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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16West Virginia State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$74,600
Total 4 Year Cost$76,300
Grad Rate25%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$26,600
17University of Charleston (West Virginia)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$74,200
Total 4 Year Cost$140,000
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,200
18West Liberty University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$61,800
Total 4 Year Cost$81,100
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$35,600
19Bethany College - Bethany, WV(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$59,200
Total 4 Year Cost$157,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$37,600
20Glenville State College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$56,500
Total 4 Year Cost$120,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,800
21Concord University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$49,700
Total 4 Year Cost$103,000
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,900
22West Virginia State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$42,200
Total 4 Year Cost$109,000
Grad Rate25%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$26,600
23West Liberty University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$32,300
Total 4 Year Cost$111,000
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$35,600
24Davis & Elkins College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($42,400)
Total 4 Year Cost$152,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,900
-Bluefield State College - Bluefield, WV(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$22,400
-Bluefield State College - Bluefield, WV(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$22,400
-West Virginia University (WVU) at Parkersburg(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate30%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$5,500
-West Virginia University (WVU) at Parkersburg(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate30%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$5,500

*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.