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Campus Quality

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus is truely unique and it is a really cool place to be. You can't explain it unless you've been here.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Obviously our gyms are some of the best in the nation. Almost every class I believe is a smart classroom. WVU has also done an EXCELLENT job of trying to go green. We are known nationally for that.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We have a fantastic athletic center with a rock wall, workout machines, and indoor tennis courts. We also have outdoor tennis courts and basketball courts. Students are always encouraged to attend football, basketball, soccer and other sporting events for free. There are 2 libraries to study and do homework. There is a building with 5 different fast food restaurants, and a movie theater and bowling alley. At the beginning of a year there is a free concert.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: There are an endless amount of study spots on campus! Study spots can be found anywhere in both libraries, the rec/athletic center, inside and outside of the MountainLair (student union/center), benches, tables, and the lawn all through out campus, Starbucks, and the multiple study rooms in the dorms and classroom buildings.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are many places to sit and study. At my school people usually go to the library or grassy areas in the summer.

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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

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 83 responses

  • 16% Go to the rec center
  • 14% Party, football games, EVERYTHING
  • 12% Relax on the Mtnlair green when the weather's nice
  • 12% Football games, going out to eat
  • 11% Attending all sport games
  • 9% Hang around outside with my friends and play sport
  • 7% Eating at new Restuarants
  • 6% Go to the Mountainlair
  • 3% Bars
  • 3% Rail trail
  • 2% Racquetball
  • 1% Work in the Ceramic Room
  • 1% Chill with friends, hit up a party
  • 1% Juice bar
  • 0% Clubs
  • 0% Hide in the library
  • 0% Playing pool in the Mountainlair
  • 0% Netflix
  • 0% Go hiking at Ravens Peak

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 160 responses

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  • 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)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 88 responses

  • 30% Football games
  • 25% FallFest
  • 14% EVERYTHING
  • 9% Mountaineer Week
  • 7% Homecoming Parade/ Festivities
  • 6% Tent city
  • 5% St.Patty's
  • 2% Summer Break
  • 2% Basketball Games

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 92 responses

  • 40% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 39% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 17% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 3% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 152 responses

  • 46% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 49% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

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