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West Virginia Colleges

45 Colleges
31,338 Yearly Graduations
$43,352 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$25,482 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

West Virginia ranked #37 in the nation for degrees handed out in 2018. Around 31,338 students received some type of diploma that year. West Virginia colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $10,838 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $14,637 per year.

About 64% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,371 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
11,180 Yearly Degrees
$6,300 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at American Public University System is 46,420, of which 2,914 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average American Military University undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

Approximately 69% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $10,399 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 23.8% 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
6,579 Yearly Degrees
$9,990 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 28,406 students at WVU in total, 20,712 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at WVU, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 72%. 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 student loan default rate of 8.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,500 during the early-career years.

#3

Marshall University

Huntington, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
3,065 Yearly Degrees
$7,310 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 13,246 students at Marshall University in total, 7,846 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

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

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,892 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.5% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Marshall University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

Fairmont State University

Fairmont, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
863 Yearly Degrees
$6,556 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,108 full-time undergraduates at Fairmont State, and 3,886 students altogether. For undergraduates at Fairmont State, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

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

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,626 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.8% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Fairmont State is $25,700.

#5

Shepherd University

Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
708 Yearly Degrees
$7,830 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Shepherd University is 3,736, of which 2,614 students are full-time undergraduates. 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.

Approximately 55% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,360 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Shepherd University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

University of Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
691 Yearly Degrees
$16,006 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,481 students at U Charleston in total, 1,220 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at U Charleston, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 64%. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

80% of U Charleston students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,099 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from U Charleston with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

West Virginia University at Parkersburg

Parkersburg, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
589 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at West Virginia University at Parkersburg is 2,482, of which 1,501 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average West Virginia University at Parkersburg undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

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 19.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from West Virginia University at Parkersburg is $23,000.

#8

West Liberty University

West Liberty, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
585 Yearly Degrees
$5,920 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at West Liberty University is 2,443, of which 1,869 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at West Liberty University is 4.7 years.

About 72% of students who apply get accepted. Around 36% of accepted students 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. West Liberty University has a 8.8% 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 Liberty University is $27,800.

#9

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

Martinsburg, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
498 Yearly Degrees

There are 5,708 students at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in total, 996 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Approximately 41% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,365 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Concord University

Athens, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
488 Yearly Degrees
$8,460 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,194 students at Concord University in total, 1,696 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Concord University is 4.5 years.

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

76% of Concord University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,909 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,200 during the early-career years.

#11

Salem International University

Salem, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
404 Yearly Degrees
$16,500 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,126 students at Salem International University in total, 892 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

76% of Salem International University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,138 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.0% 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.

#12

West Virginia State University

Institute, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
402 Yearly Degrees
$8,074 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,879 students at WVSU in total, 1,786 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

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

Approximately 63% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,243 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from WVSU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Buckhannon, West Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
400 Yearly Degrees
$11,610 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at West Virginia Wesleyan College is 1,449, of which 1,289 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average West Virginia Wesleyan undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 71%. Of the accepted students, 46% 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. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,000 during the early-career years.

#14

BridgeValley Community & Technical College

South Charleston, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
386 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,939 students at BridgeValley Community & Technical College in total, 1,159 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

31% of BridgeValley Community & Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,954 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from BridgeValley Community & Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Glenville State College

Glenville, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
363 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,037 full-time undergraduates at Glenville State College, and 1,655 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Glenville State College is 4.6 years.

Approximately 74% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,620 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.2% 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.

#16

Bluefield State College

Bluefield, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
339 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Bluefield State College is 1,379, of which 1,099 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Bluefield State College undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. Of the accepted students, 34% are men and 66% are women.

46% of Bluefield State College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,897 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.4% 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.

#16

Mountwest Community and Technical College

Huntington, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
339 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,914 students at MCTC in total, 1,092 of which are 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 21.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from MCTC is $21,300.

#18

Wheeling Jesuit University

Wheeling, West Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
317 Yearly Degrees
$9,450 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,124 students at Wheeling Jesuit in total, 670 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Wheeling Jesuit is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 51%. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

69% of Wheeling Jesuit students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,686 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#19

Pierpont Community and Technical College

Fairmont, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
314 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Pierpont Community and Technical College is 1,855, of which 1,033 students 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 24.7% 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.

Public Public vs. Private
309 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,174 full-time undergraduates at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, and 1,621 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 22% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,648 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $20,100 during the early-career years.

#21

West Virginia Northern Community College

Wheeling, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
257 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,650 students at WVNCC in total, 747 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Approximately 26% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,843 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from WVNCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Alderson Broaddus University

Philippi, West Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
230 Yearly Degrees
$27,700 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Alderson Broaddus University is 1,020, of which 903 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Alderson Broaddus University, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 41%. Around 58% of accepted students are men, and 42% are women.

84% of Alderson Broaddus University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,021 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,500 during the early-career years.

#23

West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
217 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown is 494, of which 494 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 90% of students at West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,639 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from West Virginia Junior College-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
216 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,410 students at Potomac State College of West Virginia University in total, 1,119 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 57% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,431 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Potomac State College of West Virginia University is $34,500.

#25

Davis & Elkins College

Elkins, West Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
212 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Davis & Elkins College is 837, of which 785 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at D&E is 4.4 years.

About 42% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

81% of D&E students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,716 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.2% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from D&E with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other West Virginia Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine 192
27 New River Community and Technical College 177
28 West Virginia University Institute of Technology 153
29 Bethany College West Virginia 140
30 Ohio Valley University 112
31 Huntington Junior College 107
32 Valley College-Martinsburg 89
33 Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College 86
34 West Virginia Junior College-Charleston 56
35 Catholic Distance University 50
36 West Virginia Junior College-Bridgeport 48
37 Mountain State College 39
38 Strayer University - West Virginia 32
39 Appalachian Bible College 28
40 Future Generations University 19
41 Carver Career Center 16
41 Martinsburg College 16
43 Valley College-Princeton 14
44 West Virginia University Hospital Departments of Rad Tech and Nutrition 7
45 Valley College-Beckley 6

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