Bluefield State College
Bluefield, WV

"The mission of Bluefield State College is to provide students an affordable, accessible opportunity for public higher education. An historically black institution, Bluefield State College prepares students for diverse professions, graduate study, informed citizenship, community involvement, and public service in an ever-changing global society."

Concord University
Athens, WV

“The mission of Concord University is to improve the lives of our students and communities, through innovative teaching and learning, intellectual and creative activities, and community service and civic engagement.”

Fairmont State University
Fairmont, WV

“Fairmont State University is a comprehensive, regional university committed to educating global citizen leaders in an environment distinguished by a commitment to excellence, student success, and transformational impact.”

Glenville State College
Glenville, WV

"Glenville State College prepares and inspires students to be thoughtful, productive, engaged and responsible citizens who contribute to the well-being of their community, state, nation and world."

Huntington, WV

“Marshall University is a public comprehensive university with a rich history as one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in West Virginia. Founded in 1837 and named after Chief Justice John Marshall, definer of the Constitution, Marshall University advances the public good through innovative, accredited educational programs.”

Potomac State College
Keyser, WV

"As an integrated division of West Virginia University, Potomac State College provides a broad range of high quality associate degree programs as well as baccalaureate degree programs at a reasonable cost with a historic focus on teaching and learning and a commitment to providing access to a better life for all West Virginians."

Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV

"Shepherd University, a West Virginia public liberal arts university, is a diverse community of learners and a gateway to the world of opportunities and ideas. We are the regional center for academic, cultural, and economic opportunity. Our mission of service succeeds because we are dedicated to our core values: learning, engagement, integrity, accessibility, and community."

West Liberty University
West Liberty, WV

"West Liberty University is a forward-looking, four-year public university steeped in a rich heritage as West Virginia’s oldest institution of higher education. WLU strives to provide students the opportunity for a high quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional education through appropriate formats and venues."

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Lewisburg, WV

“WVSOM is dedicated to serve, first and foremost, the state of West Virginia and the health care needs of its residents, emphasizing primary care in rural areas.”

West Virginia State University
Institute, WV

"Founded in 1891, West Virginia State University is a public, land-grant, historically black university (HBCU), which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution. Its mission is to meet higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research."

Morgantown, WV

“As a land-grant institution, the faculty, staff and students at West Virginia University commit to creating a diverse and inclusive culture that advances education, healthcare and prosperity for all by providing access and opportunity; by advancing high-impact research; and by leading transformation in West Virginia and the world through local, state and global engagement.”

West Virginia University Institute of Technology
Beckley, WV

“West Virginia University Institute of Technology provides an accessible and supportive environment in which students are guided to be active and contributing members of society by fostering intellectual and personal growth through comprehensive educational experiences.”


Welcome to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

West Virginia’s four-year public higher education system includes 12 campuses that offer vast opportunities for a high-quality education at an affordable cost. Together with these institutions and the state's Community and Technical College System, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission is working to arm 60 percent of the Mountain State's workforce with a formal credential beyond high school by 2030 -- nearly doubling the percentage of working-age West Virginians with a postsecondary education over the next decade.

About the Higher Education Policy Commission

The Commission develops and oversees a public policy agenda for West Virginia’s four-year colleges and universities. Comprised of a 10-member board, the Commission works with institutions on accomplishing their missions and carrying out state procedures. A source of support for institutions and students, the Commission’s work includes academic affairs, administrative services, finance and facilities, financial aid, health sciences, human resources, legal services, policy and planning, science and research, and student affairs.

Resources and Information for Students

To help students and families plan, apply, and pay for college, the Commission and its partners offer a free college- and career-planning website,

Visit CFWV to find state-level financial aid information, apply directly to West Virginia's colleges and universities, explore careers, practice for the ACT and SAT — and more!


West Virginia's Climb is a collaborative effort between higher education, the West Virginia Department of Education, WorkForce West Virginia, and the private sector to increase the state's educational attainment rate.

Visit the Climb website to follow our progress or learn about how you can help West Virginia climb!

College completion initiatives that support this shared goal include:

15 to Finish - Promoting on-time degree completion by encouraging students to take a full course load of at least 15 credit hours per semester

Transfer & Articulation - Easing the credit transfer process for students and clearing the path to a degree