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Nova Southeastern University


Mountain State University is located in Beckley, West Virginia, and is a private, not-for-profit university. Its mission is to promote lifelong learning and the power of knowledge by providing accessible, innovative undergraduate and graduate programs that lead to opportunities for personal and professional success. With five campuses, Mountain State offers traditional educational options as well as independent and distance learning programs to its annual 7,000+ students.


Mountain State University was founded in 1933 as a response to the community’s desire to offer young people a chance to learn during the Great Depression. The junior college, which was called Beckley College, offered accessibility during a time the economy, terrain, and poor road system made it difficult to attend any of the neighboring colleges. Through the years, the institution experienced slow but steady growth, and in 2001 when new administration brought with them a global vision for the school, it was renamed Mountain State University.


Undergraduate studies at Mountain State University include Accounting, Applied Science, Aviation, Biology, Business Administration, Computer Networking, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Elementary Teacher Preparation, Emergency Medical Services, Environmental Studies, Fire Science, Forensic Investigation, General Engineering, Gerontology, Health Science Education, Health Studies, Human Resources Management, Information Technology, Justice Studies, Legal Studies Liberal Studies, Mining/Environmental Engineering, Medical Assisting, Medical Coding and Billing, Medical Transcription, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Office Administration, Organizational Leadership, Phlebotomy, Physical Therapist Assistant, Psychology, Psychology of Early Childhood Development, Radiologic Technology, Religious Studies, Respiratory Care, Secondary Teacher Preparation, Social Work, and Wildlife Management.