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| I had a wonderful experience at WVU. Morgantown is a great city that purports to be nothing more than what it is: a friendly, laidback small city in West Virginia. The atmosphere inside and outside the classroom is comfortable. Locals, students, professors, and even a proportion of the students from New Jersey, tend to be humble, friendly, and socially inclusive. The university offers respectable programs in every major discipline, and students will find ample opportunity to discover their own paths for themselves. |
People frequently mention the camaraderie at WVU, which I agree deserves attention. Many other schools have a curious sort of camaraderie, one that seems derived from some shared sense of hardship, a kind of reflexive pride. At WVU you’ll never hear anyone say that they bleed blue and gold, and most people don’t actually care if the Mountaineers win or lose a football game. What’s important to most students is that the game was entertaining and that the parties afterwards were memorable. I think this reflects a healthy set of priorities that is shared by most WVU students.
I found the environment conducive and helpful to me beyond my expectations. Because I was happy and comfortable, and my professors so friendly and empathetic, I had no problems at all navigating through the program, discovering my interests, and learning more about myself and the disciplines I’d chosen. The economics program, housed in the College of Business and Economics, was extremely accommodating and allowed me to design my own interdisciplinary curriculum. The academic quality of the colleges I’m most familiar with was on par with any other state institution. Socially--and by quality of life standards--the school is unparalleled. It is a great place live and study, and it offers a healthy environment no matter who you are or what your interests might be.
My business/economics curriculum was comprehensive and usually challenging, and has proved to be an extraordinary strong foundation for my professional career. Equally important are the soft skills that I gained being a part of the community, without which academic education is useless. As a side note, WVU also offers excellent international programs, which have been critical to my career.
Many changes were taking place as I was graduating. The school has undertaken a massive campaign to improve the campus facilities, which to that end it has been very successful. Hopefully the students’ camaraderie and respect for one another will not be displaced by foolish pride in the prestige of money and fancy buildings. I would recommend visiting Morgantown for a few days and hanging out with students before committing.
|Jul 20 2004|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| Essentially, university is what you make of it. If you work hard, you'll not only do better in terms of grades, but you'll learn more as well. The faculty at WVU, especially in engineering, is very approachable and friendly. I have had mostly good experiences with the administrative staff. School spirit is top notch. |
There are many cultural events which go on throughout the year in Morgantown. It's a small town; it has a good atmosphere, and good night life considering Morgantowns size. The PRT is usually good at getting you around, but does break down a bit more than it should.
There are excellent scholarship opportunities, especially in the sciences. Generally, if you have above a 3.0, you can count on getting at least $500 a year from your college, and usually a bit more. Finally, if you can, become an Honors Student. The Honors department does a very good job of taking care of its own.
|Jul 09 2004|| Male --
Class 2000 |