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The Best Colleges in West Virginia Ranked for 2019

These are the best four year colleges in West Virginia as ranked by CollegeSimply. This West Virginia ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading the 2019 ranking as the best college in West Virginia is West Virginia University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in West Virginia
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 West Virginia University 577 901 646
2 Wheeling Jesuit University 945 324 507
3 West Virginia University Institute of Technology 712 371 1,462
4 West Virginia Wesleyan College 747 865 712
5 Alderson Broaddus College 1,071 180 924
6 Ohio Valley University 982 89 1,118
7 Appalachian Bible College 792 498 1,386
8 Davis & Elkins College 1,017 191 1,317
9 University of Charleston 1,146 651 841
10 Marshall University 746 1,394 1,087
11 Shepherd University 834 1,376 1,023
12 West Liberty University 1,190 900 1,024
13 Fairmont State University 872 864 1,387
14 Bethany College 980 1,477 958
15 Concord University 981 1,393 1,356
16 Bluefield State College 1,043 1,178 1,560
17 West Virginia State University 1,125 1,541 1,525

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.