West Virginia University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$8,976
1.36% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$12,743
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
8.35%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
84.3%
18,202 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
26,839
87.8% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
58.8%
2,998 Graduates

About

West Virginia University is a higher education institution located in Monongalia County, WV. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at West Virginia University were Other Multidisciplinary Studies (286 degrees awarded), Journalism (226 degrees), and General Studies (213 degrees).

In 2019, 6,604 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at West Virginia University. 50.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 49.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (5,316 degrees), 21.1 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (252 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at West Virginia University is $8,976, which is $-19,524 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at West Virginia University is $8,976, which is $-19,524 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $12,743.

In 2019, 70% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 49% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$8,976
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at West Virginia University was $8,976. The cost of tuition at West Virginia University is $-19,524 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$12,743
2019 Value
4.61%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 West Virginia University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $12,743. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of West Virginia University grew by 4.61%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,629
Room and Board
$900
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at West Virginia University was of $9,629 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $900. The cost of room and board increased by 1.81% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

70%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
49%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

70% of undergraduate students at West Virginia University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 1.45% with respect to 2018, when 69% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
8.35%
2017 Default Rate
554
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at West Virginia University was 8.35%, which represents 554 out of the 6638 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

West Virginia University received 18,202 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 2.34% annual decline. Out of those 18,202 applicants, 15,340 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 84.3% acceptance rate.

There were 26,839 students enrolled at West Virginia University in 2019, and 81% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

West Virginia University has an overall enrollment yield of 32.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

84.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
15,340
Accepted Out of 18,202

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of West Virginia University was 84.3% (15,340 admissions from 18,202 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 81.6%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by -2.34%, while admissions grew by 0.848%.

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SAT Scores

81%
Submission Percentage
4,017
Scores Submitted

81% of enrolled first-time students at West Virginia University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

West Virginia University has a total enrollment of 26,839 students. The full-time enrollment at West Virginia University is 23,556 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,283. This means that 87.8% of students enrolled at West Virginia University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at West Virginia University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 79.1% White, 3.76% Hispanic or Latino, 3.73% Black or African American, 3.59% Two or More Races, 2.02% Asian, 0.127% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0782% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at West Virginia University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (40.9%), followed by White Male (39.2%) and Black or African American Male (2.26%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (39.6%), followed by White Male (32.3%) and Asian Female (2.15%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

87.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at West Virginia University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 26,839 students. The full-time enrollment at West Virginia University is 23,556 and the part-time enrollment is 3,283. This means that 87.8% of students enrolled at West Virginia University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%
2019 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 (83%), West Virginia University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    21,238
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,009
  3. Black or African American
    1,001

The enrolled student population at West Virginia University is 79.1% White, 3.76% Hispanic or Latino, 3.73% Black or African American, 3.59% Two or More Races, 2.02% Asian, 0.127% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0782% 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 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2019, 14 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 (5,316 degrees awarded). There were 21.1 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (252 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at West Virginia University is Other Multidisciplinary Studies (286 degrees awarded), followed by Journalism (226 degrees) and General Studies (213 degrees).

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 Natural Resources & Conservation (185 degrees awarded), Agriculture (186 degrees), and Engineering (916 degrees).

Workforce

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 Other managers (456,927 people), Software developers (436,773 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (335,817 people), Civil engineers (271,621 people), and Mechanical engineers (204,876 people).

The most specialized majors at West Virginia University are Natural Resources & Conservation (185 degrees awarded), Agriculture (186 degrees), Engineering (916 degrees), Communications (473 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (286 degrees).

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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 Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Diagnostic medical sonographers, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at West Virginia University are Natural Resources & Conservation (185 degrees awarded), Agriculture (186 degrees), Engineering (916 degrees), Communications (473 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (286 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at West Virginia University are Computer Systems Design (522,457 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (444,177 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (345,464 people), Construction (340,274 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (333,248 people).

The most specialized majors at West Virginia University are Natural Resources & Conservation (185 degrees awarded), Agriculture (186 degrees), Engineering (916 degrees), Communications (473 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (286 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 286 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 226 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 213 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at West Virginia University was Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 286 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

3,295
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
3,309
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 3,295 degrees were awarded to men at West Virginia University, which is 0.996 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,309).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 209 degrees were awarded to men at West Virginia University in Mechanical Engineering, which is 8.71 times more than the 24 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 203 degrees were awarded to women at West Virginia University in Registered Nursing, which is 5.8 times more than the 35 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

35%
100% Completion Time
57%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 35% of students graduating from West Virginia University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 57% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 59% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (65.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at West Virginia University is Female and Asian (65.8% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 0.267% of graduates (8 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    5,316 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    252 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    227 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at West Virginia University is white (5,316 degrees awarded). There were 21.1 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (252 degrees).

0.212% of degree recipients (14 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    2,771 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    2,545 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Male
    146 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at West Virginia University is white female (2,771 degrees awarded). There were 1.09 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (2,545 degrees).

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Operations

West Virginia University has an endowment valued at nearly $712M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $10.9M (1.53%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, West Virginia University had a total salary expenditure of $1.11B. West Virginia University employs 353 Assistant professors, 344 Associate professors, and 298 Professors. Most academics at West Virginia University are Male Professors (211), Female Assistant professors(189), and Male Associate professors (179).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at West Virginia University are: Management, with 614 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 462 employees, and Service with 423 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$712M
2019 Endowment
6.04%
growth from 2018

West Virginia University has an endowment valued at about $712M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of West Virginia University grew 6.04% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $401M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $88.9M - Federal
  2. $40.7M - State
  3. $2.02M - Local

As of 2019, West Virginia University received $88.9M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $40.7M from state grants and contracts, and $2.02M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$530M
2019 Salaries
3.16%
growth from 2018

In 2019, West Virginia University paid a median of $530M in salaries, which represents 47.6% of their overall expenditure ($1.11B) and a 3.16% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.639% growth from 2017 and a 3.95% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$115M
Instructional Salaries
1,124
Number of Employees

In 2019, West Virginia University paid a total of $115M to 1,124 employees working as instructors, which represents 21.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
353 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
614 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at West Virginia University were Assistant professor with 353 employees; Associate professor with 344 employees; and Associate professor with 298 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at West Virginia University were Management with 614 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 462 employees; and Service with 423 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at West Virginia University was Male Professor with 211 employees, Female Assistant professor with 189 employees, and Male Associate professor with 179 employees.

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

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