University Tours

The Mountain State is full of historic and highly-accredited colleges and universities with easy access from the state’s main highways and interstates. Take some time to explore some of these beautiful campuses on your visit to Almost Heaven.

New River & Greenbrier Valley

The New River and Greenbrier Valley is home to several fantastic schools. Concord University is located in the mountain town of Athens, located between Pipestem State Park and the city of Princeton. Beckley is the home of West Virginia University Institute of Technology, located just a short drive down Route 19 from the New River Gorge. The charming and historic city of Lewisburg is home to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, which is one of three medical schools in the Mountain State.

Eastern Panhandle

Shepherd University can be found in Shepherdstown – just a short drive from Charles Town and Harpers Ferry. The college was founded in 1871 and has been ranked among the Best Southeastern Colleges by The Princeton Review. The university has grown substantially over the last 20 years and is one of the state’s top-ranked public baccalaureate institutions.

Metro Valley

The Metro Valley features several highly-accredited universities. Marshall University is located in Huntington and is home to more than 13,000 students. The university is located in the heart of Huntington and is easily accessible from Interstate 64. Charleston is home to both the University of Charleston and West Virginia State University, home to roughly 6,000 students collectively and each located just a few minutes from downtown Charleston.

Mid-Ohio Valley

West Virginia University at Parkersburg is the largest community college in West Virginia and the state’s fifth-largest public school It is home to more than 3,900 students and is located minutes from downtown Parkersburg, just off Interstate 77.


Mountaineer Country

Mountaineer Country features several highly-accredited universities. West Virginia University is the largest university in the state with roughly 29,000 students. The school is made up of several beautiful and historic campuses spread throughout Morgantown. Not far down Interstate 79 is Fairmont State University. The school has more than 4,000 students and is located a few minutes off the interstate near the banks of the Monongahela River.

Northern Panhandle

The Northern Panhandle features several colleges and universities within a short drive of each other. Wheeling Jesuit University, West Liberty University and Bethany College all are conveniently located within an hour of the Pittsburgh International Airport and roughly two hours from the Columbus International Airport.

Mountain Lakes

Glenville State College in Glenville and West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon are both located within the Mountain Lakes region of the state. Glenville State offers four-year bachelor programs as well as associate programs, while West Virginia Wesleyan offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Both schools are located within a short drive of Interstate 79 in the central region of the state.

Potomac Highlands

Named for two early West Virginia senators Henry G. Davis and Stephen B. Elkins, Davis & Elkins College is located in the heart of the scenic town of Elkins. The school currently is home to more than 800 students and is within an hour of outdoor recreation at places like Blackwater Falls State Park, Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob and Dolly Sods.

No matter where you’re visiting from, West Virginia’s colleges and universities are easily accessible and will provide you with stellar views, each with unique characteristics and experiences.

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