Best Colleges in West Virginia

The Mountain State Has Many Peaks — and Perks

Come for education, stay for a career and the culture

Why not go somewhere you can scale a mountain while you’re making your way up to higher education? West Virginia is home to 43 colleges and universities that focus on research, medicine, and more. And if you’re interested in aerospace, biometrics, advanced energy, or chemicals and plastics, West Virginia has a thriving market for you to gain real-world work experience. Post-graduation, you won’t want to go anywhere. The unemployment rate is holding steady with the rest of the country,* and West Virginia is on USA Today’s 10 States With the Fastest Growing Economies list.

You’ll also want to stick around for the experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Known as the Mountain State, West Virginia is home to part of the Appalachian Mountains, which means you can take advantage of 800 miles of hiking, biking, rock climbing, and caving. There’s even more to see outside with forest covering 78% of the state.* West Virginia even has history etched into its land — with prehistoric burial mounds, oil and gas landmarks, and civil war monuments. Don’t just go to school in West Virginia, experience a new way of life.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics *wvcommerce.org

Best Four Year Universities in West Virginia

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV

West Virginia University offers 198 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 6,852 students graduated with students earning 4,520 Bachelor's degrees, 1,668 Master's degrees, and 664 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 28 Reviews
2 Concord University Athens, WV

Concord University offers 44 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a far away town. In 2015, 532 students graduated with students earning 455 Bachelor's degrees, and 77 Master's degrees.

3 Marshall University Huntington, WV

Marshall University offers 207 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 3,055 students graduated with students earning 1,747 Bachelor's degrees, 835 Master's degrees, 197 Doctoral degrees, 149 Certificates degrees, and 127 Associate's degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
4 University of Charleston Charleston, WV

University of Charleston offers 51 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a small city. In 2015, 462 students graduated with students earning 213 Bachelor's degrees, 141 Master's degrees, 70 Doctoral degrees, and 38 Associate's degrees.

5 Fairmont State University Fairmont, WV

Fairmont State University offers 48 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a far away town. In 2015, 786 students graduated with students earning 602 Bachelor's degrees, 94 Master's degrees, and 90 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
6 West Liberty University West Liberty, WV

West Liberty University offers 33 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a outlying rural. In 2015, 628 students graduated with students earning 512 Bachelor's degrees, 82 Master's degrees, and 34 Associate's degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
7 West Virginia State University Institute, WV

West Virginia State University offers 29 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 455 students graduated with students earning 438 Bachelor's degrees, 17 Master's degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
8 Shepherd University Shepherdstown, WV

Shepherd University offers 51 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a outlying town. In 2015, 872 students graduated with students earning 790 Bachelor's degrees, and 82 Master's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
9 Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling, WV

Wheeling Jesuit University offers 58 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a small city. In 2015, 582 students graduated with students earning 268 Bachelor's degrees, 158 Master's degrees, 94 Doctoral degrees, and 62 Certificates degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
10 West Virginia Wesleyan College Buckhannon, WV

West Virginia Wesleyan College offers 121 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a remote town. In 2015, 341 students graduated with students earning 294 Bachelor's degrees, 47 Master's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in West Virginia

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Martinsburg, WV

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College offers 68 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 972 students graduated with students earning 488 Associate's degrees, and 484 Certificates degrees.

2 Pierpont Community and Technical College Fairmont, WV

Pierpont Community and Technical College offers 42 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a far away town. In 2015, 502 students graduated with students earning 364 Associate's degrees, and 138 Certificates degrees.

3 West Virginia Northern Community College Wheeling, WV

West Virginia Northern Community College offers 50 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a small city. In 2015, 502 students graduated with students earning 324 Associate's degrees, and 178 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
4 Carver Career Center Charleston, WV

Carver Career Center offers 27 Degree programs. It's a very small public college in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 251 students graduated with students earning 197 Certificates degrees, and 54 Associate's degrees.

5 Mountain State College Parkersburg, WV

Mountain State College offers 9 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a small city. In 2015, 31 students graduated with students earning 27 Associate's degrees, and 4 Certificates degrees.

6 West Virginia Business College-Wheeling Wheeling, WV

West Virginia Business College-Wheeling offers 14 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a small city. In 2015, 64 students graduated with students earning 55 Associate's degrees, and 9 Certificates degrees.

7 Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College Moorefield, WV

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College offers 28 Degree programs. It's a very small public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 158 students graduated with students earning 93 Associate's degrees, and 65 Certificates degrees.

8 New River Community and Technical College Beaver, WV

New River Community and Technical College offers 39 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a small suburb. In 2015, 355 students graduated with students earning 232 Associate's degrees, and 123 Certificates degrees.

9 Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Mount Gay, WV

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College offers 53 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a far away town. In 2015, 361 students graduated with students earning 263 Associate's degrees, and 98 Certificates degrees.

10 West Virginia Junior College-Charleston Charleston, WV

West Virginia Junior College-Charleston offers 12 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a small city. In 2015, 107 students graduated with students earning 99 Associate's degrees, and 8 Certificates degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
West Virginia University West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
2/5
14 : 1 28,776
Concord University Concord University Athens, WV
2/5
19 : 1 2,507
Marshall University Marshall University Huntington, WV
2/5
16 : 1 13,621
University of Charleston University of Charleston Charleston, WV
5/5
17 : 1 2,327
Fairmont State University Fairmont State University Fairmont, WV
2/5
20 : 1 4,041
West Liberty University West Liberty University West Liberty, WV
2/5
16 : 1 2,341
West Virginia State University West Virginia State University Institute, WV
2/5
22 : 1 3,166
Shepherd University Shepherd University Shepherdstown, WV
2/5
20 : 1 3,861
Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling, WV
5/5
12 : 1 1,385
West Virginia Wesleyan College West Virginia Wesleyan College Buckhannon, WV
5/5
15 : 1 1,518
Alderson Broaddus University Alderson Broaddus University Philippi, WV
5/5
17 : 1 1,154
Bluefield State College Bluefield State College Bluefield, WV
2/5
16 : 1 1,486
Davis & Elkins College Davis & Elkins College Elkins, WV
5/5
13 : 1 796
Bethany College Bethany College Bethany, WV
5/5
13 : 1 737
Glenville State College Glenville State College Glenville, WV
2/5
24 : 1 1,732
Ohio Valley University Ohio Valley University Vienna, WV
4/5
12 : 1 451
American Public University System American Public University System Charles Town, WV
2/5
51 : 1 52,361
West Virginia University Institute of Technology West Virginia University Institute of Technology Montgomery, WV
2/5
14 : 1 1,263
Appalachian Bible College Appalachian Bible College Mount Hope, WV
3/5
19 : 1 281
West Virginia University at Parkersburg West Virginia University at Parkersburg Parkersburg, WV
2/5
23 : 1 2,812
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Martinsburg, WV
2/5
55 : 1 5,552
Pierpont Community and Technical College Pierpont Community and Technical College Fairmont, WV
2/5
25 : 1 2,182
West Virginia Northern Community College West Virginia Northern Community College Wheeling, WV
2/5
28 : 1 2,013
University Logo BridgeValley Community & Technical College South Charleston, WV
2/5
19 : 1 2,503
University Logo B M Spurr School of Practical Nursing Glen Dale, WV 12 : 1 35

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