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The WVU System

Campuses include Potomac State College of WVU in Keyser; the WVU Institute of Technology in Montgomery; the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in Charleston; and Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences East in Martinsburg. WVU is working to establish a presence in Beckley through the purchase of Mountain State University.

WVU operates 8 experimental farms and 4 forests, in addition to WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp.

Statewide, WVU has 8,846 employees (8,346 main campus, including Health Sciences Center/229 at Potomac State College/271 at the WVU Institute of Technology).

Last summer, WVU President E. Gordon Gee toured West Virginia to reconnect the state with its university.

Economic & Community Impact

WVU and its affiliates generate $8.28 billion in business volume for the West Virginia economy.

The return on investment for every State dollar invested in WVU is $40 to $1.

WVU and its affiliated organizations, in fiscal year 2009, resulted in:

The WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities offered training and assistance to 81,216 participants in 2013-14.

Total State support for WVU fell by nearly $20 million in the last two years as a result of permanent base budget reductions.

WVU students, faculty and staff are urging West Virginia residents to match them in completing one million hours of community service by 2018.

Our Students

WVU had the most PROMISE Scholars in the state in 2012-13: 4,363, or 43.5 percent.

WVU students come from every West Virginia county.

Fall 2015 WVU statewide enrollment: 31,514

WVU is among the top 15 public universities in the number of students earning Rhodes Scholarships.

WVU’s support for scholarships has increased 13 percent in the past two fiscal years. WVU provided $102 million in institution-funded scholarships.

In 2013-14, WVU awarded over $394 million in grants, loans, work-study and scholarships.

WVU Health Care

U.S. News & World Report ranked WVU’s graduate rural health program as #13 in the nation.

By 2017, the direct annual impact of WVU Healthcare is expected to increase by more than $500 million and add an additional 1,079 full-time jobs.  

Since the start of the program in 2009, Bonnie’s Bus mobile mammography unit has provided more than 8,698 mammograms for women throughout West Virginia.

The WVU Center for Neuroscience integrates research across a collaborative enterprise of 40 labs across campus and is one of only 10 labs in the world using large-scale 3-D reconstructions of brain cells. 

The CARDIAC (Coronary Artery Risk Detection in Appalachian Communities) Project has screened over 100,000 children in West Virginia for risk factors that can predict heart disease and diabetes.

WVU Extension

WVU Extension has offices in all 55 counties.

Extension educators and volunteers guide 1-in-4 West Virginia youths in 4-H projects that build citizenship and career skills.

WVU Fire Service Extension trains more than 2,000 firefighters each year.

4-H Youth Development faculty, staff, and volunteers work with 387,000 youths and adults, many of whom participate regularly in ongoing programs.

In 2014, Energy Express provided children with summer reading and nutrition opportunities at 74 sites in 37 West Virginia counties.

For many decades, WVU Extension faculty have helped communities plan and develop their local fairs and festivals. With the average event generating nearly $300,000, researchers estimate that Extension helps the state’s economy grow by $7.5 million annually. 

WVU Alumni

There are 68,942 WVU alumni living in West Virginia.

Forty-nine Legislators are WVU alumni.

WVU has more than 190,000 alumni worldwide.   

The WVU Alumni Association has more than 100 chapters and constituent groups, including 11 chapters in West Virginia.

Alumni and friends contributed $917.2 million to “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University” through September 30, or nearly 92 percent of the goal with more than two years left in the Campaign.