On the southern bank of the Kanawha river sits the University of Charleston. Small in size, the University offers a variety of degree programs at all levels of higher education from bachelor’s to Doctorate. The University is ranked number one on the list of Comprehensive Colleges in West Virginia, and has also achieved a number one ranking on the Collegiate Learning Assessment. Enrollment is very competitive, and is heavily weighted towards leadership qualities and extra-curricular activities. There are currently about 1,200 students enrolled in over 20 different academic programs. The small University offers equally small class sizes, making it a great fit for students who don’t want to be one among thousands at a larger school.
Students that choose to live on campus are housed in three co-educational buildings, each within easy walking distance of the rest of campus. Modern digital communication is made easy with an internet connection available in the dorms. Resident Assistants work with the school and the students to provide educational and fun activities for diversion and personal development. These RA’s are the leaders of their own section of the building, and are responsible for helping new students with issues they may have, and perform a vital function for the Resident Life office.
The University offers 15 different undergraduate degrees in fields from athletic training to interior design. Graduate degrees offered include a Masters in Business Administration, Business Leadership, and even Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation. Beyond a Masters degree, though, the University offers a Doctoral degree in Pharmacy (Pharm.D). No matter your field of study, you’re likely to find the courses that you need at the University, making it a great fit for the serious student.
The Schoenbaum Library (also within walking distance of the dorm buildings) offers several different catalogs of articles and books a well as dozens of databases for primary research. No mere depository of books, the Schoenbaum library offers students help with research through a reference desk staffed with trained librarians. The Library is huge resource to non-students as well, providing a research facility for local residents.
Even with such a strong academic program, the University of Charleston maintains a competitive athletic department. Sixteen varsity athletic teams compete in baseball, soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, crew, track and field, and even golf. The University of Charleston is a member of the NCAA division II and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Their mascot is the Golden Eagle.
Students wishing to apply to attend the University of Charleston can visit http://www.ucwv.edu/admissions/default.aspx to learn about admissions requirements, financial aid, and more. Campus tours are also available, and can be scheduled through the website.