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Online schools in West Virginia

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The tradition of higher education in West Virginia is older than the state itself. West Virginia was established as a state by presidential proclamation in 1863, but West Liberty University, the oldest postsecondary institution in West Virginia, was formally established almost 30 years before that proclamation was made.

If you're thinking about attending one of the campus-based or online colleges in West Virginia, it can be helpful to live in an area where student culture is a force in the region. The six cities with the largest overall populations of college students, according to enrollment data reported by the NCES, are, in order: Morgantown, Huntington, Fairmont, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown and Wheeling.

Institution type No. offering bachelor's degrees No. offering associate's degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Private for-profit313203
Private nonprofit9679
Public1216337

There's also an upshot of this list that says a lot about the value of online schools in West Virginia. Even though it houses the headquarters of American Public University System (APUS), which had nearly 44,000 students on the rolls in 2015 and stood as the state's largest institution by enrollment in 2015, the city of Charles Town is conspicuously absent.

The reason is simple, really. The distribution of population in West Virginia includes many rural areas, and fully online schools like APUS can help residents in any area around the state get the education they need. The students enrolled at APUS schools may live anywhere in the state, urban or rural, and many live on military bases in other states or outside the borders of the U.S.
City Total estimated population
(U.S. Census, 2015)
No. of enrolled students
(NCES, 2016)
No. of students as a percentage of total population % of residents with bachelor's degrees
(U.S. Census, 2015)
Morgantown30,16413,80845.78 percent 49.9 percent
Huntington48,9447,53015.38 percent 29.8 percent
Charleston50,5662,9295.79 percent 39.7 percent
Fairmont18,7732,26312.05 percent 23.9 percent
Wheeling27,8941,7526.28 percent 29.6 percent
Parkersburg31,1331,4784.75 percent 15.8 percent
Martinsburg17,5641,4368.18 percent 17.9 percent

Online colleges in West Virginia

West Virginia has long been a stronghold for military servicemembers and their families, and the state's approach to higher education makes plain its commitment to the men and women of our armed forces. Two of the ten best colleges for veterans in the South are housed in West Virginia, for one thing, according to U.S. News and World Report. Also, the aforementioned American Public University System was founded as one of the first online colleges in West Virginia or anywhere in order to deliver reliable distance education that meets the scheduling and location needs of the active-duty military.

Institution type No. offering 4-year degrees No. offering 2-year degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Private nonprofit1 - 11
Public3 - 22
Private for-profit1441

Featured schools in West Virginia

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Top subjects at traditional and online schools in West Virginia

Nursing can be a rewarding career with advancement potential and great financial upside, and multiple training programs at campus-based and online colleges in West Virginia are there help aspiring nurses get the education they need. When the time comes to move up the ladder to an advanced practice nursing or nurse educator position, and Wheeling Jesuit University has an online graduate nursing programs that placed in U.S. News' top 40 for 2015.

Health care systems are the top employers in multiple counties across West Virginia, which is good news for aspiring nurses, and the solid-fuel industry also holds a dominant position in the state economy. Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., employs nearly 50,000 West Virginians, and the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University is a testament to the value of coal mining in the Mountain State. Degrees in mining engineering are available at all levels from WVU, from a Bachelor of Science on up to a Ph.D.

Online business degrees at home and nationwide

Not only is it a top online education provider in the West Virginia itself, but the American Public University System was hailed by U.S. News as having one of the top online bachelor's programs in the nation. Business administration, one of the most popular programs at APUS, has historically been a degree with its roots in the realities of the working world — any company in existence needs executives, managers and departmental directors who are well-trained and capable of helping guide the organization to prosperity.

One of the major advantages of online education is the ability to search for programs offered outside of your immediate area, including those from the highest-rated schools in the country. West Virginia residents may be able to take certain courses at lauded national institutions, if not apply to earn their entire degree at a top national university. If you can't seem to find what you're looking for in a graduate business degree from the selection of online schools in West Virginia, the University of Texas - Dallas and Indiana University - Bloomington business schools are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the U.S. News list of graduate business programs.

