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West Virginia Trade Schools

60 Colleges
5,043 Yearly Graduations
$38,420 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$24,240 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In 2021, 5,043 students received a trade school degree from a college in West Virginia, making it rank #38 in terms of graduations. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $9,605 per year to get their degree at a college in West Virginia, while out of state students will pay an average of $13,822 per year.

An estimated 59% of college students in West Virginia take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,060 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Martinsburg College

Martinsburg, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
944 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Martinsburg College is 1,691, which includes 1,009 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 58 to 1.

Around 100% of students who apply get accepted. Around 8% of accepted students are men, and 92% are women.

Approximately 4% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $902 a year.

#2

Pierpont Community and Technical College

Fairmont, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
354 Yearly Degrees
$5,086 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,613 students at Pierpont Community and Technical College in total, 945 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 41% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,443 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,840 during the early-career years.

#3

Valley College-Martinsburg

Martinsburg, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
294 Yearly Degrees

There are 628 students at Valley College of Technology in total, 628 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

Roughly 89% of students at Valley College of Technology take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,424 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Valley College of Technology is $21,025.

#4

West Virginia Junior College - Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
215 Yearly Degrees
$14,657 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at West Virginia Junior College - Morgantown is 622, which includes 622 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 26 to 1.

Roughly 94% of students at WVJC Morgantown take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,490 a year.

Students who graduate from WVJC Morgantown with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,881 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

Martinsburg, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
162 Yearly Degrees
$4,128 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 920 full-time undergraduates at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, and 3,912 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

33% of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,165 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.7% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,404 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
157 Yearly Degrees
$4,084 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,474 students at Southern in total, 1,040 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 19% of students at Southern take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,479 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 26.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Southern with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,905 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
155 Yearly Degrees
$4,590 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 679 full-time undergraduates at New River Community and Technical College, and 1,053 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

22% of New River Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,221 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from New River Community and Technical College is $23,002.

#8

West Virginia Northern Community College

Wheeling, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
151 Yearly Degrees
$4,300 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,253 students at WVNCC in total, 571 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Roughly 17% of students at WVNCC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,971 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from WVNCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,481 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Academy of Careers and Technology

Beckley, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
150 Yearly Degrees

There are 145 full-time undergraduates at Academy of Careers and Technology, and 180 students altogether. Academy of Careers and Technology has a freshman retention rate of 86%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,678 during the early-career years.

#9

BridgeValley Community & Technical College

South Charleston, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
150 Yearly Degrees
$5,284 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,662 students at BridgeValley Community & Technical College in total, 1,040 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

25% of BridgeValley Community & Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,025 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from BridgeValley Community & Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,638 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Mountwest Community and Technical College

Huntington, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
128 Yearly Degrees
$4,692 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 839 full-time undergraduates at MCTC, and 1,292 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 31% of students at MCTC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,716 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from MCTC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,697 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

Fred W Eberle Technical Center

Buckhannon, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
118 Yearly Degrees

There are 76 students at Fred W Eberle Technical Center in total, 76 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Students who graduate from Fred W Eberle Technical Center with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,118 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
109 Yearly Degrees
$7,360 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at American Public University System is 50,047, of which 40,362 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,522 are full-time. It takes the average American Military University undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

Roughly 59% of students at American Military University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,701 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from American Military University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,143 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Fairmont State University

Fairmont, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
106 Yearly Degrees
$7,892 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,848 students at Fairmont State in total, 3,573 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,861 are full-time. For undergraduates at Fairmont State, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

Around 99% of students who apply get accepted. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

Roughly 55% of students at Fairmont State take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,925 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.9% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Fairmont State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,102 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

James Rumsey Technical Institute

Martinsburg, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
101 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at James Rumsey Technical Institute is 107, which includes 107 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from James Rumsey Technical Institute is $43,358.

