West Virginia State University

273 reviews
  1. Institute, WV
  2. 4 Year
C+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    B
West Virginia State University is ...
Public, HBCU
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
Rte 25
Institute, WV 25112

West Virginia State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
41%
SAT Range
780-980
ACT Range
18-22
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$8,870/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $5,786/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,604/ year
  • $49-75k
    $8,405/ year
  • $76-110k
    $7,843/ year
  • $110k+
    $9,582/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
60%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.20 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.19 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.19 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,950Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
26%
Pell Grant
53%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 9 responses
Report
  • Out going
    56%
  • Persistence
    33%
  • Worried about grades
    11%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
40%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.20 responses
Poll
38%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.26 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Split between on campus and off campus students
    58%
  • Mostly commuter students
    33%
  • Commuter but was denied financial aid
    8%

After West Virginia State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$29,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
25%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
86%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.13 responses

Reviews

273 reviews
  • Excellent
    31
  • Very Good
    83
  • Average
    127
  • Poor
    24
  • Terrible
    8
When I first got to State I did not expect to see people dress so appropriately! Tge one thing you will notice is all the football players walking around in their sweats listening to music on their Beats. Everyone else is in jeans sitting on the benches or grass studying together in groups. In the afternoon you will see people playing games in the field. It's not a huge campus so you can build a friendship with just about everyone. The girls walking around trying to be all fixed up in case they meet somone. The guys are just casual. You always know when it's speech day, because everyone in Speech class dresses up professionally! What I really love about everyone is no one is afraid to be themselves.
  • College Sophomore
  • Sep 14 2013
WVSU is definitely diverse. The current struggle on campus is finding a happy medium between black and white students and culture, and bridging the divide between on-campus residents and commuters. Some of the events are a little too much, and when we do have one, it just seems to be at inopportune times. Also, it's nothing like a modern, progressive college campus, and the "progressive energy" our Vice President of Student Affairs speaks of is virtually non-existent except in the board rooms where the boosters convene. Yes, I am slightly bitter; but I love this campus. I love the history and the diversity, and the different type of college experience discovered here. I might even say that coming here was a blessing in disguise, although every blessing has its burden, too.
  • College Sophomore
  • 7 months ago
Most professors are helpful and knowledgeable in their fields. Usually they have first hand experience with whatever they are teaching as well. Film professors are filmmakers, language professors have been to the countries, and so on. However there are few professors for each campus section (such as there's just a couple to few professors in the music dept, several in the comm dept, several in the science, a few in the English, etc) so it becomes difficult if you can't learn to the professor's teaching style or have personal issues with the professor/etc. Also due to the low staff, certain required classes are only offered every other other semester or only one class at a time during one semester, making it difficult to maintain the amount of credit hours to accommodate students that work and/or have families to tend to or to graduate on time.
  • College Junior
  • Dec 29 2014