West Virginia State University

Rte 25, Institute, WV 25112-1000
Tel: (304)766-3000
Public | 2,748 students
West Virginia State University is a historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially diverse, and multi-generational institution offering baccalaureate, associate, and graduate degrees. The suburban University is located in Institute, WV, eight miles from downtown Charleston. The ninety-four acre campus is a state assisted higher education institution with an approximate enrollment of 5,000 students.

School Overview:

West Virginia State University
CountyKanawha County, WV
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--General
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPublic
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
144 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment2,748 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
1,927 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
821 students137 students
# Undergraduate Students
2,692 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
56 students129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted69%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)363-470450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)400-485460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)370-510440-570
ACT English (25-75%)16-2319-25
ACT Math (25-75%)16-2118-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)18-2220-25

School Notes:

  • Founded in 1891, West Virginia State University is a public, land-grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution. The University, “a living laboratory of human relations,” is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution.
  • West Virginia Sate University offers a nationally accredited liberal arts education plus research opportunities and pre-professional majors like business, criminal justice, social work, and teacher education – opportunities and programs usually found at much larger institutions.
  • The undergraduate education at the University offers comprehensive and distinguished baccalaureate and associate degree programs in business, liberal arts, professional studies, sciences, and social sciences. In addition, the University provides opportunities for graduate education.
  • Our comprehensive campus, which includes the West Virginia State Community and Technical College, provides numerous educational opportunities for our students. We take great pride in our accomplishments and envision building upon associate degree programs, baccalaureate education, graduate offerings, and excellence in teaching, research, and service.
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