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72 Colleges
36,237 Yearly Graduations
$44,122 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$24,608 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly graduations, West Virginia is ranked #37 in the country with 36,237 degrees handed out in 2019. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $11,031 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $14,352 a year.

About 58% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,152 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
$7,360 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 40,362 undergraduates at American Military University, of which 2,522 are full-time, and there are 50,047 students altogether. American Military University has a freshman retention rate of 98%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

Roughly 59% of students at American Military University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $9,701 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.2% 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
$8,976 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 20,495 undergraduates at WVU, of which 18,726 are full-time, and there are 26,269 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

About 84% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

58% of WVU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,175 a year. WVU has a 8.3% 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 WVU is $34,500.

#3

Marshall University

Huntington, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
3,098 Yearly Degrees
$8,512 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,772 undergraduates at Marshall University, of which 7,002 are full-time, and there are 11,958 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Marshall University is 4.6 years.

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

Roughly 53% of students at Marshall University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,855 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.6% 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

Mountwest Community and Technical College

Huntington, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,120 Yearly Degrees
$4,464 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 839 full-time undergraduates at MCTC, and 1,292 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 31% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,716 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from MCTC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#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 3,912 students at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in total, 920 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 33% of students at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,165 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.1% 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 3,848 students at Fairmont State in total, 3,573 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,861 are full-time. For undergraduates at Fairmont State, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

Around 94% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 62% are men and 38% are women.

Approximately 55% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,925 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.5% which is higher than 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

The total student population at Martinsburg College is 1,691, which includes 1,009 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 58 to 1.

Around 100% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 9% are men and 91% are women.

4% of Martinsburg College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $902 a year.

#8

University of Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
744 Yearly Degrees
$24,200 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,967 students at UC in total, 2,115 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,189 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 61%. Around 34% of accepted students are men, and 66% are women.

Roughly 63% of students at UC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,227 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#9

Shepherd University

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

The total student population at Shepherd University is 3,159, of which 2,716 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,255 are full-time. It takes the average Shepherd University undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

Around 98% of students who apply get accepted. Around 42% of accepted students are men, and 58% are women.

56% of Shepherd University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,864 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Shepherd University is $31,400.

#10

West Virginia University at Parkersburg

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

There are 1,213 full-time undergraduates at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, and 2,624 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $1,514 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from West Virginia University at Parkersburg with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

West Liberty University

West Liberty, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
571 Yearly Degrees
$8,150 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,125 undergraduates at West Liberty University, of which 1,767 are full-time, and there are 2,481 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

About 68% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 33% are men and 67% are women.

Roughly 63% of students at West Liberty University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $10,587 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 West Liberty University is $27,800.

#12

Concord University

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

The total student population at Concord University is 1,807, of which 1,463 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,388 are full-time. For undergraduates at Concord University, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

Around 91% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

Roughly 51% of students at Concord University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,601 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%.

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
$5,142 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at BridgeValley Community & Technical College is 1,662, which includes 1,040 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Approximately 25% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,025 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 $24,200 during the early-career years.

#14

Salem University

Salem, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
431 Yearly Degrees
$16,900 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,008 students at Salem in total, 809 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 709 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Salem is 4.1 years.

Roughly 66% of students at Salem take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,939 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%.

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

#15

West Virginia State University

Institute, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
399 Yearly Degrees
$8,437 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,638 students at WVSU in total, 3,502 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,498 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Around 89% of students who apply get accepted. Around 36% of accepted students are men, and 64% are women.

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,884 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 $25,800 during the early-career years.

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

There are 1,474 students at Southern in total, 1,040 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 19% of students at Southern take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,479 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 28.6% 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
$4,986 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Pierpont Community and Technical College is 1,613, which includes 945 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

41% of Pierpont Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,443 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.4% 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
$7,886 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Glenville State College is 1,583, which includes 1,094 full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Glenville State College is 4.6 years.

Roughly 68% of students at Glenville State College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,559 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.7% 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
$4,317 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,253 students at WVNCC in total, 571 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

17% of WVNCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,971 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 23.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,100 during the early-career years.

#20

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Buckhannon, West Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
312 Yearly Degrees
$32,252 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 979 undergraduates at West Virginia Wesleyan, of which 971 are full-time, and there are 1,066 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at West Virginia Wesleyan is 4.2 years.

About 66% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 49% are men and 51% are women.

Approximately 77% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,581 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

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 628 full-time undergraduates at Valley College of Technology, and 628 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

89% of Valley College of Technology students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,424 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.7% is very similar to 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 University

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

There are 582 undergraduates at Wheeling University, of which 476 are full-time, and there are 857 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Wheeling University. The freshman retention rate is 100%.

About 77% of students who apply get accepted. Around 55% of accepted students are men, and 45% are women.

Roughly 97% of students at Wheeling University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,170 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#23

Bluefield State College

Bluefield, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
286 Yearly Degrees
$7,584 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Bluefield State College is 1,243, which includes 949 full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Bluefield State College undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Roughly 40% of students at Bluefield State College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,549 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 $25,600 during the early-career years.

#24

West Virginia Junior College - Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
267 Yearly Degrees
$13,950 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 622 students at WVJC Morgantown in total, 622 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 26 to 1.

Roughly 94% of students at WVJC Morgantown take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,490 a year.

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 1,053 students at New River Community and Technical College in total, 679 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

22% of New River Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,221 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.4% 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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