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FAQs

How can I learn more about WVU? 

For a comprehensive look into West Virginia’s flagship institution, visit the University’s official Web site. For the latest information about what is happening on campus check out WVU Today.

How can I arrange to visit/tour the WVU Campus? 

Tour reservations can be made through our online form or by calling the Visitors Center at 1-800-344-9881, Ext. 2. Click on the tours link on the top menu bar for more detailed information about our campus tour program. We offer campus tours Monday through Saturday, twice daily, for prospective undergraduate students (with the exception of holidays and home football games). We offer a tour for prospective transfer students on Fridays at 10 a.m. and for prospective graduate students on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. 

How do I get to the WVU Visitors Center? 

It’s easy to find us. By Car: At the intersection of I-79 and I-68, WVU is approximately 70 miles south of Pittsburgh or 200 miles northwest of Washington, DC. The Visitors Center is accessible from Exit 1 of Interstate 68 (University Ave. exit). If you exit from I-68 West turn left at the end of the exit ramp on to Route 119 North; go straight for three stoplights. If you exit from I-79 onto I-68 East turn left at the light on Route 119 North; go straight for three stoplights. At the fourth traffic light turn left into One Waterfront Place. You will see a large blue sign labeled Visitors Center. For additional information visit our Directions page.

Where will I park for the tour?

Upon arriving to One Waterfront Place, take a right into the parking garage. You will receive a parking ticket in the garage. We will validate your parking at the Visitors Center, so please bring your parking ticket with you. If our garage is full, please park in the Waterfront Place Hotel Event Center garage located next door.

How long is a campus tour?

The campus tour takes about 2-½ hours, and includes walking portions, so please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

What will I see on tour?

Our expert student guides will give you a walking/driving tour of the campus and take you inside a classroom, the Mountainlair Student Union, a residence hall, the Student Recreation Center, and more. Along the tour, our guides will also point out residence halls and other academic buildings, while stating the school, college and or majors in which they host.

Do you get to see a room in every residence hall during the tour? 

The right to privacy and campus security are held in high regard at West Virginia University. To appropriately ensure that we are meeting that goal, tour groups are able to view an example of a double suite room configuration in one residence hall on campus. More specific visits to the residence halls can be arranged if requested prior to touring the campus. Virtual tours of each of our residence halls are also available

What is the distance between the Evansdale and Downtown campuses? 

The Evansdale and Downtown campuses are approximately 1.5 miles apart. Two major streets connect these campuses: 1) University Avenue 2) Beechurst Avenue. Also, the PRT connects both campuses, with an average ride duration of eight to 10 minutes from campus to campus.

Can freshmen bring cars to campus? 

There are no policies prohibiting students from bringing a car to campus. However, similar to most major universities, parking is extremely limited on campus. If you plan to bring a car we strongly encourage all individuals to make parking arrangements prior to arriving on campus. Visit WVU Parking Management to learn more about parking opportunities on campus.

What is the PRT? 

PRT is the abbreviated name for Personal Rapid Transit, a completely computerized transportation system. It consists of 70 electric cars that run on rubber Goodyear tires, and serves as a major means of transportation between WVU’s Evansdale, Downtown and Health Sciences campuses. The cars are self-guided and travel along a raised track. For more information and complete operating hours, please visit the PRT website.

How long do you have to wait for a PRT car? 

The PRT operates based on the particular demand at each station. For instance, the more individuals there are at a particular station, the more cars will arrive to transport students. This ensures that students are transported in a smooth and timely fashion. On average, the longest wait for a PRT car is 10 minutes.

How can I learn about admissions criteria, scholarships, tuition costs and degree programs? 

An Admissions Counselor will be available to speak with in the Visitors Center before and after each weekday tour (Monday-Friday) to answer individual questions. There is also a group admissions presentation prior to each tour, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

What are the due dates for financial aid? 

High school seniors seeking to qualify for WVU merit-based scholarships must be accepted to the University prior to February 1 for scholarship consideration. To receive maximum consideration for need-based financial aid, students submit a FAFSA, which is available beginning October 1 and must be received by the processor prior to March 1.

When is the admission deadline? 

West Virginia University utilizes a rolling admissions process. Students are admitted throughout the year. The Office of Admissions and will begin the process of formally reviewing applications on September 15. Future students can anticipate receiving an admissions decision within one month of submitting a completed application packet. Visit WVU Admissions to learn more about specific admissions requirements.

Where are most freshman classes? 

The majority of freshman general education courses (GEFs) are located on the downtown campus, along with the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, and Reed College of Media. 

As a student progresses in their course of study, individuals will have classes primarily on the campus housing their school or college. For example, a nursing student will have the majority of their classes on the Health Sciences campus, while an engineering student will have the majority of their classes on the Evansdale Campus. 

The Evansdale Campus houses the College of Creative Arts, Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, College of Education and Human Services and College of Law.

The Health Sciences Campus houses the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, School of Dentistry and School of Public Health. 

Is it hard to get a job on campus? 

WVU offers students numerous programs that assist in finding jobs to help out with expenses. These include the federal work study program, internships and student worker positions. The Office of Student Employment located in the Mountainlair is a great resource to assist students in finding part-time employment. There are also many public and private businesses in the area that hire students throughout the year.

How much snowfall can I expect in Morgantown? 

Average snowfall in Morgantown is around 30 inches throughout the winter. Average temperature through the winter months is just above 30 degrees F. Students are encouraged to bring seasonally appropriate attire to prepare for the elements, including a warm jacket, all-weather boots and cold-weather accessories for the winter months. 

What is the makeup of the WVU student body? 

Our students come from all 55 counties in West Virginia, 50 states and the District of Columbia, and 107 nations around the world, giving us a very unique student body. Our students come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and diversity is both encouraged and celebrated on campus.

How do I get home when the residence halls close during student recesses? 

During major student recess periods, WVU’s Parents Club provides transportation to and from areas that have large concentration of out-of-state students attending WVU. For more details contact the Parents Club or call 1-800-988-0096. The Mountain Line bus also has a shuttle that runs daily to the Pittsburgh International Airport and the Pittsburgh Greyhound Bus Station. For more information and to make reservations please visit the Mountain Line web site.

For additional information about WVU visit http://about.wvu.edu/