve upon faults and provide students with the best possible experience and education. The athletics program is on the rise and on the verge of gaining national prominence. The academic programs are showing promise as more WVU graduates are gaining recognition for their accomplishments. WVU is a student-oriented university, and should be considered by incoming freshmen who want to be treated to a great college education and experience.

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