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, directly across the river from the state capitol building and downtown Charleston.

A second location in scenic Beckley, West Virginia (about 58 miles south of Charleston) offers healthcare-related associate degrees.

UC has four distinct schools: The School of Arts and Sciences, the Bert Bradford School of Health Sciences, the School of Business and Leadership, and the UC School of Pharmacy.


We offer associate, bachelors and graduate-level degrees in a variety of disciplines, with particular emphasis on career readiness, innovation and leadership. We also have a wide range of online programs to provide opportunities for adult learners and others to pursue and complete their degrees.


Founded in 1888 as Barboursville Seminary, became Morris Harvey College in 1901, and was renamed the University of Charleston in 1978. (See UC History)

UC Nickname and Mascot – the Golden Eagles

School Colors are Maroon and Gold

US is 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.

About 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 twelve consecutive years by Victory Media.



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

We offer 19 NCAA Division II athletic teams (9 men’s athletic programs and 10 women’s athletic programs).

UC has been awarded the Mountain East Conference Commissioner’s Cup, awarded for athletic excellence among all MEC schools, five out of the last six years.

UC men’s soccer has won the national championship twice, ending the 2019 season ranked #1 in the nation by the United Soccer Coaches Association.

The Welch Athletic Complex opened in 2019, providing an elite DII facility for soccer, baseball, softball and lacrosse close to campus.


UC Alumni

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