The Guizhou University was established in 1902. Guizhou University is the only key university in Guizhou prioritized to develop itself in line with the criteria of the "211 Project". The university consists of 20 colleges and 3 public education departments. Presently, the total number of full-time students is 33,152, which inculdes 26,053 undergraduates, 5,360 graduates with 123 as PhD candidates, and 52 overseas students. Up to now, it has cultivated over 150,000 graduates in various fields.
The university has 24 provincial key subjects, 1 postdoctoral research station, 3 state-level postdoctoral research stations for major projects. It offers 11 PhD programs, 149 Master’s programs and 6 Master's programs for specialized subjects all are authorized to confer degrees. Guizhou University contains 112 undergraduate specialties. Among them, 38 are characteristic specialties including 5 ministry-level ones and 10 province-level model specialities. The disciplines cover 11 branches of learning: philosophy, economics, laws, education, liberal arts, history, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine and administration.
Presently, the number of full-time teachers of the University is 2,332 with 231 PhD owners and 954 Master degree owners. 298 teachers are full professors and 721 associate professors. 1 academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 1 concurrent academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 7 state-level middle-aged or young experts, 4 candidates of state-level “New Century Million-and-10-Million-Talents Project”, 1 member of discipline appraisal group of the Academic Degree Committee of the State Council, 4 new century outstanding science and technology talents, 8 members of the National Instructive Committee of Higher Education. 112 experts enjoy state council or provincial expert allowance, 6 first-batch key provincial experts, 59 province-managed experts, 46 province-level young science and technology talents, 19 famous teachers of higher education of Guizhou Province. Besides, 32 teachers haven won various honors as outstanding teachers, model teachers, advanced working personnels, and so on.
Guizhou University covers a total area of 3786.83 hectors (2,524,571 square meters), comprising of 9 campuses in different areas in Guiyang City, the Capital of Guizhou Provinces, with two main campuses being located in Huaxi, a famous natural scenic spot. The school buildings amount to 89.22 square meters, among which 49.67 square meters are dedicated for teaching. Currently, the University contains 81 teaching laboratories of vaious kinds, 207 out-of-camput internship sites. Its libraries hold a collection of 3.81 million regular books and 1.60 electronic books. The area for physical education is as big as 210,200 square meters, which includes a first-rank comprehensive gym. Per 100 students have access to 15.87 computers, 52.73 seats of multimedia classrooms and 9.87 seats of the language labs. The central node of the "China Education and Research Network" in Guizhou is set in the University, which has a complete website of its own to connect all the nine campuses.
During recent years, Guizhou University has undertaken 106 teaching reforming projects, among which 10 are approved by the Ministry of Education and 45 are approved by the Provincial Department of Education. With their successful work, the teaching and research staff have won 2 national awards (second grade) for teaching quality and 30 provincial awards for teaaching quality. 25 courses have been entitled provincial best courses, 101 university-level key courses. It has published 123 textbooks, 6 have won provincial awards, 7 have been selected as national projected textbooks.
The university boasts 32 research centers at provincial level and beyond, including the National Center of Engineering Technologies, 4 key laboratoies or centers affiliated to the Ministry of Education, 23 provincial key laboratoies or centers, and 4 provincial centers of humanites and social sciences. Since the implementation of the Tenth Five-year Plan, the university has completed 1207 povincial and national research projects , which include 188 “973” , “863” , national natural science research fund and national social sciences fund projects; and 1019 provincial and ministerial projects.
The university publishes three research journals. Journal of Guizhou University has special editions or natural sciences, social sciences and arts. Journal of Guizhou University of Technology also includes an edition for natural sciences and social sciences. Journal of Mountain Agriculture and Biology specializes in agriculture. The university is the only one in Guizhou that has its own publishing house.