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Quick Facts

This August, approximately 250 students were directly admitted to the department. It is interesting to note that 85% are female, representing a trend observed over the past several years. At the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester there were 250 students in forensic science, first year through senior year.*

Over the past three years, students have come from 39 states to study and earn their Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic and Investigative Science at WVU. Eighty-eight percent of our students are non-resident.

Fifty-eight students graduated with a FEPAC-accredited Bachelor of Science degree in 2023 and multiple students were elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Among the sciences, except for Biology, Forensic and Investigative Science graduates more undergraduate students annually than chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

Currently, 80% of graduates from the past five years have found career placement or are attending graduate school. About half of the graduating seniors go on to graduate or professional school, most often on assistantships and fellowships.

Approximately 300 students have declared forensic science as a minor.

The Forensic and Investigative Science graduate program includes 12 students in the MS program and 11 students in the PhD program.

With a new PhD program in forensic science (effective July 1, 2016), WVU became the only institution in the country to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in forensic science.

*statistics collected in 2022.