WVU is based in Morgantown, a vibrant community of 55,000 residents in northern West Virginia. Located just south of the Pennsylvania border at the western edge of the Appalachian Mountains, Morgantown is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. White water rafting draws visitors to the area from around the world.
The University is integral to local life. A recent feature in The New York Times complimented the "remarkable open access" to the University that visitors and local residents enjoy. Morgantown's pleasant atmosphere and unmistakable University flavor create a cosmopolitan atmosphere usually found in much larger cities. The area boasts a wide range of ethnic restaurants, a charming turn-of-the-century downtown with unique specialty shops, extensive recreational trails that wind along the Monongahela River and Decker's Creek, and a number of community activities such as theatre and sports. Situated at the junction of Interstates 79 and 68, Morgantown also enjoys convenient proximity to major metropolitan centers: Pittsburgh is a 90-minute drive north, and Washington, DC is a 3-hour drive east.