More Reasons to Attend
Morgantown is a great place to live and work. It has been ranked #1 small city in America by BizJournals.com, and WVU was ranked in the Top 20 best places to work in academia by The Scientist magazine. Its size is between a small town and a large city and appeals to an eclectic mix of interests. Morgantown offers great entertainment and tasty eateries to please anyone’s palate. If you are looking for something to do beyond Morgantown, it is conveniently located in close proximity of several larger metropolitan areas, such as Pittsburgh, PA, Baltimore, MD, and Washington, D.C., or check out this list of things to do within a two hour drive of Morgantown
- Recreation and Rejuvenation
Whether experiencing hot summers, colorful falls, or snowy winters, there is a variety of local and regional recreational activities from hiking to whitewater rafting or snow skiing. Coopers Rock State Forest is just a few miles from Morgantown and provides a convenient location for outdoor activities, such as biking, climbing and camping. Located in the University Research Forest, adjacent to Coopers Rock, is the Adventure WV Canopy Tour comprised of 4 ziplines, an aerial bridge, and a tandem rappel station to exit the course http://adventurewv.wvu.edu/. There are also miles of rail-trails along the Monongahela River for walking, biking, and jogging. The WVU Student Recreation Center offers students a wide variety of activities, such as a climbing wall, indoor swimming pools, indoor basketball courts and more http://studentreccenter.wvu.edu/.
- Morgantown is a safe place
Ranked 18th of 135 campuses by the Readers Digest Campus Safety Survey, WVU is committed to a safe campus environment. The WVU Police Department focuses on protection of students and works in conjunction with city and county police.
- “Let’s Go Mountaineers!”
The resounding cheer -“Let’s Go Mountaineers” – is often heard across the WVU campus, throughout the state of West Virginia, and beyond. Did you know that West Virginia University’s logo, the “Flying WV,” is one of the most recognized emblems in college sports? A member of the NCAA, WVU competes in the Big 12 Athletic Conference at the Division I-A level in 17 intercollegiate varsity sports http://www.wvusports.com/.
- Scenic surroundings
The stunning campus is spread across Morgantown. The breathtaking scenic backdrop of the hills of West Virginia is a natural hallmark of the university community. Soak in the scenery of nature’s best as well as the surrounding historical and modern architecture while riding the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) from one part of the campus to the other.