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26 SCHOOLS in WEST VIRGINIA

The area known as West Virginia has a rich and complex history. Though the mountainous region was often difficult and dangerous (West Virginia is the only state completely contained within the Appalachian Mountains), it was a source of contention as far back as history shows, and even before – Native American tribes warred over West Virginia for hunting grounds long before European settlers even appeared. In the era of the British colonies, the ownership of West Virginia was argued over by the Virginia and Pennsylvania colonies, while the Ohio and Indiana Companies (land speculators who sold frontier land to settlers) disputed over their markets in the region. However, Great Britain considered the region part of Virginia, and part of Virginia it remained after the American Revolution until the beginning of the Civil War. Many residents in the western portion of the state resented the control the elite plantation owners of eastern Virginia held over the entire state, and when Virginia seceded, they took the opportunity to declare the western colonies an independent government, appealing to the Union to accept them as a state. The US, seeing the value of a loyal border state to access Virginia and Kentucky, jumped at the chance, and West Virginia became a new state in 1863.

For most of its history, West Virginia was almost completely dependent on its natural resources, particularly coal and limestone. While the Native tribes and European settlers had known about coal for generations, it was the railroad that made large-scale coal mining possible, and coal dominated life in West Virginia, particularly because the rocky, mountainous land made farming difficult. Coal remained king in West Virginia throughout the 20th century, and while reductions in coal demand and output caused major economic disruptions at the end of the 20th century, West Virginia’s coal-driven heritage of STEM research and development has helped the state turn around. Since the 2008 Great Recession, West Virginia has been one of the fastest-growing economies in the US, largely due to a growing presence in chemicals, plastics, biotech, alternative energy, and other high-tech, 21st-century industries.

West Virginia’s status is on the rise due, in large part, to extensive developments in its higher education system. Higher education came to the mountains later than other eastern states, with no colleges really taking hold until after the Civil War, and even into the beginning of the 20th century many places lacked public high schools to prepare students for college. But that has all changed in the 21st century, with institutions like West Virginia University – the state’s land-grant research university – and many regional colleges and universities like West Liberty University, Glenville State, and Bluefield State providing the means for young people to enter their careers, and for working adults to professionalize. West Virginia’s many Christian colleges and universities – including Methodist, Catholic, and Churches of Christ institutions – provide stellar liberal arts instruction combined with age-old Christian values and ethics.

Alderson Broaddus University

Alderson Broaddus University

Philippi, WV

62.3
College Consensus
51.2
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus

American Public University System

Charles Town, WV

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
72.7
Student Consensus

Appalachian Bible College

Mount Hope, WV

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
75
Student Consensus

Bethany College (WV)

Bethany, WV

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
63
Student Consensus
bluefield state

Bluefield State College

Bluefield, WV

54.3
College Consensus
40.7
Publisher Consensus
67.8
Student Consensus

Catholic Distance University

Charles Town, WV

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET

Concord University

Athens, WV

52.5
College Consensus
39.1
Publisher Consensus
65.9
Student Consensus

Davis & Elkins College

Elkins, WV

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
73.7
Student Consensus

Fairmont State University

Fairmont, WV

54.1
College Consensus
40.9
Publisher Consensus
67.3
Student Consensus

Future Generations University

Franklin, WV

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
Glenville State

Glenville State College

Glenville, WV

60.8
College Consensus
45
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Marshall University

Marshall University

Huntington, WV

57.9
College Consensus
46.8
Publisher Consensus
69
Student Consensus
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Ohio Valley University

Vienna, WV

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
75.7
Student Consensus

Potomac State College of West Virginia University

Keyser, WV

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
61.4
Student Consensus

Salem International University

Salem, WV

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET

Shepherd University

Shepherdstown, WV

57.4
College Consensus
40.7
Publisher Consensus
74.2
Student Consensus

Strayer University-West Virginia

Scott Depot, WV

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
university charleston wv

University of Charleston

Charleston, WV

58.7
College Consensus
47.6
Publisher Consensus
69.8
Student Consensus
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West Liberty University

West Liberty, WV

55.8
College Consensus
43
Publisher Consensus
68.7
Student Consensus

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Lewisburg, WV

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET

West Virginia State University

Institute, WV

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
69.9
Student Consensus
wvu fall

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

59.5
College Consensus
42.9
Publisher Consensus
76
Student Consensus

West Virginia University at Parkersburg

Parkersburg, WV

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
63.4
Student Consensus

West Virginia University Institute of Technology

Beckley, WV

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
64.4
Student Consensus
West Virginia Wesleyan College

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Buckhannon, WV

61.2
College Consensus
50.6
Publisher Consensus
71.8
Student Consensus
Wheeling Jesuit University

Wheeling Jesuit University

Wheeling, WV

62.1
College Consensus
57.8
Publisher Consensus
66.4
Student Consensus