State UniversityMountain State University is a private not-for-profit university located
in the scenic highlands of southern West Virginia. MSU is dedicated to
providing students with an outstanding professionally oriented education
in a relaxed environment that promotes academic excellence, personal
growth, and cultural enrichment. Mountain State University serves more
than 6, 000 students a year from across the United States and around the
world with degree programs offered at the associate, bachelor's, and
master's levels. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and
a member of the North Central Association (312. 263. 0456,
www.ncahigherlearningcommission. org ).
The School of Arts and Sciences offers degrees in a wide range of
professional fields including criminal justice, forensic investigation, and social work. It also offers degrees in general studies and an
interdisciplinary studies program with concentrations in communication
studies, ecology, English and literature, psychology, pre-medicine, and
The School of Business and Technology prepares students for careers in
traditional areas of business administration as well as in accounting, culinary arts, entrepreneurship, herbal sciences, marketing, legal
studies and business law, paralegal studies, and service industry
management. These programs help students develop the managerial and
technical skills they need to identify and respond to complex challenges
The School of Health Sciences prepares students for a wide range of
health care professions, including health education and wellness, diagnostic medical sonography, medical assisting, nursing, occupational
therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology, and respiratory care. A prerequisite physician assistant curriculum
prepares undergraduate students for the University's entry-level
master's program. These programs prepare students to apply for
certifications and licensures required for clinical practice and qualify
them to pursue more advanced degrees in their specific field or a
The School of Graduate Studies offers master's degree programs in
criminal justice administration, health science, interdisciplinary
studies, nursing, physician assistant, and strategic leadership. Some
graduate programs provide for flexible study and distance learning with
no residency requirement.
The School of Extended and Distance Education provides opportunities for
undergraduate and graduate study through distance learning, online
programs, and other nontraditional options. A variety of programs and
coursework are available through Web-based and other independent study
methods, and some programs are designed for adult learners with an
accelerated format that requires just one evening a week in the
Services and Resources
Academic facilities include a library with holdings of more than 95, 000
titles and networked access to more than one million titles. The core
collection is supported by an on-line catalog and supplemented by
electronic resources that include Proquest, Cumulative Index to Nursing
and Allied Health Literature (CINHAL), Social Issues Resources Index
(SIRS), Ebscohost, Westlaw, Wilson Web, Newsbank, and Medline. Computer
stations include current software and broadband Internet access.
Specialized learning resources include multimedia classrooms, a video
lab, computer-assisted instruction, and science laboratories.
Student services include orientation, academic Counselling, and a
tutoring center. A variety of student organizations and activities are
based on campus, and the Cougar Den student union provides a centrally
located place to relax, study, and eat.
Students receive a complimentary membership to the Beckley and Raleigh
County YMCA, located within easy walking distance of campus. A variety
of individual and team sports is available to students through the YMCA.
The University fields intercollegiate teams in NAIA Division I men's
basketball: where the MSU Cougars were 2004 National Champions: as well as
women's volleyball and softball.
Hogan Hall, a 192-bed residence hall, provides two-bedroom suites and
apartment-style living in a central campus location. Renovated and
refurnished in 2003, Hogan Hall's accommodations include lounges, study
rooms, and laundry facilities. A variety of meal plans is available for
students to take advantage of campus dining facilities.
Mountain State University's primary campus is located in Beckley, a small metropolitan area in the heart of the southern West
Virginia highlands. The University's campus is within walking distance
of downtown restaurants, retail stores, and services, with many
additional options accessible by public transportation. Beckley is about
an hour away by car from the state capital of Charleston; most major
cities in the eastern United States are within a day's drive.
City, state, and national parks provide breathtaking panoramas as well
as perfect settings for outdoor activities that range from mountain
biking and rock climbing to hiking, picnicking, and swimming. In season, outdoor enthusiasts enjoy whitewater rafting on the famed Gauley and New
Rivers or hit the slopes of nearby ski areas.
The University also operates branch campuses in Martinsburg, W. Va. ;
Center Township (greater Pittsburgh), Pa. ; and Orlando, Fla.
Cost and Financial Aid
Mountain State University provides the educational advantages of a
private institution at a financially accessible cost. Full-time basic
undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2004and05 academic year are $6, 750
(based on two 15-hour semesters) or $225 for each credit hour. Tuition
varies for some programs, and additional laboratory and clinical fees
are sometimes required. Tuition is the same for in-state, out-of-state, and international students. Eligible students may receive financial aid
including merit- and need-based scholarships, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work-Study Higher Education Grants, and Federal Stafford Student
Application and Admission
The University's overall admissions policy is open, although some
selective-Enrolment programs have specific minimum requirements and
competitive admissions processes. Applications are accepted on a rolling
basis and applicants are notified of their acceptance status as soon as
the application process is completed. ACT or SAT scores are not required
for University admission but are recommended for placement purposes.
Competitive programs or courses may have minimum ACT or SAT scores, placement tests, or other requirements.
Prospective students and their families are encouraged to arrange a
campus visit. Campus tours and individual meetings are available.
For an application or more information, contact the Mountain State
University Information Center, toll-free at 866. FOR. MSU1 (866. 367. 6781), or online at www.mountainstate.edu .