- WVU is ranked as a Research University (Highest Research Activity)—R1—in the 2015 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
- A number of programs were ranked in the top 100 in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 edition of
America’s Best Graduate Schools, including:
- Engineering programs: Aeronautics/Aeronautical/Astronautical engineering, 54 (tie), Chemical Engineering, 90 (tie), Civil Engineering, 89 (tie), Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering, 70 (tie), Petroleum Engineering, 13 (tie)
- Health-related programs: Audiology, 53 (tie), Clinical Psychology, 57 (tie), Medicine (primary care), 58, Medicine (research), 86 (tie), Pharmacy, 36 (tie), Physical Therapy, 79 (tie), Rehabilitation Counseling, 37, Speech-Language Pathology, 92
- Economics, 83, English, 99, Fine Arts, 98 (tie), History, 98, Physics, 100, Political Science, 98 (tie), Social Work, 75
- U.S. News & World Report online graduate program rankings (2018): Business (non-MBA), 63, Hybrid MBA, 47, Master’s in Nursing, 51, Master's in Software Engineering, 15
- For the second consecutive year, preLaw Magazine (2018) ranked the WVU College of Law among the best (6th in the nation) for preparing students to work in public interest law.
- In its inaugural rankings of Best Online Programs for Veterans, U.S. News & World Report ranked three WVU graduate programs in the top five: Nursing, 3; Business, 5; and Education, 5.
- The National Law Journal named the WVU College of Law a “Go-To” law school. WVU ranked 33 among 50 institutions in its first appearance on NLJ’s list that identifies schools with the highest percentage of juris doctor graduates hired by the 250 largest law firms.
- WVU is one of only about a dozen schools in the country that are land-grant, doctoral research universities with a comprehensive medical school.
- WVU is only one of two programs nationally that offers the Ph.D. in forensic science.
- The WVU School of Medicine was the first in the country to rotate students through a clinical addiction program, which is now a requirement for all American medical students.
- WVU faculty generate over $127 million annually in sponsored contracts and research grants.
- WVU professors Sean McWilliams and Zach Etienne and a group of graduate students are part of a global team of scientists who have detected gravitational waves for the third time, demonstrating that a new window in astronomy has been firmly opened.
- The College of Law provides about 40,000 hours of free legal services and student pro bono projects annually.
- Since 1991 WVU’s Global Health Program has given students in medicine, dentistry, and other health careers opportunities to visit and provide care in countries whose people have limited access to health care.
- WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design is a Peace Corps Master’s International partner, which allows graduate students to pursue a master of science degree while also completing an international service internship with the Peace Corps.
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