WVU Driving and Walking Tour
The starting point for the tour is One Waterfront Place in Morgantown, WV.
Driving and walking directions are in bold.
Note: If you are visiting campus before 5 p.m. on weekdays, please stop in the WVU Visitors Center at
One Waterfront Place to obtain a parking permit for Area 11.
Welcome to West Virginia University. We are confident that a visit is the perfect way to
introduce you to an institution that combines academic excellence with affordability, and a
vibrant student body with groundbreaking research. This driving/walking tour will help you
realize that no matter what your dream is, WVU can make it happen.
A few details―the tour is designed to be taken at a comfortable driving pace, between 15 and 20
miles per hour, and depending on traffic, will last about two hours. The time needed for the
walking portion will vary, depending on your pace.
You are starting your tour today at One Waterfront Place, a newer structure located in the
revitalized Wharf District. One Waterfront is home to the WVU Foundation, the University’s
fund-raising organization, and to several University departments, including New Student
Services and the Visitors Resource Center.
Please proceed to the stoplight and make a left on Don Knotts Boulevard. This street is
named in honor of Morgantown native Don Knotts, a WVU graduate best known for his role of
Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show. Merge into the center lane, and go straight through
the next four stoplights, until you reach the fifth.
West Virginia University was established in 1867 as a land grant institution by the Morrill Act of
1862. Federal land was given to the state of West Virginia to sell and keep the profit to form an
institution of higher learning. Initially named the West Virginia Agricultural College, the name
was formally changed to West Virginia University in 1868. WVU is proud of its three-part
mission of education, research, and service. We are one of only 46 public universities that serve
their states in this way. WVU is the flagship institution of the state.
WVU has 15 separate colleges and schools offering over 178 degree programs at the
undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. We offer everything from landscape
architecture to physical therapy to a one-of-a-kind forensic identification program.
Physically, 233 buildings spread over 913 acres comprise West Virginia University in
Morgantown. There are three main areas that make up WVU: downtown, Evansdale, and the
Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. You are now at the edge of the downtown campus.
Downtown is where most students will take the majority of their classes during their first two
years of study, which include a strong core of Liberal Arts classes focusing on the Fine Arts,
Social Sciences, and Physical Sciences. During the last two years, students begin specializing in
courses that relate to specific majors. A new General Education Curriculum has been
implemented to introduce students to a variety of ways of understanding the world. To
generalize, downtown is the more historical area. The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, the
College of Business and Economics, and the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism are housed
downtown. Evansdale is where all other majors and departments are housed.
At the fifth stoplight, continue on Beechurst Avenue, which is also marked as US 19 and
WV 7. On your left, you will see a tall tan building. Approximately 50 yards past the tall
tan building is parking lot 11. You need to make a left across traffic into parking lot 11.
Park your car and walk back to the road. Please walk in front of the dark brick building,
which is Stansbury Hall, up the ramp, and cross over the pedestrian bridge that spans
Stansbury Hall, named for former athletic director Charles Stansbury, was WVU’s first field
house. Basketball legend Jerry West played here as a member of the Mountaineer basketball
team, before going on to a Hall of Fame career in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s
Jerry West’s outline on the NBA logo. In his honor, this stretch of Beechurst was renamed Jerry
West Boulevard. Stansbury Hall currently houses the departments of English, philosophy,
humanities, religious studies, and military science. WVU’s Army and Air Force ROTC programs
are also located here. We have had an active ROTC since the University was founded.
In front of you is the Beechurst station of the Personal Rapid Transit system, or PRT. Its gold
and blue computer-driven cars move along the guideways above you. Student passengers ride for
free between five stations that connect all areas of WVU. Since it began service in 1975, more
than 56 million riders have traveled in its electric cars. It has been rated by the New Electric
Railway Journal as the best performer in its category, ranking higher than Disney World’s
Please walk to the left and follow the sidewalk as it winds around the PRT until you see a
set of stairs in front of you. Walk up four flights of stairs and stop next to the emergency
phone with the blue light on top of it. WVU has 37 emergency phones strategically located
across campus. As soon as someone hits the red button, an officer is dispatched to the location.
The campus is also very well lit at night.
WVU has its own security force of more than 45 officers. They work hand-in-hand with the
Morgantown City Police, the West Virginia State Police, and the Monongalia Sheriff’s
Department. In 1998 WVU was ranked the safest campus in the nation by the National Safety
Council. This award is given based on crime statistics and overall crime prevention programs.
Furthermore, USA Today has named WVU one of the safest schools in the country on multiple
There are three buildings surrounding the PRT station. On your far right is Hodges Hall, home of
the physics and statistics departments. A small observatory and planetarium sit on top of its roof,
for student and public viewing. WVU’s physics department is researching phenomena related to
the sun and space weather, receiving grants from NASA and the US Department of Energy.
To your left is Brooks Hall, opened in 1950, which currently is being renovated and will soon
house various University Departments, including the departments of Geography and Geology
and Army and Air Force ROTC. The departments of Geology and Geography and the GIS, or
Geographic Information Systems, laboratory will be moving here as well.
Go to your left, climbing the stairs. At the landing with the gray brick walkway, follow the
flat path to the right and stop at the circular area. The building to your immediate right is
Armstrong Hall, which houses many classrooms and was recently renovated. It is home to the
departments of mathematics and communication studies, and the Institute for Math Learning—an
office devoted to the enhancement of teaching and learning mathematics at the University and
throughout the state.
