Driving and Walking Tour Script
Welcome to West Virginia University. We are confident that a visit is the perfect way to
introduce you to a university 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 goal might be, WVU can make it happen, and sooner than you think.
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. When you hear this sound, you will be given
tour route directions. Please look on the maps included in your materials for red and green
arrows. These arrows show the direction of this tour. Always feel free to take the tour at your
own pace, pausing where necessary. Make sure that your campuswide parking permit is visible,
hanging from your rearview mirror. Throughout your tour various students will be providing you
with your tour information.
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 Student Employment
Center, the Mountaineer Parents Club, Undergraduate Recruitment, and of course, the Visitors
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 university of West Virginia.
WVU has 15 colleges and schools offering 180 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. Make sure that your
parking pass is displayed. 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 Beechurst Avenue. Please pause the tape until you are across the pedestrian bridge.
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: 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.
The Office of International Programs 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
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
If you haven’t already, please cross the pedestrian bridge. 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. Please
pause the tape until you are standing next to the emergency phone.
USA Today has named WVU one of the safest schools in the country on multiple occasions. Last
year, Reader’s Digest ranked WVU as the 18th safest campus in the nation. 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. Morgantown
has the largest police force per capita in the state of WV. Faculty, staff, and students are
encouraged to sign up for a new Web-based notification system called “WVU Alert.” Once you
sign up for the service, powered by e2Campus, text messages can be sent to your cell phone and
email with timely information. The text messages will primarily alert the campus community to
time-sensitive information from authorized campus officials, including weather-related closings
and delays, crimes and emergencies/crises. Participants of the system can also add one
additional cell phone and e-mail address. In addition, WVU has a campus wide system of
networked digital signs known as the Information Stations. In the event of an emergency the
screens, which normally carry WVU news and information, will turn red and display the same
information sent to the cell phones, with an audible alert, in under a minute. Currently there are
ten Information Station screens at strategic locations across the WVU campus. The content of the
screens is also available in all six thousand dorm rooms on cable channel seven. The Information
Stations system is currently expanding.
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 the newly renovated Brooks Hall, originally opened in 1950, Brooks houses the
university’s geosciences programs—geology, geography and GIS, or Geographic Information
Systems. Also located inside is a state of the art virtual reality cave. A “green roof” planted with
vegetation reduces energy usage.
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. 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 up the
stairs, pause the tape when you reach the top. 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, the student union, and to your left is Woodburn
To your right is Elizabeth Moore Hall, simply called 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 Center for Civic
Engagement. 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 laptop check out program where students can check out wireless laptops in a
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 Bush’s 2005 Fourth of July address.
President Bill Clinton campaigned here in the spring of 2008 for his wife’s presidential
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
George Esper formerly of the Associate Press and a famous reporter from the Vietnam War era.
Students also can gain valuable experience working at the campus radio station, U-92, or with
the student newspaper, the Daily Athenaeum—these opportunities are open to all students
regardless of major.
Keeping Martin Hall on your left, continue around the circle toward the building with the clock
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
Currently, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is headquartered here, including the
departments of history, political science, and international 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.
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; several majors require students to take foreign language courses in order to graduate.
Continue past Chitwood hall and take a left down a small set of stairs. Keep walking until you
are standing in front of the Business and Economic Building.
The College of Business and Economics introduces students to 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
From your current location, please enter the staircase leading to the newly constructed pedestrian
causeway. This bridge opened in the fall of 2007 to provide safe passage to students going to and
from classes. Approximately 1,000 students use this structure every hour during the school day.
Continue until you reach the other side of the bridge.
From your current location, if you look back across the street you are provided with a great view
of the Life Sciences Building, the large building with the green windows and a greenhouse on
top. The Life Sciences Building, which was completed in the fall of 2002, 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.
If you turn around and look up and to the left, you’ll be looking at Ming Hsieh Hall. This newly
erected building, which opened in the fall of 2007, is home to four multi-purpose classrooms.
Ming Hsieh, a private businessman from California, was so enamored with WVU’s forensic
science program that he donated 5 million dollars to the University, and was thanked by having
his name emblazoned on the building.
Please walk along the side of the large building to the right of Ming Hsieh Hall until you reach a
You are now standing in Oglebay Plaza. 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 now rests
here. 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 War I.
