Please also see the Carruth Center's resources for specific populations.
WVU LGBTQ+ Center
Events and Resources
LGBTQ+ Center provides a safe and comfortable atmosphere for organizing,
socializing, teaching, and learning. They provide programming and academic resources
for WVU students, faculty, staff, and community members. They also host events,
have a SafeZone, host activities, and help advocate for students. Their website
also includes an extensive list of campus, local, state, and national resources.
Request Preferred Names in WVU Systems
Students can request a preferred first and last name to be reflected in WVU systems. Once approved, preferred names will be distributed automatically to systems technically capable of accepting them. These currently include: Banner/STAR; eCampus/Blackboard; MIX/Google Workspace; Microsoft 365; directory.wvu.edu; and CS Gold, the software behind the WVU ID card. This automated process, which typically takes one business day, will change the display name on your email but won’t change your email address.
Gender Inclusive Bathrooms on Campus
This list and map provides locations of gender inclusive bathrooms on the Downtown, Evansdale, and Health Science Campuses and the WVU Medical Centers.
Fairness West Virginia
advocacy and resources
Fairness WV provides a wide range of resources for members of the LBGTQ+ community including: health care, sexual violence resources support, student resources and support, transgender resources and support, and wedding resources. They also provide advocacy for individuals who are members of the LBGTQ community in any way they can. If you believe you need advocated for, contact them directly to speak about your specific situation.
Students with Disabilities
WVU Office of Accessibility Services
Accommodations and Resources
The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) helps students with disabilities in areas of academics, housing, transportation, and other resources. To ensure access to University programs, accessibility specialist work individually with students to help them achieve academic success. Accommodations are provided in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as other state and federal laws. Accommodations can be either on a temporary or permanent bases. Call or visit their website to apply for accommodations that best fit your specific needs.
Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Resources and Accommodations
The Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) provides education and training, services, research, health and wellness education, and resources to individuals with disabilities and their families. Some services they offer that are most applicable to students are assistive technology training and loans and specialized community living assistance. You can also visit the website for a more in-depth view of the other numerous services the CED offers.
Students with Families
WVU Student Family Resources
Student Family Resources (SFR) provides a support system that can reduce
family conflict, stress, and risk factors, allowing WVU’s student parents to
pursue and complete their studies at West Virginia University. Their services
include: Mountaineer KidZone, Lactation Room, Literacy Enrichment, Parent Education,
Lending Library, Babysitting Lists, and Outreach Programs.
Christian Help is a non-profit organization that serves the Morgantown Community. They offer free stores where parents can shop and obtain their needs, such as maternity and children’s items like clothing, equipment, and other related items. Christian Help also provides Financial Assistance to facilitate shelter, property, health, and family security to those whomever may need it.
Scott’s Run Settlement House
Baby Basics PantrY & Backpack Feeding Program
The Scott's Run Baby Pantry provides diapers, wipes, formula and other baby
essential items. Contact them to learn what items are available and arrange
a pick up appointment.
The Backpack Feeding Program provides extra food for over the weekend to students. Currently this program is serving: Cheat Lake Elementary, Mason Dixon Elementary, Mountainview Elementary, Mylan Park Elementary, Suncrest Elementary, University High School, Excel Alternative Learning Center, and Westover Alternative Learning Center.
Birthright of Morgantown
Provides items such as pregnancy tests, maternity items, and baby items. Birthright
provides confidential, non-judgmental support to any woman who is pregnant or
thinks she might be pregnant, no matter her age, race, circumstances, religion,
marital status or financial situation.
The Shack Neighborhood House
School-Age Child Resources
The Shack offers school-aged care such as before and after school programs on weekdays throughout the school year for children grades K-5 to receive academic support, recreation, nutritional, and social enrichment. They also offer other programs such as Outside School Environment Days and Summer Camp. Visit their website for a comprehensive list of programs.
Starting Points Family Resource Center
Services/Programs Children of All Ages
Starting points offers a variety of resources and programing for families with
young children. Their programs include: PAT - Parents As Teachers, infant/toddler
playgroups, developmental screenings, newborn baby outreach visits, AmeriCorps
school tutoring and service projects, after school/summer enrichment, family
fun/literacy nights, and parent/community education. All services are free,
regardless of income.
Morgantown/Mon County DHHR
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
The West Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly
benefits to help eligible households buy food. Eligibility to receive benefits
is based on household size, income, assets and some household expenses. SNAP
may only be used to purchase food for human consumption and seeds/plants to grow
food at home. SNAP benefits cannot be used for: household items, grooming products,
tobacco, alcohol products, pet food, etc. In order to qualify for this benefit
program, you must be a resident of the state of West Virginia and fall into one
of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined)
under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking
combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age
60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent,
Morgantown/Mon County Health Department
WIC (Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants, and Children)
Short-term intervention program designed to improve lifetime nutrition and health behaviors in families by supplying free supplemental foods to meet their immediate nutritional needs. WIC services include: Nutrition Counseling and Education, Breastfeeding Counseling and Support, Health Screenings and Referrals, Immunizations, and Healthy Food Package. Qualified Applicants: Pregnant women, Women breastfeeding an infant up to the infant's first birthday, Postpartum women up to six months after delivery or end of pregnancy, Infants up to their first birthday, Children from age one until their fifth birthday, and household income no more than 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines.
