West Virginia University (WVU) is a public, land-grant institution, founded in 1867, located in Morgantown, West Virginia. Morgantown, W.Va., population 30,293 (US Census Bureau, 2011), was rated “No. 1 Small City in America” by BizJournals.com. Business Insider named Morgantown the ninth best college town in America. Other recent rankings: Kiplinger.com included Morgantown in their 10 great places to live list; one of “Best Sports Cities” by Sporting News; 12th overall “Hottest Small City” by Inc.; one of “50 Smartest Places to Live” by Kiplinger’s; and the second-ranking “Best College Town for Jobs” by Forbes. WVU will deliver high-quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, model a culture of diversity and inclusion, promote health and vitality, and build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity between the state, the nation, and the world. WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. A member of the Big 12 Conference, WVU competes in 18 intercollegiate varsity sports.