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The Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources was established in 1887 and has been educating students for over 135 years. The College has seven accredited academic departments and offers 15 undergraduate and seven dual majors, all ABET accredited and 29 graduate programs. It is also one of only five universities in the country with majors in petroleum and natural gas and mining engineering, and one of only four universities in the country with an ABET-accredited program in petroleum and natural gas engineering. 

The Statler College is also one of the few engineering schools offering biometrics and cybersecurity in the same engineering program, and it is the DHS/NSA designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) and Cyber Research (CAE-R). 

As an R1 status “very high research activity” institution, the College annually conducts approximately $42.4 million worth of research and development related to energy and energy materials, decarbonization, engineering for human safety and health, sustainable extraction and utilization of natural resources, robotics, sustainable and secured infrastructure, engineering for space applications, and engineering education, among others. For additional information about the Statler College visit

Various photos of Statler College students.

Our Vision

The Statler College envisions a secure, sustainable and healthy world engineered by innovators who explore and create a prosperous future.

Our Mission

We develop globally-minded engineers, scientists and leaders who improve the quality of life by solving societal challenges and stimulating economic growth in West Virginia, and beyond, within an inclusive, collaborative and innovative educational community.

Meet Benjamin M.
and Jo Statler

A third-generation coal miner and Morgantown native, Benjamin M. Statler began his career as a laborer with Consolidation Coal in 1969 and worked the night shift while pursuing his bachelor's degree in mining engineering at West Virginia University.

In 2012, Statler and his wife, Jo, pledged the largest single gift commitment ever to the University and to a college, to advance strategic goals by building a world-class energy research program, providing our students with a top-notch educational and research experience in science and engineering and enabling our faculty and students to pursue advances in research.

Learn more about the Statlers Naming and gift media release