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72 Colleges
36,237 Yearly Graduations
$43,333 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$24,742 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

West Virginia ranked #37 in the nation for degrees handed out in 2019. Around 36,237 students received some type of diploma that year. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in West Virginia is $10,833 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $14,207 a year.

An estimated 63% of college students in West Virginia take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,186 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
11,806 Yearly Degrees
$7,324 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 45,249 students at American Military University in total, 37,335 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,425 are full-time. For undergraduates at American Military University, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

69% of American Military University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $10,399 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from American Military University is $43,800.

#2

West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
6,604 Yearly Degrees
$8,976 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 26,839 students at WVU in total, 21,086 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 19,369 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at WVU is 4.5 years.

About 72% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Roughly 57% of students at WVU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $9,041 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from WVU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Marshall University

Huntington, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
3,098 Yearly Degrees
$8,412 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,852 students at Marshall University in total, 9,415 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 7,123 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Marshall University is 4.5 years.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

58% of Marshall University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,892 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.1% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Marshall University is $28,500.

#4

Mountwest Community and Technical College

Huntington, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,120 Yearly Degrees
$4,182 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Mountwest Community and Technical College is 1,768, which includes 1,035 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

40% of MCTC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $3,673 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,300 during the early-career years.

#5

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

Martinsburg, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,103 Yearly Degrees
$4,128 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,041 full-time undergraduates at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, and 6,532 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Roughly 41% of students at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,365 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is $26,200.

#6

Fairmont State University

Fairmont, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
866 Yearly Degrees
$7,738 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,803 students at Fairmont State in total, 3,563 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,955 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Fairmont State is 4.6 years.

About 71% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

58% of Fairmont State students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,626 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.9% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,700 during the early-career years.

#7

Martinsburg College

Martinsburg, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
783 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,435 students at Martinsburg College in total, 465 are full-time undergraduates. Martinsburg College has a freshman retention rate of 91%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 76%. Of the accepted students, 2% are men and 98% are women.

#8

University of Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
744 Yearly Degrees
$23,389 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,718 students at UC in total, 1,907 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,172 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UC is 4.2 years.

About 64% of students who apply get accepted. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

Roughly 80% of students at UC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,099 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,500 during the early-career years.

#9

Shepherd University

Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
717 Yearly Degrees
$7,784 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,200 undergraduates at Shepherd University, of which 2,354 are full-time, and there are 3,554 students altogether. It takes the average Shepherd University undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

Around 89% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

55% of Shepherd University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,360 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.7% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,400 during the early-career years.

#10

West Virginia University at Parkersburg

Parkersburg, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
689 Yearly Degrees
$3,890 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at West Virginia University at Parkersburg is 2,818, which includes 1,226 full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at West Virginia University at Parkersburg is 4.7 years.

Roughly 42% of students at West Virginia University at Parkersburg take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $2,354 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,000 during the early-career years.

#11

West Liberty University

West Liberty, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
571 Yearly Degrees
$7,990 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,183 undergraduates at West Liberty University, of which 1,837 are full-time, and there are 2,496 students altogether. For undergraduates at West Liberty University, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 72%. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Roughly 70% of students at West Liberty University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,625 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from West Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

Concord University

Athens, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
497 Yearly Degrees
$8,385 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,886 students at Concord University in total, 1,570 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,436 are full-time. It takes the average Concord University undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

Roughly 76% of students at Concord University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,909 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Concord University is $27,200.

#13

BridgeValley Community & Technical College

South Charleston, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
462 Yearly Degrees
$4,867 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,776 students at BridgeValley Community & Technical College in total, 1,095 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Approximately 31% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,954 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,200 during the early-career years.

#14

Salem International University

Salem, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
431 Yearly Degrees
$16,700 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 960 students at Salem International University in total, 773 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 628 are full-time. It takes the average Salem International University undergraduate about 4.0 years to complete their degree.

Approximately 76% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,138 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Salem International University is $26,100.

#15

West Virginia State University

Institute, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
399 Yearly Degrees
$8,237 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,120 students at WVSU in total, 4,009 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,585 are full-time. It takes the average WVSU undergraduate about 4.8 years to complete their degree.

Around 98% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

63% of WVSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,243 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,800 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
384 Yearly Degrees
$4,084 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is 1,449, which includes 1,007 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 22% of students at Southern take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,648 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Southern is $20,100.

