WEST VIRGINIA, Va.
— It’s not often that a university like West Virginia State University gets mentioned in national news, but that’s exactly what happened in February when it was announced that it was being named the 2019 recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The university had been named a national treasure after being named a National Heritage Site in 2015.
Since then, it has seen a surge in enrollment and enrollment has risen significantly.
It’s the largest single-campus public university in the United States.
West Virginia is located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, in the western part of the state of West Virginia.
The first students arrived on campus in 1896 and in the early 1900s, the university had just one class per year.
Today, West Virginia boasts the third-largest freshman enrollment in the nation, behind only Duke University and Ohio State University.
It also ranks as one of the nation’s most highly ranked universities in its field of study.
“The scholarship program is just phenomenal, the degree programs are outstanding, the academic programs are stellar,” said West Virginia University President Jim White.
“The students are great.
They want to succeed, and they want to get the degree.””
The students have a lot of confidence and they know what they’re getting into,” added West Virginia senior associate dean of students, Jessica Smith.
“They are ready for this.”
The first class of students arrived in 1896, and in that first class, some of the most innovative students in the history that I’ve seen.
They were the first to develop the use of a pencil to write.
They started in a laboratory.
They invented the word paper.
They developed the use the pen.
They wrote all kinds of poetry, including, you know, the West Virgina.
It was the beginning of a lot more innovation.
“Smith said there are about 2,000 West Virginia alumni who will receive the medal.”
There’s just so much that’s happening and so many great people that have been involved in this institution,” said Smith.”
I’m not sure we’re going to see many more of them, but I think it’s going to be an outstanding honor to receive one,” said White.”
We are honored and proud to be recognized by Congress for being a true national treasure,” said Senator Jeff Merkley, the top Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee.”
When you look at West Virginia as a state and as a nation, I think we’ve been fortunate enough to be a little bit ahead of the curve,” said President White.
He said the state has grown by more than 30 percent in the past three years, but the university is also seeing an explosion in enrollment, which he says is due in part to the state’s medical school.”
West Virginia has a lot to offer in terms of the medical science that we do in medicine,” said president White.
In addition to the medical school, the college also has more than 400 graduate and undergraduate degree programs.
The university has more students than it has faculty members and the average student earns $50,000 more than a typical state resident.
White said that number has grown to about $70,000 in 2020.
White said that with enrollment growing, the number of faculty members has also grown, and that faculty members are also getting the same salary as they were a decade ago.
He said that while the state is well-known for its coal mining and its reputation as a hotbed of crime, there is a thriving and vibrant arts and culture scene in West Virginia, which is why the university has a strong alumni network.”
We care about our community. “
We care about the students.
We care about our community.
We want our students to have a great future.”
The honor of receiving the award comes after years of hard work by the students and their parents.
When West Virginia students first arrived in 1869, the first students would have to work on a piece of paper to enter the school.
Nowadays, students are expected to fill out a short survey that takes about 30 seconds and is done by a trained teacher.
They then complete the questionnaire and give it to a member of the faculty.
“The best way to prepare yourself for the experience is to go to the bookstore, to go back and read the history books, because you know that is what your parents and your grandparents have been telling you,” said Jones.