Founded under the provisions of the Second Morrill Act of 1890, West Virginia State University is one of 17 land-grant institutions that were congressionally authorized to provide for education of African-Americans in agriculture and mechanical arts.
Today it is a student-centered research and teaching land-grant university that offers 21 bachelor's degrees, 28 minors and four master's degrees. West Virginia State has 2,644 enrolled students and is accredited by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
West Virginia State comprises four different colleges: The College of Arts and Humanities, The College of Business and Social Sciences, The College of Natural Science and Mathematics, and The College of Professional Studies. Online courses are also offered through the Sakai system.
Under segregation, the school's athletic teams competed against other segregated schools. After desegregation, the teams played in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, competing in the NCAA's Division II. After that conference dissolved, West Virginia State joined the Mountain East Conference.
West Virginia State's teams are known as the Yellow Jackets. Men's teams include baseball, basketball and football; women's teams include golf, tennis and basketball.
The Drain-Jordan Library is the university's research hub and is designed to promote intellectual inquiry both institutionally and in the community. Its regular exhibits include an African arts and crafts display in the reference room as well as the Asian Art Collection in the lobby and periodicals room.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
West Virginia State offers Pell Grants, federal grants, federal work-study, Stafford Loans, Direct PLUS Loans, a West Virginia Higher Education Grant and a Promise Scholarship, the latter of which is merit-based.
The school has three residence halls and an apartment complex: Sullivan Hall (co-ed); Dawson Hall (women) and Prillerman Hall (married students/single parents with children).
All unmarried freshmen, sophomores and juniors who do not commute from a 50-mile radius are required to live on campus unless they have served two or more years in the Army, lived in a college residence hall for six semesters, have a disability that makes the residence halls impractical or is a married student, single parent or student 25 years old prior to admission.
Campus Box 197
PO Box 1000
Institute, WV 25112-1000
Fax: (304) 766-4104
Contact: Tryreno Sowell
PO Box 1000
Institute, WV 25112-1000
Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,961
College has an application fee: No
Percent applicants admitted: 56%
Arts, Visual & Performing
Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Business, Management, & Marketing
Communications & Journalism
Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B
Art Teacher Education B
English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Recreational Therapy B
History – General B
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences B
Applied Mathematics B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B
Psychology – General B
Public Administration & Services
Social Work B
Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies B
Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:|
B = Bachelor's degree
C = Certificate or diploma
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