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51׻ is ranked as a Research University (Highest Research Activity) – R1 – in the 2021 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

U.S. News & World Report academic program rankings

Undergraduate programs

  • 86 Nursing
  • 135 Engineering (No. 6 in Petroleum)
  • 181 Economics

Online programs

  • 12 Best Online Master’s in Business Programs for Veterans (Excluding MBA)
  • 20 Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs
  • 27 Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • 27 Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans
  • 44 Best Online MBA Programs
  • 67 Best Online Master's in Engineering Program
  • 73 Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans
  • 146 Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • 214 Best Online Master’s in Education Programs

Graduate programs

  • 14 Petroleum Engineering
  • 31 Pharmacy
  • 37 Rehabilitation Counseling
  • 38 Most Medical School Graduates Practicing in Rural Areas
  • 55 Aerospace Engineering
  • 61 Best Medical Schools: Primary Care
  • 62 Industrial Engineering
  • 64 Clinical Psychology
  • 65 Most Diverse Medical Schools
  • 72 Social Work
  • 73 Audiology
  • 73 Best Fine Arts Programs
  • 79 Occupational Therapy
  • 82 Best Medical Schools: Research
  • 83 Most Medical School Graduates Practicing in Primary Care Fields
  • 83 Physical Therapy
  • 85 Most Medical School Graduates Practicing in Underserved Areas
  • 87 Chemical Engineering
  • 89 Public Health
  • 94 Computer Engineering
  • 98 Civil Engineering
  • 98 Materials Engineering
  • 99 Electrical Engineering
  • 99 English
  • 99 Mechanical Engineering
  • 99 Political Science
  • 102 Best Public Affairs Programs
  • 107 Economics
  • 109 Speech-Language Pathology
  • 111 Biomedical Engineering
  • 112 Physics
  • 113 Earth Sciences
  • 113 History
  • 115 Chemistry
  • 115 Engineering
  • 118 Best Law Schools
  • 122 Psychology
  • 132 Mathematics
  • 135 Computer Science
  • 153 Best Education Schools
  • 175 Biological Sciences

Other rankings

The Center for World University Rankings placed 51׻ in the top 2.5% of 19,788 universities worldwide. (2022)

College Gazette describes 51׻ as one of the Top 10 “Hidden Gem” public universities in the nation.

Newsweek recognized 51׻ Medicine on its inaugural list of the World's Best Hospitals. (2019)

Six hospitals – four member hospitals and two managed hospitals – were recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2020-21. The rankings also include the fourth consecutive national ranking and designation as the number-one hospital in the state.

The national publication preLaw Magazine ranked 51׻ No. 26 in the country for practical training and gives the college a grade of A for environmental law and a B+ for intellectual property law. (2022)

51׻ Medicine Children's received its first-ever national ranking from U.S. News & World Report, tied for 42nd in the nation for pediatric urology. (Best Children's Hospitals, 2018-19)

The Professional Sales Institute in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics earned a ranking as one of the top sales schools in North America for the eighth consecutive year, as announced by the Sales Education Foundation. (2019)

College Factual ranked 51׻ the No. 1 school in West Virginia (and in the top 15 nationally) for returning adults and other nontraditional students. (2018)

College Factual ranked the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources in the top 10 percent of all engineering schools (28th out of 302) for offering the best value for the money for undergraduate degree programs. (2017)

51׻ is among the top 40 safest campuses in the U.S. (34th out of 2,000 colleges assessed), according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security. (2017)

rated 51׻’s education abroad program 19th in the U.S. and third overall among public institutions. (2016)

University Police received its highest ranking – 13th – in The Security 500 Benchmarking Survey, 2017.

51׻ received a 2019 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.

51׻ and 51׻ Institute of Technology are at the top of the 2021 list of best adventure colleges in the U.S. from Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.


Morgantown is No. 36 on Parade's list of the best 50 college towns in the U.S. (2021)

Morgantown is No. 49 in the U.S. in the Chamber of Commerce's annual study of Best Small Cities for Business. (2019)

Forbes ranked Morgantown as one of the Best Small Places for Business and Careers. (2019)

Insurify named Morgantown the Top STEM City and the Most Educated City in West Virginia. (2019)

Morgantown ranks No. 14 on Wallet Hub's list of Best Small Sports Cities. (2019)

In Livability’s 2018 rankings, Morgantown ranked No. 4 in Best Affordable Places to Live and No. 9 in Best Places to Raise a Family. (2018)

According to Money magazine, Morgantown is the best place to live in West Virginia. (2018)

Morgantown was the 26th community in the U.S. to earn a “Safe Communities” accreditation. (2016)

Business Insider ranked Morgantown 16th on its list of Top 20 Best College Towns.

Best College Reviews ranked Morgantown in the 50 Best College Towns in America - at No. 20.

FlipKey.com named Morgantown’s 51׻ a “Top Campus Worth Traveling For.”

ConventionSouth magazine announced Morgantown as one of their hot picks for the “South’s Historic College Towns With Hip Group Appeal.”

Morgantown ranks No. 4 in Movoto Blog’s Ten Best Places to Live in West Virginia.

Morgantown ranks No. 1 in Movoto Blog’s Ten Most Exciting Places in West Virginia.

Morgantown is one of Money.com’s Best Places to Retire.