Follow the wide staircase upward. There are three sets of steps to climb. Please continue to
the top of the stairs. You are now in the heart of the downtown campus, and, depending on the
day and time, are probably surrounded by many WVU students. Nearly all undergraduates have
some classes here, and regardless of a student’s major, the majority of classes taken as a
freshman are on the Downtown Campus. Across University Avenue, the road directly in front of
you, is the Mountainlair, and to your left is Woodburn Circle.
To your right is Elizabeth Moore Hall, called simply E. Moore by students. It has a pool, dance
studio, and a small gym for fencing club practice, and houses the Office of Student Life, the
Office of Student Legal Services, the Off-Campus Housing Office, and Service Learning Office.
The student attorney can help in non-criminal matters such as looking over apartment leases. The
Off-Campus Housing Office helps students find quality, safe places to live in Morgantown. This
beautiful structure is a favorite spot for students to relax and study. E. Moore also offers a lap-
top check out program where students can check out wireless lap-tops in a relaxed environment.
Walk to your left toward Martin Hall. Continue walking past the sign that identifies
Martin Hall into the area known as Woodburn Circle. This is the most recognizable and
historic area of WVU. Woodburn Circle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Many ceremonies have been held here over the years, including President David C. Hardesty
Jr.’s inauguration in 1995 and President Bush’s 2005 Fourth of July address.
Martin Hall, the building closest to you, is WVU’s oldest structure, and was completed in 1870.
It is named for Reverend Alexander Martin, the University’s first president. Home to the Perley
Isaac Reed School of Journalism, Martin Hall holds advanced computer labs and the latest in
desktop publishing. Journalism students at WVU benefit from outstanding faculty, including
Pulitzer-Prize winner, Terry Wimmer and former CNN correspondent, George Esper. Students
also can gain valuable experience working at the campus radio station, U-92, or with the student
newspaper, the Daily Athenaeum.
Keeping Martin Hall on your left, continue around the circle toward the building with the
clock tower. This structure is Woodburn Hall, which is probably WVU’s most famous
building. You may recognize it, since it has been reproduced on many items, from books and
pamphlets to advertisements and signs. This symbol of WVU was completed in 1876 and named
Woodburn in 1893. The Seth Thomas clock on top was originally located on Martin Hall, but
was moved here in 1911. At some point in our history, nearly every school or college has been
located in Woodburn Hall. A recent renovation has restored this structure to its original glory.
Currently, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is headquartered here, along with the
departments of history, political science, and interdepartmental studies.
The department of political science is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation, and
WVU’s debate team was recently rated as one of the country’s best.
As you pass Woodburn Hall look to your left and you will see a large building with green
glass. This is the Life Sciences Building, which was completed in the fall of 2002 and houses
the Psychology and Biology departments. An innovative, technologically advanced facility, it
includes classrooms, labs, a greenhouse, mental health clinic, faculty offices, and common areas.
Continuing along the circular walkway, you will come to Chitwood Hall. Constructed in
1893, it was given its present name in 1972 to honor history professor Oliver Chitwood. This
building contains the department of foreign languages. The University offers degrees in six
foreign languages, and several majors require students to take foreign language courses in order
The College of Business and Economics is located in the modern building behind Chitwood
Hall. This college introduces students to the cutting-edge information technologies used in
business, and an international emphasis prepares its graduates for the global marketplace.
Degrees in accounting, marketing, finance, business administration, management, management
information systems, economics, professional accountancy, forensics accounting, and business
with a foreign language emphasis are offered. Innovative offerings such as the Executive
Education program, which can be customized to fit an individual organization’s needs, and the
Executive MBA Program, which is offered via distance learning to nine locations in and outside
of the state, make our graduates valuable to the Fortune 500 companies that recruit on campus.
Please walk across University Avenue at the crosswalk (checking traffic from both
directions) directly in front of Woodburn Circle. Walk up the stairs to a small plaza. The
building with the columns to the left of you is Oglebay Hall, and you are currently standing in
Oglebay Plaza. This hall is currently undergoing renovations, but will soon house the forensics
Oglebay Plaza includes the mast from the battleship U.S.S. West Virginia, which was sunk in the
attack on Pearl Harbor, and later raised to serve in World War II. The mast was saved after
decommissioning and brought here from Seattle through the efforts of many students and
graduates. The bell is from the armored cruiser U.S.S. West Virginia, which served in World
The small red brick building across the street is the Student Services Center. The Undergraduate
Academic Services Center is where many first- and second-year students meet with their
advisors and schedule classes. If you are a Pre-Arts and Sciences, Pre-Business, Pre-Health
Sciences, General Studies, or Pre-Journalism student, you will meet your advisor here. After you
enter your degree program, you will have an advisor in your school or college.
The third floor of the building houses the Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological
Services. Licensed counselors can help with any problems caused by stress, depression, being
away from home for the first time, adjusting to campus life, or other concerns.
Please cross College Avenue and walk toward the Emergency Phone. To the left of the
Emergency Phone is a small glassed-in portion of the building. This is where the Career Services
Center is located. Career Services assists students in finding part-time jobs while they’re in
school, internships, and of course jobs when they are nearing graduation. The center also holds
job fairs throughout the year. Companies from all over the country interview and hire WVU
Continue walking past the Emergency Phone and stop in front of the WVU Bookstore,
which will be on your left. This is WVU's central bookstore; it sells souvenirs, supplies, and of
course, textbooks. Students can drop off their schedules prior to the start of a semester and come
back later for their filled order. Students also can use an on-line database to buy textbooks and
have them shipped to their door. Other bookstores on campus are located at the Health Sciences
Center, Evansdale Residential Complex (ERC), and the Law School. Please feel free to step
inside the bookstore and look around, if the facility is open.
