Best Universities & Colleges in West Virginia for 2021

These are the 17 top schools, both online and traditional, located in the state of West Virginia. Scroll through the list below and get all the information you need about each institution.

Online Colleges in West Virginia

Compare all of the best distance education colleges located in West Virginia to pursue an online bachelors degree, associates, or online masters program degree. Including cost of tuition, degrees they offer, enrollment rates, faculty, famous alumni, and more.

  • Alderson Broaddus University Seal

    Alderson Broaddus University

    Philippi, West Virginia

    Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia
    • 1,154 Total Students
    • 54% Acceptance Rate
    • 15% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,206 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    AB came to its present form as a Private Liberal Arts University with the merger of two institutes.  Broaddus University, one of the two, started in 1871 in Winchester, Virginia. It was founded by a Baptist minister, Edward Jefferson Willis and was named ‘Broaddus’ after Rev. William Francis Ferguson Broaddus, known for his influence during the Civil War. The other was the Alderson Academy and Junior College founded in Alderson, West Virginia by Emma Alderson in 1901. Over the time, the two institutes progressed on to gain college status but due to financial difficulties, by 1932 were joined together. In 2013 it finally gained university status becoming Alderson Broaddus University.

    Presently based in Philippi, West Virginia, AB combines liberal arts with health sciences as well as professional education. Continuously facing financial difficulties, it maintained its focus on developing academic programs with a futuristic approach. It was the first college to offer four year nursing degree as well as first radiologic technology programs in West Virginia and the first to offer physician assistant, a four year degree, in the country. The university also maintains its religious affiliations with American Baptist Churches and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

    The campus of the university provides a beautiful landscape for the students to enjoy. Sitting on the hilltop, it offers the view of Tygart Valley River and the rest of the Philippi locality, a treat for the Visual Arts students. These students have the added advantage to work at the Daywood Gallery and gain personal experience from artists that visit the gallery at the exhibits held each year. Overtime, it also developed its athletic teams, which now participate at the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) and NCAA Division II under the title ‘Battlers’ with official colors Navy and Gold. Its mascot is the Skirmish.

    Its academic offerings include Bachelors and Graduate degree Programs organized under 6 of its colleges. There are 25 Majors and 35 minors offered and three graduate programs. There are also three Associate and seven Pre-Professional Programs at the university. Its most prestigious building is the Whitescarver Hall, named after George M. Whitescarver of Pruntytown, WV. It is the oldest building and is registered in 1990 under the National Register of Historic Places.

    AB School Facts

    • Years Estd.1871
    • NicknameBattlers
    • MascotSkirmish
    • Motto"Out of hiding, into the light"
    • ColorsNavy and Gold
    • LocationWest Virginia
    • Athletics22 NCAA Division II
    • Religious AffiliationAmerican Baptist

    Famous AB Alumni

    • Maj. Gen. Jessica L. Wright

      Politics & Law

      Served as Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania National Guard, first woman in United States to hold that position

    • Richard F. Wilson

      Education & Advocacy

      Served as the 18th President of Illinois Wesleyan University

    • Ed Schrock

      Politics & Law

      Served as United States Congressman


  • American Public University System Seal

    American Public University System

    Charles Town, West Virginia

    • 52,361 Total Students
    • 20 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Major James P. Etter with his goal to meet the academic needs of those serving in the military established American Military University in 1991. However, it wasn’t until 1993 that the institute started enrolling students. The main idea behind this institute was to focus on those courses or programs that were not usually taught at other universities such as counterterrorism and military intelligence. Over time, the institute expanded its academic offerings and received accreditation. Soon, by 2002 it developed into American Public University System, with two separate wings; the newly introduced American Public University (APU) and the earlier American Military University (AMU).

    APUS operates as an online education institute, based in two locations: Virginia and West Virginia, and as of present serves more than just military personnel. It also offers programs for public service offices as well as business professionals. The system works with the professionals in their respective fields to ensure the quality and relevancy of its education.

    The university system is not without features and community life that makes it stand apart. There are student organizations and honor societies. Then there is development towards a clean energy environment. The university system has also partnered with Walmart, whereby Walmart provides grants for its workers. This initiative is a collective effort for growth of future leaders. APUS also partners with community colleges and other schools streamlining associate degrees into certain Bachelor’s degrees at the university. There are in total 16 colleges partnering with the system.

    APUS offers more than 200 online degree programs as well as certificates through both of its universities: AMU and APU. There are six academic schools which cover sciences, arts, technology, health sciences, security and other fields. The system’s AMU is a participant with Servicemembers Opportunity College program, through which it offers Bachelor’s degrees in intelligence and security, disaster management, business and others. Also, available are the training programs for the workforce of the corporate world at the University’s Center for Applied Learning.

