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From a storied, historic past, to a dynamic  present, West Virginia State University (WVSU) contiunes its legacy of preeminent distinction as a historically black college/ university (HBCU), 1890 land-grant research institution, that has evolved into a fully-accessible, diverse and inclusive masters degree granting institution.  Consistent with its tradition, West Virginia State enrolls a wide range of students and assists them in achieving their academic, civic, and career potential through quality academic programs in an environment nationally heralded as a "living laboratory of human relations".  West Virginia State University is the largest institution of higher education in the Charleston metropolitan area and offers a wide range of academic and experiential opportunities.

Founded 1891: Originally founded as the West Virginia Colored Institute, West Virginia State University was designated by the United States Congress as one of the original 1890 land-grant schools under the Second Morrill Act.

Name Changes:
  • 1915, West Virginia Collegiate Institute
  • 1929, West Virginia State College
  • 2004, West Virginia State University
University Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission 

Total Enrollment Fall 2019:  4,337

Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Research Funding: $17M Annually

Programs Offered 2019-2020 Academic Year:
  • 72 Academic Programs 
  • 23 Bacccalaureate Degree Programs
  • 7 Master's Degree Programs
  • 7 Fully Onine Programs

Tuition 2020-2021 Academic Year (per semester):
Full-time Undergraduate   Full-time Graduate  
In-State $3,956 In-State $4,112
Out-of-State $6,800 Out-of-State $9,515

Financial Aid: 90% eligible for financial assistance

Undergraduate Student Profile (2020-2021)
  • Female 58%
  • In-State 89%
  • Adult (25+) 11%
  • Minority 14%
  • Part-time 63%
  • Transfer 5%
  • International 5%
Reference: WV HEPC Almanac 2021

Retention:  Retention rates are 60% for full-time FTF fall to fall
  • 4-year graduation rate is 16% (2015 cohort)
  • 6-year graduation rate is 31% (2015 cohort)
Reference: Enrollment Management, Fall 2021

Alumni: 87% of alumni, within six months of graduation, are employed full-time, attend graduate/professional school full-time, or serve in the military full-time.
Reference:  Career Services, May 2020 graduation cohort

Workforce Outcomes (2016 Graduates)
  • 75% Working in West Virginia two years after graduation
  • 70% Working in West Virginia four years after graduation
  • Median wages bachelor's degree $33,091 two years after graduation and $40,662 four years after graduation
  • Mediag wages master's degree $35,880 two years after graduation and $44,459 four years after graduation
Reference: WV HEPC Almanac 2021

Land-Grant: An 1890 Land-Grant Institution
  • One of only 19 land-grant universities designated by the Second Morrill Act in 1890
  • One of only two land-grant institutions in West Virginia
  • Land-Grant Extension services aid more than +20,000 West Virginians in 38 counties throughout West Virginia
  • National Affiliation: NCAA Division II
  • Conference Affiliation: Mountain East Athletic Conference
  • Men’s Sports: baseball, basketball, football, golf and tennis
  • Women’s Sports: basketball, softball, tennis, volleyball and soccer
  • Spirit Groups: Cheerleading, Dance Team
  • Athletic Colors: Old Gold and Black
  • Mascot: Yellow Jacket named Stinger

  • Located in Institute, W.Va., approximately 8 miles from Charleston
  • Approximately 123-acre campus, 864,287 square-feet of floor space
  • Centrally located within one of West Virginia’s largest population centers


WVSU Campus

Academic Colleges
  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • College of Business and Social Sciences
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • College of Professional Studies
Undergraduate Degrees
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Education (Elementary and Secondary)
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music Performance
  • Nursing
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Regents Bachelor of Arts
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sports Studies
Graduate Degrees
  • Biotechnology
  • Education in Instructional Leadership
  • Media Studies
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Public Administration
  • Sports Studies
  • Computer Science
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