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Quick Facts

  • 1,895 full-time students in Fall 2014
  • Graduate programs in pharmacy and business
  • 135 international students from 41 countries, and students from 41 states
  • 25% of students who start at UC and stay through graduation get their degrees in less than four years, and an additional 10% proceed to graduate school before receiving an undergraduate degree
  • 94% of graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation
  • U.S. News Ranks University of Charleston Among Top Regional Colleges 
  • One of the Princeton Review's 2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region   
  • 100% of 2011 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 
  • 18 Division II varsity athletic teams
  • Nationally ranked Division II men’s soccer team
  • Located in the capital of West Virginia
  • One of 12 colleges nationally chosen as a model for the first-year experience
  • 300 employees; $35 million operating budget; estimated annual economic impact of $87 million
  • 14,000 alumni of record; 6,000 in the Kanawha Valley
  • Outstanding campus facilities: 7 of the 11 buildings on campus have been built since 1998, including four new residence halls and a fitness center. 
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  • In 2013, UC opened three new locations: UC-Beckley, UC-Martinsburg and UC-Online.
  • UC is nationally recognized for its outcomes-based Learning Your Way curriculum, which embeds Critical Thinking, Communication, Citizenship, Creativity, Ethical Practice and Inquiry in to courses in each major.
  • Adult-oriented bachelor and master-level programs are available during the evenings, weekends or online.
  • Earn credit for prior college, life experience and military experience.


  • UC annually ranks among the U.S. News & World Report’s “Top Regional Colleges in the South” and the Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast.”
  • UC has been ranked as a “Military Friendly School” for five consecutive years by Victory Media.
  • UC is the fourth best regional college in the South for military veterans, according to rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
  • UC offers academic programs, ranging from associate to doctoral.
  • UC offers six graduate programs, including doctorates of pharmacy and executive leadership, and master’s degrees for physician assistant, strategic leadership, business administration (MBA) and forensic accounting.
  • UC is one of 12 colleges nationally chosen as a model for the First-Year Experience
  • Most popular undergraduate UC majors include nursing, business, education, biology and pre-med/pre-pharmacy.


  • Average GPA: 3.42
  • Average ACT score: 23
  • Average SAT score: 963
  • Essay/Interview: not required, but recommended for scholarship opportunities
  • Application deadline: rolling
  • Application fee: $25

Learning Your Way

At the University of Charleston, we focus on making learning mean something real, tangible and useful. We call it Learning Your Way, and you can read about it in the online journal.