Continue walking past the Bookstore, along the building. You are approaching the
Mountaineer Mascot statue and the Mountainlair.
The Mountaineer Mascot Statue is another well-known symbol of WVU. Every year, a student is
chosen to serve as the Mountaineer and appears at sports and other events as an ambassador for
our school and the state. The Mountaineer is chosen for outstanding enthusiasm, character,
service to the community, and academics. The mascot symbolizes the proud and rich heritage of
the Mountain State and its people.
You are now in front of the Mountainlair Student Union, which has been named one of the
top student unions in the world by the Association of College Unions International.
Enter the Mountainlair and proceed up the stairs and stand in front of the Information
Desk at the top of the stairs. The Lair includes several restaurants and a food court at the back,
a movie theater, bowling alley, billiards tables, radio station, art gallery, post office, copy center,
and lounges. Students can find several different study areas throughout the building.
Besides being a place to relax, grab a bite, and meet friends, the Mountainlair contains the
student-run campus radio station, U-92, and various departments and offices. The student
organization wing is the headquarters of the student government association, and there are over
300 different student clubs.
Located downstairs is the Disability Services Office. It provides accommodations for those with
physical, learning, psychological, or other documented disabilities. Services include providing
sign language interpreters, accessible transportation, special classroom equipment, taped or
enlarged reading materials, and more.
Please go to the second floor taking either the black stairs or the elevators.
Directly in front of you is the Financial Aid office. About 70% of WVU students receive more
than $216 million each year in financial aid. There are three main types of aid: loans, grants, and
work study. February 15th is the priority deadline to receive maximum consideration for each
type of aid. If students qualify financially for the work study program, they are given a job on
campus that allows them to earn a paycheck and study for classes. Students work all over WVU,
in offices, in labs, and in nearly every department. It is a great way to earn money and gain actual
Nearly $4 million each year is committed to WVU Scholars Program Scholarships. Close to
2,500 students benefit from the program annually. Awards range from the Foundation
Scholarship, which covers the full cost of an undergraduate education, to the Presidential and
Storer, which provide tuition and fees for four years, to Leadership Scholarships that award $500
per semester. There are scholarships for all types of students.
WVU was named one of the top 100 best buys in higher education by Kiplinger’s Personal
Finance Magazine and Institutional Research and Evaluation. We offer an incredible
combination of academic excellence and affordability. WVU has the 14th lowest in-state tuition,
and is in the top 20 of schools that offer the most affordable tuition for out-of-state students.
Across from the Financial Aid Office is the scholars lounge. WVU has a proud tradition of
Rhodes Scholars with 25 to-date, including President David C. Hardesty, Jr., who was our 16th
Rhodes Scholar. This number ranks WVU in the top six public state institutions in the number of
Rhodes recipients. The Rhodes Scholarship is the premier scholarship given to undergraduate
college students. Recipients spend two years studying at Oxford University in England. You can
see the names of our Rhodes Scholars on the wall in this area.
WVU is also a Truman Scholar Honor Institution, a designation given by the Harry Truman
Foundation honoring the output of Truman Scholars. Only 17 schools have been so designated.
Truman Scholarships are given to high achieving undergraduates who plan to work in the public
sector. There have been 17 so far. WVU also sports a distinguished list of 29 Goldwater
Scholars, the most prestigious award given to undergraduate students studying the physical
Please walk straight back through the open hallway. On your right are the Blue and Gold
Ballrooms, which host many events, such as job-fairs and concerts. President Hardesty and his
wife held their wedding reception here. This is also the place to hear special guests speak as a
part of the Festival of Ideas Lecture Series. Past speakers have included Spike Lee, Jerry
Greenfield (of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream), Morgan Spurlock creator of “Super Size Me”, FW de
Klerk, Maya Angelou, director John Singleton, and a panel of Pulitzer Prize winners.
Please continue walking down the hallway until you can see the food court below you. It
includes Sbarros, McCoys, which is a sub shop, D’s Express Chinese take out, the Smoothie
Company, Hatfield’s, and Burger King. Students can use their Mountie Bounty accounts to pay
for meals here. Mountie Bounty is a debit account that is accessed through the Mountaineer
Card, which is a student’s ID card. Students can deposit money into their Mountie Bounty
account and use their card at a variety of places, including the WVU Bookstore. Students can
also use their meal plans once a day at Hatfield’s, McCoys, or Burger King.
The Lair is the site of most WVUp All Night events. This program provides students with fun,
free activities nearly every weekend night. Thousands show up for free food, movie marathons,
concerts, dances, and nationally known comedians.
Walk through the doors and exit the Mountainlair. If you turn toward the hill to your left,
you will see a long red brick building. This is Stalnaker Hall.
Initially called Women’s Hall, it was renamed after distinguished psychology professor Elizabeth
Stalnaker. A major renovation was completed in 1993. Stalnaker is a suite style residence hall
that can house about 260 freshmen Honors students. There are eight vertical lofts with skylights,
and all rooms are air-conditioned and carpeted. There is a cafeteria and computer site.
The administrative offices for the WVU Honors College are also located here. The Honors
College offers advanced studies in small class settings with top faculty for highly motivated
Immediately behind Stalnaker, but just out of your view, is Dadisman Hall. This traditional style
residence hall with community baths can hold 348 students. It has a recreation room and learning
center. Because of its close proximity to Stalnaker, students use Stalnaker's cafeteria.
