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42 Colleges
33,199 Yearly Graduations
$44,027 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$24,437 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly graduations, West Virginia is ranked #36 in the country with 33,199 degrees handed out in 2021. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $11,007 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $14,892 a year.

About 55% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,109 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
13,653 Yearly Degrees
$7,360 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at American Public University System is 50,047, of which 40,362 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,522 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at American Military University. The freshman retention rate is 98%.

Approximately 59% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $9,701 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 American Military University is $28,143.

#2

West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
6,623 Yearly Degrees
$9,144 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 average graduation time for an undergraduate student at WVU is 4.4 years.

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

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $9,175 a year. WVU has a 6.5% 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 $41,828 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Marshall University

Huntington, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
2,785 Yearly Degrees
$8,552 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. Around 41% of accepted students 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. The student loan default rate of 7.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Marshall University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,780 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

University of Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
985 Yearly Degrees
$21,450 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,115 undergraduates at UC, of which 1,189 are full-time, and there are 2,967 students altogether. For undergraduates at UC, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

About 61% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 34% are men and 66% are women.

Roughly 63% of students at UC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,227 a year. UC has a 7.8% 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 $40,002 during the early-career years.

#5

Fairmont State University

Fairmont, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
920 Yearly Degrees
$7,892 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. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

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

Roughly 55% of students at Fairmont State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,925 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Fairmont State is $34,102.

#6

Shepherd University

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

There are 2,716 undergraduates at Shepherd University, of which 2,255 are full-time, and there are 3,159 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

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

Approximately 56% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,864 a year. Shepherd University has a 6.7% 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 Shepherd University is $36,546.

#7

West Liberty University

West Liberty, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
589 Yearly Degrees
$8,354 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at West Liberty University is 2,481, of which 2,125 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,767 are full-time. 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.

63% of West Liberty University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $10,587 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,828 during the early-career years.

#8

West Virginia University at Parkersburg

Parkersburg, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
536 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 13.1% 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 $25,852 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Concord University

Athens, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
466 Yearly Degrees
$8,690 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. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Concord University 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 typical student loan amount is $6,601 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Concord University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,123 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

West Virginia State University

Institute, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
420 Yearly Degrees
$8,833 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,502 undergraduates at WVSU, of which 1,498 are full-time, and there are 3,638 students altogether. For undergraduates at WVSU, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

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

58% of WVSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,884 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from WVSU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,408 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

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

The total student population at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is 3,912, which includes 920 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 typical student loan amount is $4,165 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.7% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,404 during the early-career years.

#12

Pierpont Community and Technical College

Fairmont, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
364 Yearly Degrees
$5,086 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 average amount of student loans is $5,443 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 Pierpont Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,840 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Salem University

Salem, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
349 Yearly Degrees
$13,150 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 school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 66% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,939 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Salem is $27,032.

#14

Glenville State College

Glenville, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
325 Yearly Degrees
$8,886 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Glenville State College is 1,583, which includes 1,094 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 68% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,559 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,386 during the early-career years.

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

The total student population at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is 1,474, which includes 1,040 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 19% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,479 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 26.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,905 during the early-career years.

#16

BridgeValley Community & Technical College

South Charleston, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
319 Yearly Degrees
$5,284 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,662 students at BridgeValley Community & Technical College in total, 1,040 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

25% of BridgeValley Community & Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,025 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.1% 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 $29,638 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

West Virginia Northern Community College

Wheeling, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
308 Yearly Degrees
$4,300 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at West Virginia Northern Community College is 1,253, which includes 571 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Approximately 17% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,971 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 $24,481.

#18

West Virginia Junior College - Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
299 Yearly Degrees
$14,657 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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

Approximately 94% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,490 a year.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from WVJC Morgantown is $25,881.

Public Public vs. Private
298 Yearly Degrees
$4,632 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 932 full-time undergraduates at WVU Potomac State College, and 1,193 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 52% of students at WVU Potomac State College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,752 a year. WVU Potomac State College has a 6.5% 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 $41,828 during the early-career years.

#20

Mountwest Community and Technical College

Huntington, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
291 Yearly Degrees
$4,692 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Mountwest Community and Technical College is 1,292, which includes 839 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 31% of students at MCTC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,716 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from MCTC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,697 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Buckhannon, West Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
282 Yearly Degrees
$32,612 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.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 66%. Around 49% of accepted students are men, and 51% are women.

Roughly 77% of students at West Virginia Wesleyan take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,581 a year. West Virginia Wesleyan has a 7.0% 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 $38,956 during the early-career years.

#22

Bluefield State College

Bluefield, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
280 Yearly Degrees
$8,434 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,243 students at Bluefield State College in total, 949 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

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

Approximately 40% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,549 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Bluefield State College is $31,543.

Public Public vs. Private
218 Yearly Degrees
$7,728 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,645 students at West Virginia University Tech in total, 1,085 are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average West Virginia University Tech undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

About 55% of students who apply get accepted. Around 51% of accepted students are men, and 49% are women.

42% of West Virginia University Tech students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,964 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from West Virginia University Tech is $41,828.

#24

Davis & Elkins College

Elkins, West Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
205 Yearly Degrees
$29,960 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 738 students at D&E in total, 691 are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at D&E, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 69%. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Roughly 67% of students at D&E take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,115 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from D&E with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,339 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Alderson Broaddus University

Philippi, West Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
203 Yearly Degrees
$30,020 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Alderson Broaddus University is 863, of which 766 students are undergraduates and of those, 713 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

About 53% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 62% are men and 38% are women.

Roughly 91% of students at Alderson Broaddus University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $9,531 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Alderson Broaddus University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,025 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other West Virginia Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Wheeling University 196
27 West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine 178
28 Valley College-Martinsburg 125
29 West Virginia Junior College - Charleston 109
30 New River Community and Technical College 107
31 Bethany College West Virginia 102
32 Martinsburg College 51
33 Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College 50
34 Huntington Junior College 49
35 Appalachian Bible College 48
36 Catholic Distance University 43
37 West Virginia Junior College - Bridgeport 37
38 Strayer University - West Virginia 30
39 Carver Career Center 12
39 Future Generations University 12
41 West Virginia University Hospital Departments of Rad Tech and Nutrition 7
42 Mountain State College 2

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