West Virginia University, or also referred as WVU, was founded in 1867 as a public institution. West Virginia University is located in the small city of Morgantown, in the northern part of the state, along the Monongahela River. Based on the 2013 Edition of Best Colleges, WVU ranks number 165. West Virginia offers nearly 200 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional programs within 14 colleges. The following graduate schools are highly ranked: College of Business and Economics (Best Business Schools ranked number 104), College of Engineering and Mineral Resources (Best Engineering Schools ranked number 105), and the School of Medicine (Best Research ranked number 85 and Best Primary care ranked number 66).
The Mountaineers is the name of West Virginia’s sports teams. They compete in the NCAA’s Division I, Big 12 Conference. The school has 16 sports teams (7 men’s and 9 women’s). West Virginia’s mascot is the Mountaineer. Each year during the final 2 men’s home basketball game a new “Mountaineer” is picked. This new “Mountaineer” receives a scholarship, a tailor-made buckskin suit with coonskin hat, and a period riffle and powder horn. One of the traditions WVU has is the Mountaineer mascot firers a blank shot with the gun pointed into the air with one arm to signal to the fans to begin cheering at home football and basketball games, as well as, every time the football team scores. West Virginia’s official colors are old gold and blue.
West Virginia offers more than 300 student-run organizations and clubs. These groups serve a variety of interest and provide many options in the following areas: Agricultural, Law, Business and Economics, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Creative Arts, Military, Greek Life- Sororities and Fraternities, Cultural, Politics, Engineering, Religions, Services, Health Sciences, and Sports to name a few. West Virginia University students can find some group or organization to be a part of. If you have a break from school and your organization there are many things to do in Morgantown! You can mountain bike or hike the beautiful scenic trails, go rock climbing, or even snow ski!
As a West Virginia student, at one time or another you will need to find a place to store your stuff. 25% of students live on campus. Once they make the transition to off campus housing they may need to find a self storage facilities near WVU to store some of their belongings. There are locations within 9 miles from campus where you can choose from different amenities including climate control, drive up access and alarmed security. A 10’x10′ storage unit in 20506 can be rented for $90 per month.
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