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About WVU Online

Access. Excellence. Opportunity.


WVU and WVU Online have a single mission: to provide a quality and affordable education. No matter who you are, or where you are, you’ll find your niche here.

As part of “One West Virginia University,” WVU Online is guided by WVU’s mission calling for programs and services that:

  • create a diverse and inclusive culture that advances education, healthcare, and prosperity for all;
  • provide access and opportunity;
  • advance high-impact research; and
  • lead transformation in West Virginia and the world, though local, state and global engagement.

As the demand for online degrees and courses grows, WVU Online continues our student-centered focus.

Our responsibilities include:

  • constantly exploring new technology to provide you with the most up-to-date online education;
  • providing online programs that are an extension of the excellence of our on-campus programs;
  • designing online programs that provide you with future-ready skills to put you ahead of the competition.

Student Services

At WVU Online, you have access to a team that will help you succeed from the day you register for your first class, to the day you graduate. We provide a strong support system, so you never feel lost or alone.

Nicole Andino in front of the Mountainlair on her laptop.

  • Academic Life Coaches help you find the program that is right for you and steer you through the enrollment process.
  • Your academic advisor knows the specifics of your program and will guide you every step of the way as you complete your courses.
  • The Mountaineer Hub connects you to financial aid, scholarships, academic information, and more.
  • WVU’s Technology Service Desk provides support for online systems, to resolve and prevent problems.
  • The Office of Accessibility Services assists students with temporary or permanent disabilities.
  • You will have 24/7 student mental health support that is 100% confidential.
  • The WVU Tutoring Center offers online versions of “drop-in” tutoring.
  • The WVU Libraries system provides resources for online students, including a live “Chat with a Librarian.”

Student Spotlight

Hear directly from our students about the WVU Online experience.

Hannah Booth profile.

Hannah Booth

Digital Marketing Communications M.S.

"There are people of all ages and from all over the world in my classes!"

Learn More About Hannah

WVU Online student Chris Morlock.

Chris Morlock

Music Industry M.A. / Integrated Marketing Communications M.S.

Chris selected WVU Online for both of his master's programs and the ability to have his classes online was a significant factor in his decision to enter both these programs.

Learn More About Chris

Who We Are

As one West Virginia University, we are purposeful in our studies and our work so that we can partner with our communities – both near and far – to bring needed and valued solutions to real-life problems within the pillars of education, healthcare and prosperity.

WVU Online = Academic Integrity

WVU is recognized for its academic excellence. We bring WVU to you with a state-of-the-art learning platform, support and connections that start even before you enroll, and access to a dynamic online community.


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which guarantees the quality of the University as a whole. Most WVU Online programs also hold specialized accreditation.


The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA), establishes uniform standards for distance education for all participating institutions. WVU Online joined SARA in 2014 and offers distance education in all 49 states, districts and territories that participate in SARA.


As an online student, you’ll use WVU eCampus, a powerful virtual space where courses are easy to follow, communication with your professors is seamless, and collaboration with peers is built into the learning experience.

WVU Online By The Numbers


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Students enrolled in WVU Online degree programs.


WVU students took at least one online class.


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of WVU Online students are residents of West Virginia.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is WVU a R1 Institution?

The highest - and most coveted - rank is the “Doctoral/Very High Research Activity,” category, often referred to simply as “R1” institutions. WVU maintains R-1 status among the most prestigious research universities, according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Currently only 3.7% of the degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the U.S. have the Carnegie R1 Classification.

Where does West Virginia University rank in education?

World University Rankings places WVU among the top 2.5% of universities in the world.

How much does WVU Online cost?

Cost to attend WVU is still lower than that of many peer institutions — on average by 15%. WVU offers a quality education at a great price, and aid programs that make our price tag even better. The majority of online degrees and certificates are offered at a flat rate, regardless of residency.

How does WVU Online support students?

WVU Online assists students from the point of admission through graduation. Dedicated admissions coaches and program advisors will support you throughout your time at WVU Online. In addition, students have access to many support services including online tutoring, 24/7 mental health support, virtual library services, accessibility services, career services and technology assistance.

How can you make the most out of your online education?

Making the most of an online education requires a few factors. Time management is needed to prepare a realistic schedule which includes course deadlines, study sessions, commitments, and responsibilities at work and personally. Designate a workspace that will allow you to be comfortable, remove distractions, and that is conducive to learning. Check all technology requirements, have a stable reliable internet connection, and interact in discussions both with your classmates and instructors in your online courses. Schedule breaks to help make study sessions less daunting and more efficient. Utilize the university resources provided virtually which include 24/7 mental health support, library resources, online tutoring, and accessibility services. Most importantly, engage with peers on the online discussion boards and reach out to classmates to say hello and form virtual study groups!

Will my online degree be respected and recognized for job opportunities?

Transcripts and diplomas are issued by West Virginia University and do not indicate the program delivery method of course or degrees.

What are the benefits of online education?

Online education provides flexibility to juggle your course work, family, and career. The ability to complete multiple projects and set priorities is must in online programs and in the workplace. Improved virtual communication and collaboration, learning to concisely communicate ideas, giving, and receiving feedback, and critical thinking skills will all contribute to improving your leadership qualities.

WVU Online

Be a decision maker. First, your degree. World-class academics at an exceptional value.

Occasionally a student will encounter an issue with an online course that he or she doesn’t know how to resolve. Should this occur, please visit the link below.

Internal Student Complaint Process

Contact Us

WVU Online
West Virginia University
PO Box 6800
Morgantown, WV 26506-6800

Phone: (800) 253-2762

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