West Virginia’s four-year public higher education institutions reach every region of West Virginia, providing quality and affordable education opportunities for West Virginians close to home, positively impacting local communities, and moving the state's economy forward.
Bluefield State College
Mission: "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. The College demonstrates its commitment to the student’s intellectual, personal, ethical, and cultural development by providing a dedicated faculty and staff, quality educational programs, and strong student support services in a nurturing environment."
Main campus: Bluefield, WV
Mission: "The mission of Concord University is to provide quality, liberal arts based education, to foster scholarly activities, and to serve the regional community. Concord University provides rigorous programs, primarily at the baccalaureate level, which prepare students to pursue various graduate study and career options and to assume leadership and professional roles in a multicultural society. In keeping with its tradition of service to the region, the University will offer a limited number of carefully selected graduate degrees. While we incorporate a variety of educational methodologies/technologies, our size and the caring dedication of our faculty, staff and administration are the principal assurances of a quality educational opportunity at Concord University..."
Main campus: Athens, WV
Fairmont State University
Mission: "The Mission of Fairmont State University is to provide opportunities for individuals to achieve their professional and personal goals and discover roles for responsible citizenship that promote the common good."
Main campus: Fairmont, WV
Glenville State College
Mission: "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."
Main campus: Glenville, WV
Mission: "Marshall University is a multi-campus public university providing innovative undergraduate and graduate education that contributes to the development of society and the individual. The University actively facilitates learning through the preservation, discovery, synthesis, and dissemination of knowledge."
Main campus: Huntington, WV
Potomac State College of West Virginia University
Mission: "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 an historic focus on teaching and learning and a commitment to providing access to a better life for all West Virginians."
Main campus: Keyser, WV
Mission: "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."
Main campus: Shepherdstown, WV
West Liberty University
Mission: "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. Established in 1837 (26 years before the state was admitted to the Union), it was created to respond to the need for higher educational opportunities west of the Appalachian ridge. The institution is named for the town in which it is located and was so named in the late 18th Century as the westernmost point of the liberty provided through the Declaration of Independence. WLU strives to provide students the opportunity for a high quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional education through appropriate formats and venues."
Main campus: West Liberty, WV
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Mission: "The mission of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is to educate students from diverse backgrounds as lifelong learners in osteopathic medicine and complementary health related programs; to advance scientific knowledge through academic, clinical and basic science research; and to promote patient-centered, evidence based medicine. WVSOM is dedicated to serve, first and foremost, the state of West Virginia and the special health care needs of its residents, emphasizing primary care in rural areas."
Main campus: Lewisburg, WV
West Virginia State University
Mission: "Founded in 1891, West Virginia State University is a public, land-grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution. The University, 'a living laboratory of human relations,' is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research..."
Main campus: Institute, WV
West Virginia University
Mission: "As a land-grant institution in the 21st century, West Virginia University will deliver high-quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, model a culture of diversity and inclusion, promote health and vitality, and build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity between the state, the nation, and the world."
Main campus: Morgantown, WV
West Virginia University Institute of Technology
Mission: "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."
Main campus: Beckley, WV
Higher Education Collaborative - Erma Byrd Higher Education Center
The Erma Byrd Center for Public Higher Education provides students with the convenience of taking a variety of college classes offered by different state colleges and universities in one location.