On the surface, West Virginia University at Parkersburg might seem like a community college where students complete career-focused certificates and associate degrees. However, it’s also a college that offers bachelor's degrees, loads of stimulating clubs and organizations, as well as a roster of intramural sports leagues.
For academics, WVU-Parkersburg offers nearly 40 areas of study. Within each, students often find opportunities to complete certificates, associate degrees, and full four-year diplomas. Some fields, such as business administration, provide students focus areas that include, but are not limited to marketing, business information technology, and accounting. Since nearly every study area includes both two-year and four-year degrees, students can complete their associate degree, gain experience, and then return to WVU-P and complete their bachelor's degree in order to advance their career.
Overview of West Virginia University at Parkersburg
WVU-P students are about more than just studies and career advancement, however. When classes let out, they find a wide range of clubs and organizations where they can broaden their impact on campus and beyond. Whether they join Art Club or Phi Theta Kappa, students can engage themselves all over campus. In fact, the more athletic students can join friendly competition on an intramural sports team. The campus offers intramural competition in basketball, kickball, disc golf, soccer, and table tennis, among other fun sports.
|School Type||Primarily associate's, Public|
|Campus Setting||Suburb: Small|
|Student Faculty Ratio||15:1|
Top Rankings For West Virginia University at Parkersburg
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#1 Most Affordable in West Virginia
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|High School GPA||NA|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||NA|
|College Prep Courses||NA|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||NA|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
Though community colleges tend to be less expensive than larger, four-year institutions, WVU-P presents and even better value than many. For in-state students, a full year of tuition, fees, supplies, and books runs around $5,500. When average living expenses are added to this tally, in-state students see a total gross cost of $16,000. Students who are from out-of-state face elevated costs, but they can still attend college for a total gross cost of $21,000. However, WVU-P's value only increases when the average net price is considered.
Once WVU-P's financial aid packages are factored into the cost, the price goes down dramatically. In fact, the lowest income WVU-P students pay an average net cost of only $6,000 per year. Meanwhile, the highest income students pay around $7,000. These net cost figures include a weighted average for living costs in Parkersburg, WV.
|Average net price||2017-2018|
|Average Total Aid||$2,580|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||84%|
|Room & Board||$7,200|
- Tuition In-State - $3,890
- Tuition Out-of-State - $8,642
- Books and Supplies - $1,500
- Room & Board - $7,200
- Other - $3,500
West Virginia University at Parkersburg is a valuable part of their community and the state of West Virginia in general. Since the college was founded in 1961, it has provided a way for community members to advance their education and raise their career prospects, too. WVU-P does not, however, post its retention rates. However, since this is a community college, such numbers don't often paint an accurate picture of the college anyway.
They do post graduation numbers, however. WVU-P graduates 21% of its first-time, full-time students. They also see a 10% transfer-out rate. Since transfer students generally move to larger institutions, it can be assumed that WVU-P has prepared them for this new challenge. Thus, 31% of students can be assumed to receive a diploma on the back of their community college education.
Given that WVU-P boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1, it's clear that students are privy to an academic environment that is encouraging and helpful. Though entry-level courses may have more students, by the time students reach their upper-level major concentration courses the student-to-faculty ratio may be even better than 14:1.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||20 Total Graduates / 9%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||20 Graduates|
|All Engineering Majors||7 Total Graduates / 3%|
|Engineering/Industrial Management||7 Graduates|
|All Education Majors||30 Total Graduates / 13%|
|Elementary Education and Teaching||30 Graduates|
|Health Professions and Related Programs||25 Total Graduates / 11%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||25 Graduates|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities||146 Total Graduates / 63%|
|General Studies||77 Graduates|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other||69 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||1%|
Outcome & Salary
Educational value is nearly impossible to quantify, yet students are always interested in knowing how much they might earn relative to their degree. For WVU-P students, the top earning graduates tend to have degrees in health services, allied health, and health sciences. These graduates earn around $53,000 at the outset of their careers. Of the top ten earning degrees from WVU-P, criminal justice rounds out the bottom. Alumni with those degrees earn an average salary of $20,000 to start. In the middle, business administration graduates report an average income of $27,000.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$39,800|
|College Grads Average Salary||$55,000|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$58,300|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$550,000|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,133,000|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$28,836|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$521,164|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,104,164|
|No Colleage Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$37,960|
|10 Year Projected Income||$379,600|
|20 Year Projected Income||$759,200|
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