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West Virginia State University (WVSU)

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About West Virginia State University (WVSU)

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 multigenerational 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. Its mission is to meet higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.

Campus information

West Virginia State University is a state-supported institution of higher education located in Institute, W.Va.-a suburb of Charleston, the State Capital of West Virginia. Just off Interstate 64, Institute is eight miles from downtown Charleston and 40 miles from Huntington. Commuter buses serving Charleston and other suburban communities serve the campus at frequent intervals throughout day.

With a 100-acre campus, 25 major buildings, and 16 faculty/staff homes, the University is located in the beautiful Appalachian foothills. It is part of West Virginia’s largest metropolitan area. For nearly 125 years, the University has been an active participant in the intellectual and cultural development of Charleston and the Kanawha Valley.

WVSU is located in Institute, just eight miles outside of Charleston, the Capital City of West Virginia, and is easily accessible by Interstate from many major U.S. cities.

Being so close to West Virginia's Capital City affords WVSU students many opportunities to learn and explore away from campus. Charleston is home to the State Capitol building, the governor's mansion, and the newly renovated West Virginia State Museum. All of which offer free admission and tours.

There are also numerous shopping and restaurant choices in and around Charleston, including the Charleston Town Center, and the bustling shopping area along U.S. 119, also known as Corridor G.

Charleston is home to the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia, a minor league baseball team, and numerous festivals offering year-round entertainment. The internationally acclaimed "Mountain Stage" radio program also originates in Charleston, offering area residents the opportunity to listen to live music from well-known artists and musicians.

And of course, being in West Virginia, there are numerous opportunities to explore the many activities made possible by the state's natural beauty. Whether it be whitewater rafting on the New River in the spring and summer, or hiking and biking the many rail-trails around the state in the summer, to skiing in the winter there is much to do within an easy drive of WVSU's campus.


West Virginia State University strongly believes living on campus contributes to the academic and personal development of the student. To provide for the residence life experience, the University operates two residence hallsDawson Hall and the Keith Scholars Hall.


Courses available 10

Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 1 Creative Arts & Design 1 Education and Teaching 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 4 Mass Communication & Media 1


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