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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.

Explore Our History

We’re West Virginia’s University

We’ve been around for 150 years, and each day we’ve had the same mission - to make the lives of West Virginians better. We’ll do that for the next 150 years, too.

150th Birthday Events

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

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Winning Design

Viewers celebrated 150 years at WVU by voting for their favorite shirt from April 3 - April 10. We have a winner! "Take Me Home" will be available at your local WVU retailer and online this May.

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150 Reasons to love WVU

You’ve been sharing your reasons with us. Now it’s time to compile the list. We will unveil a new reason each day.

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Today’s Reason


West Virginia - our home among the hills.

Share your reasons with us by using #WVU150.

Memories of WVU

See the memories you shared.

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Memory of the Day

Sitting in the stands at old Mountaineer Field

Old Mountaineer Field

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.