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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 |
| As an in-state student, I was able to attend any public university in the state, tuition paid, due to test scores and high school GPA. I chose WVU. Not only because I got more money from WVU in addition to the state scholarship, but because growing up I knew it was where I belonged. I didn't even bother applying to another school.|
I can't say enough great things about WVU. The WV hospitality holds true here, while losing some of that "Southern mentality" that runs rampant where I grew up. Some students are close-minded, but for the most part the city's residents, University faculty, and students are very laissez-faire. The education is fair; the lower level classes are quite easy, but once you get into your major classes (at least for me, MIS, a very small program) be prepared to work hard - a lot of times in groups. My professors were great and very informal; we could grab a beer and talk about school things.I don't want to ramble too much, so I will end with this: WVU is a wonderful place in a beautiful area. Sure, everything has its ups and downs, but overall you can't go wrong. WVU is 1 hour from Pittsburgh, 3 hours from DC, Columbus, and Cleveland, so there's always plenty to do. I love it here so much that after graduation, this is where I decided to call home. I found a great, high-paying job and have bought a house at age 22. WVU and Morgantown open doors to the world, or locally if you prefer.
|May 02 2010|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2008 |
| WVU is a place to party, get wasted, and smoke weed. The academics are decent but more and more classes are being taught my teaching assistants instead of faculty. Morgantown, itself, is a complete total dump. If you aren't drinking you're not doing anything. |
|Mar 10 2011|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2012 |