The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 28, 2011

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE - WVU to join Big 12 Conference

Mountaineers membership effective July 2012


IRVING, Texas — Ø     Faculty conduct $177.7 million annually in sponsored contracts and research grants

Ø     University expense budget is approximately $955 million

Ø     Classified as a Research University (High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Foundation

Ø     A land-grant institution - one of 106 in the United States

Ø     One of the few schools in the country that are land-grant, doctoral research universities with comprehensive health sciences

Ø     Approximately 70 percent of students receive some $350 million annually in financial aid

Ø     Top 20 “Best Places to Work in Academia” by The Scientist (No. 2 public university on the list)

Ø     The WVU Alumni Association is made up of more than 180,000 graduates worldwide


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