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List of colleges and universities in West Virginia

There are forty-three colleges and universities in the U.S. state of West Virginia that are listed under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. These institutions include one research university, five master's universities, and fourteen baccalaureate colleges, as well as twenty-one associate's colleges. In addition, there are two institutions classified as special-focus institutions.[1]

West Virginia's oldest surviving post-secondary institution is Bethany College, founded on March 2, 1840 by Alexander Campbell.[2][3][4] Marshall University and West Liberty University were both established in 1837, but as private subscription schools.[5][6] Founded in 1867, West Virginia University is the state's largest public institution of higher learning in terms of enrollment, as it had 29,707 students as of spring 2013.[7] Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College is the state's smallest, with an enrollment of 822.[7] With an enrollment of 1,549 students, Wheeling Jesuit University is West Virginia's largest traditional private post-secondary institution, while Valley College–Princeton is the state's smallest, with an enrollment of 72.[7] The American Public University System, a private for-profit, distance education institution based in Charles Town, has the largest enrollment of any post-secondary institution in West Virginia, with 31,331 students.[7]

West Virginia has two land-grant universities: West Virginia State University and West Virginia University.[8] West Virginia University is also the state's sole participant university in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.[9] In addition, West Virginia has two historically black colleges and universities that are members of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund: Bluefield State College and West Virginia State University.[10][11]

West Virginia has three medical schools: multiple agencies, such as the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


  • Institutions 1
  • Defunct institutions 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Bibliography 5
  • External links 6


List of active institutions
School Location[note 1] Control[note 2] Type[note 3] Enrollment[7]
(spring 2013)
Founded Accreditation[7]
Alderson Broaddus University Philippi Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 870 1871[14][15][note 4] ACEN, NCA, NCATE, TEAC
American Public University System Charles Town Private for-profit Master's university 31,331 1991[16][17] CCNE, NCA
Appalachian Bible College Mount Hope Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 302 1950[2][18] ABHE, NCA
Bethany College Bethany Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 842 1840[2][3][4] NCATE, NCA
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Martinsburg Public Associate's college 4,360 1974[19] ACEN, NCA
Bluefield State College Bluefield Public Baccalaureate college 1,935 1895[20][21] ACEN, CCNE, JRCERT, NCATE, NCA
BridgeValley Community and Technical College – Montgomery Campus Montgomery Public Associate's college 1,070 1966[22][23] ADA, NCA
BridgeValley Community and Technical College – South Charleston Campus South Charleston Public Associate's college 1,578 1953[24] ACEN, NCA
University of Charleston Charleston Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 1,427 1888[25][26] ACEN, ACPE, JRCERT, NCATE, NCA, TEAC
Concord University Athens Public Baccalaureate college 2,834 1872[20][27] NCATE, NCA
Davis & Elkins College Elkins Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 818 1904[25][28] ACEN, NAST, NCA, TEAC
Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College Moorefield Public Associate's college 822 1999[22][29] NCA
Everest Institute–Cross Lanes Cross Lanes Private for-profit Associate's college 292 1968[30] ACCSC
Fairmont State University Fairmont Public Master's university 4,451 1865[31][32] ACEN, CCNE, NCATE, NCA
Glenville State College Glenville Public Baccalaureate college 1,898 1872[31][33] NCATE, NCA
Huntington Junior College Huntington Private for-profit Associate's college 802 1936[34] NCA
ITT Technical Institute–Huntington Huntington Private for-profit Associate's college 348 1969[35] ACICS
Marshall University Huntington Public Master's university 13,708 1837[5][31] ACEN, ADA, APTA, APA, ASHA, LCME, NASM, NCATE, NCA
Mountain State College Parkersburg Private for-profit Associate's college 153 1888[36] ACICS
Mountwest Community and Technical College Huntington Public Associate's college 2,608 1975[37][38] APTA, NCA
New River Community and Technical College Beckley Public Associate's college 2,857 2003[39][40] NCA
Ohio Valley University Vienna Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 478 1958[41][42] NCA
Pierpont Community and Technical College Fairmont Public Associate's college 2,925 1974[39][43] APTA, NCA
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Keyser Public Associate's college 1,781 1901[44][45] NCA
Salem International University Salem Private for-profit Master's university 850 1888[46][47] NCA
Shepherd University Shepherdstown Public Master's university 4,326 1871[44][48] ACEN, CCNE, NASM, NCATE, NCA
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Mount Gay Public Associate's college 2,178 1971[49][50] ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, NCA
Valley College–Beckley Beckley Private for-profit Associate's college 163 1983[51] ACICS
Valley College–Martinsburg Martinsburg Private for-profit Associate's college 77 1983[51] ACICS
Valley College–Princeton Princeton Private for-profit Associate's college 72 1983[51] ACICS
West Liberty University West Liberty Public Baccalaureate college 2,804 1837[6][52] ACEN, ADA, CCNE, NASM, NCATE, NCA
West Virginia Business College–Wheeling Wheeling Private for-profit Associate's college 93 1881[53] ACICS
West Virginia Junior College–Bridgeport Bridgeport Private for-profit Associate's college 229 1922[54] ACICS
West Virginia Junior College–Charleston Charleston Private for-profit Associate's college 206 1892[55] ACICS
West Virginia Junior College–Morgantown Morgantown Private for-profit Associate's college 226 1922[54] ACICS
West Virginia Northern Community College Wheeling Public Associate's college 2,505 1972[49][56] ACEN, JRCERT, NCA
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Lewisburg Public Special-focus institution 837 1972[52][57] AOA, NCA
West Virginia State University Institute Public Baccalaureate college 2,644 1891[58][59] NCATE, NCA
West Virginia University Morgantown Public Research university 29,707 1867[58][60] ACPE, ABA, ADA, ADA, AOTA, APTA, APA, ASHA, CCNE, CEPH, LCME, NASAD, NASM, NAST, NCATE, NCA
West Virginia University at Parkersburg Parkersburg Public Baccalaureate college 3,824 1961[61][62] ACEN, NCATE, NCA
West Virginia University Institute of Technology Montgomery Public Baccalaureate college 1,107 1895[16][63] NCA
West Virginia Wesleyan College Buckhannon Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 1,394 1890[46][64] ACEN, NASM, NCATE, NCA
Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 1,549 1954[16][65] APTA, CCNE, NCA, TEAC
Abbreviation Accrediting agency
ABA American Bar Association
ACEN Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
ACCSC Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
ADA American Dietetic Association
AOA American Osteopathic Association
ACICS Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
ACPE Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
ADA American Dental Association
AOTA American Occupational Therapy Association
APTA American Physical Therapy Association
APA American Psychological Association
ASHA American Speech–Language–Hearing Association
ABHE Association for Biblical Higher Education
CCNE Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
CEPH Council on Education for Public Health
JRCERT Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
LCME Liaison Committee on Medical Education
NASAD National Association of Schools of Art and Design
NASM National Association of Schools of Music
NAST National Association of Schools of Theatre
NCA North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
NCATE National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
TEAC Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Defunct institutions

