• West Virginia Northern Community College's mission is to provide postsecondary educational opportunity for all citizens in the Northern Panhandle's six counties, to develop a competent district workforce which can compete in a global economy, and to respond to cultural and civic interests and needs of the communities it serves.

School Highlights

West Virginia Northern Community College serves 1,352 students (47% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 9:1 is lower than the state community college average of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 8% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 15%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 1,352 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,154
  • Out-state tuition: $9,250
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 8%
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

The teacher population of 151 teachers has grown by 21% over five years.
West Virginia Northern Community College
(WV) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
151 staff
49 staff
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Student Body

The student population of West Virginia Northern Community College has declined by 29% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 9:1 has decreased from 24:1 over five years.
The West Virginia Northern Community College diversity score of 0.15 is less than the state average of 0.27. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,352 students
1,009 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
9:1
15:1
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# Full-Time Students
639 students
567 students
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# Part-Time Students
713 students
442 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
650 students
% Asian
n/a
1%
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% Hispanic
1%
2%
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% Black
2%
6%
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% White
92%
85%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
% Unknown races
1%
2%
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Diversity Score
0.15
0.27
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College Completion Rate
22%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$28,100
$25,000
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,154 is less than the state average of $3,610. The in-state tuition has declined by 18% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $9,250 is more than the state average of $8,321. The out-state tuition has declined by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,154
$3,610
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$9,250
$8,321
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
89%
90%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,753
$9,753
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in West Virginia Northern Community College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in WV by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,544
$4,750
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in West Virginia Northern Community College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in WV by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
94%
SAT Reading
n/a
450
SAT Math
n/a
460
ACT Composite
n/a
19
ACT English
n/a
19
ACT Math
n/a
18
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • West Virginia Northern Community College is a public, multi-campus comprehensive community college which serves the six counties of Ohio, Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler. On May 9, 1972, the West Virginia Board of Regents created a dual-campus community college out of what were formerly the Hancock County Branch and the Wheeling Campus of West Liberty State College. The Board specified that the newly created institution was to be a comprehensive community college responsible for educational programs of two years or less duration for high school graduates and adults. Responding to local community requests, the College began offering courses in New Martinsville in 1973 and established a campus there in 1975. As a comprehensive community college, Northern offers a wide variety of programs and courses in the arts and sciences, career-technical education, developmental studies and community service. Under an open-door enrollment policy, the College admits all adults desiring postsecondary education. High school students recommended by their schools for early entrance are also admitted. Graduates receive Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Science degrees, Associate in Applied Science degrees and Certificates. West Virginia Northern Community College has two primary locations in Wheeling. The B&O Building, located at 1704 Market Street at the southern end of the business district, received its name from its original use as the main terminal of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in the Ohio Valley. It contains the administrative offices of the College, counseling and student services, the College Bookstore, Business Office, Learning Resources Center, Children's Activity Center, classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices and student and faculty/staff lounges. The Hazel-Atlas Building, at Fifteenth and Jacob streets, was the original location of the College. The building continues to be used for classroom and laboratory instruction and houses the College Computer Center, Culinary Arts dining room, faculty offices, student and faculty/staff lounges. West Virginia Northern Community College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 1,352 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,154
  • Out-state tuition: $9,250
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 8%
  • Source: Verified school update

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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 0.27, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in West Virginia is Martinsburg College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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