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Celebrating 150 Years

One hundred and fifty years — and what a ride it’s been. From humble beginnings as an agricultural college in 1867, West Virginia University has become a premier research institution with a focus on world-changing innovations that are making a lasting impact in the fields that matter most.

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WVU Celebrates Its 150th Birthday

Bring on the cake, ice cream, balloons and photo booths —WVU’s sesquicentennial celebration is underway!

150th Birthday Events

It's a birthday party 150 years in the making — and you're invited.

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Memories of WVU

What are your favorite memories?

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Share them with us by using #WVU150.

Memory of the Day

Female students with Mountaineer statue


150 Reasons to love WVU

Tell us: Why do you love WVU? Share them with us by using #WVU150. We’ll feature them on the website.

Then and Now

Compare photos of historical landmarks over time.

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Browse our history and traditions.

Learn about the people and events that shaped our first 150 years.