West Virginia University

West Virginia University Information

University Name

West Virginia University (WVU)

University Website


Campus Setting

Small City

Petroleum Engineering Department Name

Department of Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering

Department Website


West Virginia University Petroleum Engineering Admissions Info

West Virginia University Petroleum Engineering  West Virginia University was founded in 1867 and has a student body representing all 50 states and 113 countries worldwide. The university currently offers over 190 degrees of study and has 24 Rhodes Scholars, 22 Truman Scholars and 39 Goldwater Scholars as a mark of its educational excellence. There are 30,000 current students and more than 200,000 alumni.

There is a dedicated online learning platform that offers both graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as full online degrees in defined specializations. Four of these online graduate programs are ranked in the top 100 Best Online Programs by the U.S. News & World Report. West Virginia University has been ranked by Forbes magazine as high as 30th in its list of Best Buy Colleges in the country.

The department of petroleum and natural gas engineering offers a the full range of college degrees: bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The program is one of only three ABET accredited programs in the USA which encompass both petroleum and natural gas engineering.

In addition, the placement rate for graduates is at 100% percent indicating the demand for professionals trained through these programs. Job offers come locally and from around the world.

The department also has well developed research facilities with four state of the art laboratories, a number of running industry research projects, as well as a dedicated research focus on removal of hydrocarbons from the Marcellus Shale located in the state and surrounding regions. With the explosive growth in shale production this is a rapidly expanding field of research, and offers students real world experience by being part of ongoing development projects in a fast growth industry sector.

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Key Stats

Student population: 29,175
Student/faculty ratio: 21 to 1
Retention rate: 77%
Graduation rate: 57%

West Virginia University Petroleum Engineering Degrees Awarded in 2014-2015

Bachelor’s Degrees: 80

Master’s Degrees: 15

Doctoral Degrees: 0

West Virginia University Petroleum Engineering Degrees Awarded in 2013-2014

Bachelor’s Degrees: 46

46 Petroleum Engineering Bachelor Degrees Awarded

Master’s Degrees: 6

6 Masters Degrees

Doctoral Degrees: 0

Doctoral 0

Estimated Tuition Costs and Living Expenses for the  2016-2017 Academic Year

There was a meaty increase in the tuition fee from 2014 to 2015, but WVU remains on the inexpensive side compared to many colleges.

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WVU Engineering – What If?

University Location

1500 University Avenue, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-6201

Source: Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

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