#16

Morgantown Beauty College Inc

Morgantown, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
93 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Morgantown Beauty College Inc is 69, which includes 69 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

Roughly 81% of students at Morgantown Beauty College Inc take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,174 a year. Morgantown Beauty College Inc has a 4.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Morgantown Beauty College Inc is $21,492.

#17

Bluefield State College

Bluefield, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
92 Yearly Degrees
$8,434 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 949 full-time undergraduates at Bluefield State College, and 1,243 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Around 97% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

40% of Bluefield State College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,549 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Bluefield State College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,543 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

West Virginia University at Parkersburg

Parkersburg, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
86 Yearly Degrees
$3,890 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at West Virginia University at Parkersburg is 2,624, which includes 1,213 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $1,514 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from West Virginia University at Parkersburg with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,852 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Marshall University

Huntington, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
80 Yearly Degrees
$8,552 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Marshall University is 11,958, of which 8,772 students are undergraduates and of those, 7,002 are full-time. For undergraduates at Marshall University, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

Around 98% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

53% of Marshall University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,855 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Marshall University is $33,780.

#20

West Virginia Junior College - Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
76 Yearly Degrees
$14,427 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 218 full-time undergraduates at WVJC Charleston, and 218 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 88% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,002 a year.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from WVJC Charleston is $21,929.

#20

West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
76 Yearly Degrees
$9,144 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 20,495 undergraduates at WVU, of which 18,726 are full-time, and there are 26,269 students altogether. For undergraduates at WVU, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Roughly 58% of students at WVU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $9,175 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from WVU is $41,828.

#22

Ross Medical Education Center - Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
75 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Ross Medical Education Center - Charleston is 135, which includes 135 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $9,459 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,242 during the early-career years.

#23

International Beauty School 4

Martinsburg, West Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
74 Yearly Degrees

There are 85 students at International Beauty School 4 in total, 85 are full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at International Beauty School 4 is 86%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Approximately 88% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,732 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from International Beauty School 4 is $18,287.

#24

West Liberty University

West Liberty, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
72 Yearly Degrees
$8,354 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,481 students at West Liberty University in total, 2,125 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,767 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at West Liberty University is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 74%. Around 34% of accepted students are men, and 66% are women.

63% of West Liberty University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $10,587 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,828 during the early-career years.

#25

Carver Career Center

Charleston, West Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
65 Yearly Degrees

There are 178 full-time undergraduates at Carver Career Center, and 178 students altogether. Carver Career Center has a freshman retention rate of 98%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

Students who graduate from Carver Career Center with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,012 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other West Virginia Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Garnet Career Center 64
27 Cabell County Career Technology Center 63
28 Valley College-Beckley 62
29 Mercer County Technical Education Center 57
30 Huntington School of Beauty Culture 56
31 Monongalia County Technical Education Center 48
32 University of Charleston 47
33 West Virginia Junior College - Bridgeport 43
33 Ross Medical Education Center - Morgantown 43
35 Huntington Junior College 39
36 Charleston School of Beauty Culture 33
37 Clarksburg Beauty Academy and School of Massage Therapy 30
38 West Virginia University Hospital Departments of Rad Tech and Nutrition 29
38 Putnam Career and Technical Center 29
40 Fayette Institute of Technology 27
41 Roane-Jackson Technical Center 26
42 Wood County School of Practical Nursing 25
43 Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College 24
44 Mineral County Vocational Technical Center 23
45 Ben Franklin Career Center 22
45 Mountain State School of Massage 22
47 Shepherd University 21
47 United Technical Center 21
49 Ralph R Willis Career and Technical Center 19
50 Mingo Extended Learning Center 18
51 West Virginia Wesleyan College 15
52 B M Spurr School of Practical Nursing 14
53 John D Rockefeller IV Career Center 12
54 West Virginia University Institute of Technology 11
55 Concord University 8
56 Glenville State College 4
57 Randolph Technical Center 3
58 Mountain State College 2
59 Alderson Broaddus University 0
59 Wheeling University 0

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