West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission: WVHEPC
West Virginia is a diverse state - in places quite impoverished, yet full of history and quaint small towns that exude plenty of charm. Long known as the nation's top coal producing region, today's West Virginia entices its native youth to stay and be educated here at both the publicly-funded schools that dot the state and the handful of private colleges that have made a name for themselves in college review publications.
West Virginia University has its main campus in Morgantown, though it also has locations in Parkersburg (near Ohio) and Montgomery, near the capital city of Charleston. WVU is a designated Doctoral/Research University-Extensive and is touted for its innovative programs like forensic and investigative science and biometric systems, just two of the more than 170 majors available here. The campus is attractive, set amidst West Virginia's natural beauty and offering plenty of recreational opportunities. Enrollment is about 28,000 and athletes here compete in Division 1-A of the Big East Conference.
If you prefer a privately-funded college, there are several excellent ones from which to choose. Davis & Elkins College is a small 650-student school that has received kudos as one of America's Best Comprehensive Colleges in the South by U.S. News and World Report. The college offers traditional arts and sciences majors as well as teaching, nursing, and hospitality and recreation management. The college operates both an Inn and Conference Center and a Center for Hospitality and Tourism, giving their students an opportunity for hands on learning in the hospitality field.
A handful of religious-affiliated colleges and universities also offer fine liberal arts programs. Consider West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon or Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, both with small student bodies and class sizes.