Students in Recovery
WVU Collegiate Recovery Program
Events, meetings, resources
WVU Collegiate Recovery Program supports students in recovery by promoting a healthy,
balanced, and meaningful life on campus. They offer a variety of events and programs
during the academic year. Some of which include, start your day right, recovery
support groups, meditation, nutritional programs, sober social events, and more.
Mountaineer Region of Narcotics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship of men and women whom are in recovery from a narcotic use disorder and meet to support each other within that recovery. Narcotics Anonymous uses a traditional 12-step model that has been expanded and developed for people with varied substance abuse issues. Follow the link above for a list of local meeting times and locations.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience,
strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and
help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is
a desire to stop drinking. Follow the link above for a list of local meeting
times and locations.
WVU Student Assistance Program (SAP)
WVU’s Student Assistance Program offers the following services for students with alcohol or other drug concerns: individual assessment, individual and group counseling, and educational activities. Students who want services participate in an evaluation/assessment should call the number listed above.
West Virginia Sober Living
Sober Living Housing
West Virginia Sober Living offers residents to be independent and take responsibility
financially, socially, and emotionally as they move through recovery. Residents
can begin living a sober lifestyle and developing healthy new relationships in
the active recovering communities both in the university and Morgantown community.
Students who struggle with substance use disorders are applicable for this program.
Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Division works with all communities on our campus to ensure a safe and inclusive environment, based on the belief that all students and employees, regardless of their backgrounds, race, sexual orientation or religious preference, deserve to benefit from a diverse learning environment. Offers campus wide programing, advocacy, and consultation.
International Students and Scholars Services
International Students and Scholars (ISSS) is here to strengthen, enrich and advocate for international education and cultural exchange by anticipating and responding to the specific needs and concerns of the international community. Assists with admissions, visas, student account concerns, advocacy, etc. Visit the ISSS website for an in-depth review of the numerous programs offered to International students.
Center for Black Culture
The CBC will contribute to your personal growth and development by being there for you during the adjustment into University life. Students are the greatest asset to the Center and will do everything possible to help you reach your full potential as individual members of the academic community. Support to students, programming (varies by month/semester. Visit the website for a more in-depth review of these programs and more.
The Mountaineer Hub
International Student Scholarships
These are scholarships that are tailored specifically to International students at WVU. There are three levels of scholarships options: level one offers $7,000 for the Morgantown Campus, level two offers $6,000 for the Morgantown Campus, and level three offers $5,000 for the Morgantown Campus. To determine eligibility you can visit the Net Price Calculator offered by WVU at . For consideration, students must be admitted to the Morgantown campus by the deadlines listed for each scholarship. Please review all deadlines carefully.
International Homestart Closet
The WVU International HomeStart Closet provides first time international students
moving to Morgantown with care packages that are useful in starting a home. Although
it is not the intent to meet all the needs, basic household necessities are often
available. Items might include sheets, towels, blankets, pillows, dishes, flatware,
glasses, mugs, kettles, pots, pans, skillets, microwaves, coffee makers and rice
cookers. Large furniture items are occasionally available. During the Fall and
Spring Semesters the International Home Start Closet will be open on Mondays
from 1:00pm-3:00pm and Thursdays from 9:00am-12:00pm at the address listed above;
otherwise the IHSC will be open by appointment only. You can request assistance
from the HomeStart Closet by filing out this
Mon County Division Of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
You have the choice between a Not For Federal Use driver’s license or ID card, or a REAL ID/For Federal Use card that contains a gold star, indicating that the card meets full federal requirements for future use at airports and other designated federal facilities and uses nationwide. Details of how Federal Government will implement this requirement have not been released. Applicants applying for, renewing, or obtaining a duplicate driver’s license or ID card are required to provide specific documents. The documents you need to bring to the DMV depends on what type of card you choose. Due to processing and shipping costs, an additional $10.00 fee is required to obtain a FOR REAL ID/For Federal Use card.
Resources for Commuter, Non-Traditional and Transfer Students
Campus and Community Life
Programs and Resources
The WVU Commuter Student Program is housed within the department of Campus and Community Life. The Commuter Program is designed to assist WVU students who commute to campus and do not live in a residence hall or University apartment. We can assist students with parking questions, navigating WVU policies and procedures and any other questions students may have. We also provide programming throughout the academic year specifically for commuter students.
Commuter Student Resources
Helpful Tips for Commuters
- Get to campus early to beat traffic and to get a good parking spot!
- Get involved in campus life by joining a student organization or club like the Commuters Student Association.
- Attend lectures, special programs and campus events.
- Go to the Recreation Center (it’s free!) to work out or exercise.
- Utilize study areas on campus such as the library and Commuter Lounge in E. Moore Hall.
- Don’t eat lunch in your car- come to the dining halls!
- Make sure to read the Commuter electronic newsletter, an email you’ll receive monthly as it will tell you what’s happening on campus and how to get involved.
