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Morgantown, WV
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21,118
Tuition (in-state)
$19,632 ($6,456)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are shuttle buses which mostly run on time, then there is the PRT (personal rapid transit) system, a monorail track that runs throughout the campus....which if it didn't break down so much, would be fabulous! However, if you are in the downtown campus, you can walk to just about everything.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is everything to do in Morgantown! Essentially, the college IS the town, so most everything downtown is geared toward the college student.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at WVU is definitely there. If you want it you can get it but I feel like it's that way anywhere your goona go. WVU is known for parties but you have to look past that and you will see that WVU is also a very distinguished academic school.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing at WVU has pretty much everything you need. Not everything is the nicest and the food isn't the best but it will get the job done for what a student needs. Also make sure you pick someone that you can deal with when you pick a roommate. things change when you live with someone who is just a friend.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: WVU is a great school with a wonderful atmosphere! The school is located in the West Viginia moutains in Morgantown, WV. The college campus has limited space and most students are used to doing a lot of walking. The population of the student body is approximately 30,000. I was raised in a small rural town in Southern WV with a population of approximately 3,000 where everyone is basically the same race, religion, and culture. This is vastly different from Morgantown. When I first came to WVU, I loved the diversity of the student body. I loved discussing with people their religion, race, and culture. Furthermore, in my hometown we do not have many stores, businesses, or forms of entertainment. Most teenages attend high school ballgames, church on Sunday mornings, or hang out at McDonald's parking lot on Saturdays. However, Morgantown has many stores, activities, and sporting events to choose from. When I came to WVU, I was not used to having options of what I would like to do for entertainment on the weekends. The sporting events at WVU are a big part of the culture. The atmosphere at the sporting events are amazing. The whole state stands behind the different sporting teams and comes out to support them. The game days are amazing. I have made so many wonderful friends my first year at WVU. I love the campus live and the wonderful experiences it has given me.

5 College Junior

Majors: Getting into the Animal Sciences program was incredibly easy. The advisors are very helpful and there are no requirements to be accepted. It's as easy as changing your major and scheduling for the right classes.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The only time I really feel unsafe at night is during large holidays like St Patty's day and Halloween. The campus is generally well lit and has several emergency booths where campus police can be easily contacted from anywhere on campus. Crime rates aren't super high, but it does happen, so keep a buddy with you at night.

2 College Junior

Weather: Forget about having your classes canceled during snowstorms unless the University calls a state of emergency. Very rarely do teachers cancel class for weather because most of them live in town. The weather is fairly bipolar. Monday it can be 70 and sunny, and by Thursday we're having severe amounts of snow. Keeping a pair of rainboots in your car is always a good idea.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of interesting places on campus that aren't chain restaurants, like Tailpipes and Lavender's Cafe. However, you do have all of your standards like McDonalds, Subway, and Papa John's. High St. is an excellent place to get food, and it's convenient because it's so close to all of the downtown housing. The cost is fairly average for most places, around $7 for a good meal. On the downside, the only two really healthy places are Pita Pit and Subway. Most of the good healthy food is a good drive away.

