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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. West Virginia colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $10,833 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $14,207 per year.

About 63% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly 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 37,335 undergraduates at American Military University, of which 2,425 are full-time, and there are 45,249 students altogether. 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 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%.

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 21,086 undergraduates at WVU, of which 19,369 are full-time, and there are 26,839 students altogether. 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.

Approximately 57% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%!

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
3,098 Yearly Degrees
$8,412 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Marshall University is 12,852, of which 9,415 students are undergraduates and of those, 7,123 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% 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 11.1% is close 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

There are 1,035 full-time undergraduates at MCTC, and 1,768 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 40% of students at MCTC take out loans to pay for college. 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 6,532 students at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in total, 1,041 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 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%.

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
$7,738 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,563 undergraduates at Fairmont State, of which 2,955 are full-time, and there are 3,803 students altogether. It takes the average Fairmont State undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

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.

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

The total student population at Martinsburg College is 1,435, which includes 465 full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Martinsburg College is 91%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

About 76% of students who apply get accepted. Around 2% of accepted students 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 school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

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

Approximately 80% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,099 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#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 3,554, of which 3,200 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,354 are full-time. 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.

Roughly 55% of students at Shepherd University take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

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 1,226 full-time undergraduates at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, and 2,818 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 42% of students at West Virginia University at Parkersburg take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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
$7,990 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,496 students at West Liberty University in total, 2,183 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,837 are full-time. It takes the average West Liberty University undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

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. The student loan default rate of 9.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,800 during the early-career years.

#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 1,886, of which 1,570 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,436 are full-time. 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 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
$4,867 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,095 full-time undergraduates at BridgeValley Community & Technical College, and 1,776 students altogether. 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 typical student loan amount 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%.

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.

#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 773 undergraduates at Salem International University, of which 628 are full-time, and there are 960 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

Roughly 76% of students at Salem International University take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,100 during the early-career years.

#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. 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.

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%.

Students who graduate from Southern with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $20,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#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.

45% of Pierpont Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Pierpont Community and Technical College is $25,300.

#18

Glenville State College

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

The total student population at Glenville State College is 1,575, which includes 1,009 full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Glenville State College undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

Roughly 74% of students at Glenville State College take out loans to pay for college. 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 639 full-time undergraduates at WVNCC, and 1,352 students altogether. 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 typical student loan amount 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
$31,944 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at West Virginia Wesleyan College is 1,226, of which 1,131 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,118 are full-time. It takes the average West Virginia Wesleyan undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

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%.

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 547 full-time undergraduates at Valley College of Technology, and 547 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%.

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 798 students at Wheeling Jesuit in total, 532 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 423 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Wheeling Jesuit is 4.2 years.

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

Roughly 69% of students at Wheeling Jesuit take out loans to pay for college. 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.

Students who graduate from Wheeling Jesuit with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Bluefield State College

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

There are 1,241 students at Bluefield State College in total, 950 are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Bluefield State College, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. 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%.

Students who graduate from Bluefield State College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#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

There are 567 full-time undergraduates at WVJC Morgantown, and 567 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 90% of students at WVJC 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 1.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from WVJC Morgantown is $18,400.

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 typical student loan amount 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from New River Community and Technical College is $20,400.

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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