West Virginia University

Introduction
AACSB Accredited

Mission

As a land-grant institution in the 21st century, WVU will deliver high-quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, model a culture of diversity and inclusion, promote health and vitality, and build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity between the state, the nation, and the world.

Vision

By 2020, WVU will attain national research prominence, thereby enhancing educational achievement, global engagement, diversity, and the vitality and well-being of the people of West Virginia. 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future

Research Classification

Research University (High Research Activity) as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Accreditation

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Many WVU programs hold specialized accreditation.

Governance

The WVU Board of Governors is the governing body of WVU. The Higher Education Policy Commission in West Virginia is responsible for developing, establishing, and overseeing the implementation of a public policy agenda for the state’s four-year colleges and universities. E. Gordon Gee is WVU’s 24th president.

Character

Public, land-grant institution, founded in 1867.

Academic Excellence

WVU ranks nationally for prestigious scholarships: 24 Rhodes Scholars, 22 Truman Scholars, 40 Goldwater Scholars, two British Marshall Scholars, 4 Morris K. Udall Scholars, 5 USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team Members (and 11 academic team honorees), 9 Boren Scholars, 14 Gilman Scholars, 39 Fulbright Scholars (5 in 2012), 3 Department of Homeland Security Scholars, and 14 Critical Language Scholars.

Academic Programs

15 colleges and schools offering 193 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs in agriculture, natural resources, and design; arts and sciences; business and economics; creative arts; dentistry; education and human services; engineering and mineral resources; journalism; law; medicine; nursing; pharmacy; physical activity and sport sciences; public health. Hundreds of distance education and online classes are available.

Service and Learning

The Center for Service and Learning develops and organizes service learning and volunteer opportunities for students and faculty. WVU earned the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification—joining only 6% of all universities. It is the only institution in West Virginia the foundation recognizes for its community engagement.

Scholarships and Aid

In 2013-14, WVU provided over $394 million in financial aid (grants, loans, work study, and scholarships). The average package was $16,291. The WVU undergraduate scholarship program awards in excess of $24 million a year; more than 7,100 students benefit from this program annually.

Athletics

A member of the Big 12 Conference, WVU competes in 17 intercollegiate varsity sports. With the reintroduction of men’s golf, WVU will have 18 sports at the start of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Libraries

Library facilities—Downtown Library Complex, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library, Law Library, and the West Virginia and Regional History Center. Onsite collections include more than 2.1 million books and 48,000 journal subscriptions, electronic access to 246 networked databases, over 300,000 eBooks, and 45,700 online electronic journals.

Admission and Application Timeline

Admission is based on a combination of high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. Applications are processed beginning Sept. 15 for admission the following fall. March 1 is the deadline for WV residents to submit PROMISE Scholarship applications. WVU has a rolling admissions policy, and while there is no official application deadline, applicants who apply later in the year may be deferred to the spring semester.

Tuition

In August 2012, Forbes ranked WVU 30th nationally in its list of Best Buy Colleges. The Forbes list assigns schools a quality rank based on academic offerings, graduate career prospects, graduation rates, and typical graduate debt, then divides that number by the school’s in-state tuition and fees. WVU is Forbes’ sixth-best-buy among land-grant institutions.

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Bachelor

Bachelor in Forensics

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Morgantown Montgomery

Forensic science programs of variable quality are appearing at many institutions. How do you decide which is right for you? Why should you consider WVU? It is an individual decision based on many factors, but some things you should know about WVU... [+]

Forensic science programs of variable quality are appearing at many institutions. How do you decide which is right for you? Why should you consider WVU? It is an individual decision based on many factors, but some things you should know about WVU... Accredited programs such as ours have to meet rigorous standards in our classes, structure, facilities, and faculty qualifications. A degree from an accredited institution carries significant weight in the forensic science community and that will become increasingly important as the number of forensic science graduates enter the job market. Our program is approaching the decade-old mark and was one of the first accredited programs in the nation. We employ full-time faculty with real forensic experience, professors whose one and only job is to pass their knowledge and experience to the next generation of forensic leaders. All of our students complete a rigorous, 420-hour summer internships at locations such as the United States Secret Service, state and local police agencies and labs, and forensic laboratories nationwide. Working with students, we organize the internships, check on progress, and insure that the experience helps you mature from a student to a forensic professional. Many students obtain their first job as a a result of their internship, either directly or indirectly. Upon graduation from the Forensic and Investigative Science Program, students will be able to: Take data generated during a forensic investigation and prepare for trial. Students should be able to testify to the interpretation of the evidence. Demonstrate competency in the... [-]

