List of colleges and universities in West Virginia

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Old Main at Bethany College, West Virginia's oldest surviving post-secondary institution.

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.

West Virginia's oldest surviving post-secondary institution is Bethany College, founded on March 2, 1840 by Alexander Campbell.[1][2][3] Marshall University and West Liberty University were both established in 1837, but as private subscription schools.[4][5] 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 fall 2012. Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College is the state's smallest, with an enrollment of 822. 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. 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.

West Virginia has two land-grant universities: West Virginia State University and West Virginia University.[6] West Virginia University is also the state's sole participant university in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.[7] 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.[8][9]

Woodburn Circle at West Virginia University, West Virginia's largest public post-secondary institution.

West Virginia has three medical schools: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and West Virginia University School of Medicine. It has one law school, West Virginia University College of Law, which is accredited by the American Bar Association.[10] The majority (thirty-three) of West Virginia's post-secondary institutions are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).[11] Most are accredited by 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[edit]

Key
AbbreviationAccrediting agency
ABAAmerican Bar Association
ACENAccreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
ACCSCAccrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
ADAAmerican Dietetic Association
AOAAmerican Osteopathic Association
ACICSAccrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
ACPEAccreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
ADAAmerican Dental Association
AOTAAmerican Occupational Therapy Association
APTAAmerican Physical Therapy Association
APAAmerican Psychological Association
ASHAAmerican Speech–Language–Hearing Association
ABHEAssociation for Biblical Higher Education
CCNECommission on Collegiate Nursing Education
CEPHCouncil on Education for Public Health
JRCERTJoint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
LCMELiaison Committee on Medical Education
NASADNational Association of Schools of Art and Design
NASMNational Association of Schools of Music
NASTNational Association of Schools of Theatre
NCANorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools
NCATENational Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
TEACTeacher Education Accreditation Council
List of active institutions
SchoolLocation[note 1]Control[note 2]Type[note 3]Enrollment[12]
(fall 2012)
FoundedAccreditation[12]
Alderson Broaddus UniversityPhilippiPrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college8701871[13][14][note 4]ACEN, NCA, NCATE, TEAC
American Public University SystemCharles TownPrivate for-profitMaster's university31,3311991[15][16]CCNE, NCA
Appalachian Bible CollegeMount HopePrivate not-for-profitSpecial-focus institution3021950[1][17]ABHE, NCA
Bethany CollegeBethanyPrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college8421840[1][2][3]NCATE, NCA
Blue Ridge Community and Technical CollegeMartinsburgPublicAssociate's college4,3601974[18]ACEN, NCA
Bluefield State CollegeBluefieldPublicBaccalaureate college1,9351895[19][20]ACEN, CCNE, JRCERT, NCATE, NCA
Bridgemont Community and Technical CollegeMontgomeryPublicAssociate's college1,0701966[21][22]ADA, NCA
University of CharlestonCharlestonPrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college1,4271888[23][24]ACEN, ACPE, JRCERT, NCATE, NCA, TEAC
Concord UniversityAthensPublicBaccalaureate college2,8341872[19][25]NCATE, NCA
Davis & Elkins CollegeElkinsPrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college8181904[23][26]ACEN, NAST, NCA, TEAC
Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical CollegeMoorefieldPublicAssociate's college8221999[21][27]NCA
Everest Institute–Cross LanesCross LanesPrivate for-profitAssociate's college2921968[28]ACCSC
Fairmont State UniversityFairmontPublicMaster's university4,4511865[29][30]ACEN, CCNE, NCATE, NCA
Glenville State CollegeGlenvillePublicBaccalaureate college1,8981872[29][31]NCATE, NCA
Huntington Junior CollegeHuntingtonPrivate for-profitAssociate's college8021936[32]NCA
ITT Technical Institute–HuntingtonHuntingtonPrivate for-profitAssociate's college3481969[33]ACICS
Kanawha Valley Community and Technical CollegeInstitutePublicAssociate's college1,5781953[34]ACEN, NCA
Marshall UniversityHuntingtonPublicMaster's university13,7081837[4][29]ACEN, ADA, APTA, APA, ASHA, LCME, NASM, NCATE, NCA
Mountain State CollegeParkersburgPrivate for-profitAssociate's college1531888[35]ACICS
Mountwest Community and Technical CollegeHuntingtonPublicAssociate's college2,6081975[36][37]APTA, NCA
New River Community and Technical CollegeBeckleyPublicAssociate's college2,8572003[38][39]NCA
Ohio Valley UniversityViennaPrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college4781958[40][41]NCA
Pierpont Community and Technical CollegeFairmontPublicAssociate's college2,9251974[38][42]APTA, NCA
Potomac State College of West Virginia UniversityKeyserPublicAssociate's college1,7811901[43][44]NCA
Salem International UniversitySalemPrivate for-profitMaster's university8501888[45][46]NCA
Shepherd UniversityShepherdstownPublicMaster's university4,3261871[43][47]ACEN, CCNE, NASM, NCATE, NCA
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical CollegeMount GayPublicAssociate's college2,1781971[48][49]ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, NCA
Valley College–BeckleyBeckleyPrivate for-profitAssociate's college1631983[50]ACICS
Valley College–MartinsburgMartinsburgPrivate for-profitAssociate's college771983[50]ACICS
Valley College–PrincetonPrincetonPrivate for-profitAssociate's college721983[50]ACICS
West Liberty UniversityWest LibertyPublicBaccalaureate college2,8041837[5][51]ACEN, ADA, CCNE, NASM, NCATE, NCA
West Virginia Business College–WheelingWheelingPrivate for-profitAssociate's college931881[52]ACICS
West Virginia Junior College–BridgeportBridgeportPrivate for-profitAssociate's college2291922[53]ACICS
West Virginia Junior College–CharlestonCharlestonPrivate for-profitAssociate's college2061892[54]ACICS
West Virginia Junior College–MorgantownMorgantownPrivate for-profitAssociate's college2261922[53]ACICS
West Virginia Northern Community CollegeWheelingPublicAssociate's college2,5051972[48][55]ACEN, JRCERT, NCA
West Virginia School of Osteopathic MedicineLewisburgPublicSpecial-focus institution8371972[51][56]AOA, NCA
West Virginia State UniversityInstitutePublicBaccalaureate college2,6441891[57][58]NCATE, NCA
West Virginia UniversityMorgantownPublicResearch university29,7071867[57][59]ACPE, ABA, ADA, ADA, AOTA, APTA, APA, ASHA, CCNE, CEPH, LCME, NASAD, NASM, NAST, NCATE, NCA
West Virginia University at ParkersburgParkersburgPublicBaccalaureate college3,8241961[60][61]ACEN, NCATE, NCA
West Virginia University Institute of TechnologyMontgomeryPublicBaccalaureate college1,1071895[15][62]NCA
West Virginia Wesleyan CollegeBuckhannonPrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college1,3941890[45][63]ACEN, NASM, NCATE, NCA
Wheeling Jesuit UniversityWheelingPrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college1,5491954[15][64]APTA, CCNE, NCA, TEAC

