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Beckley, West Virginia (WV) Colleges and Universities

While there are only two schools in Beckley, there are 19 more schools located within a 50-mile radius. Read about the traditional schools in several categories, including largest schools and lowest net cost, to find the school for you.

Only a handful of postsecondary options are available for would-be students residing in and around Beckley. We compare the traditional schools in categories, like highest graduation rates, from statistics used in the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Beckley, West Virginia

The closest schools to Beckley include a couple of community and technical colleges. Most of the nearby schools are public institutions.

  • New River Community and Technical College (5 miles from downtown)
  • Concord University (25.2 miles from downtown)
  • BridgeValley Community & Technical College (28.3 miles from downtown)
  • West Virginia University Institute of Technology (28.3 miles from downtown)
  • Bluefield State College (36.3 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Beckley, West Virginia

The largest schools near Beckley only have about one- to two- thousand students. Only a few of the larger institutions offer graduate level degree programs.

  • Concord University (2,545 students)
  • BridgeValley Community & Technical College (2,344 students)
  • University of Charleston (2,111 students)
  • New River Community and Technical College (1,957 students)
  • Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College (1,859 students)

Lowest Net Price

For the 2014-2015 school year, the NCES calculated each school's annual net price by subtracting the average financial aid received from full-time undergraduate students' estimated total expenses. Many of the schools in the area had net prices that were less than $10,000.

  • New River Community and Technical College ($4,444)
  • BridgeValley Community & Technical College ($5,116)
  • Concord University ($7,210)
  • West Virginia University Institute of Technology ($7,323)
  • Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College ($7,352)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES calculates graduation rates according to the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who graduate from their school's program within 150% of the normal time (for example, three years for an associate's degree). All statistics are culled from the NCES for 2015. The traditional schools in the area ranged from 11% to 66%.

  • West Virginia Junior College-Charleston (66% graduation rate)
  • University of Charleston (47% graduation rate)
  • Concord University (39% graduation rate)
  • Bluefield State College (23% graduation rate)
  • West Virginia University Institute of Technology (39%)

Students searching for schools near Beckley, West Virginia have a few public and private institutions to choose from that may appeal to you base on different graduation rates, prices, size, and locations.


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