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University of Charleston
Established 1888
Type Private
Endowment $28.1 million[1]
President Edwin H. Welch
Provost Charles Stebbins
Students 1,315[2]
Undergraduates 1,090[2]
Postgraduates 225[2]
Location Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.A.
Campus Urban
Former names Barboursville Seminary of the Southern Methodist Church
Morris Harvey College
Colors Maroon and Gold         
Nickname Golden Eagles

The University of Charleston ("UC") is a private university in Charleston, West Virginia, United States of over 1,300 students.

The school was founded in 1888 as the Barboursville Seminary of the Southern Methodist Church. In 1901, it was renamed Morris Harvey College, after a devoted supporter who made his fortune speculating in coal property and other businesses.

A building behind a wall that reads "University of Charleston" and another building with a glass parapet, with a river running in front
The University of Charleston from across the Kanawha River

In 1935 the school moved to downtown Charleston and affiliated with the Mason College of Fine Arts and Music. In 1940, it became independent of the Methodist Church. Seven years later, the school moved to its present campus in the Kanawha City section of Charleston across the river from the State Capitol. In 1951, it purchased the Young-Noyes House as the home of the college president.[3] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[4]

The college fell on hard economic times in the late 1970s and in 1978 changed its name to the University of Charleston to reflect both its addition of post graduate programs and its close ties with the local community. Beginning with the inauguration of the current president, Dr. Edwin H. Welch, the school has undergone a physical and academic transformation. Four new residence halls, a parking garage, a fitness center, an academic building housing the library, computer and science labs, and a new school of pharmacy have been built since 1998.

UC's athletic teams, known as the Golden Eagles, compete in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in NCAA Division II. In 2003 the school resumed playing football after abolishing the sport in 1955. In 2005 it entered into a partnership with the local school board to refurbish the school-board-owned Laidley Field, which was renamed University of Charleston Stadium. The campus also boasts new or renovated softball, baseball, and soccer fields, and competes in 14 Division II sports.

In August 2006 UC opened its first doctoral program, the UC School of Pharmacy, now headed by Dr. Michelle Easton. The school emphasizes community outreach and service to the Appalachian region. The university also opened a graduate business school in downtown Charleston in August, 2008, which grants three business masters degrees: Master of Business Administration and Leadership (MBAL), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) and Executive Master of Forensic Accounting (EMFA).

The school is not related in any way with the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. That school at one time used the name "University of Charleston" for its graduate programs.


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Highest student enrollment in almost 40 years". University of Charleston. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form". Young-Noyes House. State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. 2009-04-04. 
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 

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Coordinates: 38°19′59″N 81°36′59″W / 38.332917°N 81.616524°W / 38.332917; -81.616524



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