Academics

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

Academics: I think that there are a lot of opportunities to do your very best here at WVU. There are plenty of tutors, office hours, and study options available. Each semester you have a meeting with an advisor that will help you to work towards your final goal in school.

5 College Junior

Academics: Nursing is kick butt. We put in more hours than any other major, but that's just part of the deal. In my opinion it is one of the most challenging majors and most rewarding.

4 College Junior

Academics: I've only run into a tiny handful of professors that I didn't like their teaching methods, but they were few and far between and often they were grad students and thus new teachers.

4 College Junior

Academics: Being an art major can be extremely stressful in the regard that you have to put a lot of physical work into your assignments, and sometimes you are just completely uninspired by the prompt or requirements of the project. You don't have many exams, but final projects are just as stressful - don't procrastinate and you'll do well.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are a lot if professors to choose from. Professors are usually good ,have wide teaching experience and are really helping in class/outside of class. Professors are best known for their well maintained standards for explaining the materials and also providing time outside class hours to help students individually.There are also tutors available all over the weeks,the tutor helps are completely free and taken care by the University. Curriculum is very standard with 128 credit hours to graduate(credit hours may differ according to major) and advisers are assigned to individual student to help them pick classes and stay on 4 years track towards graduation. Registration is done through university site mix and the advisers would guide students how to do the registrations. Workload is according to how a student manages his/her time.Workload is standard and usually tolerable as long as someone is regular at classes and turning in the homework on time. University provides library open 24/7, there are over 7 libraries over campus providing quality student service,providing laptops/computers/books(etc) for study sessions.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 57th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 165th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 211st
    Best Online Course Options
  • 267th
    Best Course Variety
  • 351st
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessica Murphy
Hometown
Parkersburg, WV
Major
English
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The academic take at WVU seems to revolve around the teachers. Most students say that with the right teachers their classes are great and worthwhile. Students generally do not have personal relationships with teachers until they get into higher level classes, but once a student reaches those courses, class sizes tend to be smaller and offer a more intimate setting where students can interact with their professors more easily. Teachers in smaller classes are usually more accessible than in larger classes because there aren’t as many students fighting for their time, and students agree they get more out of the smaller classes than they do in a class five times the size. Some classes are comprised of 30–40 students, while others are made up of more than 200 students, but students can see the size of the class and choose which professor they want to take during registration. If a student prefers to have easy access to their professor, it may be smarter for them to try and register for smaller classes.

The workload also varies from class to class, as well as from professor to professor. Some professors prefer not to give any work outside of class and just have the grade depend on a certain number of quizzes and exams. Others would rather give assignments and readings every night and cut down on exams. Generally, the workload is enough that students must put in enough time, or they will not make the grade.
 

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
22:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,003
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
384
Total FT Faculty
1,842
Faculty with Terminal Degree
80%
Average Faculty Salary
$79,457
Full-Time Retention Rate
77%
Part-Time Retention Rate
39%
Transfer-Out Rate
29%
Graduation Rate
57%
Programs/Majors Offered
113
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 45%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 39%
  • 50 or More Students: 15%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Creative Arts
  • College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
  • College of Human Resources and Education
  • College of Law
  • Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences
  • Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
  • Health Science Programs
  • Perley Iasaac School of Journalism
  • School of Physical Education
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Journalism: 2%
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
  • Sociology: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Blue & Gold Room in Towers
  • Downtown Library
  • Evansdale Library
  • Mountainlair
Tips to Succeed
The biggest tip for succeeding at a school like WVU is to make sure you get your academics on track right away. There will always be chances to go to parties, but there aren't always chances to succeed in classes. Also, get involved with a bunch of organizations. Even going to football games or other sporting events helps build a sense of camaraderie. Lastly, meet lots of new people and make a lot of friends. The key to college is staying happy and stress free, and with the company of good people, it is easy to do so.
Did You Know?
  • WVU offers 66 different minors that students can choose to pursue along with the study of their majors.
  • WVU is comprised of three different campuses, Downtown Campus, Evansdale Campus, and Health Sciences Campus. The Downtown Campus is the largest and most popular area. It is home to the Mountainlair and a large library. Evansdale campus has most of the creative arts, education, and science classes. Students can choose to take classes on any of the campuses, and shuttles are provided to transport students between all three. Dorms are also spread out among the campuses.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 62 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 62 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 15 responses

  • 40% Jerry West - NBA player
  • 20% Major Harris - quarterback, Heisman finalist
  • 20% Donn Knotts - actor
  • 13% Marc Bulger - St. Louis Rams quarterback
  • 7% Gregory Babe

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