BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – U.S. News & World Report announced its ‘2021 Best Colleges’ recently, ranking West Virginia Wesleyan College as one of its top regional universities in the South.
According to global publication’s rankings, the college was ranked Top 20 Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and in the overall Top 75 Regional Universities (South). The Best Value ranking was the highest ranking given to any institution of higher education in the state of West Virginia.
“Today’s ranking by U.S. News and World Report confirms West Virginia Wesleyan’s tradition of excellence,” said Joel Thierstein, President of the college. “We continue to pursue innovative ways to ensure affordability and accessibility for every student who wants to continue their education at the highest level.”
“These rankings also reflect the positive impact our alumni and friends continue to make through their generous giving to the college,” Thierstein added.
In determining ‘Best Value Schools,’ U.S. News & World Report considered academic quality and cost after accounting for total expenses and financial aid. More than 75 percent of WVWC students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, with an average discount of 56 percent of the total cost of attendance. WVWC awards academic scholarships up to $17,000, which can be combined with co-curricular scholarships (athletics, creative arts, community service), the West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship, and all outside scholarships obtained by incoming students.
The U.S. News & World Report rankings follow the college’s listing in the ‘Best in the Southeast’ section of The Princeton Review’s “2021 Best Colleges: Region by Region” publication in August.
For more information on WVWC academic programs, services and financial aid, please visit wvwc.edu.