Potomac State College of West Virginia University

  • 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 1,340 students (76% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is higher than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 24% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 17%.

Top Rankings

Potomac State College of West Virginia University ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in West Virginia for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 59 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Potomac State College of West Virginia University(WV) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's DominantAssociate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution LevelFour or more yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty59 staff49 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Potomac State College of West Virginia University has declined by 12% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 has increased from 22:1 over five years.
The Potomac State College of West Virginia University diversity score of 0.41 is more than the state average of 0.30. The school's diversity has grown by 119% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,340 students950 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio23:122:1
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# Full-Time Students1,018 students540 students
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# Part-Time Students322 students410 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
652652
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% Asian
1%
1%
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% Hispanic
3%
2%
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% Black
11%
6%
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% White
76%
83%
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% Two or more races
4%
2%
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% Non Resident races
4%
2%
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% Unknown races
1%
4%
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Diversity Score0.410.30
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College Completion Rate
23%
30%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$50,200$25,000
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,480 is less than the state average of $3,610. The in-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $9,456 is more than the state average of $8,321. The out-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,480$3,610
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Out-State Tuition Fees$9,456$8,321
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid93%92%
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Median Debt for Graduates$23,872$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,968$4,750
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Source: 2019 (or 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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Potomac State College of West Virginia University is Allegany College of Maryland (19.7 miles away).
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Did You Know?
For West Virginia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,610 per year for in-state students and $8,321 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,594 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

West Virginia community colleges have a diversity score of 0.30, which is lower than the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in West Virginia is Martinsburg College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.