All single, first-year students are required to live in University housing. Coed and single-sex
accommodations are available, and all residence hall rooms provide basic cable TV service,
include a phone with local calling and voice mail, an Ethernet Internet connection, and are wired
for the Internet. Later in the tour you will see the Evansdale Residential Complex, and at that
time more information will be provided concerning residence hall life at WVU.
Walk straight and then to the right, coming to a stop on the green turf area. This area
behind the Lair is known as the Mountainlair Plaza. Students play frisbee, study, or just relax in
the sun on nice days. It’s also the site of our annual FallFest, a back-to-school welcome event
held on the first night of classes in the fall semester. More than 15,000 students have attended
FallFest for a multi-band concert, film festival, comedy club and many other fun events. In the
past few years several well known bands have performed at FallFest including Live, Kayne
West, O.A.R., and Black-Eyed Peas.
As you look to the right end of Stalnaker Hall, you will see High Street. Two more residence
halls are located here. The brown buildings directly across from you are Boreman North and
Boreman South opened in 1935 as the first residence hall for men. Many rooms are designed as
suites, with each suite opening into a stairwell rather than a hallway. The cafeteria, “Boreman
Bistro,” serves food in the style of a New York deli. Boreman Hall North contains traditional
rooms with a community bath. It houses approximately 240 students.
Located a block behind Boreman are Arnold Hall and Arnold Apartments. There are two
sections, one with mostly suites and the other with rooms designed with a community bath.
Arnold Hall and Arnold Apartments share a cafeteria. The apartments have kitchens, bathrooms,
Also located nearby is The Center for Black Culture. The Center works to broaden appreciation
of African and African-American culture and provides counseling, social events, lectures,
emergency loans, and a mentoring program called PASSkey. An Africana Studies Certificate is
Another building that is nearby on Prospect Street is the headquarters of the Daily Athenaeum,
WVU’s student run newspaper. The paper is published daily during the school year, and weekly
during the summer months.
You may have heard about WVU’s record enrollment levels. To meet the housing needs of our
freshmen, and of other students who wish to live on campus, the University has purchased new
residence halls and is currently building a new residence hall. Residents of these halls have
many of the same amenities found in WVU’s own residence halls, including Operation Jump-
Start, a resident faculty leader (RFL), and trained Residential Education staff. All of the same
rules and regulations apply.
On the downtown campus, International House is a facility where both domestic and
international students live and is located close to Boreman Hall and the Downtown Library
Complex. Summit Hall is only one block from the new Life Sciences Building and features suite
accommodations (similar to Arnold and Boreman). There will also be a new residence hall
constructed near Summit Hall scheduled to open Fall 2007.
On Evansdale, Fieldcrest Hall is within easy walking distance of the Evansdale Residential
Complex (ERC) and the PRT. It is adjacent to the Health Sciences Center and Mountaineer
Field. A free shuttle service transports students to the ERC for meals.
Pierpont Apartments is across the street from the ERC. While the apartments are equipped with
a small kitchen, students are still required to purchase a meal plan. Pierpont has its own
The Ridge Apartments is located near the Evansdale campus. These apartments include private
bedrooms, with four students per apartment. Each unit has a washer and dryer, kitchen, and a
furnished common area. Students are still required to purchase a meal plan. Residents have
access to a fitness center, computer center, and a free University-run shuttle service.
Also near the Evansdale Residential Complex is the site of Lincoln Hall—a new residence hall
that opened in Fall 2006. It houses 300 students in suite-style living and includes a small theater
and 3 study lounges.
Please continue your walk across the plaza until coming to a staircase. Walk down the
stairs from the plaza, and cross Prospect Street.
You are now roughly between Clark Hall, to your right, and the Chemistry Lab building,
to your left. Begin walking between these two buildings, underneath the skywalk ahead of
you. Clark Hall is home to the Chemistry Department. One of its faculty members, Dr. Ken
Showalter, has been recognized by Discover magazine. The magazine declared that his work on
nonlinear dynamics was the most innovative research discovery of that year.
Please walk to your right. The buildings to your left are the intellectual center of the
University. Walk down the ramp or stairs and stop when arriving at the front of the
building. The Downtown Library complex is now in front of you. The building in the rear is the
Wise Library. It was built in 1931 and has been restored as a quasi-cultural center, with space for
the West Virginia and Regional History Collections and WVU’s art collections.
The downtown library complex opened in the spring of 2002. This five-story, 124,000-square
foot structure was designed for students who have been raised on technology. It offers a
traditional library integrated with over 3o wireless laptop computers, 180 desktop computers,
group study rooms, and 35 media-equipped workstations. The multimedia floor includes group
study rooms with a 42-inch high-definition TV screen, and keyboard and Internet connections for
e-conferences. Two floors of stacks hold 348,000 books. A breathtaking view of Morgantown is
provided on the top two floors. More than 1.7 million volumes are in the library system, plus
9,000 subscriptions, and about 2 million items on microfilm or microfiche. A glass-encased
atrium with a skylight joins the new library with the Wise Library, named in honor of 1933-1934
Student Body President Charles Wise. If the library is open feel free to walk inside and look
Begin walking straight ahead toward University Avenue. The building to your left is White
Hall. The Office of International Programs is located in White Hall and provides opportunities
for students to experience other cultures through higher education study abroad programs. WVU
students have the chance to live and study all over the world, including England, France, Japan,
Australia, Italy, and many other places.
White Hall also houses a new state-of-the-art computer lab that is open 24 hours per day. It has
more than 100 flat screen pc’s. Students also can use LCD projectors, and classes meet in
electronic classrooms on the second floor.
Please walk down the steps and cross University Avenue in the crosswalk.
