West Virginia State University, a public university located near the capital city of Charleston, West Virginia, offers 21 baccalaureate degrees and 5 graduate degrees.

Fast Facts

  • Founded in 1891 as a Historically Black University

  • Total Enrollment: 3,514 (Fall 2020)

  • International Enrollment: 42 students from 19 countries

  • Top 5 degree programs enrolling international students:  Biotechnology • Business Administration & Management • Engineering (2+2) • Media Studies • Sports Studies • Economics


  • West Virginia State University is a public university located near the capital city of Charleston, West Virginia. WVSU offers 21 baccalaureate degrees and 5 graduate degrees.

  • With about 3,500 students and a student faculty ratio of 15:1, students at West Virginia State University are able to learn in a comfortable, supportive environment, while experiencing the opportunities associated with a much larger university.

  • An International Student Center has become the central focal point for international student community activities, providing an orientation for new international students, a place for the International Student Association to meet and social/cultural activities offered throughout the year.

  • WVSU offers a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, a unique interdisciplinary degree program that consists of five concentration areas: Africana Studies, Communication, International Business, International Relations, and Foreign Language.

  • The Charleston Yeager Airport is less than a 20-minute drive from the WVSU campus and provides non-stop flights to Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Illinois; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Atlanta, Georgia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Cost of Attendance

Estimated Cost of Attendance for 2017-18 Academic Year (Two Semesters)

  • Undergraduate tuition: $16,662

  • Graduate tuition: $9,163

  • Room & Board: $11,476

International Financial Aid

Freshmen and new transfer students may be considered for merit-based assistance, based upon their application for admission. Graduate students may be considered for an option that pays tuition and fees.

International Admissions Requirements

  • TOEFL (Internet-based): 61

  • IELTS: 5.5

  • Other: Visit the WVSU website at www.wvstateu.edu for detailed application instructions and apply online.

Accreditation and Academic Rankings

WVSU is accredited by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

English Language Programs

Excellence in Culture and English Language Study (EXCELS) offers both a semester long and a 4-week-long intensive English as a Second (ESL) course program.

Housing and Meals

WVSU offers on-campus housing and dining options.


Phone: (304) 204-4345  |  Located: 5000 Fairlawn Ave., Institute, WV 25112  |  E-Mail: admissions@wvstateu.edu

International Admissions Contact

Megan Norman, Assistant Director, Office of International Affairs

Phone: +1(304)766-3063

Email: mnorman@wvstateu.edu

Address: PO Box 1000, 306B Ferrell Hall, Institute, West Virginia 25112-1000

Website: www.wvstateu.edu


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