Morgantown, WV
Tuition (in-state)
$19,632 ($6,456)
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5 College Junior

Diversity: WVU has so much diversity to it that most do not expect. I have met students from all across the world that attend the university. No one thinks alike or has all the same beliefs but thats whats excepted at WVU to be different!

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I find myself to be friends with many different kinds of people with different views and backgrounds.

4 College Junior

Diversity: WVU is a melting pot of diversity - I have met a lot of diverse people and we all seem to accept each other for who we are.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of different groups and clubs to join

3 College Junior

Diversity: Most of the students come from small town West Virginia, but there are a lot of international students - they tend to stick together with people like them though and aren't very open in my experience.


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Jessica Murphy
Parkersburg, WV
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As can be seen by the statistics, WVU's campus is mostly Caucasian. The gap between the percentages of Caucasians to other ethnic groups is very high. It is clearly noticeable, and students have spoken up about the lack of diversity on campus. There are a few minority clubs around campus, but not very many due to the small number of minority races present on campus. They aren't very visible among campus activities, but that is most likely because the groups are not very large. The tolerance at WVU seems to be at an acceptable level. Complaints about discrimination against race, sexual orientation, and religion have been almost nonexistent. Everyone here seems to accept other people for their differences.

The economic status of the students at WVU varies from person to person. This is definitely not a campus where each student must have the fanciest or most expensive items to fit in with everyone else. Diversity really is not a huge topic among people here at WVU, although the University does have a Diversity Week, which supports several programs and events to promote diversity among different groups. It seems the University is trying to make people aware of different cultures, even if they aren't necessarily present on campus.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 22%
25+: 14%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
There is a lot of acceptance of all sexual orientations at WVU. There have been very few issues dealing with hate crimes against homosexual students. There are also several organizations to support gay pride and create a sense of unity among the gay student population.
Political Activity
There is not overwhelming political activity at WVU, but it's there and isn't dominated by one party. There is a Young Democrats club, as well as a Young Republicans club. There are also civil rights organizations like the ACLU and FMLA. Students are encouraged to get out and vote during elections, whether they affiliate with a particular group or not.
Economic Status
West Virginia has been a coal mining state for a very long time. While this is not the wealthiest of areas, they are definitely not the poorest. It is an average economic area, with Morgantown prospering especially because of all the students. There are some poorer areas as the state gets more rural, but for the most part, the state is very industrial and economically sufficient.
Most Common Religions
There is not really a most prominent religion at WVU. In the surrounding area, there are churches for Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Lutherans, along with Jewish temples. There is a wide variety for students to choose from, so they can go where they feel most comfortable.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 67 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure
  • 7% Very conservative
  • 16% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 25% Liberal
  • 1% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 66 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 33% Moderate
  • 32% Not sure
  • 23% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 69 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 69 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 20% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 60% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 67 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 10% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 43% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 45% Very accepting.


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