College Profile: University of Charleston

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The University of Charleston is a private university in Charleston, West Virginia, United States of over 1,000 students. Locals usually refer to the school as "UC". The school was founded in 1888 as the Barboursville Seminary of the Southern Methodist Church. That church had lost control of the institution now known as Marshall University in nearby Huntington, West Virginia, during the Civil War. In 1901 it was renamed Morris Harvey College. Morris Harvey was an estimable gentleman of olde Virginia, an elected county sheriff before the Civil War, a Confederate soldier & partisan ranger during the Civil War, and elected sheriff again after the Civil War in West Virginia. Harvey went on to make a fortune speculating in coal property and other businesses. In 1935 the school moved to downtown Charleston and merged with Kanawha Junior College and affiliated with the Mason College of Fine Arts and Music. In 1940 after the Methodist reuinification the school became independent of the Methodist Church. Seven years later, the school moved to its present campus in the Kanawha City section of Charleston across the river from the State Capitol. The college fell on hard economic times in the late 1970s and decided to strengthen its ties with the local community and rename itself the University of Charleston in 1978. UC's athletic teams, known as the Golden Eagles, compete in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in NCAA Division II. In 2003 the school resumed playing football after abolishing the sport in 1955. In 2005 it entered into a partnership with the local school board to refurbish the school board owned Laidley Field, which was renamed University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field. Classes started August 2006 at UC's newly opened School of Pharmacy, headed by Dr. Richard Stull. The school is not related in any way with the much larger College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. That school uses the name "University of Charleston" for its graduate programs.
2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Charleston, WV
304-357-4800 (general)
304-357-4759 (financial aid)
304-357-4750 (admissions)

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Charleston is to educate each student for a life of productive work, enlightened living and community involvement.

General Information
Other Names
Type Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Control Private not-for-profit
Size 1,000 - 4,999
Campus Setting City: Small
Calendar System Semester
Title IV Eligibility Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Relgious Affiliation Not applicable

College Student Services Offered
Yes Remedial ServicesYes Academic/career counseling service
Yes Employment services for studentsYes Placement services for completers
No On-campus day care for students' children   

College Special Learning Opportunities
Yes ROTCYes Distance learning opportunities
Yes ROTC: ArmyYes Study abroad
No ROTC: NavyNo Weekend/evening college
No ROTC: Air Force   

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
More info

University of Charleston Website

Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
Open admission policy No
Admission test scores Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Required

Applicants (most recent fall period)
Admissions (most recent fall period)
Percentage of Students Submitting Test Scores
SAT Percentile Scores
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ACT Percentile Scores
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Percentage Receiving Financial Aid
Average Amount of Financial Aid Received
Average Tuition for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Graduates
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Comprehensive Fee for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Graduates
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Student Body
1,123 Student Body SizeYes On-Campus Housing
1,641 Fall Applicants778 Total Dormitory Capacity
919 Fall Admissions

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