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West Virginia University Data & Information Overview

433 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
90% Acceptance Rate
This overview covers the essential stats on West Virginia University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more.
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How Well Is West Virginia University Ranked?

#513 Best Colleges in Nation
#2 Best Colleges in WV
Liberal Arts Highest Ranked Major

2024 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 433 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is liberal arts.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked WVU as #513 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list.

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

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Is It Hard to Get Into WVU?

90% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
57% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 90%, West Virginia University is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

Average Test Scores

About 57% 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 520 and 620. Math scores were between 510 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for West Virginia University  ( 520 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for West Virginia University  ( 510 to 610 )
WVU received ACT scores from 38% 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 )

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West Virginia University Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
79% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At West Virginia University, this ratio is 18 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

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 79%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  79 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at West Virginia University

81% Freshmen Retention
39% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 81% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like West Virginia University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At WVU the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 39%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  39 out of 100

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

West Virginia University Undergraduate Student Diversity

18,726 Full-Time Undergraduates
13.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
50.8% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 20,495 undergraduates at WVU with 18,726 being full-time and 1,769 being part-time.

How Much Does West Virginia University Cost?

$13,355 Net Price
55% Take Out Loans
$37,644 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of WVU is $13,355. 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 +
$10,014 $10,250 $13,077 $16,324 $16,972

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 55% of students took out student loans averaging $9,411 a year. That adds up to $37,644 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WVU is 6.5%. 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?

$51,780 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from WVU make around $51,780 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future WVU graduates since it is 22% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of West Virginia University

West Virginia State
18,726 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
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

West Virginia University Majors

114 Majors With Completions
4,531 Undergraduate Degrees
2,065 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 114 majors graduated from West Virginia University. Of these students, 4,531 received undergraduate degrees and 2,065 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
Interdisciplinary Studies 248 NA
Health & Physical Education 225 $27,882
Liberal Arts General Studies 219 $32,668
Nursing 216 $61,227
Journalism 170 $33,444
Mechanical Engineering 156 $65,850
General Psychology 150 $25,520
Hospitality Management 137 $38,872
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 137 $22,430
Criminology 134 NA

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

Online Learning at WVU

54% Take At Least One Class Online
10% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 13,675 students took at least one online class at West Virginia University. This is a decrease from the 24,793 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 13,675 2,575
2019-2020 24,793 9,668
2018-2019 9,196 2,725
2017-2018 7,808 2,577
2016-2017 6,223 2,821

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.


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