    APUS School Facts

    • Years Estd.1991
    • MascotAMU Golden Eagles; APU Volunteers
    • MottoEducating those who serve
    • ColorsBlue and White
    • LocationWest Virginia
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous APUS Alumni

    • Nicole Malachowski

      Politics & Law

      A U.S. Air Force officer; the first female pilot to be part of USAF Air Demonstration Squadro

    • Yasser Harrak

      Social Advocacy & Service

      A liberal writer, columnist; also a human rights activist


  • Appalachian Bible College

    Mount Hope, West Virginia

    • 281 Total Students
    • 48% Acceptance Rate
    • 90% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 101 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    With humble beginnings in the year 1950, ABC began its journey as Appalachian Bible Institute established through collaboration of Pastor and Mrs. Robert Guelich coming from Pettus and Rev. and Mrs. Lester Pipkin, from Minnesota. It was founded at the Independent Baptist Church in Pettus, West Virginia. It took four years before it was incorporated. It grew from a simple Bible training Institute to a one that gradually offered a more extended curriculum. It also relocated from its original location, coming to Mount Hope, in West Virginia where it is presently located.

    Reinstating its motto ‘Life is for Service’, Appalachian Bible College through education and experience prepares its students everyday to develop sound character based in Christ’s footsteps. Through this, it ensures that career focused yet community centered servants of church and communities.

    ABC offers a fun and lively student life at the campus even though dedicated to Christ’s work. It holds series and seminars but dinners and music festivals as well. The most interesting aspect of the campus life at the college is the ministry programs available. There are music teams, drama and puppet teams, choirs and others that combine art with ministry work, giving a new perspective to community service and engagement. In addition to these, there are off the campus ministry opportunities as well, for every student to find their interests. Spiritual life is just as dominant. There are Chapel services and again a new way to experience growth, either through having ‘Prayer Partners’ or ‘Checkmate’, done in groups. The college has its athletics teams which participate at the NCAA Division II. Its mascot is the ‘Warrior’.

    The programs offered at ABC are Bachelor Degree, Master Degree and Associate programs. There are both majors and minors available to choose from. There is an option for Double Majors programs. There is a Bible Certificate and Online classes as well for distance learners. Its notable facilities are Gilmore Gymnasium & Conference Center, Anderson Hall, McCarrell Hall and few others.

    ABC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1950
    • MascotWarriors
    • MottoBecause life is for service
    • LocationWest Virginia
    • AthleticsMen's and Women's Basketball, Men's Soccer and Women's Volleyball
    • Religious AffiliationBaptist

  • Bethany College

    Bethany, West Virginia

    Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia
    • 737 Total Students
    • 70% Acceptance Rate
    • 25% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,168 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    A Private institute and a classic liberal arts college, Bethany was founded by Alexander Campbell, a Restoration Movement minister. He donated land and funds for the institute and the college came into existence on 2nd March, 1840 when it was chartered by the Virginia legislature. However, the college traces its roots to as early as 1818 to Buffalo Seminary which was also founded by Campbell as an institute for higher education.

    Since the time of its founding, the institute was intended as a four year liberal arts college and was affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). With the affiliation still continuing, the education at this liberal arts college brings a combination of professional and career development as well as focusing on values of service and leadership.

    Bethany College is based in Bethany, West Virginia and brings a unique experience to its students. It is a non sectarian institute, open to students from every faith, however it has its religious life at the campus. There are student religious organizations and also campus ministry which is involved in regulating Christian values among its students. The college is also engaged in community engagement projects; both on campus and off campus volunteering opportunities. The college has recently adopted a ‘Recycling Initiative’. There are more than 50 student led groups and organizations which work to bring interaction among students and faculty, better cultural and social engagement, academic support as well as career development. There are athletic teams participating at the NCAA Division III, and the campus colors are Green and White. The college also has its equestrian team and also many other recreation facilities for its students.

    Its academic offerings include Bachelors and Masters Programs, more than 30 major and 33 minors. There are also dual degree programs with Columbia University, Case Western University and Duquesne University. Many of the campus buildings at the college are part of the Bethany Historic District, which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1982 and some notable ones are David and Irene Steinman Fine Arts Center and T.W. Phillips Memorial Library.

    Bethany School Facts

    • LocationWest Virginia
    • Religious AffiliationChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)

    Famous Bethany Alumni

    • Joseph Baldwin

      Education & Advocacy

      An educator; also founder of Truman State University

    • Frances McDormand

      Entertainment & Arts

      Actress film–television–stage; winner of Academy Award for Best Actress (1996) for her work in the film Fargo

    • George Tener Oliver

      Politics & Law

      United States Senator from Pennsylvania from 1909 to 1917

    • Caroline Gordon

      Education & Advocacy

      Novelist and critic; author of 'Penhally'

    • John E. Niederhuber

      Science & Medicine

      13th director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

    • Jeffrey L. Seglin

      Education & Advocacy

      Recognized for his work in the New York Times weekly column "The Right Thing"


  • Bluefield State College Seal

    Bluefield State College

    Bluefield, West Virginia

    • 1,486 Total Students
    • 77% Acceptance Rate
    • 56% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 618 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    A Historically Black institute, BSC started in 1895 as Bluefield Colored Institute. It eventually went on to become a normal school. During the 20th century, the college earned prominence for having a rich African American culture. It grew on its academic programs however faced difficulty when opted to become racially inclusive. However, at present it has racially diverse student body. It was in 1943 that the college adopted its present name.