Best degrees to get in West Virginia

In 2014, the West Virginia Department of Economic and Labor Market Information (DELMI) released a list of occupations that are projected to grow faster or much faster than average. Many of the West Virginia 'Demand Occupations,' as they're called, require applicants to have a college degree or at least some formal training from traditional or online schools in West Virginia.

Although no particular degree can function as a guarantee of employment after graduation, solid credentials in education may have the potential to make or break a close race in the application process. Here are a few of the subject areas where a college education can prepare you to fill an emerging position in one of West Virginia's most in-demand careers:

    • Skilled back-office personnel are an important part of a successful business, and an accounting degree can help train your bookkeeping brain and eye for detail to a sharp point. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates a 2014 annual wage of $59,520 for accountants in West Virginia, and DELMI numbers show that more than 2,000 job openings for accountants are expected to emerge between 2012 and 2022.

    The health care system is changing, thanks to insurance reforms and the relentless advance of technology, and the value of a degree in physician assisting is on a steady upward trend.


    • Formal training in registered nursing is in demand all over the country, and West Virginia is no exception. DELMI data shows a statewide expectation of no fewer than 635 job openings per year until 2022, and BLS salary data indicates a 2014 registered nurse salary average of $56,390 in West Virginia. Nursing instruction is also a hot career in the state, with around 29 percent job growth expected by the DELMI, and can become available after completing graduate programs in nursing like those mentioned above.
      • For several years, pharmacy flew under the radar of the national business culture, but lately it seems like the secret's out. CNNMoney named it among the top 20 jobs in the U.S., thanks to the reportedly low amount of stress necessary to earn the relatively high average salary for the profession — pharmacists in West Virginia earned mean annual wages of $116,010 in 2014, according to the BLS. Licensed pharmacists must earn Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees, which require several years of school beyond your bachelor's, but students in some online schools may be able to find accelerated programs.
        • The health care system is changing, thanks to insurance reforms and the relentless advance of technology, and the value of a degree in physician assisting is on a steady upward trend. West Virginia physician assistants should see a massive 34 percent employment increase between 2012 and 2022, and the $87,750 statewide average annual wage reported to the BLS is more than twice the average across all occupations in West Virginia.
          • The ancient builders of the Acropolis and the aqueducts of Rome used surprisingly similar theories of civil engineering to those employed in the construction of roads, bridges, high-rise buildings and other major construction projects in modern West Virginia. Projected nationwide job growth of 20 percent by 2022 is expected to lead to more than 600 new positions for West Virginia civil engineers, and the state's mean annual salary in the field was $70,170 in 2014.

            West Virginia colleges

            Many of the campus-based and online colleges in West Virginia have many subject areas in which they shine. Here's a quick profile of a few West Virginia institutions and the degrees for which they're best known nationally:

            Institution name

            Online degrees?

            Top programs

            Notable rankings

            West Virginia University

            Graduate business, MBA (online), graduate nursing, graduate education (online), engineering, law, medicine, nursing, psychology, pharmacy, fine arts, rehabilitation counseling, physical therapy

            Best national universities (No. 168); Top public schools (No. 93); Best national colleges for veterans (No. 55)

            Marshall University

            Business, engineering, psychology, nursing, medicine, speech-language pathology, public affairs, biological sciences, graduate education (online)

            Best regional universities - South (No. 46); Top public schools - South (No. 17)

            Wheeling Jesuit University

            Nursing, physical therapy, graduate education (online), graduate nursing (online)

            Best regional colleges - South (No. 11); Best colleges for veterans - South (No. 3); Best online bachelor's programs (No. 125)

            American Public University System

            Business administration, criminal justice, transportation and logistics, homeland security, public health, psychology, management, sports and health sciences

            Best online bachelor's programs (No. 27)

            West Liberty University

            Education, athletic training, criminal justice, health sciences, business administration

            Best regional colleges - South (No. 52); Top public schools - South (No. 6)

            West Virginia Wesleyan College

            Business administration, accounting, nursing, engineering, environmental science, geophysics

            Best regional colleges - South (No. 12); Best value schools - South (No. 8)

