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Want the scoop on West Virginia University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors WVU offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is West Virginia University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

West Virginia University was awarded 80 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, WVU is ranked #624 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 20 colleges in West Virginia, WVU is ranked at #1.

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Is It Hard to Get Into WVU?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, West Virginia University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 72%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

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 )

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West Virginia University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at West Virginia University is 20 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much 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 80%. 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  80 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.

Good Overall Diversity at WVU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 22,501 undergraduates at WVU with 20,712 being full-time and 1,789 being part-time.

WVU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for WVU is 84.97 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  84.97 out of 100
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How Much Does West Virginia University Cost?

The overall average net price of WVU is $12,539. 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 +
$8,997 $10,515 $12,555 $15,366 $16,308

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 8.0%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from WVU make around $45,800 per year during the early years of their employment. 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

Located in Morgantown, West Virginia, West Virginia University is a public institution. The location of WVU is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of West Virginia University

Contact details for WVU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Po Box 6201, Morgantown, WV 26506
Phone: 304-293-0111

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, 4,561 received undergraduate degrees and 2,043 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
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 286 $30,500
Liberal Arts General Studies 276 $28,600
Journalism 226 $32,100
Mechanical Engineering 212 $63,600
Nursing 199 $60,200
Sociology 180 $19,400
General Psychology 156 $27,100
Health & Physical Education 135 $31,700
Business Administration & Management 133 $38,100
General Biology 128 $26,200

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 2017-2018, 7,808 students took at least one online class at West Virginia University. This is a decrease from the 8,151 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 7,808 2,577
2016-2017 8,151 2,843
2015-2016 7,516 2,912
2014-2015 4,882 3,081
2013-2014 4,683 2,976

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