    It is situated in Bluefield, West Virginia and has played an important part in the development of African American culture and even put the contribution in the Harlem Renaissance. The college campus has witnessed John Hope Franklin teaching Negro History and Langston Hughes read poetry.

    Student life at Bluefield State College comprises of a close knit student population, a great strength in developing student relations with faculty as well as with each other. There are student activities to take part in. Students organise themselves into groups and organisations, an activity encouraged on campus, for the students to develop leadership as well as interpersonal skills. There are Greek organisations and 39 other interest groups including Honor Societies and Sports club. As part of its nursing education, the college also operates its Health Clinic offering family planning and physical inspection services to the students. There are also athletic teams at BSC, called the ‘Big Blues’ participating at the NCAA Division II. The college hails Royal Blue and Gold as its official colors.

    The college specifically offers undergraduate academic programs. It offers Associate and Bachelors programs. It has more than 20 majors and 20 minors. Its programs are divided into five schools, arts & sciences, business, education, engineering & computer science and nursing & healthcare. Its two noble buildings are the Alpha House and The Hatter House; these are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    BSC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1895
    • NicknameBig Blues
    • MascotBig Blue
    • MottoMaking Education Possible
    • ColorsRoyal blue & gold
    • LocationWest Virginia
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Catholic Distance University Seal

    Catholic Distance University

    Charles Town, West Virginia

    • Yes Online Programs

    CDU is a private university that dates back to 1983 when it began its instructions with just two faculty members and two staff members. It was founded as Catholic Home Study Institute (CHSI) and within three years, by 1986 the institute received accreditation by Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. As the institute further expanded its academic base to include fully accredited Master’s program it changed its name to the present name in 1996.

    When it started the university was the first in the country to be awarding Catechetical Diploma. It also made its mark as the institute offering programs and degrees in Christian based studies through online education. With its education, it aims to expand its outreach in towards building a strong community imbibed in catholic tradition and learning. Its offices are based in Charles Town, West Virginia.

    Education at Catholic Distance University is completely online and so provides the convenience of location. Additionally its learning formats are designed to suit the needs of its adult students. Students are given the liberty and flexibility to take their lessons as per their schedule, however to promote interactivity and knowledge exchange which leads to growth, students are also required to take part in weekly discussions. Besides its completely online education format, it also offers paper-based educational programs to incarcerated students. Through this, the university not only provides for an educational opportunity to such students but also helps them in renewing their connection with god and helps with self development. CDU has formed additional partnership with the Catholic Medical Association through which it has expanded its course offerings to include independent study courses. Besides study programs, it also offers online seminars in Catholic doctrine, sacraments, moral theology, liturgy, catechetics and a few other areas.

    Its complete online academic offerings include Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Master of Arts in Theology. It also provides two graduate certificate programs.

    CDU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1983
    • NicknameCDU
    • MottoGaudium de veritate
    • Motto Eng.Joy from the Truth
    • ColorsRed, blue, black
    • LocationWest Virginia
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

  • Concord University Seal

    Concord University

    Athens, West Virginia

    Concord University in Athens, West Virginia
    • 2,507 Total Students
    • 85% Acceptance Rate
    • 36% Enrollment Rate
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,451 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    A public liberal arts institute, Concord was established in the year 1872 through the act passed by the West Virginia Legislature. The act established a normal school and the name Concord was selected for the institute. It wasn’t until 1875 that the first classes were held at the institute. Due to a tragic fire destroying the institute’s building, it was in 1912 that it came to its present location.

    It went through many changes throughout its time, from normal college to college and finally transitioning as a university in 2004. Being a comprehensive institute, it offers liberal arts education fostering creativity, thinking and leadership in manner that contributes to the individual as well as the community they work in.

    Life at Concord University for the students is one which involves complete development of the self. The student population is represented by the Student Government Association which works to bring smoother and improved student experience and working on the board provides the opportunity for working for fellow as leaders and office holders. Further ahead, there is Student Activities Committee which works to bring events and activities on campus, those that allow students to interact with each other in fun and social manner. These activities which aim to promote cultural and social understanding include game shows, comedy shows, musicians, free Friday giveaways as well as educational seminars. One unique program that the university offers to break cultural barriers is ‘Host Family Program’ through which it encourages American families to host an international student as guest for stay during break period. Besides, there are also recreational facilities available for the students in the form of Fitness center, Intramural sports and athletic participation at NCAA Division II. The athletic teams are called Mountain Lions and the campus colors are Maroon and Gray.

