Founded in 1867 as a land-grant institution, WVU is the flagship university for the State of West Virginia. Designated as a high research university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the main campus is in Morgantown with branch campuses in Montgomery, Keyser, and Beckley (in Fall 2016). Enrollment for all campuses was 31,514 in fall 2015. WVU has been offering off-campus and distance education programs since the 1970s and is a leader in online education. The first online course was offered in 1998. Today, more than 4,500 students are enrolled in online, off-campus, or hybrid courses.