Directly in front of you is Colson Hall, originally built to house the College of Law in 1923. The
names on the top of the building are of prominent lawyers from the era when the building was
constructed, including several Supreme Court justices.
Colson Hall is currently under renovation, but will soon house various academic departments,
including the English department.
The Admissions and Records office is located behind Colson Hall. Students can register for
classes, check their grades, and e-mail their professors with our student Web platform, the MIX.
Every student and faculty member receives a free e-mail account and access to virtual chat areas
and message boards for each class they take. The MIX also includes campus messages, a
personal calendar, lists of current events, links to important data, and a site where students can
build their very own home pages.
As you walk up the sidewalk, you will pass Purinton House, on your left, which is named
for Daniel Purinton, who was University President from 1901 to 1911. This was originally
the President's home, but the President now lives on the Evansdale Campus in the Blaney House.
Directly across the street from Purinton House is Stewart Hall. This gothic structure, named for
Irvin Stewart, University President, 1946 to 1958, was completed in 1902 and is on the National
Register of Historic Places. Stewart Hall was the first comprehensive library at WVU, but now is
the site of the President’s office, the offices of most of his cabinet, and the Office of Student
Accounts, where tuition bills are paid. It is also the home of the President’s Office for Social
Justice, which promotes opportunity, equality, civility, and respect for everyone on campus.
Please take a left directly beyond Purinton House, and walk straight down the path to a set
of stairs, which lead back down to the PRT station, then cross the pedestrian bridge to
Stansbury and return to your car.
At the exit to parking area 11, make a right back on to Beechurst Avenue. Merge into the
left-hand lane as you approach the stoplight. You are making a left on to Fayette Street, so
please wait for the green turning arrow. Turn up Fayette Street and go straight through
the first stoplight. This is the intersection with High Street, which is downtown
Morgantown’s main street. The city has received the Great American Main Street Award
several times for its thriving downtown, which includes specialty shops, fine and casual dining,
and live music.
Morgantown is a unique, vibrant community. It was voted the “Best Small City in the East” by
Prometheus Publications, as the “#1 Small City in America” in 2000 by BizJournals.com, as the
“5th Best Small Metro” by Forbes, and as one of the nations “Best Workplaces for Commuters”
by US EPA and Department of Transportation.
Continue on Fayette until the next stoplight, at the intersection with Spruce Street, which is
a one-way street. Turn left on Spruce. Proceed to the next light in the left hand lane. At
the light, turn left onto Willey and immediately get in the right hand lane. After turning left
onto Willey St continue straight through the next stoplight. On your right you will see a
sign that reads “West Virginia University Downtown Campus.” You are now driving
through the downtown campus.
As you drive through campus, you will pass by the Mountainlair and Woodburn Circle,
and enter a curve known locally as “the Loop.” This is the location of Old Mountaineer Field,
which provided generations of WVU students and spectators with exciting football action. You
have a great view of the Life Sciences Building from here.
At the stoplight, continue straight on University Avenue. About 80% of WVU’s sophomores,
juniors, and seniors live off-campus. To help them find safe, affordable housing, the Off-Campus
Housing Office was created. This office offers advice on housing options. They publish a booklet
that describes how to find quality residences, how to deal with landlords, and sample leases.
They also maintain a housing database on the Internet and offer housing fairs throughout the
year. It is possible to find safe, low-cost accommodations in Morgantown. Costs vary depending
on location, amenities, and number of roommates.
Morgantown is a cosmopolitan, comfortable place to live. It benefits from a low cost of living,
and like the rest of West Virginia, has one of the lowest crime rates in the nation.
After passing a yellow flashing light, get ready to turn right into the WVU Law School.
Please turn onto the road on your right, before the blue sign that reads “WVU Law
Center.” Drive up the winding road until getting to the top of the hill.
Founded in 1878, this is the only law school in the state. Its three-year program has over 400
students enrolled annually. This facility was completed in 1974, and has its own law library and
bookstore. The law school has hosted former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
and former Chief Justice William Rehnquist for public lectures and private sessions with law
students. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg visited in fall 2005.
Please bear to the right at the top of the hill and then take your first right turn. Turn left
into parking area 200 and drive to the back of the parking lot. Those students who bring cars
to campus most commonly use this parking lot. While students are allowed to bring cars to
campus as freshmen, the University does not recommend doing so. It costs approximately $200 a
year to park in Lot 200. From this vantage point, you can see Mountaineer Field, our 63,500-seat
football stadium. Thousands of cheering fans make Mountaineer Field the third largest city in the
state during home football games. Students receive reserved seats. In fact, undergraduates can
get in free to any athletic event at WVU. The Milan Puskar Center, practice field, and Caperton
Indoor Facility make this one of the finest football complexes anywhere, and the excitement of
Big East football is incredible. WVU has appeared in 25 bowl games including a trip to the
Sugar Bowl to play for the National Championship. WVU regularly leads the conference in the
number of academic All-American student athletes.
To the left you can see a tall red-brick building with green glass windows. This building is Ruby
Memorial Hospital, a private 376-bed facility operated in conjunction with WVU. Ruby provides
WVU’s health sciences students with the best possible learning environment, and state and local
citizens receive top-notch health care. The Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center includes the
HealthNet emergency helicopter service. The Rosenbaum Family House is a new facility that
provides housing for the families of adult patients being treated at the hospital.
The Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute was created to research debilitating
neurological disorders. It was endowed by West Virginia senator Jay Rockefeller in honor of his
mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. It is the largest basic science research venture in
West Virginia history, and the only major institute in the world focusing on human memory.
