Facilities

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

Facilities: For a school that has been around since the 1800's it is definitely got some wear but is such a great place to be

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: It is really clean. Everyone is always ready to help you and very friendly. We have work study programs that are very helpful. It lets you work in your major's department. It is very easy to make friends. Campus life is very convenient. We have PRT (Personal Rapid Transportation) which takes you all over the campus. Free transportation. The professional staff is always ready to help you.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: We have the best athletic center. The libraries are open for the convenience of the students. Student services are always available. Football is a tradition. The football team is the Heart of West Virginia. Singing "Country Roads" ramdomly and having everyone around you join in. It's the best.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Wvu is such a diverse community. There are people from all over the world that attend and there are clubs for any activity that you might be interested in. There is a huge list if majors to choose from as well.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The recreation center is very nice, especially the pool. The mountain lair has some good options and is a place that a lot of people hang out at. The library downtown is pretty big but can be quite packed at times.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 9th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 66th
    Best Student Centers
  • 83rd
    Best Library
  • 124th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 635th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessica Murphy
Hometown
Parkersburg, WV
Major
English
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The facilities on campus truly are state-of-the-art and play a pivotal role in the lives of the students. The best facilities on campus are the Mountainlair and the Student Rec Center. The Mountainlair is truly the definition of a student union, as it has many facets that bring students together. Inside, students can find a food court, bowling alley, pool hall, video arcade, movie theater, and a radio station. There is also a large study area and a wireless hotspot for students that wish to use the building to study. The Rec Center is only a few years old. It offers three new weight rooms, an exercise machine room, five basketball courts, a volleyball court, a badminton court, racquetball and squash, ping pong, swimming, and a rock-climbing wall. Admittance is paid for with a small student fee, and the Rec Center has become one of the most popular places on campus.

WVU has so many great resources that students don't need to travel more than 10 minutes to find anything they need. There are several small convenience stores around campus that can provide students with things they need spur of the moment. Being that the campus is a huge part of town, there isn't really anything that either the campus or town lacks because they are joined together. There are plenty of things to do such as movie theaters and bowling alleys, and bars, shops, and restaurants all within walking distance of either campus. WVU is truly located in a college town, and students can always find everything they need.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
748
Campus Size
913 acres
Student Centers
The Mountainlair
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Downtown Library
  • Evansdale Library
  • Health Sciences Library
  • Law Library
  • Math Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Mountainlair
  • Off-campus bars
  • The Pool Hall in the basement of the Mountainlair
  • The Side Pocket Pub
Bar on Campus
None, but there are more than 30 bars within a five-minute walk from the Downtown campus on High Street.
Bowling on Campus
On bottom floor of the Mountainlair. It offers discount rates for students, as well as leagues and intramural bowling during the school semesters.
Coffeehouse on Campus
There are many different coffeehouses within a five-minute walk of the Downtown campus, such as the Blue Moose Cafe on High Street or Elizas on the fourth floor of the Downtown Library. These are good places to relax or hear live music.
Movie Theater on Campus
The Gluck Theatre in the Mountainlair
Traditions
: One of the better traditions involves the WVU mascot, the Mountaineer. It is tradition for him to shoot off his musket during athletic events when a team scores, or to lead the team out onto the field. This is usually the signal for the students to get loud and crazy. Another big tradition is Mountaineer Week. During this week, various activities occur that show what the state of West Virginia is like. There are crafts, folk music players, a beard growing contest, and a contest to see how many students can fit into a PRT car. This usually garners a lot of attention for students, and it's a great time for all
Urban Legends
It is said that in 1902, a bunch of kids led a cow up four flights of stairs in Woodburn Hall as a senior prank. Since cows will go up stairs but are almost never willing to come back down, the cow had to be removed with an "improvised derrick."
Favorite Things To Do
The bars and clubs are where most college kids can be found at night. The Rec Center is also a very popular area for students any time of day. Another favorite student activity is attending all the different athletic events that occur throughout the year. West Virginia’s campus is filled with different things for students to do. One of the most concentrated areas of activity on campus is the Mountainlair. Students can take a break from work by playing pool or bowling. It’s also a great place to grab a cup of coffee or a quick snack. Students can get work done in the study lounge, too.
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are over 258 student organizations including honor societies, religious organizations, minority and international student organizations, and many other organizations.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 75 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 5 responses

  • 57% Mountainlair
  • 14% Off-campus bars
  • 14% Mountainlair green (in spring)
  • 14% Outside Woodburn
  • 0% The Side Pocket Pub
  • 0% The Pool Hall in the basement of the Mountainlair

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 84 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 14% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 38% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 46% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 78 responses

  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 6% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 40% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 53% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 5 responses

  • 56% Football games
  • 33% FallFest
  • 11% Homecoming Parade/ Festivities

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Relax on the Mtnlair green when the weather's nice
  • 20% Work in the Ceramic Room
  • 20% Hang around outside with my friends and play sport

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% If someone runs you over they pay your tuition
  • 20% If your roommate passes away you get straight A's

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