Bachelor in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Morgantown Montgomery

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering is concerned with design and application aspects of the discovery, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas resources. [+]

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering is concerned with design and application aspects of the discovery, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas resources. Professionals in this field must have a thorough understanding of the geological principles relating to the occurrence, discovery, and production of fluid hydrocarbons. The petroleum and natural gas engineer must know and be capable of applying both conventional engineering design principles as well as those pertaining specifically to the field of petroleum and natural gas engineering. These are developed in the petroleum and natural gas engineering courses in the curriculum. In addition, a strong foundation in mathematics and the sciences broadens the future engineer’s professional capabilities. Because many engineers will be employed as supervisors or executives, managerial and social skills are also emphasized. Students are offered the opportunity to enter all phases of the petroleum and natural gas industry in meaningful and important jobs, continue their education towards advanced degrees, or in some cases pursue a combination of professional employment and continued education. Program Objectives The graduates will be successful in their professional careers as petroleum engineers in the energy industry, government agencies, and/or post-graduate education. The graduates will continue to develop professionally and serve in leadership roles. The graduates will be successful in demonstrating their obligations to the profession, to their employer, and to society. The foundation for achieving program objectives is established through a rigorous curriculum that provides the students with: An understanding of scientific and engineering principles and the application of these principles... [-]

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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Morgantown Montgomery + 1 more

The College of Business and Economics consists of six departments: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems (MIS), and Marketing. [+]

The College of Business and Economics consists of six departments: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems (MIS), and Marketing. The College offers two baccalaureate degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a choice of seven academic majors: Accounting, Finance, General Business, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing; Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics. All students earning BSBA degrees take the 39 credit-hour core business curriculum. Students earning a Bachelor of Science in economics must earn 24 credit hours of core coursework designated by that program. Core curricula prepare students in important ways. The dynamic global environment of business presents many new challenges, and smart students realize they need a broad knowledge of business combined with skills in technology to meet these challenges. The core curriculum is modeled on the dynamic relationships among the functional areas of business - marketing, finance, accounting, and management (including management information systems) - as they occur in the real world of business. It emphasizes the skills students need to successfully shift challenges into opportunity: independent thinking, decision-making, managing information, and adapting to a changing workforce. In addition, based on input from the business community, this curriculum builds a solid foundation in core business principles and the crucial skills needed to compete in the changing job market. Throughout the curriculum, we emphasize strategies for timely, well-reasoned decisions and skills to help you. Beyond the General Education Curriculum (GEC), a student must complete the courses as required for graduation... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Journalism - Strategic Communications

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Morgantown Montgomery + 1 more

The Strategic Communications major teaches students how to develop and produce persuasive and educational messages and integrated communications campaigns that employ both public relations and advertising tactics. [+]

The Strategic Communications major teaches students how to develop and produce persuasive and educational messages and integrated communications campaigns that employ both public relations and advertising tactics. Students in this major select an area of emphasis (AOE) in either Advertising or Public Relations to complement their integrated strategic communications coursework. Students build skills in writing, research, graphic design, event planning, direct marketing, media planning, and campaign development and management. Students plan and produce promotional and educational campaigns and materials for actual clients, which include non-profits, businesses and special projects, gaining real-world experience that can lead to careers in advertising and public relations agencies, corporations, nonprofits, government, education, entertainment, sports, health care and other public-sector fields. The College boasts an active faculty-advised and student-run integrated communications agency, Martin-Hall Agency, and an active, award-winning Public Relations Student Society of America chapter. These organizations offer students professional networking opportunities and application of advertising and public relations knowledge into campaign experience. Members participate in the national American Advertising Federation Competition and national Bateman campaign competition, among others. As a strategic communicator, you can be a … Social Media Strategist Nonprofit Advocate Brand Champion Community Relations Director Digital Marketing Manager Director of Audience Engagement Advertising AOE Students who select the Advertising AOE within the Strategic Communications major obtain a solid foundation in creative copywriting and design, media planning, audience insights and analysis, and campaigns. Additional courses in interactive marketing, strategic social media, and account management are available to round out students’ individual interests. They go... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Morgantown Montgomery + 1 more