The tall grayish colored building behind Ruby Memorial is the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences
Center, named for West Virginia’s long-time US senator. Health Sciences includes the School of
Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, and School of Pharmacy. The placement rate
for graduates in many specialties is 100 percent.
The Student Health Service is also located here. When students are sick or injured, they can go to
the student health service and visit a doctor for only a $10 copayment. It is a primary health care
service. Surgeries and medicine are not covered under student health, but insurance is available.
The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center is also part of the complex, and its physicians and staff
conduct research and provide inpatient and outpatient treatment. The WVU Eye Institute is a
state-of-the-art facility with clinics for patient care, diagnostic testing, and laser treatments.
Located behind these structures is the Chestnut Ridge Research Building. The amount of
research funding WVU receives each year continues to grow. University researchers now
receive more then $150 million annually from state, federal and private sources. WVU focuses
on research that will benefit state citizens, such as health care, welfare reform, and economic
development. The US Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Energy,
Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and Centers for Disease Control are
leading sponsors of WVU research.
Now, please exit area 200 and continue around the building, heading back down the hill to
University Avenue. Many of the buildings that can be seen from Law School hill are part of the
Evansdale Campus, which you will continue touring momentarily. When you get to the bottom
of the hill, make a right and head down the hill toward the first stoplight. Be sure to get
into the left turning lane, and turn left at the light. Please take the third left turn into the
turn-around in front of the large complex to your left. You can park in this turn-around
while looking inside.
The four tall brick buildings next to you make up the Evansdale Residential Complex, or ERC.
This is WVU’s largest residence hall complex, housing about 1,800 students, mostly freshmen.
Please walk to the front of the building and stop near the front entrance. Completed in 1968,
the ERC is four interconnected halls, known as Towers. Each tower has nine floors with
approximately 50 students per floor, for 450 total in each, with the exception of Brooke, which
has ten floors. Each tower is named after a prominent WVU Alumnus. Lyon Tower was named
after Harriett Lyon, WVU’s first female graduate, in 1891. Bennett Tower was named after
Thomas Bennett, a conscientious objector during the Vietnam era and recipient of the
Congressional Medal of Honor. Braxton Tower was named after Jim Braxton, a professional
football star with the Buffalo Bills and civil rights activist. Brooke Tower was named after
Charles F.T. Brooke, who was WVU’s first Rhodes Scholar.
An important part of our students’ first-year experience is the First-Year Experience. This
program includes faculty who live next to the residence halls, who are called Resident Faculty
Leaders, or RFLs. The RFL houses for the Evansdale Residential Complex are located behind
the building and can be seen from the area behind the front desk. RFLs are mentors for the
students in their hall. Other First-Year Experience programs include University 101, a course for
new students that teaches basic academic and social survival skills, and the Mountaineer Parents
Club, an organization that connects over 14,000 Mountaineer families. The first to second year
retention rate has improved to over 80%.
Parents of students living in the residence halls can rest assured that WVU knows how important
security is. The doors are locked and alarmed from the outside at 9 p.m. Students must show
their ID to get in at that point. There is a DPS officer who patrols the ERC. There are also
resident assistants on each floor and residence hall coordinators who are trained in counseling,
safety, and emergency responses.
If you have enough time please enter the complex and go to the front desk. A sample room
can be viewed in the lobby of the ERC. Our students are also well-fed, with four residence hall
dining rooms on campus. Several meal plan options are available. The ERC dining area was
recently renovated to be more comfortable. If the dining area is open feel free to stop inside.
WVU’s brand-new residence hall, Lincoln Hall, is home to one of higher education’s oldest
traditions – a residential college. Ten dedicated faculty members, plus resident tutors and
enthusiastic local experts, nurture Lincoln Hall students.
In addition, as in all WVU residence halls, resident faculty leaders live on-site to provide
mentoring and guidance. Over 300 students benefit from Lincoln Hall’s suite-style layout, high-
speed Internet connections, library, study lounges on each floor, and multimedia theater.
Behind the ERC is the Forensic Laboratory, nicknamed Crime House. Students in the Forensic
Identification Program learn from crime scenes staged here. There is also a Forensics Garage for
mock-vehicular crime scenes and separate house used for forensics photography. Emphasis is
placed on biometric systems and latent fingerprint identification, and courses cover many
different areas, including law, health sciences, psychology, and computer science. This program
was developed in collaboration with the FBI, and we were the first school in the country to offer
Please head back to your car. Make a right out of the parking lot, followed by a left at the
stop sign back on to Evansdale Drive. In a moment you will see the complex’s tennis courts,
basketball court and sand volleyball areas on your left, and the PRT tracks and station are
on your right.
On your left the gray brick building attached to the tall tan building make up Percival and Allen
Halls. The taller portion is Allen Hall, home of the College of Human Resources and Education
and the divisions of speech pathology and audiology.
Percival Hall, the gray building, houses the divisions of forestry and department of family
resources, which falls under the Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Consumer Sciences.
The Davis College operates eight experimental farms and four forests throughout the state.
As you continue along, on your left the WVU greenhouses will appear. Plant and soil
sciences students do their research here and grow flowers and plants year-round.
The gray building on your right is the Agricultural Sciences Building. Agriculture is the oldest
academic unit at WVU, opening its doors in 1867. The College added “Davis” to its name in
September of 2001 in response to a gift of over $16 million from two sisters who wanted to
support veterinary education in West Virginia.
