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2020 Best Colleges for Social Work in West Virginia

Social Work is a popular major and West Virginia is the 38th most popular state for students studying this major. 356 of the 55,945 Social Work degrees awarded last year were given by schools in West Virginia. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Social Work in West Virginia ranking analyzed 5 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in social work. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 0 colleges for Social Work students in West Virginia.

Choosing a Great Social Work School

Best Colleges for Social Work in West Virginia Your choice of social work school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A social work degree from schools on this list typically translates into above average earnings following graduation. Recent social work graduates from West Virginia schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $29,000 in 2017-2018.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Social Work students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other social work students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized social work related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Social Work students in West Virginia.

Best Schools to Study Social Work in West Virginia

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Social Work degree.

Best Social Work Colleges in West Virginia


West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

West Virginia University is among your best bets if you want to study social work. WVU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Morgantown.

Graduates of the social work program make an average of $30,000 in their early career salary.


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Shepherd University

Shepherdstown, WV

Shepherd University is a wonderful decision for individuals pursuing a Social Work major. Shepherd University is a small public school located in the town of Shepherdstown.More…

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Concord University

Athens, WV

Any student pursuing a degree in social work needs to look into Concord University. Located in the distant town Athens, Concord University is a public college with a small student population.More…

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Marshall University

Huntington, WV

Any student who is interested in social work has to look into Marshall University. Marshall University is a large public school located in the small city of Huntington.More…

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WVSU is a small public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Institute.

Students who complete this program report average early career wages of $28,000.


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Best Social Work Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Social Work Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 300 871
Florida 291 1,611
Virginia 289 974
North Carolina 286 1,714
Tennessee 266 1,246
Kentucky 257 1,307
South Carolina 254 553
Louisiana 254 550
Alabama 250 1,024
Arkansas 249 461
Mississippi 239 725

One of 5 majors within the Public Administration & Social Service area of study, Social Work has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Social Work

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration 16,874
Human Services 14,962
Public Policy 5,550
Community Organization & Advocacy 2,775
Other Public Administration 957

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Army Medicine.

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