- Stay on campus after classes - there’s always something going on!
What is a Non-Traditional Student?
A student over the age of 23 or a student who graduated from high school five or more years ago. See here for information on how to apply as a Non-Traditional student.
Resources for Non-Traditional Students
- WVU Non-Traditional Student Programs helps undergraduate students over the age of 23 or who have been out of high school for more than five years cope with University life. Unlike a student who is just out of high school, you may have family and work responsibilities that must be met at the same time you’re taking classes and studying. We are here to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com or call 304-293-5611.
- Housing Exemption: Students that reach their 21st birthday by September 1 of their first year on campus are not required to live in the residence halls. See more about the Housing exemption process here.
- Regents Bachelor of Arts The RBA (Regents Bachelor of Arts) degree is an innovative baccalaureate designed for adult students. The basic principle underlying the degree is that credit is awarded for what students know regardless of how that knowledge was attained. For more information regarding this program please visit rba.wvu.edu.
- WVU Online offers more than 35 degrees and 13 certificate programs online. Degrees offered meet the same rigorous standards as our on-campus programs.
- Career Services Center can help you discover your interests and guide you in selecting a field of study. Center staff can also assist you in preparing a career plan by teaching you to develop job search techniques, writing a resume or preparing for an interview. Regardless of your questions, Career Services is here to help.
Transfer Student Resources
You are considered a transfer student if you have completed any post-secondary (after high school) work at a regionally accredited college/institution. To be eligible to enroll as a transfer student at WVU, students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in all college work attempted. In addition, transfer students who have fewer than 24 transferable credit hours must also meet freshman admission standards, and may apply as test optional.
For detailed information on the application process for transfer students please visit the WVU Admissions Page.
Checklist for Transfer Student
- Be sure you have consulted with WVU’s Admissions department prior to starting the transfer process to ensure your credits will transfer.
- Contact your previous college/university to alert them that you will be transferring, ask them what their transfer procedure is for their students and request your transcript.
- Research the list of over 140 Undergraduate majors WVU offers to determine which you are interested in.
- Check out the WVU Admissions website for important application deadlines and a detailed list for what you will need to complete your transfer application.
- Be sure you are aware of the financial obligations (tuition, books, housing, etc.) you will have as a WVU student.
- After you have submitted your application to WVU, you can check the status of it here.
- After you have been admitted to WVU, make sure you contact your advisor to schedule a meeting. You must meet with your advisor prior to scheduling classes. Please find a list of advisors for each college here.
- As a transfer student, you are NOT required to attend New Student Orientation, but you are encouraged to attend Transfer NSO.
- If you are coming to WVU with more than 24 credit hours, then you are exempt from the first year live on campus requirement. Learn more about the Housing exemption application.
- After you have decided if you will live on or off campus, please see the WVU Housing and Off-campus housing sites for helpful information on living in Morgantown. You may also see the Parking Section of the Portal for suggestions on parking options in Morgantown.
Student Legal Services
Student Legal Services provides legal guidance and assistance to students in my different situations. They will provide services for civil cases (not complex), family court, small claims (landlords/rental properties not associated with University housing, etc.), and legal name change. They cannot assist with cases involving other University community members or the University itself. For criminal and felony proceedings, Student Legal Services can provide guidance to the correct resources but will not provide legal services, so contact Gail Lipscomb and she can attempt to make the most appropriate referral for your case.
Legal Aid of West Virginia
Legal Aid of West Virginia provides resources and representation for civil legal issues to individuals considered low-income or a victim of domestic violence. A full range of services, legal resources, and eligibility and application information can be found on their website.
The WVU Law Clinic provides law students who give pro bono (free) law services to individuals within the university and community who are in need of legal counsel. Anyone can request their services, but they focus mainly on under served populations such as immigrants, LGBTQ+ individuals, families, and others. With any questions call the number above, but to directly request assistance contact Lori Mobley at 304-293-7249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center
Comprehensive Medical Center
The Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center is a comprehensive medical center for veterans that offers the following services: emergency care, urgent care, primary care, mental health care, women’s health, audiology, cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, gynecology, ophthalmology, optometry, orthopedics, urology, specialty care, and dental services. Follow the link above to see approximate wait times for new patients for each service.
Morgantown Vet Center
Support services to veterans
The Morgantown Veteran center provides individual, group, family, military sexual trauma, and bereavement counseling to combat veterans in the effort to make a satisfying from military to civilian life. Service include individual and group counseling, marital and family counseling for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or help any with any other military related issue that affects functioning within the family, work, school or other areas of everyday life. Other services include outreach, education, medical referral, homeless veteran services, employment, VA benefits referral, and the brokering of non-VA services.
Operation Welcome Home
Employment Opportunities for Veterans
Operation Welcome Home is a non-profit job placement organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families overcome barriers to employment and providing them with the knowledge and resources needed to secure a fulfilling position in the civilian workforce. They provide job placement, resume services, employment search, linkage to existing services, and recreational opportunities. They also provide a common meeting place at Mylan Park for veterans to congregate, share what’s on their mind, form bonds and simply relax with other veterans who understand their trials and triumphs.
Center for Veteran, Military and Family Programs