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University of Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia

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University of Charleston overview
Location Charleston, West Virginia
Online ucwv.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
University of Charleston overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Charleston, located in the state capital of West Virginia along the banks of the Kanawha River, provides a picturesque urban setting close to the cultural and political hub of the city. Established in 1888, this private institution maintains a history of fostering academic rigor across various disciplines. The University of Charleston is recognized for its strong programs in health sciences, business, and education. While it maintains a moderately selective admissions process, the university offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees to its diverse student body. The campus architecture exhibits a blend of traditional and modern styles, with facilities designed to support both academic and residential life. The university provides on-campus housing options to accommodate its students. Although not primarily known for athletics, the University of Charleston competes in the NCAA Division II, and students participate in various sports, with some competitive programs, particularly in soccer and basketball.

In the most recent statistical year 1,571 prospective students applied, and 1,064 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 266 enrolled in the school.  1,853 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,206 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $31,400 plus fees of $500. University of Charleston is ranked 691 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












University of Charleston is rated within the lower 44% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very Easy
University of Charleston overview
SAT 985/1160
ACT 19/23
Estimated GPA 3.13

Applications Accepted

University of Charleston overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for University of Charleston
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,800
Other Fees$500
Room and Board $10,200
Budget for Other Expenses$2,600
Total One Year Cost$46,500

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$45,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

51% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Charleston students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 26%
Business 26%
Biology 14%
Education 9%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 4%

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