Agricultural Sciences South, a new $9.5 million, 38,000 square foot addition, was opened in
2006. The two-story building houses WVU’s plant pathology, environmental microbiology, and
You should be arriving at a four-way stop. Please make a right at the stop sign, and
continue straight until you reach a circular turnaround. Please park here for a moment.
The square white building is the Evansdale Library, which contains over 300,000 volumes, a
large computer lab, and an electronic classroom.
The National Research Center for Coal and Energy, known as the NRCCE, is the tan colored
building. WVU researchers work on a variety of multidisciplinary projects ranging from
alternative fuels to land reclamation to acid mine drainage; many students are involved in
cutting-edge research with faculty.
The four-story Engineering Research Building is located beside the NRCCE. This structure was
completed in 1990, and contains research labs and equipment for all five engineering
departments, plus cross-disciplinary research.
The Engineering Sciences Building is the tall gray edifice. It contains five departments:
Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Electrical and Computer, Industrial, and Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering. Engineering is a four-year degree program. Charles Vest, a former
president of MIT, graduated from WVU, and Jon McBride, once a NASA space shuttle
astronaut. Current engineering students are involved in many hands-on research projects, such as
alternative-fueled car competitions, a formula one racing car, and many other challenges.
The Mineral and Energy Resources Building is the dark glass structure. It is home to the
departments of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Mining Engineering, Mineral
Processing Engineering, Safety Studies, and the Mining Extension offices. The Mineral and
Energy Museum, which contains artifacts from the state's rich mining tradition, is also located
Please resume the tour, driving back to the four-way stop. Make a right. You will pass the
Evansdale Library, and the various engineering structures. Continuing through two
curves, take a right turn after passing the last of the four engineering buildings into the
From this location you can see the Engineering PRT station. Hundreds of students take
advantage of free daytime parking at the Coliseum, our largest indoor sports arena. Students park
at the Coliseum and ride shuttle buses that depart every ten minutes to the PRT Station, where
they can board the PRT to ride to their classes. Overnight parking is not permitted at the
Please turn right out of the turnaround and take another right almost immediately. You
will be taking a right into the second parking lot on your right marked area 47, and
Student Recreation Center. Drive to the back of this parking lot and head toward the large
building in front of you. During business hours, please stop at the stop sign and acquire a
free parking ticket for Student Recreation Center.
This $34-million, 177,000 square foot facility provides the equipment and programs that students
requested. 17,000 square feet of weight and fitness equipment, a leisure pool, fitness pool, and
whirlpool only begin to describe what’s available. There are basketball, volleyball, badminton,
racquetball, and squash courts, an elevated jogging track, and in the heart of the Rec Center, a
50-foot indoor climbing wall. An Outdoor Recreation Center provides rental equipment for
camping, skiing, bicycling, canoeing, and more. If you would like a closer look at the Student
Recreation Center, please feel free to go inside if the building is open.
Please exit the parking lot the same way that you entered. As you are exiting the Rec Center
parking lot, if you look off to your right you will see a salmon-colored building with a green
awning, which is the Erickson Alumni Center. There are more than 165,000 living WVU alumni
all over the world, and over 90 regional affiliated chapters across the nation. The association
hosts many events, including the Academy of Distinguished Scholars.
The Alumni Association also supports the Mountaineer Parents Club, which is open to the
families of all WVU students. The club was established in the fall of 1995 and now connects
more than 14,000 families. More than 66 chapters are up and running in hometowns all across
West Virginia and neighboring states. Our first lady, Susan Hardesty, is the founder and is very
involved in the organization. All parents will receive the Mountaineer Parents newsletter once
their student is enrolled at WVU. The club also has a helpline -- 1-800-WVU-0096 -- that
parents can call if they experience a problem or just have a comment or concern.
Turn left at the stop sign on your way out of area 47.
Turn right at the stop sign at the top of the hill and go straight to the stoplight. On your
right you will see a large cream colored building. This unique, rounded structure is the Creative
Arts Center, which is home to the College of Creative Arts and its divisions of art, theater, dance
and music. Inside are a 1,400-seat concert theater as well as an opera theater, studio theater, art
galleries, a library, and the World Music Center. The inventor of the modern steel drum, Ellie
Mannette, is a faculty member in the percussion department. Plays, concerts, and nationally
known artists have performed in this incredible facility. In the past we have hosted Ray Charles,
George Winston, the Indigo Girls, BB King, and off Broadway shows such as Rent and Stomp. A
partnership between the WVU College of Creative Arts and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
resulted in a series of Morgantown concerts and master classes taught by Symphony musicians.
You are now at a stoplight with the intersection of Jerry West Boulevard. Make a right at
the light, and merge into the left lane. Please turn left at the next stoplight, and drive into
the parking lot of the WVU Coliseum.
The Coliseum is WVU’s 14,500-seat indoor sports arena, and was completed in 1970. It is an
exciting place to be when the men and women Mountaineers play at home. The Coliseum houses
home games for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, women’s volleyball, women’s
gymnastics, and men’s wrestling.
Students have prime courtside seating on one side of the Coliseum going up all the way to the
roof. Students attend WVU games within the Coliseum for free by showing valid student ID
when entering the facility. WVU is a member of the NCAA Division I-A and of the Big East
Conference in 17 varsity sports. In addition to Jerry West, successful Mountaineers in the NBA
include Rod Thorn, president of the New Jersey Nets, and Hot Rod Hundley, the voice of the
The women's gymnastics team also competes in the Coliseum. They are perennially ranked in the
top ten to fifteen. Their practice facility, Cary Gym, is one of the premier college gymnastics
facilities in the country. The Coliseum also has hosted concerts and performances by top
performers such as Maroon 5, The Donnas, Outkast, Bob Dylan, and Ludacris. Thousands of
students celebrate their graduation in WVU’s Commencement ceremony. Last year, WVU
proudly awarded over 4,600 degrees. Feel free to park and go inside the Coliseum.
