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U.S. News & World Report Ranks West Virginia Wesleyan College in Top Tier of U.S. Colleges and Universities in Overall, Best Value Categories

West Virginia Wesleyan College
Sep 14, 2020

U.S. News & World Report announced its ‘2021 Best Colleges’ today, ranking West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) 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.

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West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2021 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit