WVU New Student Orientation Guide

A Chance to Explore Greater Morgantown!

Welcome all WVU upcoming freshmen! We are excited to have you here and hope that you enjoy your visit to Mountaineer Country. After you discover the majors that you are interested in, get all your questions answered, and tour the WVU campus, stick around for the weekend and discover what else Mountaineer Country has to offer! 

Eat like a Local

Greater Morgantown has so many restaurants that offer a variety of choices. Start your day with a fresh cup of coffee and delicious pastry on the downtown campus at Zeke’s Breakfast and Bakes or walk a little further and grab a smoothie from Blue Moose Cafe. Have a sweet tooth? Treat yourself to The Cupcakerie, a well-known cupcake boutique. 

While you are visiting, you should try the local food around Greater Morgantown. There’s a large variety of lunch and dinner options including the award-winning Black Bear Burritos! Looking to enjoy the nice weather? Morgantown Brewing Company is located right on the Caperton trail with plenty of outdoor seating so you can enjoy your meal with a view. Or just walk down any main street in Greater Morgantown and you’ll be sure to find a diner, café, or restaurant that you will want to try! Check out our Mountaineer Deals for local restaurants! 

Explore the Outdoors

Bike the Mon River Trailand explore its wooded terrain. Walk the WVU Arboretumor West Virginia Botanic Garden and take in the hundreds of flower and tree species. Looking for more of an adventure? Visit WVU Zipline Canopy Tour to zip multiple lines, cross an aerial bridge, and even rappel to a final platform that will be sure to get your adrenaline pumping!  

Trek the many hiking trails of Greater Morgantown and visit the overlooks at Cooper’s Rock for a breathtaking view of the Cheat Canyon River. Be sure to keep an eye out for the #AlmostHeaven swing! Snap a photo on it and share it with us by using #VisitMountaineerCountry on social media. 

Try These Activities

Have you ever been to an escape room? Visit Morgantown Escape Room or Xscape!, two of Greater Morgantown’s live-action escape rooms for friends and family to work as a team to solve clues together. Looking to get active? Make the trip to Gritstone and climb with the whole family! Make sure to check our events page to see what’s happening around town while you’re here! 

End the weekend by having a relaxing day before heading home. Create a work of art at the Wow Factory by attending a pottery, glass fusing, clay, or mosaic session. Tour the Art Museum at WVU that is free and open to the public to view the diverse print, painting, folk, paper, sculpture, and ceramic art pieces. Look around the Seneca Center in the local shops, walk downtown and stop into Hoot & Howl or take drive and enjoy shopping and lunch at Appalachian Mercantile General Store and Café. Relax at one of the spas around Greater Morgantown and remember to take a picture with the Mountaineer statue in front of the Mountainlair on your way out! 

Stay in Town

Have you and your family booked a hotel for your WVU visits yet? Use our booking tool below to make your quick and easy reservation. 

Make sure to get all the Mountaineer Deals so you can shave as you eat, play, shop and stay in Greater Morgantown! 

As you embark on exploring your new home away from home,  don’t forget to share your experience with us by using #VisitMountaineerCountry on your social posts! 


Interested in attending more than one event this weekend? Stay overnight at one of the many hotels and lodgings in Morgantown. Click to reserve your stay.