West Virginia Colleges

West Virginia Colleges

Higher Education In West Virginia

West Virginia has a merit-based Promise Scholarship program that awards up to $4,750 per academic year to qualified students to help them cover the cost of tuition and fees at an in-state college or university. To qualify for a Promise Scholarship, students must earn a 3.0 high school GPA in core courses and overall coursework. They must also complete the free federal financial aid for (FAFSA) and meet application deadlines.

There are close to 70 post-secondary institutions, including career schools, technical schools, colleges, and universities (some offering both traditional and online degrees) in West Virginia.

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Approximately 40 of those institutions are two and four-year colleges. The largest of the forty is the University of West Virginia, which has an enrollment of nearly 30,000 students.

For-profit institutions include American Public University, Everest Institute, Mountain State College, Salem International University, Valley College, and West Virginia Junior College. With the exception of Salem International, they offer fairly career-focused educational programs.

There are two historically black public colleges in the state; West Virginia State University and Bluefield State College. There are also three medical colleges; West Virginia University School of Medicine, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (Marshall University).

Wheeling Jesuit University is the lone Catholic college in the state. Among the independent colleges, Bethany College is the oldest (founded in 1840) and the most selective.

Traditional Colleges in West Virginia

Alderson Broaddus College

  • Site – www.ab.edu
  • Phone – 800-263-1549
  • Admissions – Withers@ab.edu
  • Financial Aid – Withers@ab.edu

Appalachian Bible College

  • Site – www.abc.edu
  • Phone – 800-6789-ABC
  • Admissions – admissions@abc.edu
  • Financial Aid – financialaid@abc.edu

Bethany College

  • Site – www.bethany.edu
  • Phone – 800-922-7611
  • Admissions – admission@bethanywv.edu
  • Financial Aid – financialaid@bethanywv.edu

Bluefield State College

  • Site – www.bluefieldstate.edu
  • Phone 800-344-8892
  • Admissions – kmandeville@bluefieldstate.edu
  • Financial Aid – tilse@bscvax.wvnet.edu

College of Charleston

  • Site – www.cofc.edu
  • Phone – 843-725-7246
  • Admissions – admissions@cofc.edu
  • Financial Aid – admissions@cofc.edu

Concord College

  • Site – www.concord.edu
  • Phone – 800-344-6679
  • Admissions – admissions@concord.edu
  • Financial Aid – admissions@concord.edu

Davis and Elkins College

  • Site – www.davisandelkins.edu
  • Phone – 304-637-1230
  • Admissions – admiss@davisandelkins.edu
  • Financial Aid – ssw@davisandelkins.edu

Marshall University

  • Site – www.marshall.edu
  • Phone – 800-642-3499
  • Admissions – admissions@marshall.edu
  • Financial Aid – sfa@marshall.edu

Ohio Valley University

  • Site – www.ovu.edu
  • Phone – 877-466-8668
  • Admissions – admissions@ovu.edu
  • Financial Aid – debbie.mcgee@ovu.edu

Shepherd University

  • Site – www.shepherd.edu
  • Phone – 800-344-5231
  • Admissions – admoff@shepherd.edu
  • Financial Aid – faoweb@shepherd.edu

University of Charleston

  • Site – www.ucwv.edu
  • Phone – 800-995-GOUC
  • Admissions – mmiller@ucwv.edu
  • Financial Aid – mmiller@ucwv.edu

West Virginia University

  • Site – www.wvu.edu
  • Phone – 800-344-9881
  • Admissions – WVUAdmissions@arc.wvu.edu
  • Financial Aid – finaid@wvu.edu

West Virginia University Institute of Technology

  • Site – www.wvutech.edu
  • Phone – 888-554-8324
  • Admissions – admissions@wvtvax.wvnet.edu
  • Financial Aid – admissions@wvtvax.wvnet.edu

West Virginia Wesleyan College

  • Site – www@wvwc.edu
  • Phone – 800-722-9933
  • Admissions – admission@wvwc.edu
  • Financial Aid – admission@wvwc.edu

Wheeling Jesuit University

  • Site – www.wju.edu
  • Phone – 800-624-6992
  • Admissions – admiss@wju.edu
  • Financial Aid – admission@wvwc.edu

Community Colleges – West Virginia

Blue Ridge Community & Technical College


Bridgemont Community & Technical College

Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College


Huntington Junior College


Kanawha Valley Community & Technical College

Mountwest Community & Technical College


New River Community & Technical College


Pierpont Community & Technical College


Potomac State College of West Virginia University


Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College


West Virginia Northern Community College


West Virginia – Career, Vocational & Trade Schools

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West Virginia Junior College


Everest Institute

Cross Lanes


International University

Online Colleges in West Virginia

Mountainous and mostly rural, West Virginia is a relatively large state with a comparatively small population. In a state where people enjoy privacy and seclusion, finding online degree programs should certainly be an easy task. Prospective students will find that, although there are few colleges in the state, those that do call the state home tend to offer online degree programs and classes of some sort. In total, there are 30 accredited degree programs that can be found across the state. However, prospective students will find that the best programs that can be found can be obtained from the public universities in the state. Offering a wide range of programs at a relatively low cost, West Virginia University at Petersburg, West Liberty University, Marshall University and West Virginia University (main campus) each offer degree programs and certificate programs for those students seeking to take their learning experience online.

Prospective students looking to take their courses fully online from West Virginia’s schools will find that the in-state tuition rates and per-credit course rates are among the least expensive in the nation. West Virginia University, which offers courses for under $6,000 a year, also offers them at a per-credit cost of under $250. Students will find several certificate programs available from the school, such as Early Childhood Development, and several undergraduate degrees, such as Nursing and a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree. The school specializes more in graduate degrees, offering prospective students degrees through highly ranked online graduate degree programs. The U.S. News and World Report has ranked the school #25 for Best Online MBA Programs, #36 for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs and #86 for Best Online Graduate Education Programs. Students will also find graduate degrees in Integrated Marketing Communications, Instructional Design and Technology and Educational Leadership: Higher Education Administration.

Outside of the public colleges and universities in the state, several of the public institutions also offer online degree programs. Wheeling Jesuit University provides students degrees utilizing the industry-standard Blackboard learning management system. At under $7,500 a year for annual tuition and a per-credit cost of $300, students will find that the schools limited options are inexpensive but rigorous. The U.S. News and World Report identifies the school’s programs favorably, rating it #125 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, #68 for Best Online Graduate Education Programs and #40 for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs. Prospective students will find Education Leadership, Organizational Leadership and Nursing available through the school.

West Virginia is by far one of the friendliest states for taking online degree programs, and is indeed one of the few states that can boasts over 20% of their Title IV students taking online degree programs. Indeed, a 2012 NCES study found that 40% of their students enrolled in Title IV institutions were taking fully online degree programs. At the time, this amounted to over 60,000 students, a number that has undoubtedly grown in the past several years.