West Virginia University is a public land-grant university established in 1867 as the Agricultural College of West Virginia.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Many WVU programs hold specialized accreditation.
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.
WVU is a Research University (High Research Activity), as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. There are 15 colleges and schools that comprise WVU and which offer 184 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs in the arts and sciences; business and economics; creative arts; engineering and mineral resources; human resources and education; journalism; law; agriculture, natural resources and design; dentistry; medicine; nursing; pharmacy; physical activity and sport sciences; public health.
The WVU campus’ mix of historic and modern facilities includes 189 buildings on 1,099 acres. Ten main campus buildings are located on the National Register of Historic Places, and WVU operates eight experimental farms and four forests throughout the state, in addition to WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp and Lifelong Learning Center near Weston. Five library facilities-Downtown Library Complex, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library, Law Library, and Libraries Depository-contain nearly 1.9 million volumes, 229 electronic databases and more than 45,000 online full-text journals, with access to 36 million volumes through a book-sharing consortium.
Equal opportunity is a fundamental goal in society, and WVU shares the responsibility for achieving that equity. The institution is committed, therefore, to ensuring that all persons, regardless of race, class, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic background benefit from the many opportunities that WVU provides to students, faculty, and staff.
Fall 2013 main campus enrollment is 29,466—22,757 undergraduate, 5,077 graduate, and 1,632 professional students. More than 2,200 full time and more than 600 part-time faculty members.
WVU ranks nationally for prestigious scholarships—24 Rhodes Scholars, 22 Truman Scholars, 36 Goldwater Scholars, two British Marshall Scholars, two Morris K. Udall Scholars, five USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team Members (and 11 academic team honorees), nine Boren Scholars, seven Gilman Scholars, 36 Fulbright Scholars, 11 Critical Language Scholars, and one Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar. For the Fall 2013 freshman class, the Average ACT of 23.6 and SAT Math + Critical Reading 1052; high school GPA of 3.39.