10 Best Colleges For Jobs In West Virginia For 2019

by Chris Kolmar
College Grad Jobs - 1 year ago

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One of the biggest things that incoming college freshmen consider when they’re thinking about what school to attend is the likelihood that a school will improve their job prospects.

Jobs are hard to come by nowadays, after all, and the everyday expenses of living in a country like America aren’t cheap.

Compared to a lot of other states, West Virginia has some unique advantages as far as attending college here goes. There are impressive research universities, quality state schools, and the ability to study majors that will prepare you well for the job market.

All that made us curious — with so many good colleges to attend in WV, which ones, in particular, were most likely to help their graduates land a job? Using data from IPEDS as well as College Scorecard as a baseline, we created this list of some of the best colleges for jobs in West Virginia.

The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a look at the top ten best colleges for jobs in West Virginia:

  1. West Virginia Wesleyan College
  2. Potomac State College of West Virginia University
  3. West Virginia University
  4. Wheeling Jesuit University
  5. West Liberty University
  6. University of Charleston
  7. Shepherd University
  8. Ohio Valley University
  9. Alderson Broaddus University
  10. Davis & Elkins College

If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best programs the state of West Virginia has to offer.

How We Determined The Best Schools In West Virginia For Jobs

Using the College Scorecard Data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated.

We limited the analysis to the 18 public and non-profit, four year institutions colleges in West Virginia that offer at least a bachelors degree.

Then, we ranked each college from best to worst on the percentage of graduates with jobs. For the purposes of readability, each school’s rating was then rounded down to the last two decimal places.

The school with the highest percentage of grads with jobs, West Virginia Wesleyan College, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in West Virginia.’

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In West Virginia

Rank College Employed
1 West Virginia Wesleyan College 91.28%
2 Potomac State College of West Virginia University 91.03%
3 West Virginia University 91.03%
4 Wheeling Jesuit University 90.44%
5 West Liberty University 90.31%
6 University of Charleston 89.68%
7 Shepherd University 88.14%
8 Ohio Valley University 88.04%
9 Alderson Broaddus University 88.02%
10 Davis & Elkins College 87.94%
11 Marshall University 84.78%
12 Fairmont State University 83.88%
13 Concord University 83.35%
14 Glenville State College 83.1%
15 West Virginia State University 81.69%
16 West Virginia University at Parkersburg 80.2%
17 Appalachian Bible College 77.05%
18 Bluefield State College 75.86%
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