Potomac State College of West Virginia University

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  • 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 1,540 students (80% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is higher than the state community college average of 23:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 10% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 13%.
  • 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 (19.70 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 59 teachers has declined by 28% over five years.
Potomac State College of West Virginia University(WV) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty59 staff49 staff
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,540 has declined by 14% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has increased from 22:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.19 is less than the state average of 0.24. The school's diversity has declined by 38% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,540 students1,060 students
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio26:123:1
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,235 students435 students
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students305 students625 students
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Enrollment Breakdown WV All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
72520
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% Asian
1%
1%
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
2%
2%
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
5%
7%
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Black (2007-2016)
% White
90%
87%
Potomac State College of West Virginia University White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
1%
1%
Potomac State College of West Virginia University More (2010-2016)
% Unknown races
1%
2%
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Ethnicity Breakdown WV All Ethnic Groups 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.0.190.24
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
27%
29%
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2009)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$50,200$23,900
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,480 is less than the state average of $4,026. The in-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $9,456 is more than the state average of $8,257. The out-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,480$4,026
Potomac State College of West Virginia University In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$9,456$8,257
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid93%93%
Potomac State College of West Virginia University % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$23,969$12,318
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$8,500$5,021
Potomac State College of West Virginia University Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (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.

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Did You Know?
For West Virginia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,026 per year for in-state students and $8,257 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,911 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 0.24, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in West Virginia is Bridgemont Community and Technical College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.