Drive around the front, to your right. The Athletic Department offices and the School of
Physical Education are also housed in the Coliseum.
Nearby are the Shell Building (it looks like an airport hangar), with its inside track and wrestling
rooms, and the Natatorium, which has a swimming pool and a separate diving well, where the
swim teams practice. Near the Natatorium is the site of a new men’s wrestling training facility,
which is used for Olympic training in the East. The Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is also located
here and seats approximately 8,000. There is an outdoor track close to Hawley Field, the home
of WVU baseball.
This area includes the practice site of the WVU Marching Band, affectionately known as the
Pride. The band is 350-members strong, and is a past recipient of the Sudler Trophy, often
referred to as the Heisman Trophy for college marching bands.
Drive back out of the parking lots to the stoplight at the intersection in front of the
Coliseum. Take a right onto Jerry West Boulevard, and head back down into town.
The Core Arboretum is located on your right, and extends down the hillside to the Monongahela
River. Named for Earl Core, a distinguished member of the biology faculty and leader of the first
biology expeditions, the Arboretum is a living classroom of undeveloped land. Most plants and
trees indigenous to the state of West Virginia are growing here, and are marked with placards.
Over three miles of hiking trails go down to the river and the rails to trails area. It is a great place
for nature walks and picnics.
You will continue on this street all the way back to One Waterfront Place, which houses the
WVU Visitors Resource Center. The PRT tracks are to your right as you reenter
downtown. The PRT Control Center is to your right. This is where the computers and
technicians are housed that operate the PRT. Access to the PRT is free to students, through their
Mountaineer Card, but the system can be used by the public for 50 cents. The cars run at a
maximum speed of 30 miles per hour, and are heated in the winter and air conditioned in the
summer. The PRT has five stations: Health Sciences, the ERC, Engineering, Beechurst, and
Walnut. Its route of 8.7 miles runs from Health Sciences into downtown Morgantown. The PRT
was completed in the 1970s as a joint effort between WVU, the Boeing Aerospace Company,
and the federal government. Each car holds about 20 people, and about 30 to 40 cars operate at a
time. Approximately $4 million in federal funds has been appropriated recently to upgrade the
University bus service takes over the transportation of students when the PRT closes and runs
until 1 a.m. on weekdays, and 2:30 a.m. on weekends. WVU students, faculty, and staff can ride
the local bus system for free by showing their Mountaineer Card or ID card. Mountain Line’s
Grey Line connects Clarksburg, Fairmont, Morgantown, the downtown Pittsburgh Greyhound
terminal, and Pittsburgh International Airport.
The Monongahela River runs through Morgantown, parallel to your route. Besides providing a
scenic riverfront, the Mon (as referred to by locals) is the practice site for WVU’s Women’s
Crew team. In 2000,the team’s first year of existence, it was invited to the prestigious Henley
Royal Regatta in England, where they finished second.
The Utne Reader once described Morgantown as the “most enlightened city in West Virginia.”
All of these accolades are the result of the city’s combination of an academic, cosmopolitan
atmosphere, economic opportunity, recreational opportunities, and natural beauty. Miles of trails
follow the Monongahela River and nearby Decker’s Creek. Three shopping malls serve the area,
which students can reach through WVU buses and the local bus service. The PRT makes sure
that students do not need to worry about using a car to get to class. Located only 75 miles south
of Pittsburgh, and within easy driving distance of Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD,
Morgantown offers WVU students a wonderful place to live.
This stretch of road may look familiar, as you are passing by Stansbury Hall again.
The new Center for Writing Excellence is also located in Stansbury. It supports faculty, students,
and staff in the improvement and the teaching of writing.
Eiesland Hall is located on the hillside to your left. Named in honor of turn-of-the-century
mathematics faculty member John Eiesland, this building is home to the offices for the Intensive
English Program, which helps international students with speaking and writing the English
language. Eiesland also contains the Center for Women's Studies.
The tall tan building on the right is Knapp Hall, which houses the offices for Statistics, Public
Administration, Social Work, and Sociology and Anthropology and Criminology and
Investigations. Knapp Hall also holds the offices of the WVU Extension Service, our
outreach/service unit that has branches in all 55 West Virginia counties. The Extension Service is
charged with helping to put WVU resources and knowledge to work to address pressing needs in
As you head back to One Waterfront Place, we would like to leave you with a few more facts
about WVU and Morgantown. Fall 2005 enrollment was over 26,000. Our students come from
all 55 counties in West Virginia, all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the
Virgin Islands, and nearly 100 nations around the world, giving us a very diverse student body.
Over 19,000 of the students enrolled are undergraduates. The remaining students are graduate or
Morgantown’s population is approximately 28,160. Morgantown is the fifth largest and fastest
growing city in WV. It is within 500 miles of more than half of the US population. WVU
students become members of the University family, and of the Morgantown community. Visitors
from out of state are often surprised by the friendliness and warmth of local residents.
We hope that this tour has given you a sense of what it means to be a Mountaineer. If you would
like to schedule a campus tour led by one of our student guides, please call 1-800-344-9881, Opt.
You are also invited to stop back at the Visitors Resource Center during normal operating hours
to explore the Center’s interactive exhibits. Located inside One Waterfront Place, the Visitors
Resource Center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday (excluding home
football games) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thank you for visiting West Virginia University.