• UC at a Glance

    The University of Charleston is an independent, co-educational residential university. Our main campus is on the banks of the Kanawha River in Charleston, West Virginia, providing a spectacular view of the state capital building, as well as access to all that Charleston has to offer.  

    We have a second location in Beckley, West Virginia, offering an emphasis on healthcare related associate degrees. And our online programs provide opportunities for adult learners and others to pursue and complete their degrees.


    We are the Golden Eagles, and our colors are maroon and gold. Our programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. (Some individual programs are additionally accredited by their specific field.)

    UC has enjoyed continuing growth for the last several years, welcoming students from many different states and countries. We were recently named the #1 most diverse campus in West Virginia. (wallethub.org)

    UC was founded in 1888 as Barboursville Seminary. In 1901, the school was renamed Morris Harvey College and in 1947, moved to its present location. In 1978, Morris Harvey became the University of Charleston. (See UC History)

    UC Students (Fall 2018)

    • Total enrollment: 2,481: 1831 undergrads and 650 grad students / 800 Residential Students
    • Average Incoming Freshman ACT score:  21 / SAT: 935 / GPA: 3.33
    • US students represent over 40 different states and 55 WV counties. International students represent 44 different countries

    UC Programs

    • UC offers degree programs in Arts and Sciences, Health Sciences, School of Business, School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Program
    • Small classes – most have a 14:1 student-faculty ratio
    • 30 undergraduate majors (including both Associate and Bachelor degrees)
    • 8 graduate programs (include masters and doctorate programs)
    • 3 associate degrees are available at our Beckley, WV location
    • 10 online degrees are currently offered (including bachelor, masters and doctorate programs)

    UC Offers Success

    • 85% of graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation
    • Nearly 98% of UC students who take professional licensing and board exams pass on their first attempt
    • UC has been ranked as a “Military Friendly School” for nine consecutive years by Victory Media.

    UC Innovation

    • The Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center opened in 2015, spearheading the infusion of innovation/entrepreneurship initiatives throughout the UC curriculum
    • UC had two of the three winning teams at the 2018 WV Collegiate Business Plan Competition
    • UC has six of the fifteen finalists (the most of any other WV School) for the 2019 competition
    • UC Innovation Scholars lead ongoing Adobe software workshops – free and open to any UC student

    UC Athletics

    • Member of the Mountain East Conference (MEC) and Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) for men’s volleyball. We are a NCAA Division II school
    • 2017 National Champion Division II men’s soccer team
    • 19 NCAA Division II athletic teams (9 men’s athletic programs and 10 women’s athletic programs)
    • UC has won the Mountain East Conference Commissioner’s Cup three times, including the inaugural award in 2014.
    • Large intramurals program for all students

    UC Alumni

    • Once a Golden Eagle, always a Golden Eagle! There are over 14,000 UC/Morris Harvey College alumni – 6,000 in the Kanawha Valley.