West Virginia University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$9,360
2.36% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$12,202
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
2.93%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
88.4%
18,206 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
24,741
87.6% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
61.1%
3,122 Graduates

About

West Virginia University is a higher education institution located in Monongalia County, WV. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at West Virginia University were Registered Nursing (223 degrees awarded), General Health & Physical Education (200 degrees), and General Interdisciplinary Studies (191 degrees).

In 2022, 6,534 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at West Virginia University. 53.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (5,163 degrees), 21.3 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (242 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at West Virginia University is $9,360, which is $−20,790 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at West Virginia University is $9,360, which is $−20,790 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $12,202.

In 2022, 75% of undergraduate students attending West Virginia University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 46% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$9,360
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at West Virginia University was $9,360. The cost of tuition at West Virginia University is $−20,790 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$12,202
2022 Value
9.09%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 West Virginia University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $12,202. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of West Virginia University grew by 9.09%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,764
Room and Board
$950
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at West Virginia University was of $9,764 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $950. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

75%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
46%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

75% of undergraduate students at West Virginia University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 2.74% with respect to 2021, when 73% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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2.93%
2019 Default Rate
189
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at West Virginia University was 2.93%, which represents 189 out of the 6452 total borrowers.

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Admissions

West Virginia University received 18,206 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 6.63% annual growth. Out of those 18,206 applicants, 16,091 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 88.4% acceptance rate.

There were 24,741 students enrolled at West Virginia University in 2022. 76% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

West Virginia University has an overall enrollment yield of 28.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

88.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
16,091
Accepted Out of 18,206

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of West Virginia University was 88.4% (16,091 admissions from 18,206 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 89.8%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 6.63%, while admissions grew by 4.92%..

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SAT Scores

76%
Submission Percentage (2022)
3,465
Scores Submitted (2022)

76% of enrolled first-time students at West Virginia University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

West Virginia University had a total enrollment of 24,741 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at West Virginia University is 21,685 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,056. This means that 87.6% of students enrolled at West Virginia University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at West Virginia University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 79.3% White, 4.97% Two or More Races, 4.08% Hispanic or Latino, 3.37% Black or African American, 2.03% Asian, 0.121% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0566% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at West Virginia University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (42.4%), followed by White Male (39.2%) and Two or More Races Female (3.22%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (40%), followed by White Male (29.9%) and Black or African American Female (2.12%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

87.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at West Virginia University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 24,741 students. The full-time enrollment at West Virginia University is 21,685 and the part-time enrollment is 3,056. This means that 87.6% of students enrolled at West Virginia University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at West Virginia University was 79%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), West Virginia University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    19,625 enrolled students
  2. Two or More Races
    1,229 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,009 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at West Virginia University is 79.3% White, 4.97% Two or More Races, 4.08% Hispanic or Latino, 3.37% Black or African American, 2.03% Asian, 0.121% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0566% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 301 students (1.22%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 470 more women than men received degrees from West Virginia University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at West Virginia University is white (5,163 degrees awarded). There were 21.3 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (242 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at West Virginia University is Registered Nursing (223 degrees awarded), followed by General Health & Physical Education (200 degrees) and General Interdisciplinary Studies (191 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at West Virginia University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering (840 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (222 degrees), and Biology (423 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at West Virginia University are Physicians (489,470 people), Software developers (488,546 people), Other managers (460,165 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (371,030 people), and Civil engineers (287,511 people).

The most specialized majors at West Virginia University in 2022 are Engineering (840 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (222 degrees), Biology (423 degrees), Physical Sciences (102 degrees), and Legal (131 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at West Virginia University are Podiatrists, Surgeons, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at West Virginia University are Engineering (840 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (222 degrees), Biology (423 degrees), Physical Sciences (102 degrees), and Legal (131 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at West Virginia University are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (624,971 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (567,019 people), Computer Systems Design (543,128 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (482,610 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (342,429 people).

The most specialized majors at West Virginia University are Engineering (840 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (222 degrees), Biology (423 degrees), Physical Sciences (102 degrees), and Legal (131 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by West Virginia University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 223 degrees awarded
  2. 200 degrees awarded
  3. 191 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at West Virginia University was Registered Nursing with 223 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

3,032
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
3,502
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 3,032 degrees were awarded to men at West Virginia University, which is 0.866 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,502).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 159 degrees were awarded to men at West Virginia University in Mechanical Engineering, which is 4.82 times more than the 33 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 230 degrees were awarded to men at West Virginia University in Registered Nursing, which is 7.93 times more than the 29 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

41%
100% Completion Time
61%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 41% of students graduating from West Virginia University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 61% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 63% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at West Virginia University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.128% of graduates (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    5,163 degrees awarded
  2. Two or More Races
    242 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    241 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at West Virginia University is white (5,163 degrees awarded). There were 21.3 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (242 degrees).

0.398% of degree recipients (26 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    2,853 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    2,310 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races Female
    147 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at West Virginia University is white female (2,853 degrees awarded). There were 1.24 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (2310 degrees).

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Operations

West Virginia University has an endowment valued at nearly $847M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−3.4%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, West Virginia University had a total salary expenditure of 1.21B. West Virginia University employs 365 Associate professors, 335 Assistant professors and 298 Professors. Most academics at West Virginia University are Male Professor (202), Male Associate professor (194), and Female Assistant professor (174).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at West Virginia University are: Management, with 656 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 429 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 392 employees.

Endowment

$847M
2022 Endowment
1.08%
growth from 2021

West Virginia University has an endowment valued at about $847M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of West Virginia University grew 1.08% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $474M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $111M - Federal
  2. $71.7M - State
  3. $1.6M - Local

As of 2022, West Virginia University received $111M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $71.7M from state grants and contracts, and $1.6M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$565M
2022 Salaries
4.97%
growth from 2021

In 2022, West Virginia University paid a median of $565M in salaries, which represents 46.7% of their overall expenditure ($1.21B) and a 4.97% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$122M
Instructional Salaries
1,119
Number of Employees

In 2022, West Virginia University paid a total of $122M to 1,119 employees working as instructors, which represents 21.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
365 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
656 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at West Virginia University were Associate professor with 365 employees, Assistant professor with 335 employees, and Professor with 298 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at West Virginia University were Management with 656 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 429 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 392 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at West Virginia University was Male Professor with 202 employees, Male Associate professor with 194 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 174 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at West Virginia University.

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