The large building right next to you with the pillars in front is Oglebay hall. Oglebay Hall was
named after the Oglebay family, from Wheeling. This building in past years housed the
agriculture school and psychology department and has recently undergone a $23.5 million
upgrade. Currently, it houses our forensics program, complete with state-of-art DNA labs,
fingerprinting labs, drug labs, and a bank-style vault for bank robbery scenarios.
The small, three story 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 a 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
graduates. Every student has access to MountaineerTrak, our online career assistance software.
Students can log on via any computer or at one of the job kiosks located around campus. The
Office of Student Employment, under the division of Human Resources, assists students in
finding part-time and seasonal employment while they are in college. On and off campus jobs
are available. The Office posts jobs on their website, sends out information on a Listserv, and is
available for one-on-one assistance.
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 online 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 pause the
tape if you wish to step inside the bookstore and look around.
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. Please pause the tape until you are standing
next to 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 alleys, billiards tables, a radio station, an art
gallery, a 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 houses 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
Located downstairs is the Office of Disability Services. 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. Pause the tape until
you reach the second floor.
Directly in front of you is the Financial Aid office. About 70% of WVU students receive more
than $270 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 $5 million each year is awarded to WVU Scholars Program. Close to 3,000 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
$3,000 a year, to Achievement Scholarships that award $500 per semester.
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 for 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. 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 19 so far. WVU also sports a distinguished list of 30 Goldwater
Scholars, the most prestigious award given to undergraduate students studying the physical
sciences. In 2006 WVU’s Rebecca McCauley was the first student in the country to receive both
the Goldwater and Truman Scholarship. The ASPIRE Office helps undergraduates prepare for
graduate school and apply for prestigious scholarships such as these.
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. 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
Please continue walking down the hallway until you can see the food court below you. It
includes: Quiznos; Sbarro’s; McCoys, which is a University owned sub shop; D’s Express, a
Chinese take out; the Smoothie Company; Hatfield’s; and Burger King. Students can use their
Mountie Bounty accounts to pay for meals at many of these eateries. 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, Quiznos or Burger King.
The Lair is also the site of most WVU Up 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 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
dorms are available, and all residence hall rooms provide basic cable TV service, include a
phone with local calling and voice mail, and an Internet connection. 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. Pause the tape until
standing on the turf. 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 well-known bands have performed at FallFest,
including Live, Kanye West, O.A.R., and the 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, the building towards the bottom of the street, opened in 1935 as the first
residence hall for men. 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
Boreman Hall North, which is directly up the street from Boreman South contains traditional
rooms with a community bath. It is a single sex residence hall housing approximately 240 female
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 on campus residence halls, including a resident faculty
leader (RFL), and trained Residential Education staff. All of the same rules and regulations
On the downtown campus, the 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). A new Residence Hall will be located
adjacent to Summit Hall. The $20 million project will be completed for the 2009-10 school year.
It will house first-year Honors College students.
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 computer
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. The Ridge
is typically for transfer students or upperclassmen.
Also near the Evansdale Residential Complex is 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
Please continue your walk across the plaza until coming to a staircase. Walk down the stairs
from the plaza, and cross Prospect Street. Please pause the tape until you have crossed the 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. An annex that contains more
laboratory space will soon be completed.
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 30 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. Located on the Fourth floor is Eliza’s, a coffee shop
named in honor of WVU’s first librarian.
If the library is open feel free to pause the tape and walk inside and look around.
Begin walking straight ahead toward University Avenue. The building to your left is White Hall.
White Hall also houses a new state-of-the-art computer lab that has more than 100 flat screen
pc’s. Students also can use LCD projectors, and classes meet in electronic classrooms on the
second floor. The building is currently being renovated, and is the future home of the Physics
Please walk down the steps and cross University Avenue in the crosswalk. Please pause the tape
until you are across the street.
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 was renovated, and reopened in 2007. WVU’s English department calls this building
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.
Please continue walking back towards the middle of campus. 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 from 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
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. Pause the tape until you are back in your automobile, and ready to resume
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 nation’s “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. Please pause the tape until turning left onto 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 Street continue straight through the next
stoplight. On your right you will see a sign that reads “West Virginia University Downtown
Campus.” Please pause the tape until seeing the sign on our right. 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.” (tone) Please pause the tape until beginning your drive
around “the Loop.”