Defunct institutions[edit]

List of defunct institutions in West Virginia
SchoolLocationControlFoundedClosedRef(s)
Mountain State UniversityBeckleyPrivate not-for-profit19332013[65][66]
Storer CollegeHarpers FerryPublic18671955[67][68]

References[edit]

Explanatory notes

  1. ^ School location is based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  2. ^ School control is based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  3. ^ School types are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  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.

Citations

  1. ^ a b c West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 475.
  2. ^ a b Rice 1993, p. 73.
  3. ^ a b "About Bethany". Bethany College. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Marshall University Official History". Marshall University. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "About West Liberty University". West Liberty University. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Map of Land-Grant Colleges and Universities". United States Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ "NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium". West Virginia Space Grant Consortium. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities". United States Department of Education. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Thurgood Marshall College Fund: Member Schools". Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". American Bar Association. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ "The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association". North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "College Navigator". United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 474.
  14. ^ "About Alderson Broaddus University: History". Alderson Broaddus University. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 479.
  16. ^ "About the American Public University System: History". American Public University System. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Appalachian Bible College: About Us". Appalachian Bible College. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  18. ^ "History". Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  19. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 463.
  20. ^ "History". Bluefield State College. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  21. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 469.
  22. ^ "History". Bridgemont Community and Technical College. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  23. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 476.
  24. ^ "Our History". University of Charleston. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  25. ^ "History & Goals". Concord University. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  26. ^ "D&E History". Davis & Elkins College. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Commencement Draws 300 At Eastern As WV’s First Lady Keynotes". Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  28. ^ "National Institute of Technology has changed its name to Everest Institute". Everest Institute. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  29. ^ a b c West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 464.
  30. ^ "About Fairmont State: The Story". Fairmont State University. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  31. ^ "About Us". Glenville State College. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  32. ^ "History". Huntington Junior College. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  33. ^ "About Us". ITT Technical Institute. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  34. ^ "The History of Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College". Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  35. ^ "About MSC". Mountain State College. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  36. ^ West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 470.
  37. ^ "History". Mountwest Community and Technical College. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  38. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 471.
  39. ^ "College History". New River Community and Technical College. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  40. ^ West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 477.
  41. ^ "Ohio Valley University Fast Facts". Ohio Valley University. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  42. ^ "About: The Facts". Pierpont Community and Technical College. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  43. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 465.
  44. ^ "A Century of Excellence". Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  45. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 478.
  46. ^ "SIU History". Salem International University. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  47. ^ "History of the University". Shepherd University. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  48. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 472.
  49. ^ "History of Southern". Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  50. ^ a b c Peterson's 2009, p. 443.
  51. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 466.
  52. ^ "About Us". West Virginia Business College–Wheeling. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  53. ^ a b Peterson's 2009, p. 444.
  54. ^ "About WVJC". West Virginia Junior College at Morgantown. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  55. ^ "About: College Snapshot". West Virginia Northern Community College. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  56. ^ "About Us: A Medical School in Rural Appalachia". West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  57. ^ a b West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 467.
  58. ^ "History and Traditions: Our History Runs Deep". West Virginia State University. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  59. ^ "History". West Virginia University. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  60. ^ West Virginia Legislature 2012, p. 473.
  61. ^ "History: West Virginia University at Parkersburg Timeline". West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  62. ^ "About WVU Tech". West Virginia University Institute of Technology. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  63. ^ "About Wesleyan". West Virginia Wesleyan College. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  64. ^ "History of WJU". Wheeling Jesuit University. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  65. ^ "MSU Website". Mountain State University. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  66. ^ "History". Mountain State University. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  67. ^ "Storer College". United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  68. ^ Whitehill 1902, pp. 114–117.

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