Where to Start Looking for West Virginia Colleges
The College Foundation of West Virginia provides one-stop shopping for those looking for West Virginia Colleges. The site includes planning time lines for both high school and college. There is free ACT and SAT test prep along with a Vocabulary Builder. You can search for schools by name or use a basic College Matching Assistant. The search includes all states, not just West Virginia. You can also compare all selected schools and registered users can save them to their portfolios.
The website also allows users to explore programs and majors. For each major, it provides in-depth information, interviews, schools that offer the program, and the ability to save to your portfolio. There’s a feature that links to the online application of colleges and allows you to practice filling out college applications.
The Financial Aid Planning section contains an in-depth Financial Aid 101. The section includes an EFC Calculator, Colleges Savings Calculator, and a Student Loans Over Projected Earning Calculator. You’ll find a listing of West Virginia specific financial aid programs. You can also transfer your account information to the FAFSA web application.
The site has a link to College Goal Sunday, Gear Up, and the West Virginia 529 Plan. The only thing missing is information on transferring from a community college to a four-year institution. You can find a Core Coursework Transfer Agreement at the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia under the Reports & Resources section.
Some Numbers to Help You Find a College
There are 18 four-year West Virginia Colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates according to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System. Approximately 11 percent of students attend one of the six private West Virginia colleges while 89 percent of students attend one of the 12 state institutions.
Private West Virginia colleges have an average four-year graduation rate of 36% and the public universities have an average five-year graduation rate of 28.3%. Only one school meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.
College-bound seniors in West Virginia had an average of 20.6 ACT Composite score with a 20.4 for English and 19.5 for Math. The 75th Percentile scores were a Composite of 24, 24 for English, and 23 for Math. A total of eleven colleges ACT 75th% Composite scores were at or above this level.
The top 20 colleges ACT test takers in West Virginia applied to:
- West Virginia University
- Marshall University
- Fairmont State University
- Concord University
- West Liberty University
- West Virginia Wesleyan College
- West Virginia State University
- Shepherd University
- University of Charleston The
- Glenville State College
- Alderson Broaddus College
- West Virginia Univ Inst of Technology
- Bluefield State College
- Potomac State College of Wvu
- West Virginia University at Parkersburg
- Davis & Elkins College
- Ohio State University The
- Virginia Tech
- Pierpont Community & Technical College
- University of Kentucky
West Virginia Colleges Conferences and Divisions
List of West Virginia Colleges
In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in September of 2014 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.
West Virginia Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores
Name Type Full-time
Alderson Broaddus University Private 995 35 43 520 530 24 16551
Bethany College Private 690 39 49 530 510 24 22020
Bluefield State College Public 1440 13 43 500 430 21 11227
Concord University Public 2275 32 46 530 520 24 10275
Davis & Elkins College Private 847 22 57 520 540 23 18244
Fairmont State University Public 3435 30 66 520 520 23 8672
Glenville State College Public 1114 25 74 480 460 21 13012
Marshall University Public 8268 40 79 550 540 24 8457
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Public 1289 6507
Shepherd University Public 3289 34 81 560 540 24 8476
University of Charleston Private 1250 35 69 515 535 24 18114
West Liberty University Public 2200 37 71 510 530 24 10886
West Virginia State University Public 1889 12 45 495 480 22 7910
West Virginia University Public 21027 53 85 560 580 26 9826
West Virginia University at Parkersburg Public 2128 19 9098
West Virginia University Institute of Technology Public 967 16 51 530 550 24 7425
West Virginia Wesleyan College Private 1345 43 77 510 557 25 18348
Wheeling Jesuit University Private 938 42 69 563 550 24 18050