Glenville State College

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Glenville State College
Established 1872
Type Public
President Peter B. Barr
Students 1,882
Undergraduates 1,882
Postgraduates 0
Location Glenville, West Virginia, USA
Campus Rural
Mascot Pioneers
Affiliations West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Website glenville.edu
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Glenville State College (GSC) is a public four-year college located in Glenville, a town in the rural north-central part of the U.S. state of West Virginia.

History[edit]

Glenville State college was founded in 1872 to serve the higher education needs of Central West Virginia. Glenville State College has gained wide recognition for its teaching excellence.[citation needed] By 1910, the College enrollment had exceeded the population of Glenville and grew into a full four-year college by 1931. Teacher preparation continued to be the central mission as over the years, the campus became known as "the Lighthouse on the Hill" for both the quality of the teaching and the quality of Glenville State graduates.[citation needed] Today, Glenville State still maintains a strong focus on teacher preparation, while offering additional degree programs in relevant areas that support the needs of the workplace in the 21st century.

The Glenville State College Alumni Center, known as the John E. Arbuckle House, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.[1]

Academics[edit]

The highest degree awarded is the Bachelor's degree. GSC also awards associate's degrees and certificates in several academic areas.


In addition to the base of teacher education programs students may graduate with other liberal arts degrees ranging from Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, to Criminal Justice, and Social Sciences.

Natural resource management[edit]

Glenville State College has been providing students for the land surveying profession since 1974. These graduates currently work in all aspects of surveying, including; retracement surveying, construction surveying, route surveying, mineral surveying, and others.

GSC offers an associate degree program in forestry. Graduates now work in all aspects of forestry in the state and region. This program is one of only twenty three programs in the United States that is recognized by the Society of American Foresters.[2] GSC offers the A.S. degree in forest technology and the B.S. degree in natural resource management for forest technology and other majors.

Education[edit]

Glenville State College has long been known for its Teacher Education Program. You can specialize in many areas of the B.A. of Education including English, Spanish, Chemistry, Biology, Math, Social Studies, Music, Art, Physical Education, Health or Business. The previously listed majors are focused on teaching in secondary schools. You can also take a different route towards Early Education which focuses on Pre-K through Kindergarten or Elementary Education which would train you to teach grades K-6. Also available is Middle School Education.

Social Sciences[edit]

The Social Science Department specializes in studying human behavior. Degrees available in this department are Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science and Bachelor of Arts in Education specializing in Social Studies.

Business Department[edit]

The Business Department will prepare you for a challenging career in the dynamic business environment. GSC works in cooperation with the community to help provide students with practical educational experiences and Internships. Degrees in accounting, management, marketing, resort area management, sport management as well computer and information systems are available along with some minors also.

Science and Math[edit]

Along with a Bachelor of Science in Education (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics) GSC also offers a Bachelor of Science in the same fields without the emphasis of Education in order for preparation of future medical school.

Fine Arts[edit]

Glenville State College offers many concentrations under a Bachelor of Arts in Music, including Music Technology, Instrumental, Vocals, Performance and Bluegrass. Also available is a degree in Fine Arts. GSC's music department will also offer opportunities in Concert Band, Marching Band, multiple Ensembles, Bluegrass Band, Jazz Band as well as a Pep Band.

Athletics[edit]

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The Glenville State football team.

In athletics, the school's sports teams are known as Pioneers and Lady Pioneers, and they compete in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. They have teams in football, basketball, track and field, softball, golf, baseball, cross country running, and volleyball. The WVIAC will disband following the 2012-13 season and the school will join the new Mountain East Conference.

Student life[edit]

Student activities[edit]

The Office of Student Activities encourages involvement in the College community through participation in campus activities and organizations. The office of Student Activities provides entertainment for the campus throughout the academic year. The entertainment includes comedians, musicians, hypnotists, magicians, karaoke and interactive games. Special activities are scheduled during Homecoming Week in October and during spirit week, GSC Week, in April.

High adventure[edit]

The High Adventure program at Glenville State College makes it possible for everyone on campus to get out, enjoy the outdoors and take part in adventures that are both enjoyable and challenging. During the summer and fall months students can experience the thrills of hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, fly fishing, whitewater kayaking and rafting, and horseback riding. In the winter and spring our wild adventures include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, winter camping, cross country ski trips, and sledding. In addition to off campus activities, the High Adventure program has installed an indoor climbing wall in the Physical Education Building.

Student organizations[edit]

Glenville State College has over thirty active Student Organizations in the campus community. These groups include professional organizations, Greek organizations, special interest groups and honorary societies.

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