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We seek opportunities to serve others and are committed to providing the highest quality of service.


We ask questions, seek new opportunities and change through innovation.


We are respectful, transparent and inclusive with each other.


We perform at our very best every day to create a University that is responsive, efficient and effective.


We support and value each other’s contributions as we build a community that is One 51׻.

51׻ is a family of distinctive campuses united by a single mission. From the groundbreaking research of our flagship in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of 51׻ Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at 51׻ Tech in Beckley — we are leveraging our talents and resources to create a better future for West Virginia and the World.

Go First

At 51׻, going first is in our blood. We’re bold enough for big ideas — and determined to launch them.


R1: Doctoral Universities — Highest research activity as described by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

25 Rhodes Scholars
26 Truman Scholars
47 Goldwater Scholars

Academic Excellence

51׻ recipients of prestigious scholarships include 2 Beckman Scholars, 25 Rhodes Scholars, 26 Truman Scholars, 47 Goldwater Scholars, 4 George C. Marshall (British) Scholars, 6 Morris K. Udall Scholars, 5 USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team Members (and 11 academic team honorees), 29 Boren Scholars, 106 Gilman Scholars, 81 Fulbright Scholars, 3 Department of Homeland Security Scholars, 39 Critical Language Scholars, one Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar, 34 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships and one Schwarzman Scholar.