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Wall Street Journal Ranks West Virginia Wesleyan as Top Private College in Mountain State

Sep 21, 2020

BUCKHANNON, WV – The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE) Best College 2021 Rankings placed West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) as the top private – and second highest-ranked overall – college or university in West Virginia. Read the full rankings here.

“The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education Best College Rankings are a testament to our students, faculty and staff, and alumni and donors who make West Virginia Wesleyan’s commitment to excellence a reality,” said Joel Thierstein, President of the College. “As the highest-ranked private college – and second highest-ranked college or university in West Virginia – we continue to pursue innovative ways to ensure Wesleyan is accessible to students seeking an educational launching pad to future success.”

Key indicators in the WSJ/THE rankings include 15 factors across four main categories:

  • 40 percent of each school’s overall score comes from student outcomes, including graduates’ salaries and debt;
  • 30 percent comes from academic resources, including how much the college spends on teaching;
  • 20 percent from student engagement, including whether students feel prepared to use their education in the real world, and
  • 10 percent from the learning environment, including the diversity of the student body and academic staff.

The WSJ/THE rankings come on the heels of top-tier rankings by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review that placed West Virginia Wesleyan in the Best Value and Best Overall Rankings for colleges and universities in the Southeastern Region of the United States.


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