#17

Pierpont Community and Technical College

Fairmont, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
366 Yearly Degrees
$4,938 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,912 students at Pierpont Community and Technical College in total, 1,054 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 45% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,007 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,300 during the early-career years.

#18

Glenville State College

Glenville, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
325 Yearly Degrees
$7,308 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,575 students at Glenville State College in total, 1,009 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 74% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,620 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,200 during the early-career years.

#19

West Virginia Northern Community College

Wheeling, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
322 Yearly Degrees
$4,155 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,352 students at WVNCC in total, 639 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roughly 26% of students at WVNCC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,843 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from WVNCC is $22,100.

#20

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Buckhannon, West Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
312 Yearly Degrees
$31,944 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,131 undergraduates at West Virginia Wesleyan, of which 1,118 are full-time, and there are 1,226 students altogether. For undergraduates at West Virginia Wesleyan, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

About 71% of students who apply get accepted. Around 46% of accepted students are men, and 54% are women.

Roughly 93% of students at West Virginia Wesleyan take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,201 a year. West Virginia Wesleyan has a 7.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from West Virginia Wesleyan is $31,000.

#21

Valley College-Martinsburg

Martinsburg, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
305 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Valley College-Martinsburg is 547, which includes 547 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

Roughly 90% of students at Valley College of Technology take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $10,366 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,900 during the early-career years.

#22

Wheeling Jesuit University

Wheeling, West Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
302 Yearly Degrees
$29,290 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 532 undergraduates at Wheeling Jesuit, of which 423 are full-time, and there are 798 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

About 51% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

69% of Wheeling Jesuit students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,686 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,800 during the early-career years.

#23

Bluefield State College

Bluefield, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
286 Yearly Degrees
$7,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Bluefield State College is 1,241, which includes 950 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. Around 34% of accepted students are men, and 66% are women.

46% of Bluefield State College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,897 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Bluefield State College is $25,600.

#24

West Virginia Junior College - Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
267 Yearly Degrees
$13,210 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at West Virginia Junior College - Morgantown is 567, which includes 567 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

90% of WVJC Morgantown students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,639 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from WVJC Morgantown with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $18,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
254 Yearly Degrees
$4,372 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,212 students at New River Community and Technical College in total, 714 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

30% of New River Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,848 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from New River Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $20,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other West Virginia Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Potomac State College of West Virginia University 235
27 Alderson Broaddus University 234
28 West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine 207
29 Davis & Elkins College 177
30 West Virginia University Institute of Technology 162
31 Bethany College West Virginia 137
32 James Rumsey Technical Institute 123
33 Academy of Careers and Technology 120
34 Fred W Eberle Technical Center 111
35 Huntington Junior College 105
36 Ross Medical Education Center - Charleston 99
37 Garnet Career Center 98
38 Ohio Valley University 93
39 Carver Career Center 79
40 Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College 78
41 Putnam Career and Technical Center 77
42 Appalachian Bible College 70
43 Catholic Distance University 60
44 Morgantown Beauty College Inc 58
45 West Virginia Junior College - Bridgeport 57
46 Charleston School of Beauty Culture 56
47 International Beauty School 4 55
48 West Virginia Junior College - Charleston 54
49 Mercer County Technical Education Center 51
49 Monongalia County Technical Education Center 51
51 Cabell County Career Technology Center 48
52 Huntington School of Beauty Culture 45
53 Ben Franklin Career Center 36
54 West Virginia University Hospital Departments of Rad Tech and Nutrition 35
55 Mingo Extended Learning Center 34
55 Ross Medical Education Center - Morgantown 34
57 Strayer University - West Virginia 31
57 Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center 31
59 Fayette Institute of Technology 30
60 John D Rockefeller IV Career Center 28
61 Clarksburg Beauty Academy and School of Massage Therapy 26
61 Ralph R Willis Career and Technical Center 26
61 Roane-Jackson Technical Center 26
64 United Technical Center 24
65 Mountain State School of Massage 22
65 Scott College of Cosmetology 22
67 Wood County School of Practical Nursing 20
68 Mineral County Vocational Technical Center 19
69 B M Spurr School of Practical Nursing 18
70 Randolph Technical Center 11
70 Mountain State College 11
72 Future Generations University 0

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