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Mountain State University

Mountain 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 ).

Academic Programs

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 other subjects.

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 in business.

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 related discipline.

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 classroom.

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 Loans.

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 .

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Mountain State University

P. O Box 9003

Beckley, WV 25802-9003

Tel: 1. 800. 766. 6067



Website: www.mountainstate.edu





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