University of Charleston

Since 1888, the University of Charleston has grown and expanded to change with the educational needs and opportunities of students from across the nation and around the world.  With a focus on citizenship, communication, creativity, critical thinking, ethical practice and inquiry, UC prepares students to be leaders in the fields they choose. 

Master's Programmes



September 12, 1888 - The University of Charleston was founded in Barboursville, West Virginia as Barboursville Seminary, affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The first campus was located in the courthouse complex abandoned when Cabell County moved its seat of government to Huntington. There were 25 students enrolled.


UC offers an array of outstanding majors and graduate programs to prepare you for the career you want. We also boast an accomplished and dedicated faculty, top-notch research and facilities, and a residential campus in a spectacular natural setting.


All research with human subjects carried out by University of Charleston faculty and/or students must be approved by the UC IRB. No research involving human subjects may begin without express written consent from the University of Charleston’s (UC) Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards


Housing services

Once you have been officially accepted as a UC student, you are ready to apply for campus housing.

  • All residential students are required to have health insurance while residing on campus. If you are in need of health insurance, please contact the Office of Student Life for information on available plans.
  • Please review the current housing contract.
  • Freshmen and sophomore students under the age of 21 who do not wish to live in campus will need to complete this form for approval to live off campus.

Library services

  • Library Catalog
  • UC Quest
  • Database Access
  • A-Z Journals List
  • Subject Guides
  • Interlibrary Loan Services
  • Morris Harvey Archives
  • Mobile apps.

ICT services

We ensure that students, faculty, and staff, as well as the extended community, have convenient access to institutional resources through technology-enabled environments. Our overriding goal is the use of technology to expand both access to and the scope of academic programs by assisting faculty in the creation of technology-enhanced offerings and capabilities.

Student Life

Campus life

Our goal is to provide our students, staff, and visitors every possible resource to make University of Charleston (UC) a safe and enjoyable campus.

Student clubs

  • Professional Organizations
  • Greek Life
  • Student Government
  • Academic Organizations
  • Honor Societies
  • Religious Organizations
  • Special Interest Organizations.


The University of Charleston, a private, not-for-profit institution of higher education, is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Charleston, West Virginia, United States


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