West Virginia State University

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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.

Library System

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.

Student Housing

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.

General Information

Admission Office

Campus Box 197

PO Box 1000

Institute, WV 25112-1000

(304) 766-3221

(800) 987-2112

Fax: (304) 766-4104

Contact: Tryreno Sowell

Main Address

PO Box 1000

Institute, WV 25112-1000

(304) 766-3000


Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,961


Suburban setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 56%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Ceramics B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Drawing B
Fiber/Textile/Weaving Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Painting B
Photography B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Banking/Financial Services B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Art Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Education of Gifted/Talented B
Education of Mentally Handicapped B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Technical/Business Writing B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Recreational Therapy B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Police Science B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

West Virginia State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (304) 766-3000
Website: www.wvstateu.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: wvstateu.edu/Admissions/APPLY-NOW.aspx
Address: Rte 25, Institute, WV 25112-1000
Setting: Suburb: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,120
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 26%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,874 (70% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $8,237
Out-of-state Tuition: $17,691
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 94%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,271

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

West Virginia State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at West Virginia State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 11
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 11
Education 21
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 1
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Social Sciences 3
Visual and Performing Arts 2
Grand total 1237

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at West Virginia State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,237
Out-of-state $17,691
Books and supplies $1,701

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,599
Out-of-state $19,405

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 305 94%
Grant or scholarship aid 305 94% $8,271
Student loan aid 213 66% $7,751

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,518 43% $7,353
Federal student loans 1,154 32% $8,470

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for West Virginia State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled West Virginia State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 2,242 927 1,315
Percent admitted 100% 94% 96%
Percent admitted who enrolled 12% 15% 11%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

West Virginia State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 4,120
Undergraduate enrollment 4,009
Graduate enrollment 111

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

West Virginia State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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