WVU Potomac State College

  • As part of the West Virginia University system, WVU Potomac State College offers the best of both worlds: a big time university academic curriculum, delivered in a small college setting. WVU Potomac State College has everything you need: dedicated professors, small but challenging classes, a vibrant residential campus and championship athletics. All at a cost that ranks among the lowest tuition in the country. You're guaranteed face time with your professors. And they are especially interested in your success. We've worked with students on becoming strong candidates for medical school, law school, veterinary school and other selective programs. With 60+ associate degrees, you have four options to choose from - complete two years and move on to a career; move to another WVU system campus (no fee to switch); move on to another college or university of your choice; earn one of six bachelor's degrees entirely at WVU Potomac State College. 

School Highlights

WVU Potomac State College serves 1,193 students (78% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is lower than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 17%.

Top Rankings

WVU Potomac State College 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.
WVU Potomac State College(WV) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's DominantAssociate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution Level4 or more yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty59 staff49 staff
This chart display total faculty of WVU Potomac State College and community college average number of faculty in WV by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Number of Programs Offered6511

Student Body

The student population of WVU Potomac State College has declined by 22% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 has decreased from 22:1 over five years.
The WVU Potomac State College 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 Enrollment1,193 students950 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio20:122:1
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# Full-Time Students932 students540 students
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# Part-Time Students261 students410 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
652652
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
% Asian
1%
1%
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% Hispanic
3%
2%
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% Black
7%
6%
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% White
81%
83%
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% Two or more races
4%
2%
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% Non Resident races
2%
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%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of WVU Potomac State College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of WV by year, with the latest 2007-08 school year data.
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$50,200$25,000
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,632 is more than the state average of $3,610. The in-state tuition has grown by 19% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $11,784 is more than the state average of $8,321. The out-state tuition has grown by 16% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,632$3,610
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Out-State Tuition Fees$11,784$8,321
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of WVU Potomac State College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of WV by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Tuition NotesProgram tuition, books and supplies are not included in tuition fees.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid87%92%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in WVU Potomac State College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in WV by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates$23,872$9,500
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in WVU Potomac State College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in WV by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,968$4,750
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Sports

Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Cross Country, Lacrosse,
Soccer, Softball,
Volleyball
Source: 2019 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • WVU Potomac State College 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 eleven intercollegiate varsity sports. 

Profile last updated: 10/05/2021

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to WVU Potomac State College is Allegany College of Maryland (19.7 miles away).
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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.