List of defunct institutions in West Virginia
School Location Control Founded Closed Ref(s)
Mountain State University Beckley Private not-for-profit 1933 2013 [66][67]
Storer College Harpers Ferry Public 1867 1955 [68][69]

See also


Explanatory notes

  1. ^ School location is based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.[1]
  2. ^ School control is based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.[1]
  3. ^ School types are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.[1]
  4. ^ Alderson Academy and Junior College and Broaddus University merged to form Alderson Broaddus University in 1932. Broaddus University, the older of the two institutions, was established in Winchester, Virginia in 1871, and relocated to Clarksburg in 1876, and finally moved to Philippi in 1901. Alderson Academy and Junior College was founded in Alderson in 1901.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d "Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education: Institution Lookup".  
  2. ^ a b c West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 475.
  3. ^ a b Rice 1993, p. 73.
  4. ^ a b "About Bethany".  
  5. ^ a b "Marshall University Official History".  
  6. ^ a b "About West Liberty University".  
  7. ^ a b c d e f "College Navigator".  
  8. ^ "Map of Land-Grant Colleges and Universities".  
  9. ^ "NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium".  
  10. ^ "White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities".  
  11. ^ "Thurgood Marshall College Fund: Member Schools".  
  12. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year".  
  13. ^ "The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association".  
  14. ^ West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 474.
  15. ^ a b "About Alderson Broaddus University: History".  
  16. ^ a b c West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 479.
  17. ^ "About the American Public University System: History".  
  18. ^ "Appalachian Bible College: About Us".  
  19. ^ "History".  
  20. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 463.
  21. ^ "History".  
  22. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 469.
  23. ^ "History".  
  24. ^ "The History of Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College".  
  25. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 476.
  26. ^ "Our History".  
  27. ^ "History & Goals".  
  28. ^ "D&E History".  
  29. ^ "Commencement Draws 300 At Eastern As WV’s First Lady Keynotes".  
  30. ^ "National Institute of Technology has changed its name to Everest Institute".  
  31. ^ a b c West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 464.
  32. ^ "About Fairmont State: The Story".  
  33. ^ "About Us".  
  34. ^ "History".  
  35. ^ "About Us".  
  36. ^ "About MSC".  
  37. ^ West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 470.
  38. ^ "History".  
  39. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 471.
  40. ^ "College History".  
  41. ^ West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 477.
  42. ^ "Ohio Valley University Fast Facts".  
  43. ^ "About: The Facts".  
  44. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 465.
  45. ^ "A Century of Excellence".  
  46. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 478.
  47. ^ "SIU History".  
  48. ^ "History of the University".  
  49. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 472.
  50. ^ "History of Southern".  
  51. ^ a b c Peterson's 2009, p. 443.
  52. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 466.
  53. ^ "About Us".  
  54. ^ a b Peterson's 2009, p. 444.
  55. ^ "About WVJC".  
  56. ^ "About: College Snapshot".  
  57. ^ "About Us: A Medical School in Rural Appalachia".  
  58. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 467.
  59. ^ "History and Traditions: Our History Runs Deep".  
  60. ^ "History".  
  61. ^ West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 473.
  62. ^ "History: West Virginia University at Parkersburg Timeline".  
  63. ^ "About WVU Tech".  
  64. ^ "About Wesleyan".  
  65. ^ "History of WJU".  
  66. ^ "MSU Website".  
  67. ^ "History".  
  68. ^ "Storer College".  
  69. ^ Whitehill 1902, pp. 114–117.


  • Rice, Otis K. (1993). West Virginia: A History.  
  • Whitehill, Alexander Reid (1902). History of Education in West Virginia.  

External links

  • United States Department of Education listing of accredited institutions in West Virginia
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