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Why This Matters


    Data from College Navigator shows that West Virginia has 20 two-year institutions that grant associate degrees.


    According to College Board, the average West Virginian paid an estimated $4,533 in public, in-district community college tuition for the 2022-23 school year.


    The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 370,718 students attending two-year institutions during the 2020-21 school year received some type of financial aid.

Our Research

This list features some of the best community colleges in West Virginia. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality for post-secondary institutions. We included small, midsize, and large colleges as well as trade, technical, and vocational programs. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications like the U.S. News & World Report among others to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

The colleges on our list are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a reputable organization that examines objectives, quality and overall effectiveness of education programs in the United States.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the student resources provided for students. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

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Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.

The Top 50 Community Colleges in West Virginia

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Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

West Virginia Northern Community College

Pierpont Community and Technical College

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

Potomac State College of West Virginia University

Mountwest Community and Technical College

New River Community and Technical College

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College

BridgeValley Community & Technical College

West Virginia University at Parkersburg

Bluefield State College

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What You Should Know About Graduating From Community College in West Virginia

As you review community college programs, you should take into account your career and salary aspirations. Data from May 2021 shows that the jobs with the highest median wages for associate degree holders in West Virginia were radiation therapists, air traffic controllers, magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and engineering technologists.

Associate degree holders searching for jobs in West Virginia should consider careers that tend to have a high level of job availability. The occupations projected to have the most annual job openings until 2031 are paralegal and legal assistants, physical therapy assistants, preschool teachers (excluding special education), mechanical engineering technicians, and radiologic technologists.

While some career fields are expected to grow, others are expected to decline. The jobs that are estimated to have the greatest percentage drop in employment for associate degree holders in West Virginia are funeral home managers, morticians, human resources assistants, and architectural and civil drafters.

What’s Next?

As you prepare for higher education, it’s important to understand the financial aid resources available to you. We’ve attached a list of federal and state resources that help associate degree students find grants, scholarships, and financial aid opportunities in West Virginia.

  • West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC). WVHEPC supports students pursuing higher education by offering information about state loan programs, federal aid, and career-based scholarships.
  • Federal Student Aid. Over $120 billion is granted to students every year by the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid. This money is offered in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study opportunities, and loans. Check your eligibility through the FAFSA4caster and apply by completing the online FAFSA form.
  • CareerOneStop. This resource is sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and facilitates access to scholarships and grants. After filtering information by degree level and state, users will encounter a list of scholarships and details about award amounts, qualifications, and deadlines.

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