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WVSU At A Glance

Lots of colleges and universities use the words student-centered.

At West Virginia State University, this is much more than just words. It's the way we treat people. It's the way we approach your learning experience inside and outside the classroom.

At WVSU you will grow through academic and student life experiences that will prepare you for a career and for life. You'll discover a tremendous value and a friendly campus where it's easy to fit in - a place where students, faculty and staff go out of their way to help you reach your goals, and encourage you to exceed even your highest expectations.

Founded in 1891, WVSU has 3,514 students and a low 17-to-1 student/faculty ratio.

We offer 23 undergraduate degrees and six graduate degrees and an affordable tuition.

WVSU competes in athletics at the NCAA Division II level in five men's sports and five women's sports.

WVSU is located in Institute, W.Va., a suburb of Charleston, the largest city and the capital of West Virginia. With more than 300,000 people living in the metropolitan area, it's an active, exciting and engaging community, boasting cultural and historical events, music, festivals and entertainment.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrow WVSU Mission Statement

Founded in 1891, West Virginia State University is a public, land-grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution. The University, “a living laboratory of human relations,” is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.

The undergraduate education at the University offers comprehensive and distinguished baccalaureate programs in business, liberal arts, professional studies, sciences and social sciences. The University provides master’s degrees and other opportunities for graduate education. 

West Virginia State University offers flexible course schedules in traditional classrooms, in non-traditional settings, and online. With the goal of improving the quality of our students’ lives, as well as the quality of life for West Virginia’s citizens, the University forges mutually beneficial relationships with other educational institutions, businesses, cultural organizations, governmental agencies, and agricultural and extension partners.

The following values guide our decisions and behavior:
  • academic excellence;
  • academic freedom;
  • advancement of knowledge through teaching, research, scholarship, creative endeavor and community service;
  • a core of student learning that includes effective communication, understanding and analysis of the interconnections of knowledge, and responsibility for one's own learning;
  • lifelong growth, development and achievement of our students;
  • development of human capacities for integrity, compassion and citizenship;
  • our rich and diverse heritage;
  • personal and professional development of our faculty and staff; and
  • accountability through shared responsibility and continuous improvement.
West Virginia State University is a vibrant community in which those who work, teach, live and learn do so in an environment that reflects the diversity of America. Our comprehensive campus provides vast opportunities for our students. We take great pride in our accomplishments and envision building upon our baccalaureate and graduate programs and our excellence in teaching, research, and service.
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Where is WVSU located?

WVSU is located in Institute, just eight miles outside of Charleston, the capitol of West Virginia, and is easily accessible by Interstate from many major cities.

Is State a University?

Yes. Since 2004, West Virginia State has been a university, awarding bachelor's degrees in 23 different programs and master's degrees in six programs.

How much does it cost to attend WVSU?

WVSU has long boasted one of the most affordable tuition costs in West Virginia. Affordability, combined with an excellent academic and student life experience, results in tremendous value for our students.

How do I apply to WVSU?

Applying is easy, and you can even do it online. Just follow this link if you are ready to apply today.

How many students attend WVSU?

3,514 students were enrolled at WVSU in the fall 2016 semester.

I am an athlete, can I play sports at WVSU?

Yes. WVSU competes at the NCAA Division II level in five men's sports and five women's sports. Men's sports are baseball, basketball, football, golf and tennis, while women compete in basketball, cross country, softball, tennis and volleyball.

What are the school colors and mascot?

WVSU's colors are old gold and black and the school's nickname is The Yellow Jackets.
Students taking a tour
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