Academics

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

Academics: The Forensics program at West Virginia University is great however it consists of a heavy workload. I have to take many difficult classes used to help thin out the less serious students. I am excited to get into my upper class courses that will pertain to my major more closely.

5 College Student

Academics: I believe that the academics offered suit any students schedule.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I enjoy my classes and professors in the Exercise Physiology department.

4 College Junior

Academics: The workload is fairly easy, but it also depends on which professors you have. There are tons of internship opportunities if you put yourself out there.

4 College Senior

Academics: I like my field of study

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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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 61 responses

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Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 61 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 11 responses

  • 39% Jerry West - NBA player
  • 22% Major Harris - quarterback, Heisman finalist
  • 17% Donn Knotts - actor
  • 13% Marc Bulger - St. Louis Rams quarterback
  • 9% Gregory Babe

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