    At concord, the academic programs offered are 13 Bachelor degree programs with over 40 minors, and four Masters degree programs. Its prominent facilities are Alexander Fine Arts Center, Nick J. Rahall Center, Wilkes Family Interfaith Chapel and Museum the J. Frank Marsh Library, Marsh Hall H.C. Paul Theatre and few more.

    Concord School Facts

    • Years Estd.1872
    • NicknameMountain Lions
    • Colorsmaroon and gray
    • LocationWest Virginia
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Concord Alumni

    • Phil Conley

      Education & Advocacy

      West Virginian historian, author and teacher

    • Alexander Harman

      Politics & Law

      Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia

    • Ronald J. Bacigal

      Education & Advocacy

      Professor of law at University of Richmond School of Law

    • Christy Martin

      Professional Sports

      World champion female boxer

    • Josh Stowers

      Politics & Law

      Member of West Virginia House of Delegates

    • Robert Byrd

      Politics & Law

      US Senator from West Virginia

    • Kahlil Joseph

      Entertainment & Arts

      Film, television, and stage actor; also teacher of performing arts


  • Davis & Elkins College Seal

    Davis & Elkins College

    Elkins, West Virginia

    Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia
    • 796 Total Students
    • 59% Acceptance Rate
    • 16% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,175 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    A liberal arts college based in Elkins, West Virginia, D&E was founded through the efforts of senators, Henry Gassaway Davis and Stephen Benton Elkins. The two senators set aside funds and land for a college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church to be established. Additional funds came from the citizens and with this the college came into existence and held its first classes in the year 1904.

    Davis & Elkins College is named after its two earliest benefactors, the senators from West Virginia. The college has stayed but evolved in its mission to provide a quality education, which develops its students’ communication, intellect and the ability to think critically. This, the college believes, prepares them for a more meaningful life.

    With a small student population, campus life D&E is more like a family of students and faculty closely knit together. There is every activity from spiritual to physical for the students to pursue.  For pursuing extracurricular interests, there are over 35 student organisations ranging from academic, special interest to Fraternities and Sororities. There is also Student Government as well as Campus Activities Board working to improve the campus life at D&E and organising and planning activities and events. These include comedy shows to musical concerts. Performing Arts are also very common as students put up many performances. Some of the events and performances organised in the past include Brothers Osborne, Flogging Molly, MTV Campus Invasion Tour, Reel Big Fish and many more. For appreciation of Appalachian crafts and culture, the college has a center dedicated to holding workshops and classes teaching and promoting the arts. Spirituality is also an important component which students practice through congregation, mission trips and community service. Students also find worship opportunities through Chapel sessions. There is also athletic participation by the college, as part of recreation, at NCAA Division II. The campus colors are Red & White

    The academic programs offered at the college are over 40 programs consisting of Associate and Bachelors degree programs and Pre professional programs. Its notable facilities are Booth Library, Robbins Memorial Chapel and Augusta Heritage Center.

    D&E School Facts

    • Years Estd.1904
    • NicknameSenators
    • LocationWest Virginia
    • AthleticsNCAA Division IIGreat Midwest Athletic Conference16 teamswww.senatornation.com
    • Religious AffiliationPresbyterian Church (USA)

    Famous D&E Alumni

    • Rob Scoggins Jr.

      Entertainment & Arts

      Talk Radio Show Host and Voice Actor

    • Hank Steinbrecher

      Professional Sports

      Former Secretary General of U.S. Soccer (USSF)

    • Press Maravich

      Professional Sports

      Collegiate basketball coach and father of "Pistol" Pete Maravich

    • Tobi Stoner

      Professional Sports

      Professional baseball player

    • Red Corzine

      Professional Sports

      Football player


  • Fairmont State University Seal

    Fairmont State University

    Fairmont, West Virginia

    Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia
    • 4,041 Total Students
    • 65% Acceptance Rate
    • 42% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,019 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Fairmont State University (FSU) was first established as West Virginia Normal School, the first private educational school, in West Virginia in 1986 at the basement of the Methodist Protestant Church. FSU was inaugurated to provide training to teachers by John N. Boyd who became later on the first school director. It changed its name several times since 1968 till 2004. The first time was in 1968, when it was sold by the Regency of the West Virginia Normal School to Fairmont State to become Fairmont State Normal School, a public school. Due to the expansion of its offered programs, its name was changed again several times to be Fairmont State Teachers College then to Fairmont State College in 1931 and 1944 respectively. Finally, it grew to its current condition to be Fairmont State University since 2004. FSU main campus occupies around 120 acres in a distinguished location in West Virginia, a friendly city whose population is around 19,000 near the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center. In addition, there is another branch campus known as the Gaston Caperton Center and located in Clarksburg.

