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West Virginia State University, or WVSU, is a historically black public college located in Institute, West Virginia, a suburb of Charleston. In the Charleston area, West Virginia State University is typically referred to as “State” or “West Virginia State.” The university provides students with a campus full of innovative mentors and an educational system designed to inspire and challenge. West Virginia State University offers diversity with flexible courses that integrates knowledge with encouragement. The school provides a healthy positive climate that is intended to help students achieve their academic goals.

Part of the school’s mission is to assist the economic growth in the state while also meeting the higher education needs of those who attend. Utilizing the tool of applied research enables West Virginia State University to augment traditional study methods with practical experiences that make the educational process fulfilling.

WVSU has a rich history. It is one of the original 1890 land grant colleges, and it is the smallest land-grant institution in the country. The campus is located on Mound Builder Native American land which was granted to George Washington for his service in the King’s Military prior to the Revolutionary War.

The school was founded in 1891 as the West Virginia Colored Institute. It went through various changes over the years, notably being renamed the West Virginia Collegiate Institute in 1915 and West Virginia State College in 1929. It was granted university status in 2004 and its name changed yet again to West Virginia State University.


In addition to traditional degree programs, students at West Virginia State University can take advantage of the school’s multiple academic services, which include a learning center, remedial instruction, reduced course load options and even academic support through tutoring and study skills assistance. Disability services are available for those who qualify.

Other popular options offered to students include double majors, distance learning, dual enrollment while in high school, honors programs, Army ROTC, weekend college and teacher Certification.

The degree programs students can pursue at West Virginia State University cover a wide range of career paths. The university is dedicated to providing the type of academic environment and fields of study that give students a foundation necessary for nearly any given field. Between the arts and sciences, history, business, plus many other traditional fields, it’s fairly easy to find a degree option which will focus on your future career goals.

With the help of academic advisors and counselors, students can tailor a program that is well-rounded and also specific to their needs and what they wish to accomplish. When students enroll at West Virginia State University, they are able to receive assistance from the school’s support staff as well as its faculty. This will provide you with the service and guidance necessary to get through your program successfully, whatever it may be.

West Virginia State University is committed to making the process of education rewarding for all of its students. The school has provided the foundation in their academic environment that will enable those enrolled to pursue a course of study that gives them freedom in study options, and all of the services offered exist to help every student make the transition from undergraduate studies to having a degree in their desired major.

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Financial Aid

The University does have financial aid options for their students. Currently approximately eighty per cent of those attending have used financial aid, which is available. There are Federal Grants, State and Local Aid, Institutional Aid and Student Loans you can apply for at the University. Finding out the requirements for any of these forms of help must be done through the financial aid office. Any applications for aid must be submitted by March 1st. which is a term you will probably hear from the financial aid office.

For those who apply for aid other than based on need there are several departments that determine eligibility. They are Academics, Athletics, ROTC and State/District Residency. Actual need based financial aid is determined and distributed by Academics, Art, Athletics, Leadership, Minority Status, Music/Drama and State/District residency. Financial aid is easily accessible for those in attendance at the University.

The costs for attention the University will change from year to year to get an estimate on tuition and on campus living costs for the next year please contact the Administration. For first time students applying for University enrollment it is recommended that you get the most current estimate of yearly costs for the year you will be attending. Then you can investigate and determine the amount of financial aid you will be eligible to receive. This will give you time to make arrangement to cover any deficits whether it is from support by family or part time jobs. It will also allow you to give thought to whether part time or full time enrollment will fit your situation in the event you have to consider making such changes. The University financial aid office can also provide possible help in terms of suggestions or tips that will help you in the decision making process. If you have any questions about forms or the qualifications for any given types of aid they would be the ones to provide you that information.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4411th for the average student loan amount.
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Current enrollment at the West Virginia State University is approximately 3003. They have a retention rate of about 61 per cent and the student ratio to faculty is 17 to one. Campus life is diverse and the student population has members from every ethnic background and also some from international countries. This gives you the chance to interact with people of all races while having a chance to share and exchange thoughts and ideas. The services provided by the University allow for this diversity and give you the occasion to be exposed to any level of involvement you wish while on campus.

The campus offers an environment through its quiet atmosphere and encouraging faculty that will give you a place free of distractions so you can concentrate on your studies. You can find somewhere that you can either interact with other students or be alone to prepare for tests. Freedom is the focus and also making sure you have a chance to grow and develop your talents and skills while enrolled. For those who use the time effectively and seek out help they will find it readily available to bring about your success in a rewarding manner. Whatever your plans in terms of your major or career goals there is help available to make sure you reach them in life. Living on campus is also considered very safe with only a small number of incidents of crime experienced in any year.

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West Virginia State University is a member of the NCAA. They have sports programs in Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track and Field. The University is part of the Big East Conference. There are currently sixteen schools that are members of the Big East Conference. Those schools included besides West Virginia State University are DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Seton Hall University, St. John’s University-New York, Syracuse University, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus, University of Connecticut, University of Louisville, University of Norte Dame, University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Main Campus, University of South Florida and Villanova University.

When coupled with the educational opportunities for the athlete who might not have had a chance to be accepted at a University such as Norte Dame you can still have an opportunity to test your skills in competition with those who did go there. This makes the University a wonderful option for those wishing to challenge their athletic talents against those who are in schools that are so highly ranked in their sports status. It can give you a occasion to refine both your talent and academic talents while at the University in a way that could open doors later. This makes the University a great choice if you want a place that lets you compete with those other schools whose athletes were perhaps drafted while you missed out on that chance. It is a great opportunity if you dare to look upon it as a way to realize a goal you feel you need more time to mature in order to accomplish.

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Ranks 17th in West Virginia and 1595th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in West Virginia and 352nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.14
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.04
Robbery 1 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.21
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 4 0.14

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, no graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle postbaccalaureate (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5402

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1533rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,932 $5,932 $13,864
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $242 $242 $572
FT Graduate Tuition $6,520 $6,520 $15,248
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $355 $355 $840
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $18,141 $18,141 $26,073
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,141 $18,141 $26,073
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,859 $10,859 $18,791

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,918 $5,442 $4,918 $5,442 $11,658 $12,720
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200 $1,250
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,602 $6,698
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,490 $3,595
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,602 $6,698
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,490 $3,595
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,490 $3,590

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$20
Graduate Application Fee$34
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,202 (1,026 male / 1,176 female)
Admitted 986 (446 male / 540 female)
Admission rate 45%
First-time Enrollment 418 (218 male / 200 female)
FT Enrollment 403 (210 male / 193 female)
PT Enrollment 15 (8 male / 7 female)
Total Enrollment2,677

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Basketball Conference West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conf

ACT Test Admission

1140th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 83%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 22
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 21
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 22

SAT Test Admission

1239th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 9%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 405 / 495
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 370 / 480
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 775 / 975

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity416
Meals per Week23
Room Fee$3,686
Board Fee$3,596

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2891st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $55,163 ($55,336 male / $51,445 female)
Number of FT Faculty 119 (71 male / 48 female)
Number of PT Faculty 187
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $2,123,335

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