University of Charleston
drone view of campus

UC at a Glance

The University of Charleston is an independent, co-educational residential university, founded in 1888.

History, Mission, Accreditation

Our main campus is on the banks of the Kanawha River in Charleston, West Virginia, providing a spectacular view of the state capitol building and access to all that Charleston – and West Virginia – have to offer. Our Beckley location offers healthcare-related associate degrees.

Our majors are divided into four schools: School of Arts and Sciences, the Bert Bradford School of Health Sciences, the School of Business and Leadership, and the School of Pharmacy.


We offer associate, bachelors and graduate-level degrees in a variety of disciplines, including online programs to provide opportunities for adult learners and others to pursue and complete their degrees.

Mascot: Golden Eagles

School Colors: Maroon and Gold

Accredited by: The Higher Learning Commission (Some individual programs are additionally accredited by their specific field.)

Total enrollment: 2,620 (1,882 undergrads and 738 grad students (Spring 2019)

Average Incoming Freshman scores: ACT 21 / SAT 935 / GPA 3.33

UC students represent over 40 states and all 55 WV counties. International students represent 44 countries.

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.


We are an NCAA Division II school and a member of the Mountain East Conference (MEC) and Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) for men’s volleyball.

We offer 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 four times, including the inaugural award in 2014.

UC Alumni

There are over 14,000 UC/Morris Harvey College alumni – 6,000 in the Kanawha Valley.