Updated on May 23, 2024
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Concord University (CU) is a public, 4-year institution located in Athens, West Virginia. This small college has a population of over 1,500 undergraduate and around 300 graduate students. Despite the small size, undergraduate students have a wide range of degree options. Bachelor's degree options include but are not limited to health sciences, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics & computer science, and social sciences. Graduate students have options that include but are not limited to teaching, education, MBA, social work, and health promotion.

Overview of Concord University (CU)

To foster well-rounded graduates, Concord provides a campus life that is top notch. Students can participate in campus clubs, intramural sports, e-Sports, and social organizations, including Greek societies. Competitive students can join intramural teams and compete in sports including disc golf, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, and beach volleyball. There are also one-day tournaments that everyone loves to participate in or spectate. E-sports aficionados will revel in the fact that Concord was the first public school in West Virginia to put a varsity team on that virtual field. Students also have access to the campus Fitness Center, which features a long list of fitness equipment including kettle bells, speed bags for punching, upright bikes, recumbent bikes, and treadmills.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Town: Distant
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 14:1
Graduation Rate 40%
Year Founded 1872

Student Enrollment

Total Students1,886


Undergraduate Student

Male 644
Female 926

Graduate Student

Male 130
Female 186

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CU Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 790
Female 1,096


Male 632
Female 910

Acceptance Rate82%

Male 80%
Female 83%

Enrollment 371

Male 163
Female 208
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted No

CU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The cost of education is a vital concern for most students and their families. Its status as a publicly funded institution means that the cost of credits is lower for West Virginia residents. In fact, a full year of tuition, books, and supplies at Concord run under $10,000 for West Virginians. Meanwhile, out-of-state students' gross costs rise to nearly $20,000. When living expenses are tallied, residents pay upwards of $22,000 and their non-resident peers pay around $32,000. These are, however, the gross costs.

Once the financial aid office works its magic, students see a far rosier picture. Indeed, the average net price for a year of full-time studies and living expenses runs around $8,700. For the lowest earning households, their average net price is $7,000, and families that earn over $110,000 still pay an affordable average net price of $13,000. The median net price for a year at Concord College is just over $8,000.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $9,201
Average Total Aid $9,846
Students Receiving Financial Aid 98%
Room & Board $9,762

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $8,385
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $18,037
  • Books and Supplies - $1,100
  • Room & Board - $9,762
  • Other - $2,944


Students love Concord College for many reasons, but the most important one is their academics. To help prospective students make a decision on Concord, our researchers have examined the institution's educational statistics. In particular, researchers evaluate the school's retention rate, graduation rate, and transfer out rate. The retention rate is a key academic metric that tracks how many first-time, full-time students return for a second year at Concord. Since the school reports a strong retention rate of 64%, researchers conclude that most students and their families are pleased with the faculty, curriculum, and campus resources they find at Concord College.

When it comes to graduation, the school reports that 38% of its students receive their diplomas. While this is less than half, the school also reports that 32% of their students transfer to other schools. Since most transfer students leave for equivalent or more competitive colleges and universities, researchers count them as having received a strong academic foundation at their original school. Thus, it may be fairly assumed that Concord prepares up to 70% of its students for a college degree. In fact, given that CC is a rather small school, it could be that students take off for larger universities that support more specific sorts of degrees.

Student Population Total

Student Population 1,886

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 73 Total Graduates / 21%
General Studies 73 Graduates
All Business Majors 57 Total Graduates / 16%
Business Administration and Management, General 41 Graduates
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations 16 Graduates
All Education Majors 47 Total Graduates / 13%
Elementary Education and Teaching 23 Graduates
Secondary Education and Teaching 20 Graduates
Special Education and Teaching, General 4 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 34 Total Graduates / 10%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 34 Graduates
All Social Sciences Majors 32 Total Graduates / 9%
Sociology, General 17 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 8 Graduates
Geography 7 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 31%

Outcome & Salary

These days, students are eager to learn what sort of salary they might earn upon graduating from college. While there are no guarantees, researchers have been able to find reported earnings from alumni. For Concord University, the top earning graduates hold teacher education diplomas and report a median, entry-level salary of $34,000. At the lower end of the top earners were the humanities students, who report a median salary of $26,000. Considering the top-quality academics at Concord, there is no doubt that these students can soon enroll in a graduate degree program if they wish and increase their lifetime earnings.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $43,800
College Grads Average Salary $62,454
College Grads Mid Career Salary $79,400
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $624,540
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,418,540
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $36,804
10 Year Projected ROI $587,736
20 Year Projected ROI $1,381,736
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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