    Fairmont’s mission is to offer equal opportunities to help students achieve their individual and professional objectives, and find out keys for verifying the generic advantages for the community. It is characterized by providing students with high quality education through adaptable educational circumference, superb teaching courses & curricula, and excellent student services & activities. Graduates of FSU acquire wide knowledge, personal skills and supreme education that will qualify them to have high impact and contribution in the surrounding community.

    FSU is unique in having a combination of strong athletic teams commonly known as “Falcons or the Fighting Falcons” that compete in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. It has teams in 17 different field sports.

    Fairmont offers 5 master degrees in addition to more than 90 undergraduate degrees through six different schools. It is member of many honor societies and social organizations as Alpha Phi Sigma and Inter-Panhellenic Council.

    FSU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1865
    • NicknameFighting FalconsLady Falcons
    • ColorsMaroon and White
    • LocationWest Virginia
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous FSU Alumni

    • Perry Baker

      Professional Sports

      Current American rugby sevens player in the national team

    • Wendell R. Beitzel

      Politics & Law

      Elected as a Delegate member in Maryland House in 2006

    • George C. Edwards

      Politics & Law

      Senate member in Maryland State in 2006

    • Leroy Loggins

      Professional Sports

      An Australian American basketball player playing in the Australian national team

    • Bill Stewart

      Professional Sports

      An American former head football coach at West Virginia University


  • Glenville State College Seal

    Glenville State College

    Glenville, West Virginia

    Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia
    • 1,732 Total Students
    • 72% Acceptance Rate
    • 33% Enrollment Rate
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,429 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Glenville State College (GSC) is a four-year public higher educational institute established in Glenville, a rural town located in the focal point of the northern region of West Virginia. It was founded since 1872 to provide higher educational services to the community of the central region of West Virginia. It was highly recognized for its up to the standard academic education. The enrollment rate has greatly increased by 1910 to overstep Glenville population. Consequently, GSC started to offer its four-year degrees college in 1931 beside its two-year associate programs. GSC has expanded its academic programs to suit the needs of the 21st century career requirements. Glenville, where GSC has been established, has been considered according to a writer’s opinion to the editor of the Weston Democrat in 1873, the best place on Earth for the establishment of the state normal school. GSC location in Glenville is a quiet, hygienic and highly convenient place for study and intellect.

    GSC mission is to prepare teachers within certain and specific standards and qualifications. Over the years, GSC has been recognized for its high quality academic curricula it offers to its graduates, therefore it has been known as “the Lighthouse on the Hill”. In addition to offering numerous academic programs, GSC encourages building up fundamental prospective within its academic environment such as diversity, leadership, innovation and integrity.  GSC aims at preparing highly motivated and reliable citizens having the ability to serve and be engaged within the surrounding community.

    GSC is the sole central public college located in West Virginia. In addition, it is one of the best colleges in the United States for teachers preparation.

    GSC offers 5 different two-year associate degrees. In addition to that, it offers four-year undergraduate degrees in different concentrations with more than 20 majors and more than 30 minors.

    GSC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1872
    • MascotPioneers
    • LocationWest Virginia
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Marshall University Seal

    Marshall University

    Huntington, West Virginia

    Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia
    • 13,621 Total Students
    • 88% Acceptance Rate
    • 44% Enrollment Rate
    • 19 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,911 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Marshall University is a coeducational public research university in Huntington, West Virginia. It was named in honor of John Marshall who was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. It was established as a subscription by residents of Guyandotte and its surroundings. The main administrative building of the university is a Landmark building called Old Main. It was built on a land called Maple Grove to serve as the home of the Mount Hebron Church. The institute got official recognition from the Virginia General Assembly in 1838 under the name of Marshall Academy. The name was changed twenty years later to Marshall College although it was not yet recognized as a true college. The college was closed during the American Civil War and the Cabell County, Virginia including the college separated from Virginia and was included in the newly formed State of West Virginia. The institution was restructured in 1867 as a teaching training institute under the name of State Normal School of Marshall College making it a post-secondary state-supported institute. In 1907, the West Virginia Board of Regents approved the establishment of college level departments at the school changing the presiding officer from “principal” to “president” which marked the beginning of its expansion. Thirty years later, the campus was significantly damaged by the flood of the Ohio River. In 1960, John F. Kennedy delivered a speech on campus during his campaign for the presidential elections. In the following year, Marshall achieved the university status. In 1971, the university witnessed a tragic incident when all of its football team along with some fans died in a plane crash.

    Marshall main campus covers 100 acres with several distinctive buildings as Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Building, Chris Cline Athletic Complex and Morrow Library.

