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West Virginia Schools

In West Virginia, academia is a thriving field. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in West Virginia.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in West Virginia By Profession

394 460 537 557
65 73 68 68
988 998 1,057 1,123
773 767 762 781
938 922 900 924
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

There are 80 colleges and universities in West Virginia. In 2006 there were 3,158 higher education faculty at these institutions. In 2009 there were 3,453 higher education faculty at these institutions.

Thus, there has been a 10% increase in the number of collegiate level faculty in the state.

Average faculty salaries in West Virginia

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

Higher education faculty in West Virginia earn $46,591 per year on average. This is less than salaries made by faculty in other parts of the US, which average $57,293 per year. And generally, in West Virginia, male faculty earn 6% more than their female counterparts.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in West Virginia

No data at this time.

Of West Virginia's 3,212 higher education faculty members, 44% have tenure and 25% are on the tenure track.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in West Virginia by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. West Virginia Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 2.04% 5.9% 6.14%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: West Virginia
  • Light Blue: National

The number of part-time faculty has grown in West Virginia by 3% between the years 2006 and 2009. And the number of full-time faculty has also grown by 3%. Thus, working full-time is becoming more popular in West Virginia.

National Vs. West Virginia Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 0.68% 4.27% 2.65%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: West Virginia
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in West Virginia

No data at this time.

And in 2009 4% of those who were working on a part-time basis, identified themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority background. While as many as 11% of full-time faculty in West Virginia identified themselves as being from a minority background.

Part time faculty minorities in West Virginia

No data at this time.

National Vs. West Virginia Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% -2.42% 3.74% 1.76%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: West Virginia
  • Yellow: National

Between the years 2006 and 2009, West Virginia's minority faculty has seen a 5% increase. The state statistics are consistent with national statistics. In 2006, there were 788,996 higher education faculty working nationally, of which 134,815 were from a minority background. And in 2009, there were 855,625 faculty working around the nation, of which 151,691 were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at West Virginia by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at West Virginia by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. West Virginia Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 1.51% 3.12% 2.37%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: West Virginia
  • Light Blue: National

As the percentage of minorities in academia has grown in West Virginia, the percentage of women has decreased. And the number of women faculty at colleges and universities around the nation has increased. Between 2006 and 2009, there has been a 9% change.

National Vs. West Virginia Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 1.56% 8.1% 8.06%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: West Virginia
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. West Virginia Faculty employment by Gender

National West Virginia
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 48%
Women 52%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in West Virginia


As the number of higher education faculty in West Virginia has grown, the number of students studying in colleges or universities has also increased.

There are currently 119,630 undergraduate students in the state and 21,592 graduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in West Virginia

3388 3793 3864 3950 3837
9439 10050 10683 10223 10945
202 223 332 330 934
2956 2801 3600 3793 4793
2415 2640 2421 2524 2712
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in West Virginia


In 2009, in West Virginia, 7,799 students graduated from institutions of higher learning. Of these students, 47% graduated from bachelor's degree programs, while 25% graduated from graduate-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in West Virginia


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the colleges and universities in West Virginia.

Retention rates in West Virginia

Returning Students 65%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

In West Virginia, for every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs, 65 students return to school the following year and 54 students eventually graduate. National trends are consistent with this. At a national level, schools have an average retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in West Virginia

Graduation Students 54%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. West Virginia Students By Gender

National West Virginia
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 51%
Women 49%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

The student population in West Virginia is not very diverse. Of the 141,222 students studying in West Virginia's institutions of higher learning, 49% are female, and 16% are from an ethnic or racial minority. These numbers are inconsistent with national statistics. Approximately 58% of the national student population is female and 28% are from racial or ethnic minority backgrounds.

National Vs. West Virginia Students Minorities

National West Virginia
Minorities 29%
Minorities 16%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in West Virginia

