It’s a brand new school year! Another year to make the most of. Whether it’s your first time here or you’re back for more, we clue you in to campus culture, game-day go-tos, and tips about town. Pick up our latest issue and let our back-to-school guide get you started out right.

Get an Early Start on Your Bucket List.  Don’t leave all of these key Mountaineer experiences for your last year.
  • Go to FallFest, the free concert with popular performers that takes place right after everyone gets back to campus. It’s a memorable way to start the school year. FallFest is scheduled for Tuesday, August 14 this year, behind the Student Rec Center.
  • Meet the Mountaineer Mascot.  In 2018–19, Elkins High School graduate Trevor Kiess sports the buckskin.
  • A game at Mountaineer Field isn’t just about football. It’s also about pride—The Pride of West Virginia, that is. See our big, brassy band march live at least once.
  • Put your arms around your fellow Mountaineers and sing “Take Me Home, Country Roads” after a winning football game at Mountaineer Field.
  • Catch a show at the Creative Arts Center. Performances go on year-round and cross all genres of music and theater.
  • Join the campus-wide dialogue on issues of the day by attending a Festival of Ideas lecture.
  • Canoe, kayak, or paddleboard on the Mon River or Cheat Lake.
  • Students from more than 110 countries attend WVU. Check out one of the many international events—like the International Street Festival that will take place on High Street on September 29 this year.
  • Take in the view from Coopers Rock and hike out to Rock City.
  • Ride a sled down Law School Hill.
  • Bike the 50 miles of the Caperton, Mon River, and Deckers Creek rail-trails.
  • Give back to Morgantown and West Virginia by doing one of the many service projects the university offers.
  • Get a selfie with President E. Gordon Gee.


The Mountie Bounty on your Mountaineer Card will get you what you need all over campus, from school supplies and snacks to copies and laundry—but it’s also good at CVS, Panera, Sheetz, and other shops across town. Here are a few of our favorites.