    The university is divided into 12 colleges and schools including Lewis College of Business, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, University College and Graduate College and Honors College. Marshall’s program of digital forensics is the first one in the world to receive accreditation from the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission

    Marshall School Facts

    • Years Estd.1837 (1837)
    • NicknameThe Thundering Herd
    • MascotMarco
    • ColorsKelly Green & White
    • LocationWest Virginia
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Marshall Alumni

    • Hassan Whiteside

      Professional Sports

      professional basketball player for NBA Sacramento Kings

    • Luke Gross

      Professional Sports

      all-time scoring leader caps leader for the US national rugby union team

    • Jim Justice

      Politics & Law

      Governor of West Virginia

    • Julia Keller

      Entertainment & Arts

      feature reporter and winner of 2005 Pulitzer Prize

    • Earl Ray Tomblin

      Politics & Law

      former Governor of West Virginia


  • Ohio Valley University Seal

    Ohio Valley University

    Vienna, West Virginia

    • 451 Total Students
    • 47% Acceptance Rate
    • 28% Enrollment Rate
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 882 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Ohio Valley University is a private Christian higher education institute with campuses located in Parkersburg and Vienna, West Virginia. It is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Establishment of the university started in 1956 when a group of graduates from Harding University organized a committee to found a Christian college. Accordingly, they established a foundation to raise funds for the college which was finally established in 1958 under the name of Ohio Valley College. The land for establishing the campus was purchased in the same year. Classes started at the college in 1960. The campus was finally opened in 1963. The college expanded to double its size by purchasing 134-acre piece of land including a 4-storey building from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. In 2005, the name of the college was changed to the current one.

    The university currently operates two campuses; South and North Campuses covering total area of around 267 acres. The North Campus includes Isom Academic Center and Stotts Administration Center. The South campus also contains important buildings as Stewart Hall, Stanley Student Union, Lowland Hall, Fox Dinning Hall, German Hall, Clark Hall and Synder Activity Center. The campus library is located in the South Campus and is known as Icy Belle Library. The university athletic teams, who are nicknamed Fighting Scots, compete in NCAA Division II as members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. The official colors of the university are red and blue. The university produces several publications including The Highlander and Penumbra Newspapers. Students at Ohio Valley are required to attend a bible class every semester.

    The university is divided into 4 divisions in addition to an adult education institute. It offers 22 programs including 2 associate degree programs. The university is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the State of West Virginia.

    Ohio Valley School Facts

    • Years Estd.1960
    • NicknameFighting Scots
    • MascotMcGregor
    • MottoEducating to Serve
    • ColorsRoyal Blue and Red
    • LocationWest Virginia
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II - G-MAC
    • Religious AffiliationChurches of Christ

  • Potomac State College of West Virginia University

    Keyser, West Virginia

    Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, West Virginia
    • 1,475 Total Students
    • 20 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Potomac State College of West Virginia University is a two-year junior college affiliated as a division of West Virginia University. It is the only junior college in West Virginia. The school was established in 1901 as the sub-collegiate Keyser Preparatory Branch of West Virginia University. The name was soon changed to West Virginia Preparatory School. The school later grew into a full junior college accepting students from the local community and from other parts of the state who haven’t fulfilled the admission requirements to be admitted to the main campus. In 2005, the college became an integrated division of West Virginia University.

    The college campus is located in Keyser covering 18 acres. It offers several distinctive buildings and facilities including Catamount Place Residence Hall, Church-McKee Arts Center, Davis Conference Center, Davis Residence Hall, Deremer & Smith Farms, Field House, Friend Residence Hall, Kelley Recreational Center, Mary F. Shipper Library and Reynolds Residence Hall. The college athletic teams, who are known as Catamounts, compete in Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association as members of the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference.

    Potomac offers 2-year academic programs in 59 majors and 4-year academic programs in 7 majors. It also offers several online programs and honors program. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    Potomac State College of West Virginia University School Facts

    • Years Estd.1901
    • NicknameCatamounts
    • LocationWest Virginia
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • University of Charleston Seal

    University of Charleston

    Charleston, West Virginia

    University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia
    • 2,327 Total Students
    • 52% Acceptance Rate
    • 31% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,949 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    University of Charleston is a private higher education institute located in Charleston, West Virginia. It was established in 1888 under the name of Barboursville Seminary of the Southern Methodist Church. The name of the seminary was changed in 1901 to Morris Harvey College. In 1935, the college relocated to downtown Charleston and became affiliated to the Mason College of Fine Arts and Music. Five years later, the college ended its ties to the Methodist Church. The college relocated to its current campus in 1947 which is located in the Kanawha City section of Charleston. Four years later, the college purchased the Young-Noyes House to use it as the home of the college leadership. The college faced difficult financial challenges during the Vietnam War which motivated the board to offer the college as a gift to the state; however, this offer was rejected by the state. In 1978, the name of the college was changed to University of Charleston. In the same year, the Young-Noyes House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The university established in 1998 a school of pharmacy. In 2013, Charleston established branch campuses on the former campuses of Mountain State University in Beckley and Martinsburg, West Virginia. In 2013, the university sold the Martinsburg campus and established a new campus in the same city. In 2015, the other Beckley campus was also closed to build a new campus in the city.

