By 2020, West Virginia University will attain national research prominence, thereby enhancing educational achievement, global engagement, diversity, and the vitality and well-being of the people of West Virginia. 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future
Research University (High Research Activity) as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
The Center for Service and Learning develops and organizes service learning and volunteer opportunities for students and faculty. In 2011, WVU students contributed 205,000 hours of service to the community. WVU has earned the Carnegie Foundations Community Engagement Classification, putting WVU in the 6% of higher education institutions that Carnegie recognizes for engagement. It is the only institution in West Virginia the foundation recognizes for its community engagement.Athletics
A member of the NCAA, WVU competes in the Big 12 Athletic Conference at the Division I-A level in 17 intercollegiate varsity sports.Libraries
Five library facilities-Downtown Library Complex, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library, Law Library, and Libraries Depository-contain nearly 1.9 million volumes, 229 electronic databases and more than 45,000 online full-text journals, with access to 36 million volumes through a book-sharing consortium.
Morgantown, W.Va., population 28,654, was rated No. 1 Small City in America by BizJournals.com for its exceptional quality of life. Morgantown is within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C., to the east, Pittsburgh, Pa., to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, to the northwest. WVU has divisional campuses in Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg, and Montgomery.
The WVU campus mix of historic and modern facilities includes 189 buildings on 1,099 acres. Ten main campus buildings are located on the National Register of Historic Places, and WVU operates eight experimental farms and four forests throughout the state, in addition to WVU Jacksons Mill State 4-H Camp and Lifelong Learning Center near Weston.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Many WVU programs hold specialized accreditation.
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