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West Virginia Colleges and Universities

Studying at West Virginia colleges and universities is a truly natural experience -- nearly 75 percent of the state is covered in forests. For the city-craving urbanite, this might not quite be your cup of tea. But for the nature-loving, outdoor enthusiast who wants to dive into his or her education in an inviting and rootsy academic environment, universities in West Virginia offer lots to root for.

If you're interest in studying anything that involves outdoor activity -- agricultural studies, archaeology, environmental studies West Virginia colleges and universities include a lush backdrop that creates an ideal classroom outside the classroom. Actually, the state nickname is the Mountain State and its motto is "Mountaineers Are Always Free."

Beyond a landscape that lends itself to education, West Virginia universities also have a rich history of academic superiority. West Virginia University was established way back in 1867, and at the time was called Agricultural College of West Virginia. If you're a naturalist at heart, this is an indicator of what the academic experience at West Virginia colleges is like.

But the tradition of excellence extends beyond the education of the outdoors, as coursework in business, healthcare, technology, design, and more is available at large West Virginia universities, to small liberal arts or specialized colleges, even in distance learning formats.

Not to mention the state has yielded some of the country's great intellectual minds, including author Pearl Buck and famed pilot and Air Force General Chuck Yeager.

Though you'll have the option of surrounding yourself in serenity to make the most of your studies, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the excitement that being a student at West Virginia colleges and universities brings. A wide selection of theaters, nightclubs, and bars provide students with a well-needed distraction from studies when things get hectic. Plus, your fun will remain carefree in West Virginia, as the state boasts the lowest crime rate in the entire nation.

Begin your academic adventure at West Virginia colleges today! Start by taking a look at some fast facts...

Number of West Virginia Colleges and Universities: 43

Cool Events Abound at Universities in West Virginia

  • Free and public jazz ensemble performances at West Virginia universities.

  • West Virginia colleges and universities host bingo and movie nights for students on campus.

  • Speakers are invited to attend universities in West Virginia to speak for lecture series.

  • Homecoming events bring back alum young and old to reminisce and support the athletes of West Virginia universities.

  • Students come together for coffee hours, featuring history and culture discussions on different countries each week.


  • Financial Aid for Students at West Virginia Colleges
    State Aid Agency: West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
    College Prepaid/Savings Program: SMART529 College Savings Plan (Savings/Investment Program); SMART529 WV Prepaid Tuition Plan (Prepaid Tuition Program)

    Popular College Majors
    Health and Allied Services, Engineering, Business and Commerce, and Social Sciences and History.
    Source: College Bound Seniors 2005, The College Board

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