    The university main campus offers several distinctive buildings including Robert C. Byrd Center, Riggleman Hall, Geary Student Union and Clay Tower Building Schoenbaum Library.  The university athletic teams compete in NCAA Division II as members of Mountain East Conference. Their nickname is called Golden Eagles while their official colors are maroon and gold.

    Charleston offers 20 undergraduate programs in addition to 4 master’s degree programs and a doctoral program. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked Charleston as the top college in the West Virginia.

    Charleston School Facts

    • Years Estd.1888
    • NicknameGolden Eagles
    • ColorsMaroon and Gold
    • LocationWest Virginia
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • West Virginia State University Seal

    West Virginia State University

    Institute, West Virginia

    • 3,166 Total Students
    • 94% Acceptance Rate
    • 27% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,439 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    WVSU is a public higher education institute which was established in the year 1891, through the second of Morrill Act of 1890. It started to offer instructions in 1892 with restricted curriculum, however, within the first half of the 1900s had already expanded its academic curriculum and started offering college degrees. Its transition as a university happened in 2004.

    It was a historically black institute but presently, has evolved into a racially integrated university. It is based in Institute, West Virginia, and stays committed to promoting excellence, instilling a culture of critical and free-thinking, and encouraging knowledge advancement.

    From the first day, the experience at WVSU remains such that connects individuals to the campus and makes them feel at home. The Office of New Student Programs initiates activities to help the first year or new students get around the campus life. Further ahead, the students also find various opportunities for engagement through participation in a variety of student clubs/organizations present; from media, political to special interest, arts, music, leadership and more. For effective leadership development, the Student Government Association also serves as a great platform, working in student interests. Student life is experienced, bustling with life and energy at the University Union, being part of activities and events, or just hanging out with friends and peers for a bite or at the game room and having a good time. Providing support and assistance to students during their academic, personal or otherwise difficult time is tutoring services, workshops, Behavior Intervention Team, and the office of Career Services and Cooperative Education. A fitness center is also situated at the campus to ensure physical health of its students. The university also has its athletic teams called ‘Yellow Jackets’ playing at NCAA Division II; the official campus colors are Black and Gold.

    The academic programs offered at the university consist of 23 undergraduate degrees and six graduate degrees and its notable facilities include James C. Wilson University Union, Walker Convocation Center, P.A. Williams Auditorium, Drain-Jordan Library and few more.

    WVSU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1891
    • NicknameYellow Jackets
    • MottoVeritas Lux Mundi (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.Truth is the Light of the World
    • ColorsBlack and Gold
    • LocationWest Virginia
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous WVSU Alumni

    • Harriet Elizabeth Byrd

      Politics & Law

      First African-American to serve in the Wyoming Legislature

    • Robert "RJ" Haddy

      Entertainment & Arts

      Special effects artist and twice contestant on Syfy's reality game show Face Off

    • Antoine Fuqua

      Entertainment & Arts

      Writer and director of various movies including Training Day, starring Denzel Washington

    • Will Robinson

      Professional Sports

      First African-American Division I basketball coach and NBA scout

    • Wendell Smith

      Professional Sports

      Noted African American sportswriter who was influential in the choice of Jackie Robinson to become the first African American player in Major League Baseball

    • Carter G. Woodson

      Education & Advocacy

      African-American historian cited as the father of black history; served as Academic Dean of WVSU from 1920-22

    • Leon Sullivan

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Baptist minister, a civil rights leader and social activist, longtime General Motors board member, and an anti-Apartheid activist; Sullivan Hall is named in his honor

    • Herbert Fielding,

      Social Advocacy & Service

      US Army Major General (ret); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient for his actions in Vietnam

    • Herbert Fielding

      Politics & Law

      Former South Carolina lawmaker


  • West Virginia University Seal

    West Virginia University

    Morgantown, West Virginia

    West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia
    • 28,776 Total Students
    • 86% Acceptance Rate
    • 36% Enrollment Rate
    • 20 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 15,353 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    WVU is a research university that was founded under the Morrill Act, in the year 1867. Established by the legislature, it was called Agricultural College of West Virginia. Expanding its academic focus to include other fields and recognizing the vast purpose it served, it was renamed the next year. It then went on to have a physical expansion, leading to multiple campuses.

    It is based in Morgantown, West Virginia and is a space grant and land-grant institute. The university sets itself apart with its progressive quality education, promoting diversity, creativity, intellectual discovery and engagement with the local and global communities.

