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Research Statistics

Research at West Virginia University


Public, land-grant institution, founded in 1867.

Research Classification

R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest research activity as described by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Research Funding

Faculty conducted $185 million in sponsored contracts and research grants in 2017.


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 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. E. Gordon Gee is WVU’s 24 th president.


Morgantown, W.Va., population 31,073 (US Census Bureau, 2014), was rated “No. 1 Small City in America” by Business Insider named Morgantown the ninth best college town in America. Within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C., to the east, Pittsburgh, Pa., to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, to the northwest.

Other recent rankings: included Morgantown in their 10 great places to live list; one of “Best Sports Cities” by Sporting News; 5th “Best Small Metro” by Forbes; 12th overall “Hottest Small City” by Inc.; one of “50 Smartest Places to Live” by Kiplinger’s; and the second-ranking “Best College Town for Jobs” by Forbes.

WVU has divisional campuses in Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg, and Montgomery.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 main campus enrollment is 28,776. Fall 2015 WVU System enrollment is 31,514.

Academic Excellence

WVU ranks nationally for prestigious scholarships – 24 Rhodes Scholars, 22 Truman Scholars, 42 Goldwater Scholars, 2 George C. Marshall (British) Scholars, 5 Morris K. Udall Scholars, 5 USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team Members (and 11 academic team honorees), 15 Boren Scholars, 36 Gilman Scholars, 46 Fulbright Scholars (5 in 2012), 3 Department of Homeland Security Scholars, 25 Critical Language Scholars, one Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar, 3 National Institute of Standards and Technology Fellowships and 4 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

Degrees Granted

In 2014-15, WVU awarded 6,697 degrees.

Faculty & Staff Profile

Excellent faculty—19 of whom have been named Carnegie Foundation Professors of the Year—guide and mentor students. 85% of full-time instructional/tenure track faculty hold the highest academic degree in their field. 65% of WVU classes taught by full-time instructional faculty.




Faculty Equivalents & Researchers





14 colleges and schools offering 353 majors 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.