One of 12 U.S. colleges chosen as a model for the first-year undergraduate experience, West Virginia’s University of Charleston is an innovator. UC is nationally recognized for its outcomes-based “Learning Your Way” curriculum, which embeds Critical Thinking, Communication, Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Ethical Practice and Inquiry into courses in each major. This unique curriculum provides an opportunity for students to graduate in only 3 years and either enter graduate school sooner or start their career early.
One of the fastest-growing private colleges in America, UC has experienced record enrollment growth for six consecutive years and attracts students from 45 countries. The campus is located on the banks of the Kanawha River, with a panoramic view of the state Capitol building as a dramatic backdrop. Seven of the 11 campus buildings have been constructed since 1998. The newest building project is a $16 million Russell & Martha Wehrle Innovation Center and Sports Arena, set to open this spring.
Founded in 1888, UC has three locations in West Virginia and offers nearly 40 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. A 14:1 student/faculty ratio enables 65% of classes to feature fewer than 20 students. Biology, business, education, nursing and pre-med / pre-pharmacy are the most popular majors.
The University offers 20 NCAA Division 2 sports competing in the Mountain East Conference. 35% of UC undergraduates participate on a varsity team.
Since 1888, the University of Charleston has grown and expanded to meet the educational needs of students from across the nation and around the world. The University of Charleston is an independent, co-educational residential university with two principal locations in West Virginia – a main campus in the state capital of Charleston and a second location in Beckley. The University also has a strong online presence. The University of Charleston is unique in offering a performance-based curriculum focused on specific outcomes, determined to be essential abilities every student should have for a lifetime of learning and opportunity. The Liberal Learning Outcomes – critical thinking, communication, citizenship, creativity, involvement, ethical practice and inquiry – are embedded in all UC programs to help students understand and apply how coursework relates to the real world, the student and lifelong career building. Undergraduate degree programs are available in business, health sciences and arts and sciences. Masters programs are available in master of business administration, master of science in cyber security, master of science in strategic leadership and physician assistant. UC offers doctorates of pharmacy and executive leadership. There are over 100 courses available online as well. Many programs provide advanced, unique professional development opportunities including internships, campus speakers and other events, and mentoring.
The mission of the University of Charleston is to educate each student for a life of productive work, enlightened living, and community involvement.