    Students at West Virginia University make the most of their time by getting involved in activities besides academics. The campus runs more than 450 student clubs and organizations – a diverse range of interests and fields. There are campus fraternities and sororities as well. Students learn leadership and engagement through these and many other resources such as serving as Graduate Assistants, being part of student engagement and leadership or participating with the Center for Service and Learning. There are plenty of other student-led support services such as helping with recovery from substance abuse or addiction problems, helping with any on-campus matter/issue such as housing, commuting or legal. The university also celebrates its diversity and a separate center for black culture and research is dedicated to it. Cultural diversity at the campus is also celebrated through activities, events and films. There are plenty of resources for maintaining physical health as well as for recreational activities. There is also athletic affiliation at the university, at NCAA Division I; its teams are called ‘Mountaineers’ and the official colors are Old Gold and Blue.

    Its academic programs consist of 150+ Bachelors, 140+ Masters and 40+ Doctoral programs. Its notable facilities/departments are Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, Reed College of Media Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, Evansdale Library and more.

    WVU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1867
    • NicknameMountaineers
    • MascotThe Mountaineer
    • Motto______ ___ ______, __ __ __ _____ ___ ______ (Greek)
    • Motto Eng.To faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge. (2 Peter 1:5)
    • ColorsBlue and Old Gold
    • LocationWest Virginia
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous WVU Alumni

    • Taylor Kinney

      Entertainment & Arts

      Actor; portrays Lt. Kelly Severide in NBC's drama Chicago Fire; stars in The Other Woman

    • John A. Russo

      Entertainment & Arts

      Screenwriter and film director; co-wrote Night of the Living Dead

    • Joe Alexander

      Professional Sports

      American-Israeli current professional basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv

    • Terry Bowden

      Professional Sports

      Yahoo sports analyst

    • Stephen Coonts

      Entertainment & Arts

      New York Times bestselling author

    • Paul Russell Cutright

      Science & Medicine

      Historian and biologist

    • Joseph DiSarro

      Education & Advocacy

      Professor and chair in the Department of Political Science at Washington & Jefferson College

    • Ret. Gen. Earl E. Anderson

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Marine Corps General

    • Katherine Johnson

      Science & Medicine

      Mathematician, NASA computer scientist, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

    • William Harrison Courtney

      Politics & Law

      Special assistant to President Clinton


  • West Virginia University Institute of Technology Seal

    West Virginia University Institute of Technology

    Montgomery, West Virginia

    West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, West Virginia
    • 1,263 Total Students
    • 61% Acceptance Rate
    • 47% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 929 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    WVU Tech is a four year higher education institute that was founded in 1985, however only as a preparatory college. It was called Montgomery Preparatory School. Over the time, it grew into a trade school and then a junior college, eventually transforming into a four-year state college by 1931.

    It came to be known as West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 1996 as it became a campus to the West Virginia University. It is based in Beckley, West Virginia and continues to serve as a place for the academic, personal and professional development of its students for successful future endeavors.

    At the campus of WVU Tech, students never run out of opportunities for learning and growth. There are more than 30 student-run clubs, where students get to learn outside of classrooms in a friendly environment as well as socialize. For those interested in taking up leadership positions and actively working in student interests find their way into the Student Government Association. While there are opportunities for serious work, there is also fun time and adventure for the students. The campus ‘Tech Adventure’ offers many activities; from outdoor orientation to academic courses to actual adventure trips there is everything for an adventure lover. Community engagement and service also forms a significant part of student life at the campus as they get the chance to either run their own organizations or then volunteer time and/or resources for existing ones. While the campus holds many events, one of the traditional ones is the ‘Family Weekend’ where families come together to enjoy activities, festivals, games and much more. There are campus athletic teams that play at NAIA and are called ‘Golden Bears’; the mascot is ‘Monty’ and the campus colors are Navy Blue and Gold.

    The academic programs include undergraduate programs with 33 majors, 20 minors, five pre-professional programs and a certificate program. Its notable department/facilities are Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences, Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center colony, Benedum Center and Carter Hall.

    WVU Tech School Facts

    • Years Estd.1895
    • NicknameGolden Bears
    • MascotMonty
    • MottoBe Big Here
    • ColorsNavy blue and Gold
    • LocationWest Virginia
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous WVU Tech Alumni

    • Charles E. Bayless

      Business & Industry

      Business man and educational administrator

    • Squire Parsons

      Entertainment & Arts

      Christian music soloist and baritone

    • Mike Barrett

      Professional Sports

      ABA and 1968 Summer Olympics

    • Sedale Threatt

      Professional Sports

      NBA

    • Otto Evans II (OttoBots)

      Entertainment & Arts

      Comedic Actor

    • Calvin Wallace

      Professional Sports

      NFL



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