WVU’s Birthday

Celebrating 154 years of service

Feb. 7, 1867.

That’s the day West Virginia University (then known as the “Agricultural College of West Virginia”) was founded in Morgantown under the Morril Land-Grant Colleges Act.

The university has grown from one building at its founding (Martin Hall) to now serving as the economic hub not only of Morgantown but also of West Virginia. Much obviously has changed over the past 154 years.

Today nearly 30,000 students are enrolled at WVU. The university employs thousands of educational and support staff and offer 141 undergraduate majors and 267 graduate majors. Professors at the school not only educate the next generation, they also help shape economic policy in the state and provide insight and perspective into a variety of issues. And work within WVU’s Statler College of Engineering in recent years uncovered the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

The growth and prominence of WVU as an academic institution has increased sharply over the past few decades, with the university in recent years attaining the status as a Carnegie’s R1 Research Institution, one of only 130 in the nation.

President E. Gordon Gee is among a group of leaders in recent years that have elevated WVU in the national conversation while keeping the university true to its roots.

Happy (belated) 154th birthday, West Virginia University. Mountaineers will always remain proud and free under your watch.


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