The following reviews are the views of students or alumni at this school and are unrelated to the school data and other editorial content on usnews.com. These reviews neither reflect nor impact a school's position within the Best Colleges rankings.
WVU is amazing, and I happen to be in the marching band. The Pride of West Virginia. It is the greatest experience in the world to be a part of this band. The football games are incredible, and the love the school and the state gives to us is unbeaten by any other school. They campus is very unique, but the university has made it work with the buses and of course the PRT. Most of my time spent on campusis spent in the Mountain Lair. The Mountain Lair is our student union that has a large TV a food court, bowling and billiards downstairs and other things to just pass time between classes. The love that each student has for this school is amazing. Each student feels the same way about this place, and that is that this place is one of the best on Earth and they wouldn't be anywhere else.
The best thing about WVU is that it is a large school that can also feel small. It can feel large in a chemistry class of 200 students. But it feels small because on your way to class you can run into at least 20 people that you know. There is always someone new for you to meet, and therefore things never get boring. When I tell people I go to WVU, the first thing they think of are the awesome Mountaineer sports we have. Everyone loves the fact that not only does our football team do really well, but our basketball, and soccer do good as well. Everyone can appreciate the Mountaineers because we were always the underdog and now we have started to excell. The games are all really fun and the atmosphere is great! The college town is really nice. Everything you could need is in walking distance or can be gotten to through the PRT (Personal Rapid Transit). If you want to bring your car though make sure you have a place to park it because space is extremely limited, and parking tickets are a ****.
I myself am not a party girl. I don't like to drink or go to bars or smoke pot. It wastes time and clouds very good judgment. The best thing I like about WVU is that it's big enough to get away from that scene. The library is great to studying but good luck getting a computer because there aren't enough for all the students in the building. I do love the Evansdale campus more than the downtown campus. It seems less chaotic and more surreal. There are more trees and greenery around. It's calm and quiet. Downtown is noisy and traffic is always bad. One reason why I'm an Animal Nutrition major. I go to the Evansdale campus more often. Overall WVU is a great place to go to school. You can meet the best of friends and the classes are awesome.
The best thing about WVU is that it's like one huge family. It takes some getting used to, but I love it. The environment is great. One thing I would change is, well, parking. Parking sucks and I don't really understand why all these buildings are being built and not one parking garage. I say build a huge parking garage, or put parking under these new buildings that are being built. Not only could they charge for the parking and make money, I bet it would cut the number of people who skip classes. Many of my friends will drive to class and look for a parking spot for 30 minutes, and, not wanting to get a ticket or towed for parking in an illegal area, they just leave. WVU is a good size, but maybe a little too many people for the city. TRAFFIC SUCKS!! Anytime I tell people to go to WVU, I get one of two responses... A) "OMG!! Absolutely not!! I'm going to Marshall! WVU is nasty!" or B) "HELL YEAH!!! GO MOUNTAINEERS!!!" When I'm on campus, I'm either in class or the computer lab...otherwise, I'm at my house. DEFINITELY a college town...and it's great. People stick up for each other even if they are strangers. I feel very safe. At any time of the year, whether the sports teams suck or not that year, anyone can yell out "Let's GOOOOOO" and AT LEAST 5 people will respond "MOUNTAINEERS!!!" Administration is ok. I think they could be more involved. Hmmmmm...controversy??? I suppose the big drug bust at one of the local bars(Envy)...I don't really know if that was a controversy or just interesting news though. School pride is possibly the only reason we are actually known across the nation!!! Unusual...uh, well, we made the news for being the #1 Party school! and we burn couches...that's fun. haha. One experience I'll always remember is going to all the football games! I love it!! GREAT experience!! :) Most frequent complaints: PARKING #1, dorms suck, PRT always breaks down
WVU is a large school, so I would not recommend it for someone who likes to know everyone in every class. You will know most of the people in your major because you will have a lot of classes together, but it would be pretty difficult to know everyone on campus. Morgantown is absolutely a college town. Everyone is all about the college, and to be honest most people who live in Morgantown either go to or work for the school. One of the best things about my school is the pride that everyone has to be a Mountaineer. On game day it is overwhelming how many square miles of tailgates there are, and when we win a football game there is nothing like being in the student section of the stadium. Students get to go to WVU sports for free which is really great because everyone is included.
The best thing about WVU is the diversity. You can have a class with two students from the middle of nowhere on your right and students that are from Long Island on your left. You gain so many first person perspectives on potential relocation spots after graduation. If I could change one thing about this school it would be to make more transportation options for off-campus students. The parking on campus is terrible and although there are options, none of them are as convenient as getting in your car and pulling into your own parking space. For me personally, I think the school size is perfect. It is big enough to have a great football/basketball programs and small enough to not feel overwhelmed by your class size. I spend most of my time on campus between classes and our "MountainLair." The MountainLair is our student building where you can go downstairs and bowl and play pool and have a few drinks. If you go upstairs, there are plenty of seats and you can choose where you'd like to eat: Quizno's, Subway, Chinese, Burger King, Sbarro, or just pick up a snack from a convenience type store. Or late at night you can go catch a movie at the Gluck Theater. I feel that the administration at WVU is getting better by the day. The previous President was just replaced a few months ago and it seems as if the new one is really trying to improve many things. That was also the biggest controversy for a while on campus. Having only visited big schools like this one I would say that WVU has an unreal amount of school spirit. You can hear the chants during time outs, television breaks, and before and after the games. "Let's Go.....Mountaineers." This will be the most utilized when you are at games, so get used to it. Every game, big or small, is filled to capacity by students, alums, and other various people. The town really embraces the school as their own. I have a feeling that I will carry this pride long after I graduate. I will always remember being at the Louisville/West Virginia Football Game a few years back where we won in triple overtime after being down by a lot at the start of the fourth quarter. The atmosphere after that win was amazing. The most frequent school complaints seem to revolve around parking. School tickets cost 10 dollars and when you are running late it is almost better to suck it up and take your chances getting a ticket instead of being late for your tests. You can never be too early to leave your house if you live off-campus.
Jay JuniorReviews provided by: Unigo