With a quality public school system and nationally recognized University, education plays a key role in the growth and expansion of the Morgantown area.
Monongalia County offers one of the best public school systems in the United States. Offspring and Expansion Management Magazines have both rated the county school system as one of the best public school systems in the country.
West Virginia University:
Morgantown is the home of West Virginia University, the flagship institution of higher education in the State. A public land grant institution, founded in 1867, the University’s 15 colleges and schools offer 185 bachelors, masters, doctoral and professional degree programs. WVU is classified as a “Carnegie Research University” (High Research Activity), and as such, is one of the nation’s top research universities. Students come from all counties in West Virginia, all 50 states in the United States, and approximately 100 other nations. The Student Guide to America’s Best 100 College Buys consistently puts WVU in its top 100 based on academics and low tuition costs.
Other Post-Secondary Schools:
Other nearby post-secondary schools and colleges include Fairmont State University in Fairmont; Salem International University in Salem, the West Virginia Junior College in Morgantown, and Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.
A nationally recognized leader in health care services, research and physicians, the Morgantown area offers several state-of-the-art facilities to compliment the growing community.
The Monongalia General Hospital is an accredited, community-based hospital providing a full range of inpatient, surgical, medical, outpatient, and emergency room services. As a 189-bed general hospital, the Hospital boasts a medical staff of over 265 specialists and primary care physicians. Over 90% of the physicians on the Mon General medical staff are Board Certified. Mon General is the flagship of Monongalia Health System (MHS), an integrated health care delivery system, which offers a full range of health care services. In addition to Mon General Hospital, Monongalia Health System’s network of affiliates includes Monongalia Emergency Medical Services, Mon Health-Care Equipment and Supplies, MonPointe Continuing Care Center, Regional Healthcare Associates, Morgantown Hospice, Care Partners Home Care, The Foundation of Monongalia General Hospital, The Village at Heritage Point, Surgical Eye Center of Morgantown, Wedgewood Imaging Center, and an ownership interest in HealthSouth Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. MHS’ web site is www.monhealth.com.
WVU Medicine is West Virginia University’s affiliated health system. Through its eight hospitals, three institutes, and more than 800 physicians, specialists, and sub-specialists, WVU Medicine provides comprehensive healthcare services to all of West Virginia, Southeast Ohio, Western Maryland, and Southwest Pennsylvania.
In the Morgantown area, the WVU Medicine flagship facility, Ruby Memorial Hospital, is a 531-bed tertiary care center. Ruby Memorial provides the full range of clinical services needed to complement the work of its healthcare providers. As a place for teaching and learning, future doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals are trained here.
Morgantown is also home to many WVU Medicine outpatient clinics and WVU Medicine Children’s, which provides maternal, infant, and pediatric care to high-risk mothers, premature infants, and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescence to adulthood.
Ruby Memorial Hospital has been named the number one hospital in West Virginia by U.S. News & World Report. It was also recognized as a Best Regional Hospital and high-performing in many specialties by the publication. Ruby Memorial Hospital is the first and only West Virginia healthcare organization to achieve the prestigious Magnet designation, which recognizes nursing excellence; the organization has maintained this designation since 2005. It has also been named among the top “Most Wired” healthcare facilities in the country for its smart use of technology.
In addition to its facilities in the Morgantown area, WVU Medicine includes locations in Bridgeport, Martinsburg, Ranson, Parkersburg, Buckhannon, and Keyser.
Greater Morgantown is the playground for all ages!
The City of Morgantown is best known for the great Big 12 sporting events at Mountaineer Field or the Coliseum. Morgantown was rated ‘One of the best Sports Cities’ by Sporting News. Complimenting the Collegiate athletics are great performing arts at the Creative Arts Center (CAC), or the various performance and entertainers at the Metropolitan Theatre. Also located downtown is the historic business district boasting an assortment of restaurants and retail stores.
Morgantown is also known for the newly developed Pedestrian Walking and Recreational Trails System. Two main trails traverse Morgantown: The Caperton Trail (named after the former Governor of West Virginia, Gaston Caperton) and the Decker’s Creek Trail. Together, these two trails provide nearly 10 miles of paved fun. The paved trails also connect into a bigger trail system that provide an additional 23 miles of crushed limestone trails.
Morgantown Area also offers a variety of outdoor activities and events in surrounding area. Whether you enjoy hiking, white water rafting, golfing or festivals and community days, West Virginia wild and wonderful certainly lives up to its reputation.
For more information on the various recreational activities, please visit the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.tourmorgantown.com; the Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners at www.boparc.org; or Mylan Park at www.mylanpark.com.
A cornerstone of the community, the Morgantown Area Library system is one of the best in the region. The Morgantown Public Library System consists of the main facility in downtown Morgantown as well as four branches located in the Cheat Lake Area, Clinton District, Clay-Battelle, and Aull Center. One library card can be used throughout the entire Northern Library Network. Free public access Internet terminals with word processing capability are available. The library system also offers a wide variety of free day and evening programs.
The West Virginia University Library supports the teaching, research, and service functions of the University. The libraries contain close to 1.7 million physical volumes with access to 26 million volumes through a book-sharing consortium. The libraries also provide access to 130 databases and more than 10,000 online full-text journals. The West Virginia & Regional History Collection contains more than 5 million manuscript items, and a new WV History OnView web site catalogs thousands of historical photos. The library system includes five libraries: the Downtown Campus Library, the Charles C. Wise Jr. Library, the Law Library, the Health Sciences Library and the Evansdale Library.