Best Value Colleges in West Virginia

If you're looking for a high value of college education, West Virginia has some great choices.  Read More

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1West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$536,200
Total 4 Year Cost$66,800
Grad Rate20%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,360
2West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$502,800
Total 4 Year Cost$100,200
Grad Rate20%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,360
3West Virginia University (WVU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$373,500
Total 4 Year Cost$69,500
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,040
4West Virginia University (WVU) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$323,800
Total 4 Year Cost$119,200
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,040
5Fairmont State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$187,300
Total 4 Year Cost$65,700
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,240
6Marshall University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$181,000
Total 4 Year Cost$72,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,280
7Fairmont State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$163,300
Total 4 Year Cost$89,700
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,240
8Marshall University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$149,400
Total 4 Year Cost$103,600
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,280
9West Liberty University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$77,200
Total 4 Year Cost$73,800
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,400
10West Virginia State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$70,300
Total 4 Year Cost$66,700
Grad Rate19%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,520
11West Virginia State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$48,900
Total 4 Year Cost$88,100
Grad Rate19%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,520
12West Liberty University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$46,600
Total 4 Year Cost$104,400
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,400
13Concord University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$35,000
Total 4 Year Cost$68,000
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,120
14Concord University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$8,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,100
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,120

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

There is a strong selection of public colleges in PayScale's West Virginia College ROI Report. If you are considering applying to a college in West Virginia and want to avoid student loans you can't pay back, choose one of the best value colleges West Virginia is home to and you will be set for success.

The West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery is a public college with just 1,100 students, but because of it's limited selection of majors (all relatively high-paying fields like engineering, nursing, business management, etc.), it reigns supreme with a 20-year net ROI of $536,200 for in-state students. OWVUIT has made significant advancements in it's academic programs. It was originally a trade school, then a junior college, and now graduates some of the highest earners in West Virginia.

In contrast, nearly 8,000 students attend West Virginia University in Morgantown, home to the second highest college return on investment in West Virginia. Founded as the Agricultural College of West Virginia in 1867, it was quickly renamed the following year and began to offer a larger selection of majors. In-state WVU students see a 20-year net ROI of $373,500, and out-of-state students see an ROI of $323,800, making it one of the best value colleges in West Virginia. Famous WVU alumni include basketball star Jerry West, Adam "Pacman" Jones and novelist Ann Pancake.

The next two colleges on our College ROI rankings for West Virginia are Fairmont State University and Marshall University. With 20-year net ROIs of $187,300 and $181,000, respectively and without financial aid accounted for, these schools do have much lower returns on investment than the other colleges we have talked about so far. However, their histories reveal a little insight as to why this is the case. Fairmont State University was part of a career and technical university until 2006. Marshall State University didn't offer an undergraduate engineering program until the same year. As these schools mature, they will likely show gains in their ROI figures.