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    Top Colleges in West Virginia

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Updated: May 28th, 2024

    West Virginia is home to many strong public universities, and thanks to the Academic Common Market, students from many neighboring states can attend these schools with deep tuition discounts. Compare some of the top West Virginia schools below:

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    West Virginia University

    Morgantown, WV • Public, City

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    West Virginia University is a public 4-year college located in Morgantown, West Virginia. There are currently 18,370 undergraduates at WVU and the school’s acceptance rate is 88%. The tuition at…

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    88% acceptance
    62% graduation rate
    18,370 undergrads
    $12,347 net price
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    Marshall University

    Huntington, WV • Public, City

    Marshall University is a public 4-year college located in Huntington, West Virginia. There are currently 6,965 undergraduates at Marshall and the school’s acceptance rate is 97%. The tuition at Marshall…

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    97% acceptance
    50% graduation rate
    6,965 undergrads
    $8,370 net price
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    West Virginia Wesleyan College

    Buckhannon, WV • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    West Virginia Wesleyan College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Buckhannon, West Virginia. There are currently 886 undergraduates at West Virginia Wesleyan and the school’s acceptance rate is…Read More

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    96% acceptance
    53% graduation rate
    886 undergrads
    $19,858 net price
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    Shepherd University

    Shepherdstown, WV • Public, Town

    Shepherd University is a public 4-year college located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. There are currently 2,325 undergraduates at Shepherd and the school’s acceptance rate is 96%. The tuition at Shepherd…

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    96% acceptance
    48% graduation rate
    2,325 undergrads
    $8,418 net price
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    Wheeling University

    Wheeling, WV • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Wheeling University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Wheeling, West Virginia. There are currently 578 undergraduates at Wheeling and the school’s acceptance rate is 73%. The tuition at…

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    73% acceptance
    70% graduation rate
    578 undergrads
    $19,520 net price
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    Concord University

    Athens, WV • Public, Town

    Concord University is a public 4-year college located in Athens, West Virginia. There are currently 1,311 undergraduates at Concord and the school’s acceptance rate is 91%. The tuition at Concord…

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    91% acceptance
    40% graduation rate
    1,311 undergrads
    $9,701 net price
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    Fairmont State University

    Fairmont, WV • Public, Town

    Fairmont State University is a public 4-year college located in Fairmont, West Virginia. There are currently 2,776 undergraduates at Fairmont State and the school’s acceptance rate is 98%. The tuition…

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    98% acceptance
    46% graduation rate
    2,776 undergrads
    $10,794 net price
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    West Virginia University at Parkersburg

    Parkersburg, WV • Public, Suburb

    West Virginia University at Parkersburg is a public 4-year college located in Parkersburg, West Virginia. There are currently 1,486 undergraduates at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The tuition at West…

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    --% acceptance
    30% graduation rate
    1,486 undergrads
    $5,176 net price
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    West Liberty University

    West Liberty, WV • Public, Rural

    West Liberty University is a public 4-year college located in West Liberty, West Virginia. There are currently 1,648 undergraduates at West Liberty and the school’s acceptance rate is 74%. The…

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    74% acceptance
    61% graduation rate
    1,648 undergrads
    $15,499 net price
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    Davis & Elkins College

    Elkins, WV • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Davis & Elkins College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Elkins, West Virginia. There are currently 644 undergraduates at Davis and Elkins and the school’s acceptance rate is…

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    75% acceptance
    48% graduation rate
    644 undergrads
    $20,031 net price
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    University of Charleston

    Charleston, WV • Private, Non-Profit, City

    University of Charleston is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Charleston, West Virginia. There are currently 2,330 undergraduates at U Charleston and the school’s acceptance rate is 68%. The…

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    68% acceptance
    42% graduation rate
    2,330 undergrads
    $21,383 net price
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    West Virginia University Institute of Technology

    Beckley, WV • Public, City

    West Virginia University Institute of Technology is a public 4-year college located in Beckley, West Virginia. There are currently 1,038 undergraduates at WVU Institute of Tech and the school’s acceptance…Read More

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    65% acceptance
    34% graduation rate
    1,038 undergrads
    $10,838 net price
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    Glenville State University

    Glenville, WV • Public, Town

    Glenville State University is a public 4-year college located in Glenville, West Virginia. There are currently 1,257 undergraduates at Glenville State. The tuition at Glenville State is $9,064 for in-state…

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    --% acceptance
    33% graduation rate
    1,257 undergrads
    $17,250 net price
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    Bluefield State University

    Bluefield, WV • Public, Town

    Bluefield State University is a public 4-year college located in Bluefield, West Virginia. There are currently 1,244 undergraduates at Bluefield State and the school’s acceptance rate is 97%. The tuition…

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    97% acceptance
    35% graduation rate
    1,244 undergrads
    $10,717 net price
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    West Virginia State University

    Institute, WV • Public, Suburb

    West Virginia State University is a public 4-year college located in Institute, West Virginia. There are currently 1,362 undergraduates at West Virginia State and the school’s acceptance rate is 96%.…

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    96% acceptance
    35% graduation rate
    1,362 undergrads
    $11,791 net price
    About the Data

    We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

    State grants in West Virginia

    West Virginia Promise Scholarship:

    The West Virginia Promise Scholarship is a merit based scholarship for West Virginia students. In order to be eligible there are both GPA and SAT/ACT test score requirements. This scholarship can be renewed for up to four years. 

    West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program (HEGP):

    The West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program (HEGP) is a need-based grant for West Virginia residents. Participating institutions include public colleges and universities, four year not-for-profit institutions, and West Virginia for-profit institutions. 

    West Virginia tuition reciprocity agreements

    Tuition Reciprocity is an exchange program that allows students to attend schools in partner states at a discounted tuition rate. West Virginia is a part of the Southern Regional Education Board Academic Common Market, which allows students going to public institutions to out-of-state schools and pay in-state tuition, if their degree is not offered in their home state.

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    Frequently asked questions about colleges in West Virginia

    What is the hardest school in West Virginia to get into?

    The school with the lowest acceptance rate in West Virginia is the West Virginia Institute of Technology with an acceptance rate of 66%. When it comes to applying to schools with a lower acceptance rate, remember that there are many factors that go into admissions beyond just numbers and it never hurts to apply!

    Does West Virginia have tuition reciprocity?

    Yes! West Virginia is one of the 15 states in the Southern Regional Education Board Academic Common Market. This means students have the opportunity to go to out of state schools, and still receive discounted in-state tuition.

    Why should I study in West Virginia?

     For starters, West Virginia has great opportunities for those who love the outdoors, with the Appalachian Mountains being a great place for any hikers or just people who appreciate a mountain view. The state has a somewhat lower cost of living, which is especially important for students. West Virginia falls within the southern region of the country, so students will be able to experience a sense of southern hospitality, while still getting a good quality education. Many of West Virginia’s postsecondary institutions are smaller to medium sized, so if you are looking for more of a close knit community, this might be a great place for you!

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