Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in West Virginia.
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The following agencies accredit schools in West Virginia. Keep in mind that these organizations only issue institution-wide accreditation, not program-specific accreditation. For information on particular programs, see our subject pages.
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
To continue exploring higher education in West Virginia, use the state’s Department of Education and associated agencies. The agencies below can also provide more general information on accredited schools in the state.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Public universities in West Virginia range from large to small, offering students a number of excellent pre-professional programs. Learn about three well-regarded schools.
West Virginia University
The state’s largest school enrolled 29,707 students for the fall of 2013. Students at West Virginia University can choose between 14 colleges and 184 different degree programs. Outside of class, the school’s WVU Center for Service & Learning gives students the opportunity to give back to the community. Don Knotts, from “The Andy Griffith Show,” is an alumnus.
West Virginia University Institute of Technology
The technological arm of the West Virginia University enrolled 1,107 students for the fall of 2013. Students at the school choose from an outstanding array of STEM majors and ABET accredited engineering programs. Many students go on to pre-professional programs in pharmacy and medicine. In their free time, students can enjoy the newly updated Tech aquatics center, among other activities.
Glenville State College
Another small West Virginia school, Glenville has 1,898 attendees for the 2013-2014 school year. It was founded in 1872 in the rural town of Glenville, and it provides students with an idyllic location in which to pursue their studies. The student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1, and the student population is approximately 60% male. Teacher education is a particularly popular program.
West Virginia is also home to several private schools, many of which are small enough to give students a personalized education. Three of the state’s top schools are below.
Wheeling Jesuit University
West Virginia’s largest private school is also its most highly ranked one, coming in at number six among US News’ list of southern schools. Though it has only 1,549 students for the fall of 2013, Wheeling offers 50 different programs of study, as well as a retreat farm and ranch preserve. As the country’s most recently chartered Jesuit school, Wheeling aims to uphold the order’s tradition of service to the community; the school was also listed on the President’s Honor Roll for the 2011-2012 school year.
Tiny Bethany College, with only 842 students, holds those students to high academic standards. All classes are faculty-taught, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Bethany is West Virginia’s oldest college and sits at the edge of the Allegheny Mountains, offering students and faculty a gorgeous daily view. Two of the campus’ buildings, Old Main and Campbell Mansion, are listed as National Historic Landmarks.
University of Charleston
The University of Charleston is another strong West Virginia school, enrolling 1,427 students for the fall of 2013. Though the main campus is in Charleston, students can also attend classes in Beckley and Martinsburg, as well as taking online courses. The school helps students finish their degrees in three years, if they so wish, with approximately a quarter of its students choosing this option.