This is the location of Old Mountaineer Field, which provided generations of WVU students and
spectators with exciting football action. You also have a great view of the Life Sciences Building
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. 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.” Please
pause the tape until turning right. (tone) 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. WVU uses an online ticket lottery to
assign the 13,000 student tickets each week. The Monday and Tuesday before a game students
can go online and request a football ticket. If 13,000 or fewer students request a ticket, everyone
receives a ticket. If 13,001 or more students request tickets, 13,000 names are randomly drawn
and those students receive tickets that week. However, students can increase their odds of
receiving tickets by earning points, which are awarded based on seniority and games attended.
Each point represents another time that the student’s name is in the lottery.
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 is also one of only two teams in the country to have played in 5 straight
New Year’s bowl games from 2003-2008. The Mountaineers are the 2008 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
champion, and finished the season ranked sixth in the nation. 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 and has been recognized as a level 1 trauma center. The
Rosenbaum Family House is a new facility that provides housing for the families of adult
patients being treated at the hospital.
The tall grayish colored building behind Ruby Memorial is the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences
Center, named for West Virginia’s longtime 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.
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.
To the left of both the hospital and the Health Sciences center is the Blanchette Rockefeller
Neurosciences Institute, which 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.
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 $138 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. Please pause the tape until
getting to the stop sign at 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 pause the
tape until turning left at the light. Please take the third left turn into the turnaround in front of the
large complex to your left. You can park in this turnaround while looking inside. Please pause
the tape until parking your car and exiting your vehicle.
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 18,500 Mountaineer families.
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 9:00 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 five 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.
Lincoln Hall, which is just across the street from Towers opened in 2007 and 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. Because of its
success, the residential colleges program has been expanded to other halls.
In addition, as in all WVU residence halls, resident faculty leaders live onsite 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 the 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 a 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 this degree.
Please head back to your car and pause the tape until you are ready to resume the tour. Turn left
out of the turnaround Please pause the tape until turning left onto 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 fall 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 building.
WVU researchers work on a variety of multidisciplinary projects ranging from alternative fuels
to watershed 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 building. 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 and president of the National Academy of Engineers, graduated from WVU,
along with 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. Please pause the tape
until turning right back onto Evansdale Drive. 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 semi-circle turnaround. Please pause the tape until
turning right into the semi-circle turnaround.
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 this 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. Please pause the tape until turning right into area 47. 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, pause the tape and go inside.
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 currently the Erickson Alumni Center. There are more than 170,000 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. Since the
alumni association has recently seen record growth they are building a new alumni center by the
hospital, which will open in the fall of 2008. This new facility will have a large outdoor pavilion
and features a clock tower that is a replica of Woodburn hall. When the alumni center moves,
this current facility will become a gallery for the creative arts programs.
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 18,500 families. More than 66 chapters are up and running in hometowns all across
West Virginia and neighboring states. 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, was 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, David Copperfield, Bill Cosby, 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. All of WVU’s sporting events, with the exception of football, have
this same ticketing policy. 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
Utah Jazz. Last year, the men’s basketball team earned its third Sweet 16 appearance in the last
four years, and the women’s team advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
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 College of
Physical Activities and Sport Sciences are also housed in the Coliseum.
Nearby are the Shell Building (it looks like an airport hangar), with its indoor track, rifle range,
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. The 2007 men’s soccer team reached the NCAA Sweet 16.
The 2007 women’s soccer team won the Big East Tournament.
This area includes the practice site of the WVU Marching Band, affectionately known as the
Pride. The band is 350-member 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. 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, Towers, 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 computer system.
University bus service takes over the transportation of students when the PRT closes and runs
until 1:00 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
paved 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.
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 2007 enrollment was over 28,000. Our students come from
all 55 counties in West Virginia, 49 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
21,000 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.
Please return the self-guided equipment to the Visitors Resource Center. We hope that this tour
has given you a sense of what it means to be a Mountaineer. There are one-of-a kind exhibits in
the Center that can help you discover even more information about attending WVU. Please feel
free to stay and explore the Center, and to ask any questions you may have. Thank you for
visiting West Virginia University.