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West Virginia State University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about West Virginia State University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is West Virginia State University Ranked?

2020 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

West Virginia State University was awarded 2 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration and management.

Overall Quality

WVSU landed the #1,603 spot in College Factual's 2020 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,727 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when WVSU held the #1,650 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

WVSU also holds the #18 spot on the Best Colleges in West Virginia ranking.

See all of the rankings for West Virginia State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into WVSU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at West Virginia State University is 98%, which is higher than many other schools to which you may be applying. But don't think getting into WVSU is a sure thing. The admissions staff is still going to review your application to see if you are a good fit for the school.

Average Test Scores

About 7% of students accepted to WVSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 460 and 538. Math scores were between 440 and 518.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for West Virginia State University  ( 460 to 538 )

SAT Math Scores for West Virginia State University  ( 440 to 518 )
WVSU received ACT scores from 81% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 22.

ACT Composite Scores for West Virginia State University  ( 17 to 22 )

Learn more about West Virginia State University admissions.

West Virginia State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, West Virginia State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at West Virginia State University is 57%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  57 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at West Virginia State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At West Virginia State University this rate is 59%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  59 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 11% for first-time, full-time students at WVSU, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  11 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at West Virginia State University.

Good Overall Diversity at WVSU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,755 undergraduates at WVSU with 1,786 being full-time and 1,969 being part-time.

WVSU Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for WVSU is 63.77 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  63.77 out of 100
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How Much Does West Virginia State University Cost?

The overall average net price of WVSU is $8,976. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for WVSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,390 $9,014 $9,880 $8,754 $9,670

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of WVSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At WVSU, approximately 59% of students took out student loans averaging $7,975 a year. That adds up to $31,900 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WVSU is 17.1%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

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How Much Money Do WVSU Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from WVSU make around $29,800 per year during the early years of their employment. Unfortunately, this is 27% less that the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at West Virginia State University make the most money.

Location of West Virginia State University

West Virginia State University is a public institution situated in Institute, West Virginia. The suburban atmosphere of Institute makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Location of West Virginia State University

Contact details for WVSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Rte 25, Institute, WV 25112-1000
Phone: 304-766-3000

West Virginia State University Majors

During the 2017-2018 academic year, students from 24 majors graduated from West Virginia State University. Of these students, 370 received undergraduate degrees and 32 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 57 $28,100
Teacher Education Grade Specific 49 $34,000
Liberal Arts General Studies 44 $28,700
Criminal Justice & Corrections 41 $24,700
General Psychology 25 $22,800
Communication & Media Studies 22 $25,600
Social Work 15 $28,000

Learn more about the majors offered at West Virginia State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at WVSU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 1,375 students took at least one online class at West Virginia State University. This is an increase from the 1,012 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,375 398
2016-2017 1,012 216
2015-2016 1,034 108
2014-2015 986 102
2013-2014 740 49

Learn more about online learning at West Virginia State University.

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