Best Value Colleges in West Virginia

Almost heaven, West Virginia is celebrated for its rugged and beautiful countryside, colorful history, coal mining and logging industries, and wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities; the Appalachian Trail passes through the famous West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, where the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is headquartered.  Read More

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1West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$508,000
Total 4 Year Cost$71,400
Grad Rate19%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,300
2West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$472,000
Total 4 Year Cost$107,000
Grad Rate19%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,300
3West Virginia University (WVU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$365,000
Total 4 Year Cost$76,400
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,700
4 (tie)Alderson-Broaddus College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$312,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
4 (tie)West Virginia University (WVU) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$312,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,700
6Shepherd University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$190,000
Total 4 Year Cost$77,900
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$35,200
7Shepherd University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$151,000
Total 4 Year Cost$117,000
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$35,200
8Fairmont State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$148,000
Total 4 Year Cost$70,100
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,800
9Marshall University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$141,000
Total 4 Year Cost$76,800
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,400
10Wheeling Jesuit University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$123,000
Total 4 Year Cost$149,000
Grad Rate64%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,900
11Fairmont State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$121,000
Total 4 Year Cost$96,900
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,800
12West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$111,000
Total 4 Year Cost$165,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,200
13Marshall University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$108,000
Total 4 Year Cost$110,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,400
14Glenville State College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$89,800
Total 4 Year Cost$87,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,800
15Concord University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$79,800
Total 4 Year Cost$72,500
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,900

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

The state is also home to a number of fine colleges and universities, many of which provide a solid return on investment in PayScale's College ROI report.

The West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery is a public college with just 1,100 students, but because of its limited selection of majors (all relatively high-paying fields like engineering, nursing, business management, etc.), it usually promises a high ROI. OWVUIT has made significant advancements in its academic programs since its founding. 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. 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. Famous WVU alumni include basketball star Jerry West, Adam "Pacman" Jones and novelist Ann Pancake.