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Fast Facts

The Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources has so much to offer the faculty, staff, students and alumni who have called Statler College home. We’re proud to highlight some of our collective accomplishments.

Photos of Statler College students.

Statler Specifics

  • Statler College was established in 1887 and has been educating students for over 135 years.
  • The Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is one of approximately 40 named engineering colleges in the United States.
  • Over 300 active partnerships with outside academic institutions, industry, national laboratory, state and federal agencies.
  • Since 2019, we hold the Bronze Award for Diversity from the American Society of Engineering Educators.
  • 1 of 156 accredited U.S. universities to offer a medical program.


  • 7 dual majors
  • 7 academic departments
  • 15 undergraduate programs
  • 29 graduate programs
  • 147 faculty members
  • Access to primary-role academic advisors 12 months out of the year
  • 1 of 5 universities with mining engineering and petroleum and natural gas engineering programs
  • 1 of 4 colleges with an ABET-accredited petroleum and natural gas engineering program
  • Every Statler student is introduced to each field of engineering through the the Fundamentals of Engineering Program.
  • Experiential learning is a focus of the College and is offered through classwork, service learning, study abroad, senior design projects, extracurricular clubs, co-ops, internships, engineering competitions, student projects and research opportunities offered to both undergraduate students and graduate students.


  • 165 research labs
  • 12 support shops
  • 67 support labs
  • 5 Foreign Patents
  • 11 U.S. Patents
  • Classified as an R1 Institution of Higher Education
  • 5 faculty recognized as R&D 100 “Oscars of Innovation” Awards
  • Our research is growing and thriving with annual expenditures now exceeding $42 million.
  • Top 100 universities in the NSF Research Expenditure rankings.
  • Lane Innovation Hub is a resource enabling inventors to turn their dreams into reality.

Student Life

  • 2,246 undergraduate students
  • 523 graduate students
  • 36+ active student athletes
  • 56% of students come from 41 states in the U.S.
  • To build friendships that last a lifetime, WVU freshman engineering majors are encouraged to live in Braxton Tower, Lincoln Hall and Honors Hall. This allows students to live in close proximity to other engineering students and the Evansdale Campus.
  • Incoming freshmen are automatically considered for merit-based engineering scholarships upon acceptance to WVU.
  • Students come from across the world to study at Statler, including Mexico, Greece, Rome and Germany to name a few.
  • The Eugene V. Cilento Learning Center is staffed by upper level engineering undergraduate and graduate student tutors who assist and support students with homework and studying.
  • Student participation in our award winning competition teams. Some examples include:
    • Among many awards, the WVU Robotics team won 1st place in 2017 and 2019 for the NASA Mars Ice Challenge. They also won 1st place in 2016 for the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge.
    • The EcoCAR 3 team, working to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro, won the “Team to Watch” award in year two of the competition in 2018 and won 2nd overall at the end of the four-year competition.
    • The EcoCAR team redesigning the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer, finished 3rd in year three of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge in 2019. The EcoCAR team also brought home numerous awards for Best Energy Consumption Testing, Best Communications Presentation, Best Communications Program and the EcoCAR Collaboration Award with WVU and Georgia Institute of Technology.
    • At the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration – 2022 Eastern Collegiate Mine Rescue Competition, two Mine Rescue teams took home top honors. The WVU Gold Team finished in 1st place for the fifth consecutive year and the Blue Team finished in 2nd place.

    After Graduation / Alumni

    • 88% career placement rate
    • $72,000 is the average starting salary of our graduates.
    • 14 NSF Career Award recipients since 2010
    • Nearly 25% of Statler College grads go on to engineering graduate school, law school, business school or medical school.
    • 24,000+ alumni worldwide
    • 2 Olympic Gold medalist alumni