The BSN program is offered on WVU's main campus in Morgantown and on the WVU Tech Campus in Montgomery. [+]

Program Information The BSN program is offered on WVU's main campus in Morgantown and on the WVU Tech Campus in Montgomery. Students may also complete the freshman year of the program at Potomac State College or Glenville State College, then complete the sophomore, junior and senior years at Morgantown or Montgomery, respectively. The curriculum includes courses in humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, and nursing science. These courses are taken in conjunction with nursing clinical courses. Students apply their learning to actual client, family and community situations that warrant nursing intervention. In keeping with the University's commitment to improving health care for all West Virginians, all health sciences students complete a rural clinical practice as part of the degree requirements. Nursing students complete the rural clinical practice experience during their senior year. Progression Plans Depending on when you are admitted to the BSN program, the progression plan you follow in your time at WVU can vary slightly. Please view the different progression plans for more information. The BSN program is six semesters of clinical nursing courses after completion of all pre-requisite courses. Simulation Experience WVU SON offers the opportunity for students to learn in two state-of-the-art simulation facilities where students practice patient care without fear of jeopardizing patient safety. Study Abroad Opportunities WVU School of Nursing students can integrate study abroad into their curriculum. Currently there are two options for students to explore alternative courses in another country. The first option is to enroll in a program that is offered on... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Morgantown Montgomery + 1 more

The Department of Psychology is one of the most prestigious units at WVU. Several faculty members are among the leaders in their areas of scholarship. [+]

Undergraduate Programs in Psychology The Department of Psychology is one of the most prestigious units at WVU. Several faculty members are among the leaders in their areas of scholarship. Psychology is the science of behavior. Courses in this discipline convey the principles, methods, and theories that are necessary for a better understanding of human and animal behaviors. Students who choose this subject as their major are expected to fulfill certain requirements, but the program is structured to allow considerable flexibility. Studying psychology at WVU allows students to work toward a liberal arts degree rather than a specialized degree that prepares students for a specific type of job. Typically, individuals tailor their schedules according to the career paths they choose. These decisions generally fall into three categories: pursuit of graduate studies, pursuit of a career applying principles of psychology to human problems, or pursuit of a career in a non-related field. General Education Curriculum ENGL 101 & ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric and Composition and Rhetoric or ENGL 103 Accelerated Academic Writing GEC 2A - Mathematics GEC 2B - Natural and Physical Science GEC 2C - Additional GEC 2A, B or C GEC 3 - The Past and Its Traditions GEC 4 - Issues of Contemporary Society GEC 5 - Artistic Expression GEC 6 - The Individual in Society GEC 6F - First Year Seminar GEC 7 - American Culture GEC 8 - Western Culture GEC 9 - Non-Western Culture Degree Requirements Students must complete WVU General Education Curriculum requirements, College... [-]

BA

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Morgantown Montgomery + 1 more

Psychology is the science of behavior. Courses in this discipline convey the principles, methods, and theories that are necessary for a better understanding of human and animal behaviors. [+]

Undergraduate Programs in Psychology The Department of Psychology is one of the most prestigious units at WVU. Several faculty members are among the leaders in their areas of scholarship. Psychology is the science of behavior. Courses in this discipline convey the principles, methods, and theories that are necessary for a better understanding of human and animal behaviors. Students who choose this subject as their major are expected to fulfill certain requirements, but the program is structured to allow considerable flexibility. Studying psychology at WVU allows students to work toward a liberal arts degree rather than a specialized degree that prepares students for a specific type of job. Typically, individuals tailor their schedules according to the career paths they choose. These decisions generally fall into three categories: pursuit of graduate studies, pursuit of a career applying principles of psychology to human problems, or pursuit of a career in a non-related field. General Education Curriculum ENGL 101 & ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric and Composition and Rhetoric or ENGL 103 Accelerated Academic Writing GEC 2A - Mathematics GEC 2B - Natural and Physical Science GEC 2C - Additional GEC 2A, B or C GEC 3 - The Past and Its Traditions GEC 4 - Issues of Contemporary Society GEC 5 - Artistic Expression GEC 6 - The Individual in Society GEC 6F - First Year Seminar GEC 7 - American Culture GEC 8 - Western Culture GEC 9 - Non-Western Culture Degree Requirements Students must complete WVU General Education Curriculum requirements, College... [-]

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