West Virginia University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$7,991

4.7% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$10,814

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

8.52%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

76.1%

21,558 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

28,488

88.2% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

56.9%

2,842 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 (378 degrees awarded), Journalism (244 degrees), and Sociology (233 degrees).

In 2016, 6,656 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at West Virginia University. 51.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 48.7% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (5,475 degrees), 24.3 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (225 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at West Virginia University is $7,991, which is $-17,865 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at West Virginia University is $7,991, which is $-17,865 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $10,814.

In 2016, 65% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 51% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,991

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at West Virginia University was $7,991. The cost of tuition at West Virginia University is $-17,865 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$10,814

2016 Value

3.93%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 West Virginia University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $10,814. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of West Virginia University grew by 3.93%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,811

Room and Board

$900

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at West Virginia University was of $8,811 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $900. The cost of room and board increased by 5.63% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 18.2% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

65%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

51%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

65% of undergraduate students at West Virginia University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 1.56% with respect to 2015, when 64% 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.

8.52%

2015 Default Rate

633

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at West Virginia University was 8.52%, which represents 633 out of the 7427 total borrowers.

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Admissions

West Virginia University received 21,558 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 40.4% annual growth. Out of those 21,558 applicants, 16,411 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 76.1% acceptance rate.

There were 28,488 students enrolled at West Virginia University in 2016, and 30% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

West Virginia University has an overall enrollment yield of 31.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

76.1%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

16,411

Accepted Out of 21,558

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of West Virginia University was 76.1% (16,411 admissions from 21,558 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 85.8%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 40.4%, while admissions grew by 24.6%.

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SAT Scores

30%

Submission Percentage

1,528

Scores Submitted

30% of enrolled first-time students at West Virginia University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

West Virginia University has a total enrollment of 28,488 students. The full-time enrollment at West Virginia University is 25,119 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,369. This means that 88.2% of students enrolled at West Virginia University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at West Virginia University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 78.3% White, 4.49% Black or African American, 3.48% Two or More Races, 3.46% Hispanic or Latino, 1.79% Asian, 0.13% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0667% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at West Virginia University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (41%), followed by White Female (37.9%) and Black or African American Male (3.04%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (38.9%), followed by White Male (31.8%) and Black or African American Female (2%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

88.2%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at West Virginia University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 28,488 students. The full-time enrollment at West Virginia University is 25,119 and the part-time enrollment is 3,369. This means that 88.2% of students enrolled at West Virginia University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%

2016 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

    22,316

  2. Black or African American

    1,278

  3. Two or More Races

    992

The enrolled student population at West Virginia University is 78.3% White, 4.49% Black or African American, 3.48% Two or More Races, 3.46% Hispanic or Latino, 1.79% Asian, 0.13% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0667% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 86 students (0.302%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 168 more women than men received degrees from West Virginia University. The majority of degree recipients at West Virginia University are white (5,475 degrees awarded). There were 24.3 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (225 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at West Virginia University is Other Multidisciplinary Studies (378 degrees awarded), followed by Journalism (244 degrees) and Sociology (233 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 Agriculture (229 degrees awarded), Engineering (810 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (117 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 Miscellaneous managers (540,514 people), Software developers, applications & systems software (361,288 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (304,947 people), Civil engineers (234,682 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (164,678 people).

The most specialized majors at West Virginia University are Agriculture (229 degrees awarded), Engineering (810 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (117 degrees), Communications (480 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (378 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 Economists, Physicians & surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Chief executives & legislators, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at West Virginia University are Agriculture (229 degrees awarded), Engineering (810 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (117 degrees), Communications (480 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (378 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 (459,346 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (429,424 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (323,569 people), Elementary & secondary schools (317,727 people), and Construction (293,926 people).

The most specialized majors at West Virginia University are Agriculture (229 degrees awarded), Engineering (810 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (117 degrees), Communications (480 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (378 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. 378 degrees awarded

  2. 244 degrees awarded

  3. 233 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at West Virginia University was Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 378 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 3,244

  2. 3,412

In 2016, 3,244 degrees were awarded to men at West Virginia University, which is 0.951 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,412).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 163 degrees were awarded to men at West Virginia University in Other Multidisciplinary Studies, which is 0.758 times less than the 215 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 227 degrees were awarded to women at West Virginia University in Registered Nursing, which is 9.08 times more than the 25 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

33%

100% Completion Time

57%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 33% 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.

White Female

Highest Graduation Rate (62%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at West Virginia University is Female and White (62% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 0.352% of graduates (10 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,475 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    225 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    194 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at West Virginia University is white (5,475 degrees awarded). There were 24.3 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (225 degrees).

0.556% of degree recipients (37 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    2,891 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    2,584 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Male

    129 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at West Virginia University is white female (2,891 degrees awarded). There were 1.12 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (2,584 degrees).

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Operations

West Virginia University has an endowment valued at nearly $588M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.83M (0.482%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, West Virginia University had a total expenditure of $1.03B. Of that $1.03B, they spent $474M on salaries and $1.03B on benefits.

West Virginia University employs 401 Assistant professors, 356 Associate professors, and 335 Professors. Most academics at West Virginia University are Male Professors (253), Male Assistant professors(215), and Female Assistant professors (186).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at West Virginia University are: Management, with 604 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 575 employees, and Service with 555 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$588M

2015 Endowment

2.05%

growth from 2014

West Virginia University has an endowment valued at about $588M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of West Virginia University grew 2.05% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $317M 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. $77.3M - Federal

  2. $38.9M - State

  3. $1.51M - Local

As of 2015, West Virginia University received $77.3M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $38.9M from state grants and contracts, and $1.51M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$474M

Salary Expenditure

$1.03B

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, West Virginia University had a total expenditure of $1.03B. Of that $1.03B, they spent $474M on salaries and $1.03B on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at West Virginia University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$474M

2015 Salaries

2.43%

growth from 2014

In 2015, West Virginia University paid a median of $474M in salaries, which represents 46% of their overall expenditure ($1.03B) and a 2.43% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.486% growth from 2013 and a 4.19% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$103M

Instructional Salaries

1,142

Number of Employees

In 2015, West Virginia University paid a total of $103M to 1,142 employees working as instructors, which represents 21.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

401 Employees

Management

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

604 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at West Virginia University were Assistant professor with 401 employees; Associate professor with 356 employees; and Associate professor with 335 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at West Virginia University were Management with 604 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 575 employees; and Service with 555 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Assistant professor

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at West Virginia University was Male Professor with 253 employees, Male Assistant professor with 215 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 186 employees.

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

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