            Ohio Valley University

            Energy management, elementary education, graduate education (online), behavioral sciences, biblical studies

            Best regional colleges - South (No. 59); Best colleges for veterans - South (No. 18)

            Article Sources
            Methodology

            To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

            • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
            • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
            • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
            • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
            • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
            • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
            • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
            • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
            • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
            • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
            • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
            • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
            • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
              • Dual credit
              • Credit for life experience
              • Advanced Placement credit
              • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
              • Remedial services
              • Academic and career counseling
              • Job placement services for graduates
              • Guaranteed tuition plan
              • Tuition payment plan
              • Any other alternative tuition plan
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            21st Century eSchool
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            7106 South Avenue
            City
            Middleton
            State
            WI
            Zip Code
            53562
            Website
            http://www.21eschool.com/index.html
            Test Scores
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            School Type
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            0
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $
            Admissions Rate
            0%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $0
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            0
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            -
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            0%
            21st Century Virtual Academy
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            1829 Denver West Drive #27
            City
            Golden
            State
            CO
            Zip Code
            80401
            Website
            http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/online/
            Test Scores
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            School Type
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            0
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $
            Admissions Rate
            0%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $0
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            0
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            -
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            0%
            Academy Online High School
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            1110 Chapel Hills Drive
            City
            Colorado Springs
            State
            CO
            Zip Code
            80920
            Website
            http://www.asd20.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=3858
            Test Scores
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            School Type
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            0
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $
            Admissions Rate
            0%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $0
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            0
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            -
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            0%
            ACCESS Distance Learning
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            5351 Gordon Persons Building PO Box 302101
            City
            Montgomery
            State
            AL
            Zip Code
            36130
            Website
            http://accessdl.state.al.us/
            Test Scores
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            School Type
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            0
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $
            Admissions Rate
            0%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $0
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            0
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            -
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            0%
            Alabama A & M University
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            4900 Meridian Street
            City
            Normal
            State
            AL
            Zip Code
            35762
            Website
            www.aamu.edu/
            Test Scores
            Required
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            383-470
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            360-480
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            370-457
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            16-19
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            City: Midsize
            School Type
            Public
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            4,505
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $30
            Admissions Rate
            65%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            1
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $9,366
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            19
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            2
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            15%
            University of Alabama at Birmingham
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            Administration Bldg Suite 1070
            City
            Birmingham
            State
            AL
            Zip Code
            35294
            Website
            www.uab.edu
            Test Scores
            Required
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            520-630
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            520-668
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            22-28
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            City: Midsize
            School Type
            Public
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            11,511
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $30
            Admissions Rate
            60%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            1
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $7,766
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            13
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            6
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            67%
            Amridge University
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            1200 Taylor Rd
            City
            Montgomery
            State
            AL
            Zip Code
            36117
            Website
            www.amridgeuniversity.edu
            Test Scores
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            City: Midsize
            School Type
            Private not-for-profit
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            308
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $50
            Admissions Rate
            0%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            0
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $10,860
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            10
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            22
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            100%
            University of Alabama in Huntsville
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            301 Sparkman Dr
            City
            Huntsville
            State
            AL
            Zip Code
            35899
            Website
            www.uah.edu
            Test Scores
            Required
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            520-650
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            550-680
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            24-30
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            City: Midsize
            School Type
            Public
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            6,013
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $30
            Admissions Rate
            81%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            1
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $9,128
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            20
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            15
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            12%
            Alabama State University
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            915 S Jackson Street
            City
            Montgomery
            State
            AL
            Zip Code
            36104
            Website
            www.alasu.edu
            Test Scores
            Required
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            370-450
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            360-460
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            16-19
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            City: Midsize
            School Type
            Public
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            4,764
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $25
            Admissions Rate
            46%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            1
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $8,720
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            18
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            4
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            13%
            University of Alabama System Office
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            500 University Blvd. East
            City
            Tuscaloosa
            State
            AL
            Zip Code
            35401
            Website
            www.uasystem.ua.edu
            Test Scores
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            School Type
            Public
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            0
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $
            Admissions Rate
            0%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            -1
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $0
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            0
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            -
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            0%
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