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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

In 2019, 36,237 students received a degree from a college in West Virginia, making it rank #37 in terms of graduations. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $10,833 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $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
$6,615 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. Students tend to stick around at American Military University. The freshman retention rate is 93%.

69% of American Military University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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%.

Students who graduate from American Military University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $43,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
6,604 Yearly Degrees
$10,134 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at West Virginia University is 28,406, of which 20,712 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 72%. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Approximately 57% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $9,041 a year. WVU has a 8.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national 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
$7,506 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Marshall University is 13,246, of which 7,846 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Marshall University, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students 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

The total student population at Mountwest Community and Technical College is 1,914, of which 1,092 students 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 21.0% 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

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.

Roughly 41% of students at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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%.

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.

#6

Fairmont State University

Fairmont, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
866 Yearly Degrees
$7,072 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,108 full-time undergraduates at Fairmont State, and 3,886 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Fairmont State is 4.6 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 71%. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Roughly 58% of students at Fairmont State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,626 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Fairmont State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

Martinsburg College

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

There are 879 students at Martinsburg College in total, 29 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 45 to 1.

About 76% of students who apply get accepted. 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
$16,584 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,220 full-time undergraduates at U Charleston, and 2,481 students altogether. 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 student loan default rate of 8.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from U Charleston is $32,500.

#9

Shepherd University

Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
717 Yearly Degrees
$8,118 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,614 full-time undergraduates at Shepherd University, and 3,736 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. Of the accepted students, 41% 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. 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

There are 2,482 students at West Virginia University at Parkersburg in total, 1,501 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at West Virginia University at Parkersburg is 4.7 years.

Approximately 42% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

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

#11

West Liberty University

West Liberty, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
571 Yearly Degrees
$6,300 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,869 full-time undergraduates at West Liberty University, and 2,443 students altogether. 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.

70% of West Liberty University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,625 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from West Liberty University is $27,800.

#12

Concord University

Athens, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
497 Yearly Degrees
$8,658 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,696 full-time undergraduates at Concord University, and 2,194 students altogether. It takes the average Concord University undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

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 12.9% 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.

#13

BridgeValley Community & Technical College

South Charleston, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
462 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 17.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from BridgeValley Community & Technical College is $24,200.

#14

Salem International University

Salem, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
431 Yearly Degrees
$15,600 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,126 students at Salem International University in total, 892 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Salem International University is 4.0 years.

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 17.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Salem International University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

West Virginia State University

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

There are 1,786 full-time undergraduates at WVSU, and 3,879 students altogether. 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.

Roughly 63% of students at WVSU take out loans to pay for college. 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

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 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 West Virginia Community and Technical College is $20,100.

#17

Pierpont Community and Technical College

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

There are 1,033 full-time undergraduates at Pierpont Community and Technical College, and 1,855 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 45% of students at Pierpont Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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%.

Students who graduate from Pierpont Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Glenville State College

Glenville, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
325 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.

74% of Glenville State College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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%.

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

#19

West Virginia Northern Community College

Wheeling, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
322 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 17.8% 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.

#20

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Buckhannon, West Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
312 Yearly Degrees
$12,006 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,449 students at West Virginia Wesleyan in total, 1,289 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at West Virginia Wesleyan is 4.3 years.

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

93% of West Virginia Wesleyan students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,201 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#21

Valley College-Martinsburg

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

There are 437 full-time undergraduates at Valley College of Technology, and 437 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

90% of Valley College of Technology students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Valley College of Technology is $21,900.

#22

Wheeling Jesuit University

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

There are 670 full-time undergraduates at Wheeling Jesuit, and 1,124 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

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.

Approximately 69% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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

The total student population at Bluefield State College is 1,379, of which 1,099 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Bluefield State College is 4.6 years.

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 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

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. West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown has a 1.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $18,400 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
254 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,172 students at New River Community and Technical College in total, 738 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 30% of students at New River Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $20,400 during the early-career years.

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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