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About West Virginia State University

Founded in 1891, WVSU has 2,884 students and a low 15-to-1 student/faculty ratio and offers undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees and an affordable tuition. WVSU is located in Institute, W.Va., a suburb of Charleston, the largest city and the capital of West Virginia. With more than 300,000 people living in the metropolitan area, it's an active, exciting and engaging community, boasting cultural and historical events, music, festivals and entertainment.

Location - WVSU is located just a few miles from Charleston, the capitol of West Virginia, and within easy driving distance from major cities in five bordering states.

Size - With fewer than 3,000 students and a student faculty ratio of 15:1, students are able to learn in a comfortable, supportive environment, while experiencing the opportunities associated with a much larger university.

Campus - You'll love our campus, a beautiful setting with lots of green space and a great quad area for studying outside in the fresh air, or tossing around a football with newfound friends.

History - Founded in 1891 as an Historically Black College, WVSU has evolved to serve a population that is richly diverse in ethnicity, geography, residential/communter, high school graduates and adult learners.

Alumni - WVSU graduates can be found in positions of leadership and public service throughout West Virginia and the world.


Total Students


Student Ratio
Female 55%
Male 45%


Total Faculty


Student/Faculty Ratio
16 : 1


Estimated Cost



Total Applicants






Test Scores

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SAT Writing

ACT Composite


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Students & Faculty

  • 2,884Total Students
  • 1,298Male Students
  • 1,586Female Students
  • 20Total Intl Students
  • 13Intl Male Students
  • 7Intl Female Students
  • 114Total Faculty
  • 66Male Faculty
  • 48Female Faculty
  • 16:1Student/Fac Ratio


total applicants

admitted (1061)

enrolled (984)

SAT Scores:
25th-75th percentile
ACT Scores:
25th-75th percentile

Note: 25th-75th percentile ranges show the range of scores achieved by the middle 50% of students who were admitted to the school.

Other Requirements:
Admissions Test Scores?
Other Test?
Neither required nor recommended
College Prep?
Neither required nor recommended
*All data is provided by the school or compiled from IPEDS as of May 2013

Degrees & Programs

Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Art/Art Studies, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Chemistry, General
Communication, General
Computer Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Economics, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English Language and Literature, General
Environmental Biology
ESL (English as a Second Language)
French Language and Literature
General Studies
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
History, General
International/Global Studies
Law Enforcement Record-Keeping and Evidence Management
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Mathematics, General
Molecular Biology
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Work
Spanish Language and Literature
Sports Studies

West Virginia State University offers the following Graduate Programs:

  • A Master of Arts as well as a Master of Science in Biotechnology with the two areas of concentration: Organismal/Environmental and Molecular/Microbial

  • A Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Administration

  • A Master of Arts in Media Studies with the concentrations of Digital Media and Media Theory & Criticism

Bachelor of Arts in Art

as well as certificates in :
  • Art History
  • Digital Photography
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

with the concentrations of:

  • Business Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • International Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in English

with the concentrations of:

  • Literature
  • Professional Writing
and certificates in Creative Writing, Diversity Literature, Literary Studies, Technical Writing, World Literature

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

with the concentrations of:

  • Foreign Language
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Africana Studies
  • Communications

Bachelor of Arts in History

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Regents Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

as well as certificates for Modern Foreign Language Proficiency in French and Proficiency in Spanish

Bachelor of Science in Biology

with the concentrations of:
  • Organismal and Environmental
  • Biotechnology and Genetics
  • Pre-medical and Biomedical
  • Sciences

as well as a certificate in Pre-Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

  • American Chemical Society Certified
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Pre-medical/Pre-Pharmacy
  • Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Communications

as well as certificates in Broadcasting, Communications, Digital Media, Film, Interpersonal and Group, Journalism/Writing, Public Relations, Theatre, Visual Media

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Recreation

Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Bachelor of Science in Sports Studies

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

as well as certificates as a Generalist, in Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Investigation

Bachelor of Science in Education

with the concentrations of:

 Elementary Education K-6

 5-Adult
  • Business
  • English
  • General Science
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  •  9-Adult
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  •  Pre-K-Adult
  • Art
  • French
  • Health
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
  • Theater

  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

    • Classical
    • Applied
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    Studying in West Virginia

    While exploring places to study, there's little wonder why students find West Virginia fascinating. With the majestic Appalachians in the background and top colleges in the fore, West Virginia lives up to almost any and every expectation an international student might have. It provides a perfect environment conducive to having a well-rounded and fulfilling student life both on and off campus.
    Read our full article on studying in West Virginia

    WVSU's English Language program is designed for secondary school (high school) graduates, college undergraduate and graduate students.

    • Provides the skills and training you need to master the English language and achieve academic success.
    • Prepares you for everyday communication.
    • Supports your cultural experience of living and learning in the United States.

    Students enter the EXCELS program as either beginner, intermediate or advanced based upon their TOEFL score. A typical schedule includes five classes per day, four days a week with classes ending early on Fridays to encourage social engagement. Courses run in seven week intervals.

    The cost of the Summer Intensive Program over 4 weeks is $3,500 all inclusive.

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