Potomac State College of West Virginia University

Tel: (304)788-6820
1,658 students
Public institution
Potomac State College
Potomac State College
Potomac State College of West Virginia University is a great place to "Start Smart" and begin your higher education career. As a two-year division of West Virginia University, Potomac State College offers the prestige of a major school with the friendliness of a small campus. You get the best of both places: A curriculum designed at a well-respected research university delivered in a smaller classroom setting.
School Highlights:
Potomac State College of West Virginia University serves 1,658 students (78% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 29:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 23% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 8%.
Potomac State College of West Virginia University is the only community colleges within Mineral County, WV.
The nearest community college is Allegany College of Maryland (19.7 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 58 teachers has declined by 25% over five years.
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 58 staff
59 staff
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 1,658 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 29:1 has increased from 19:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.10 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has declined by 50% over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,658 students
1,282 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 29:1
22:1
# Full-Time Students
1,290 students
810 students
# Part-Time Students 368 students
1,017 students
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
Potomac State College of West Virginia University American Indian/Alaskan (2008-2013)
% Asian
1%
2%
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
3%
7%
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
16%
12%
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Black (2006-2013)
% White
77%
57%
% Two or more races
1%
2%
Potomac State College of West Virginia University More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
1%
3%
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Ethnicity Breakdown Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.10 0.53
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,336 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $9,288 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,336 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $9,288 $10,294
Total Dormitory Capacity 735 255
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 92%
89%
Potomac State College of West Virginia University % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

Potomac State College, as a fully integrated two-year division of West Virginia University, provides a high quality, comprehensive education for our students. The college is located in Keyser, WV, in the heart of the state's gorgeous eastern panhandle -- great recreation country for hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and white-water rafting. Live on campus in one of our active residence halls, or save money and commute. And, by all means, get involved. We offer plenty of student clubs and organizations as well as a winning athletic tradition in eight intercollegiate varsity sports. Potomac State College's 50 associate degrees transfer to WVU's main campus or most other four-year colleges. Potomac State College has nine two-year career and technical programs that prepare students for competitive jobs in areas such as hospitality and tourism, criminal justice and forest technology. The college offers a bachelor's degree through West Virginia University's Regents program for adults.

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Did You Know?
For West Virginia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,232 per year for in-state students and $7,933 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,896 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.
West Virginia community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.15, which is lower than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in West Virginia is Valley College-Beckley. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.