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

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Rain/Snow Good to Go – Weather never stops this camups, not snow or rain or 100 degree days. WVU is one of the most exciting places because of the new adventures due to weather. When it snows, it blizzards, when it rains it pours. Overall, a good time.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: REC CENTER – On WVU campus, they have invested millions of dollars into a student recreation center thats free to every student. Whenever a good workout is needed, a game of basketball, or even a water aerobics class is desired, the rec is open from 5am to 12pm everyday. This is truely one of the best places to hangout.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: West Virginia University has good academics, but the social life is more well known for. There are more than several night clubs within 5 min of campus, along with the frat houses who party every weekend. Its rare to find a night with nothing going on or no one to be with.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Works Less in Practice Than in Theory – WVU squeaks out an "A-" for at least trying desperately to meet the transportation needs of its student population. The PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) rail system is a quirky relic, but it's pretty convenient during working hours IF it's running smoothly. The Mountain Line bus service is pretty consistent and operates as well as any other college bus system that I've relied upon. Both mass transit options are free to students. Student's living far from campus may be forced to drive if their apartment complex does not offer a native transportation service, though many do. If you choose to drive (and you're from the South or Midwest), note that steep hills pose a challenge to students who own compact cars--particularly in winter. Morgantown's roads get dicey once snow begins to fall. Ice creates potholes so quickly that the city struggles to find and fill them.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: The Tail in One City – You might not meet your wife at WVU, but you're meet plenty of girls that want to have as much fun as you do. There are a wide range of types in Morgantown, though I preferred the native West Virginian coeds when I attended. Most of the smarter ladies tended to be state residents.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: A Tale of Two Cities – I'll preface this review by admitting that the city of Morgantown grew on me immensely during my West Virginia University experience. The Mountain State setting, beautiful summers, blue collar feel and friendly locals offset much of what I didn't like about WVU's off-campus housing scene. With that said, there are some "student slums" (i.e. Sunnyside) that the University is actively trying to police and improve. But an ever-increasing number of furnished apartment complexes offer clean (albeit, overpriced) living, for those who wish to avoid the "extracurricular" WVU experience that characterizes the city's downtown neighborhoods. Some of the apartments located above the brick, commercial buildings along High Street are steals that offer plenty of space, instant access to WVU's Downtown Campus and the promise of a great time.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Great Choice – I really do enjoy it because I feel as though its very easy to get help when needed and the program as a whole is taught so well. It is kept interesting for the most part and is intriguing. The work load may be a bit much but its expected with this major.

3 College Freshman

Academics: It seems as though my major in Psychology is very common at WVU. Many students within this major enjoy it and I find that they have many classes catered to the many different branch's of Psychology. The work is a bit tough but not at impossible.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A Fun and Safe Community – The town kind of revolves around the school so there are lots of things to do. There's lots of stores and restaurants in the area so as far as attractions there are plenty. The schools sports teams are famous and the town is true to them most can be found cheering in the stands. It seems as though the town people really enjoy the students and are friendly toward them. Most of all campus and even the town in general is a very safe community.

3 College Freshman

Computers: It's nice to have your own obviously because it's more convenient. Although, there are always computers open. The wireless speed isn't always great.

4 College Freshman

Academics: We are over all a great school academically. Forensic Science is definitely one of the greatest things we are known for. We are also a great engineering and nursing school. The workload is average and so are the professors. As long as you try you will be fine.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing can get very pricey, unless you are willing to commute or use the public transportation systems provided by WVU and Morgantown.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Studying can and should be a major part of campus lifestyle, which is why, there are two huge libraries on campus, and the "Mountain lair" is open 24 hours a day during finals week.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Fan Support – If anyone has stepped into Morgantown on game day, then they already know how crazy it can be. Traffic lines held up due to families and students coming out of the crevices. It's insane, and that is the best way one can describe how much fan base WVU acquires each year.

3 College Junior

Weather: It's Really Cold – As soon as it gets to the Fall the nights become really chilly. West Virginia has some of the harshest winters ever. Tons of snow and low temperatures. In the spring it tends to rain a lot.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The Rec Is Great – The facilities at West Virginia University are really good. The rec centers have everything from weight rooms to pools to a rock climbing wall. Libraries are almost always open and have good resources. Student center is always helpful. Campus activities could use a little work.

4 College Junior

Academics: Top Notch – The workload prepares you for every situation you would need as a music teacher anywhere. The facilities could use a little work but are still pretty good. Not a lot of job opportunities. Curriculum is top notch.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Strong degree with endless courses and different subjects to take. Great exposure and access to learn through practice as well as helpful teachers.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Living on campus downtown is pretty easy, classes are right there and there is alot of food options. Living on the evensdale campus is pretty rough I've heard, taking the PRT to class everyday.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: College Town – The best college town in the nation hands down. Morgantown is home away from home, it's hard for some people to leave.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The WVU library is top notch. Definitely the best place to study, there are always computers available PCs and Macs.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: My Experiences – At first my time on campus was not good. I was homesick and did not know anyone. I had no transpirtaion and did not really kno my way around the town. Later on, I met alot of interesting new people and had the help of them and teachers on various things. Most people are very helpful when asking for directions somewhere. There is also alot of very good sportmanship on campus at all of the sports. The Greek lifeis very interesting as well. It is still somewhat difficult as to trying to get around to the grocery store or going back home for the holidays for example without a car.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Non-Existent to Me! I have yet to see anyone using drugs on campus. Im sure it depends on the type of one associates with. The school has a very scrict policy on students or faculty not using drugs.

4 College Junior

Academics: At WVU there is a very good biolgy program. The classes are challenging and, depending on the teacher, are very interesting. The workload is not alot but one has to definetely put in more work than they did in high school. It depends on how fast the person understands the material. The Life Sciences Building is beautiful and has many useful laboratories for the students to use. The administrations office workers are very helpful and reliable. I have enjyoed my experiences with the biology department at my school.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: WVU professors are available upon appointment. No student should find it difficult to reach a professor.


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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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