2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: It is pretty easy to get away with drinking in the dorms as long as you are discreet and don't make too much noise. But do be careful when you go out. The police are trying to crack down on underage drinking in the bars, so there will be occasional busts. Also, there are typically cops stationed at the corner of Boreman. Luckily, they obviously cannot give everyone an underage, so as long as you aren't being belligerent, they won't bother you.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Overall, the dorms are pretty average. The Honors Hall and Lincoln Hall are the newest, and most spacious buildings. Dadisman does not have air conditioning, so be prepared. Boreman is such a neat old building, it was the original dorm for the school, so it has a lot of history. Mostly freshmen live in the dorms. The only upperclassman dorm is Stalnaker, but is has an awesome location right next to the MountainLair.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Buying a meal plan is mandatory for those who live on campus, but for those who do not, I don't recommend getting one unless you live downtown close to campus. The food is decent and there are a few different dining halls to choose from, so if you don't mind walking, you can have more variety. Also, your meal plan will work at the MountianLair's food court for breakfast and dinner, so you can get fast food like Chick-fil-a and Burger King.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many housing options in Morgantown. You will always be able to find something, it just may be more expensive that you'd prefer. The apartments downtown close to campus cost a lot and are not very nice, but as you go farther out, the apartments are cheaper and much cleaner/safer. I lived downtown for two years and never felt unsafe, but it was definitely much louder and party environment. I prefer living out on Evansdale or farther because there are buses that come frequently, it is quieter, and it is so much cheaper.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public Transportation is really good - however the PRT is notorious for breaking down a lot, it's generally up and running within the hour when it breaks though and they dispatch extra buses to handle those who were going to ride the PRT.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking in Morgantown is absolutely awful - if you drive expect to take up 30 mins just looking for a spot. Having a car is practically pointless with the way traffic is and the usefulness of the public transportation.

3 College Freshman

Weather: In the mountains, it can get a little cold. The weather is temperamental, but calm. So one day it may snow, the next rain, and the next be sunny, but it's a gradual move instead of dramatic turns. Also, the thunderstorms are less hostile than flat areas! But, in the winter, when it snows, it can get icy very quickly, and hills make it a little treacherous. They never cancel school, but some teachers will cancel classes if it's too bad.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is plentiful, and fairly cheap. The biggest problem with living off-campus is the distance. Houses and some apartments are close, but the nicer ones are farther away, out of walking distance. Those apartments do provide buses, but having a car would be easiest. The main problem with having a car is finding parking! Overall, it is much better to live off-campus then be stuck on campus for too long!

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very relevant at WVU. Behind our central hangout area, and in between dorms, we have "Frat Row." On the weekdays, it's a very appealing row of houses up a very steep hill. But on the weekends, it's a bumping party area. Plus, Greek life does many community service projects to help the campus, and the local community.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: WVU's rec center is fantastic. It is only 11 years old and is always full, even at 11 pm at night! It's modern, and very easy to navigate. Our football stadium is very nice too. It's always packed for football games, that's over 30,000 people! For the weekdays, our libraries are very nice. They're always a great place to study, and a lot of students take advantage of that! Each library has many open computers, study rooms, tables, reading rooms and little eateries. And last, but not least, we have the 'liar. It's called the MountainLair, and it always has people! From a nice breakfast bar at Hatfield's, to all the fast food choices that come off your meal plan, it is a great place to hang out or meet up with people.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: West Virginia is a hidden gem. It has government connections, the education is one of the better on the east coast and the social scene is amazing. It is a very welcoming atmosphere, and with students from every corner of the country, it is diverse. The students know how to study, the libraries are usually pretty full, and know how to party, it is a top party school. For a welcomed balance between work and play, WVU is great school. And even for just work or just play, we're top in both fields. Plus, WVU has one of the top engineering schools, law schools, business/ economic schools and agricultural schools in the country. So if you're looking into any of those fields, WVU is the place to be!

3 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is on a equal level for me, I feel like after my first semester I learned how to handle the work load. I would say the popular study areas would either be in the library or my room. Most of my professors are really good, but there was a few I didn' t think gave them their all.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love livinig on the downtown campus, because of the people I meant at the dorms became some of my great friends. I love how there is something always to do downtown and it has the most places to eat on our meal plan. The cost of the dorms I think are a little to much because some of the RA are a to strick.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Our art program at the Creative Art Center is a great thing for me to be apart of. The staff really care, and they know what they are teaching about. They have helped me in so many ways this school year so far.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The weather at West Virginia University always changes. Some days they can be cold and the next day hot. The weather at WVU can be enjoyable or harsh any day of the week.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather constantly fluctuates unpredictably. One day it could be very icy and freezing, then the next day the weather is nice and sunny, and then the following day can be cold, windy, and rainy.

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Jessica Murphy
Hometown
Parkersburg, WV
Major
English
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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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