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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you don't want drugs, no one is going to pressure you into them. you can have a perfectly complete and enjoyable experience at WVU without them, and will find many people who feel the same way to surround yourself with. If you are worried about getting drugged- bring your own drinks to a party, drink from unopened cans or bottles, or fill up your own cup from the tap and keep it close to you, and stay away from" jungle juice" (random alcoholic mixture, usually red) unless you know who made it. If you want drugs, the drugs you want will be there and be clean. I haven't heard of any horror stories of getting anything laced or terribly cut.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love WVU and most of my fellow mountaineers. I love living in the hills and being so close to great hiking and skiing opportunities. Morgantown proper is cute, will suit most of your needs, and serve as something interesting for parents weekend. It gets a bit annoying when drunk jersey kids and frat boys try to fight you for looking at them, but that only happens occasionally and you can talk yourself out of sticky situations pretty easily with kids like that. For the most part, with a good group of friends that you will certainly find (if you like jersey kids live in towers, if you like not abstaining from things live in honors, if you want to be close to anything live in Borman and I garuntee you will find people like you) Morgantown is wonderful.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is pretty decent and there are a plethora of dinning halls of campus as well as the mountain lair, which has a couple fast food places inside it that take meal plan for breakfast and dinner. The annoying things about the dinning system here include an obsession for carbohydrates, strange hours and a swipe system (you can only use one meal per dinning period per day { one meal for breakfast, one meal for lunch, and one for dinner} but if you miss one dinning period, you have no way to spend your leftover meal and WVU gets to keep your 12 dollars for nothing!), and that the halls close at 7. Good things about the dinning halls are that the food is a million times better than anything you would get in highschool (especially you West Virginia kids).

2 College Freshman

Weather: West Virginia University exhibits all four seasons. It will get pretty hot in the summer and pretty cold in the winter. Classes are almost never cancelled, but its not a problem (esp. Freshman Year) as long as you have a coat, hat and shoes that won't slip down the hills on your walk to class. During the course of any given week this past year, you might have seen 4 inches of snow, a rain storm, and been able to go sun yourself on the hill underneath Woodburn. It keeps things interesting.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drugs at school mainly consist of weed, but it is easy to find other drugs. I have never heard of anyone using any hard drugs.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: RAs in the dorms swipe in all students, searching any bags and have police standing by if any students or guest are drunk.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus life at WVU is great. There is no shortage of things to do here. If you're a member of the party-hardy crowd, you've come to the right place. If that's not your thing, don't worry, there are plenty of alternatives! There's the Mountainlair with a food court, movies, concerts, bowling lanes, pool tables, ping-pong, lounges with televisions and video arcade. There is also the Student Rec Center with 3-court & 4-court gyms, climbing wall, swimming pools, running track, squash & racquetball courts as well as an outdoor center where you can rent camping equipment, skis, canoes, and bicycles, as well as sign up for scheduled outdoor adventure trips. You can also rent equipment (rackets, balls, etc...) for use inside the rec center. In addition, there are tons of clubs you can join. If you're bored in Morgantown...you're not doing it right!

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.

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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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