University of Charleston

University of Charleston

Why UC

Be a part of the largest & fastest-growing private, non-profit institution of higher education in the state of West Virginia.

Friendships that Last

Whether it’s making friends or class sizes, UC’s size makes it perfect for making the most of the college experience. We find that the small size of campus facilitates stronger friendships that last a lifetime. College is often about the relationships you make and this is the place to make friends that last forever.

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A Major for You

In-seat. Online. And a little bit of both. We are constantly adapting our 40+ degree programs to fit your needs.

More Affordable Than You Realize

Our students graduate with less debt on average than students who graduate from West Virginia’s public universities. You should read that again, because it’s true.

We Live Our Mission

Your. Best. Life.

UC students volunteer & create new ideas. Our annual Labor of Love & Enlightened Living Day events provide both opportunities to serve & opportunities to grow. You’ll quickly find your community here.


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We're Global

UC Students come from all 55 West Virginia counties, as well as more than 49 states and 53 countries. This means that you’ll meet people from all over the world and graduate with a collection of friends from all over the world. At UC, we benefit from the unique diversity of our people.

We're Competitors

We offer 19 NCAA Division II athletic teams, won both the 2017 & 2019 NCAA DII National Championship in men’s soccer and have been named the best athletic program in our conference for 5 of the past 6 seasons.

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Soccer National Champions

What Do Students Really Think?

We asked and they answered. We talked to students all over campus from a variety of backgrounds and majors and asked them to be honest about one thing….what do you really think about UC?