College Choice Releases 2017 Ranking of the Best Colleges in West Virginia

EUGENE, Ore., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, has published a ranking of the "Best Colleges in West Virginia for 2017."

West Virginia is known for seasonal beauty, Civil War history such as Harpers Ferry, bluegrass, and excellent outdoor recreation. The economic climate of the state where a student goes to college is important. Though West Virginia has been through some boom and bust periods, with the decline of the coal industry, it is currently going through a rebuilding phase. As for colleges in the Mountain State, there are some excellent choices.

"For such a small state, West Virginia has a surprising number of colleges," Christian Amondson, Managing Editor of College Choice, said of the ranking. "West Virginia has a lot to offer and if you aren't able to experience the hills, forests, and caves that make for a stunning landscape in person, you can always listen to John Denver's 'Take Me Home, Country Roads.'"

College Choice combed through the data on every West Virginia college and university that offers four-year degrees in order to find the best and rank them in this list. In doing so, they considered three central factors: academic quality, student body diversity, and return on investment. Data comes from IPEDS, courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics, Payscale, and U.S. News & World Report.

The ranking for the Best Colleges in West Virginia finds Bethany College in the top spot. West Virginia University is in second, and West Virginia State University rounds out the top three.

The entire ranking, listed in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Alderson Broaddus University
Bethany College
Bluefield State College
Concord University
Davis & Elkins College
Fairmont State University
Glenville State College
Marshall University
Potomac State College of West Virginia University
Shepherd University
University of Charleston
West Liberty University
West Virginia State University
West Virginia University
West Virginia University at Parkersburg
West Virginia University Institute of Technology
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Wheeling Jesuit University

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make finding the best colleges for different interests easier and more fun, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.


Christian Amondson, Managing Editor, College Choice
Phone: (541) 255-3801

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