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  1. West Virginia Business Schools35,896 Employed
  2. West Virginia Teaching Schools20,562 Employed
  3. West Virginia Engineering Schools16,311 Employed
  4. West Virginia Liberal Arts Schools15,657 Employed
  5. West Virginia Law Schools14,535 Employed
  6. West Virginia Business Administration Schools11,832 Employed
  7. West Virginia Biology Schools9,886 Employed
  8. West Virginia Criminal Justice Schools9,707 Employed
  9. West Virginia Psychology Schools9,614 Employed
  10. West Virginia Management Schools8,471 Employed
  11. West Virginia English Schools8,216 Employed
  12. West Virginia History Schools8,132 Employed
  13. West Virginia Information Technology Schools8,110 Employed
  14. West Virginia Information Systems Schools7,752 Employed
  15. West Virginia Counseling Schools7,102 Employed
  16. West Virginia Art Schools6,533 Employed
  17. West Virginia Nursing Schools6,065 Employed
  18. West Virginia Accounting Schools5,564 Employed
  19. West Virginia MBA Schools5,399 Employed
  20. West Virginia Forestry Schools5,328 Employed
  21. West Virginia Early Childhood Education Schools5,311 Employed
  22. West Virginia Speech Therapy Schools5,218 Employed
  23. West Virginia Communications Schools5,170 Employed
  24. West Virginia Educational Leadership Schools4,750 Employed
  25. West Virginia Math Schools4,729 Employed
  26. West Virginia Political Science Schools4,642 Employed
  27. West Virginia Finance Schools4,553 Employed
  28. West Virginia Human Resources Schools4,448 Employed
  29. West Virginia BSN Schools4,381 Employed
  30. West Virginia Forensic Nursing Schools4,381 Employed
  31. West Virginia RN to BSN Schools4,381 Employed
  32. West Virginia Public Health Schools4,274 Employed
  33. West Virginia Sociology Schools4,175 Employed
  34. West Virginia Elementary Education Schools4,145 Employed
  35. West Virginia Music Schools4,122 Employed
  36. West Virginia Chemistry Schools3,736 Employed
  37. West Virginia Homeland Security Schools3,539 Employed
  38. West Virginia Marketing Schools3,440 Employed
  39. West Virginia Property Management Schools3,437 Employed
  40. West Virginia Human Services Schools3,411 Employed
  41. West Virginia Social Work Schools3,325 Employed
  42. West Virginia Visual Communications Schools3,100 Employed
  43. West Virginia Health Science Schools3,046 Employed
  44. West Virginia Design Schools2,925 Employed
  45. West Virginia Fire Science Schools2,775 Employed
  46. West Virginia Forensic Science Schools2,645 Employed
  47. West Virginia Computer Engineering Schools2,625 Employed
  48. West Virginia Hospitality Schools2,576 Employed
  49. West Virginia Computer Science Schools2,459 Employed
  50. West Virginia Paralegal Schools2,415 Employed
  51. West Virginia Sports Medicine Schools2,385 Employed
  52. West Virginia Physics Schools2,382 Employed
  53. West Virginia Public Administration Schools2,375 Employed
  54. West Virginia Journalism Schools2,364 Employed
  55. West Virginia Theology Schools2,357 Employed
  56. West Virginia Special Education Schools2,214 Employed
  57. West Virginia Respiratory Therapy Schools2,129 Employed
  58. West Virginia School Psychology Schools1,981 Employed
  59. West Virginia Mechanical Engineering Schools1,959 Employed
  60. West Virginia Civil Engineering Schools1,821 Employed
  61. West Virginia Occupational Therapy Schools1,751 Employed
  62. West Virginia Veterinary Schools1,612 Employed
  63. West Virginia Dental Hygienist Schools1,608 Employed
  64. West Virginia Sports Management Schools1,600 Employed
  65. West Virginia Architecture Schools1,572 Employed
  66. West Virginia Graphic Design Schools1,567 Employed
  67. West Virginia Creative Writing Schools1,560 Employed
  68. West Virginia Web Development Schools1,555 Employed
  69. West Virginia International Business Schools1,542 Employed
  70. West Virginia Business Management Schools1,536 Employed
  71. West Virginia Radiology Technology Schools1,399 Employed
  72. West Virginia Physical Therapy Schools1,380 Employed
  73. West Virginia Biochemistry Schools1,356 Employed
  74. West Virginia Culinary Schools1,303 Employed
  75. West Virginia Biomedical Engineering Schools1,256 Employed
  76. West Virginia Software Engineering Schools1,256 Employed
  77. West Virginia Healthcare Administration Schools1,219 Employed
  78. West Virginia Computer Programming Schools1,144 Employed
  79. West Virginia Supply Chain Management Schools1,119 Employed
  80. West Virginia Emergency Management Schools1,119 Employed
  81. West Virginia Electrical Engineering Schools1,084 Employed
  82. West Virginia Computer Networking Schools889 Employed
  83. West Virginia Physical Therapy Assistant Schools755 Employed
  84. West Virginia Nutrition Schools733 Employed
  85. West Virginia Clinical Psychology Schools725 Employed
  86. West Virginia Drafting Schools692 Employed
  87. West Virginia X Ray Technician Schools642 Employed
  88. West Virginia Surgical Technology Schools563 Employed
  89. West Virginia Health Information Schools505 Employed
  90. West Virginia Physician Assistant Schools496 Employed
  91. West Virginia Sonography Schools425 Employed
  92. West Virginia Ultrasound Technology Schools425 Employed
  93. West Virginia Interior Design Schools292 Employed
  94. West Virginia Small Business Schools284 Employed
  95. West Virginia Construction Management Schools242 Employed
  96. West Virginia Advertising Schools226 Employed
  97. West Virginia Public Relations Schools226 Employed
  98. West Virginia Video Game Design Schools176 Employed
  99. West Virginia Animation Schools176 Employed
  100. West Virginia Computer Animation Schools176 Employed
  101. West Virginia Criminology Schools126 Employed
  102. West Virginia Web Design Schools119 Employed
  103. West Virginia Gerontology Schools117 Employed
  104. West Virginia Mental Health Schools117 Employed
  105. West Virginia Medical Billing Schools42 Employed
  106. West Virginia Medical Coding Schools41 Employed
  107. West Virginia Court Reporter Schools31 Employed
  108. West Virginia Health Information Management Schools13 Employed
  109. West Virginia Healthcare Management Schools13 Employed
  110. West Virginia Carpentry Schools3 Employed

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