West Virginia University

West Virginia University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is West Virginia University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

West Virginia University was awarded 211 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is applied linguistics.

Overall Quality

WVU is ranked #781 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

WVU also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in West Virginia ranking.

See all of the rankings for West Virginia University.

Is It Hard to Get Into WVU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at West Virginia University is 72%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that WVU is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 31% of students accepted to WVU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 610. Math scores were between 510 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for West Virginia University  ( 510 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for West Virginia University  ( 510 to 600 )
WVU received ACT scores from 64% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for West Virginia University  ( 21 to 27 )

Learn more about West Virginia University admissions.

West Virginia University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At West Virginia University, this rate is 20 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

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 University is 76%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  76 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at West Virginia University

Freshmen Retention Rate

West Virginia University has a freshmen retention rate of 79%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from WVU have a four-year graduation rate of 33%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  33 out of 100

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

West Virginia University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 21,086 undergraduates at WVU with 19,369 being full-time and 1,717 being part-time.

How Much Does West Virginia University Cost?

The overall average net price of WVU is $12,983. 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 WVU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,213 $10,486 $13,220 $16,189 $16,668

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 WVU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At WVU, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $9,041 a year. That adds up to $36,164 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WVU is 8.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do WVU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from WVU make about $45,800 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for WVU students since it is 15% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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

Location of West Virginia University

West Virginia University is a public institution located in Morgantown, West Virginia. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for WVU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Po Box 6201, Morgantown, WV 26506
Phone: 304-293-0111
Website: www.wvu.edu/

West Virginia University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 101 majors graduated from West Virginia University. Of these students, 4,030 received undergraduate degrees and 1,805 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
Liberal Arts General Studies 331 $28,600
Nursing 208 $60,200
Journalism 180 $32,100
Health & Physical Education 172 $31,700
Mechanical Engineering 170 $63,600
General Psychology 167 $27,100
General Biology 153 $26,200
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 139 $21,900
Finance & Financial Management 132 $39,800
Business Administration & Management 126 $38,100

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

Online Learning at WVU

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 9,196 students took at least one online class at West Virginia University. This is an increase from the 7,808 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 9,196 2,725
2017-2018 7,808 2,577
2016-2017 8,151 2,843
2015-2016 7,516 2,912
2013-2014 4,683 2,976

Learn more about online learning at West Virginia University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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