Location
Morgantown, WV
Undergrads
21,118
Tuition (in-state)
$19,632 ($6,456)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The racial diversity on campus isn't exactly shooting through the roof but WVU is somewhat of a rural university in northern West Virginia. The demographics for the state of WV are about the same as on campus. Though the diversity may not be off the charts there is very much a feeling of home/family on campus especially on gameday. Once you feel it you will never want to leave. Wear blue and gold and you are automatically in. As far as political beliefs, religion, sexual orientation adn economic background are concerned, it is about the same as most large universities, very diverse.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The dorms aren't in the best of shape but I understand they are building some new dorms in the future. The best option is Summit Hall on the Downtown campus, it is close to most of the freshman class buildings. The social atmosphere in Morgantown is absolutely un-beatable! I have visited a lot of universities and WVU takes the cake in this field HANDS DOWN! Pricing off campus is pretty typical for a college town you get what you pay for.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Industrial Engineering is very helpful with everything. The advising is simple, and the professors make sure to answer any questions you have and make sure you stay on the right path.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Boreman North, and I loved it. It was an all girls dorm, and you couldn't have guys stay over, but that didn't really matter for me. There wasn't any air conditioning because it is such an old building, but you don't have to pay for an electric bill so you can have as many fans as you want running at a time.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: WVU is beautiful on every campus it has. The facilities are great, and they are currently building another facility on the Evansdale campus.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am a wildlife and fisheries major and I absolutely love it, I have had the opportunity to gain so much experience in the field its crazy. The workload is very manageable if you do not sit around and do nothing. As for the internships I have emails constantly about opportunities for jobs/ internships usually daily.

4 College Freshman

Academics: it may be called a party school but its only one if you make it that if you go to class and put the work in you will gain an outstanding education in your time here

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Walking through campus you see all races no matter where you go

3 College Freshman

Computers: there is always a computer lab open to do homework/projects and TA's are always available for help

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather here is bipolar. You never know if its going to rain or how cold it will be.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: WVU is known as the party school for a good reason. It is too easy to get drugs or alcohol around campus, no matter your age. The RA's try to make sure none of it gets in the dorm, but it is easy to get by them. The only thing the police seem to care about is parking tickets, which you will definitely get if your car is not where its supposed to be.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are two good modes of transportation at WVU, however the PRT seems to break down at least once a day. The buses run regularly about every twenty minutes. YOu can always count on the buses.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are computers available all over campus for student use. There is a section of the Mountainlair set aside for printing needs. The wifi is usually reliable, but can get busy and is not always detectable in certain classrooms.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They are not too strict about many things except for underage drinking and burning couches.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: The facilities at WVU are all very nice and the landscaping is beautiful. The libraries are very large and convenient. The student recreation center is also great; it is large with different workout areas, has a rock wall, courts of different kinds, and a very large pool.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Dependin on who you talk to in financial aid depends on how much help you are going to ge unfortunately. Most are not very friendly and they do not help students as much as they can. A tip for getting financial aid at WVU and getting it done, is get it done early and make sure you know exactly what you need and what your'e talking about!

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: All of the dorms are basically the same. For freshman it is best to live in Towers or Summit. Summit is the nicest dorm and they have the best food. Most dorms have cafeterias in them which is very convenient if a student wants to grab something really quickly and go back up to their room or need to go to class. The best dorm for upperclassmen is Stalnaker or Arnold Apartment. They are bigger spacious rooms and have AC. Boreman and arnold hall are probably the worst dorms to live in because they are smaller rooms and most do not have AC. Also Arnold apartments are usually 2-3 people per room with their own bathroom and a pretty cute little kitchen which includes a stove, oven, and refridgerator. It is very easy to find friends in any dorm that someone is in because all of them have activities available multiple times a week. The cost is a little expensive, but living in dorms is a little bit more convenient because one doesn't have to worry about bills.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The houses in Downtown are mostly very old and aren't taken care of very well. If you live in downtown off campus housing, it is usually kind of difficult to find parking if you don't have your own parking spaces. Its about 50/50 when it comes to houses with parking. If someone is looking for a house, the prices can vary. Though there are still some very nice houses that are cheap, but usually the nicer houses are pretty expensive for a student on a budget. Depending on the realtor they will include utilities, but most have to pay cable/wifi. It is usually very easy to find apartments around campus for a good price and most of the expenses are included. Not very many places allow pets, period. It is difficult for one to find housing if they are trying to do it closer to the beginning semester because most people already have roomates. It can be stressful for those who aren't financially fit. Besides that one can make an old house look and feel very homey.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life in WVU is nice, but they can make those who are not in greek life feel lower about themselves. I am a girl and am friends with a lot of the boys in fraternities and some girls in sororities, but it is difficult getting in with those groups sometimes if you don't already know them. The boys are much nicer than girls when it comes to accepting outsiders. One knows when someone is in greek life because most people wear their letters around campus. Greek life always has good parties and makes it easier for some people to find something to do, but some fraternities have a lot of drugs but not all do. The greek housing on campus is always kept up very well and they look very nice on the inside and out. If there is no space left in a greek life house, they usually have annex houses which are convenient for those who still want to live with their greek brothers/sisters.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Engineering facilities great. Engineering students get better treatment than other majors. More guidance.

4 College Student

Nightlife: The nightlife is always very busy. There are people everywhere and things to do for all kinds of individuals. The party scene is very common here but it is just as easy to find non-party related activities that the University offers.

5 College Student

Athletics: Students at WVU have the most amazing school spirit. The fan support is great from students, alumni, staff and practically the whole state. The student rec center offers plenty of athletic oppurtunites permitting students to live healthy and actively.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are two campuses here at WVU. The main campus is called downtown and the upper campus is called engineering/towers. Most of the freshman stay in dorms located in the upper campus. In order to get to their classes, they must take either the personal rapid transit (PRT) or the buses. They are both free with your WVU ID. These are usually convenient ways of transportation, however I suggest leaving at least 30 minutes before your class is scheduled to start because the PRT is known for breaking down when you need it the most, especially during the winter.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The process of getting into any type of engineering major is a bit difficult. Your grades are a big factor as are the level of math and science courses taken in high school. However, if you do well on the placement test, you will have no problem starting your engineering career. To start engineering classes, you must be proficient in calculus and place into the higher general chemistry class. If neither of these requirements are met, you must start with the classes you place into and work your way up until you get to where you need to be to start engineering classes.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There are lots of different majors at West Virginia University, ranging from puppeteering to nursing to engineering. I enjoy the program. I am in the chemical engineering program and I enjoy it so far. I am only in my freshman year, but looking at the curriculum, I have a feeling this will continue. I would definitely do it all over again if I could. During my junior year, I plan to change pace a little and join the bio-medical engineering program where my engineering career will focus more on the medical aspects of engineering. I do not have any concerns about finding a job in this field because WVU has amazing opportunities for internships and hosts many job fairs for potential employers to see the wonderful products of the engineering department here.

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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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