Universities & Colleges in West Virginia
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West Virginia is an eastern American state. Centered around the capital of Charleston, this state has a rugged mountainous terrain with moderate height has traditional industries of coal and forestry. The weather is like the state, temperamental. There are tropical imprints on it in the humid summers and sweaty afternoons. At some of the places, the temperature soars high in summer. The winters are not harsh but borders on being mild.
The state has a population of just a little more than 1.8 million and a majority of it has German ancestry. The state in spite of a booming economy and development is still holding on to old world charms, which are inspiring to discover.
The living costs are quite low, as it is a moderate state. In comparison to other places in the USA, this state has about 16% lower cost of living on an average. With ~ $92,000 being the median home cost in West Virginia.
Education in this region is quite peaceful and free of the big city noises.West Virginia University is one of the more known universities in USA and in this region. The place though has a very low graduate density can be very accommodating to students. The WVU in spite of its reputation charges rational fees and even though some of their students go on to win Fulbright scholarships the faculty and the university charges moderate fees when compared to some of the universities of the first order.
The teaching is reflected by the performance of students and some of them have gone on to achieve a lot with their academic brilliance. It is though has been observed that more people are opting for two year degree course for they have similar employability and also there is little difference in their remuneration. Only those who have ambitions and restrictions of options go for four year degree course. The universities are more worried about lack of adequate students in these courses and so this is a better chance for foreign students willing to pursue a degree course in this region.
Though WVU is the prime educational institute in this region there are other institutes, providing quality education to the students. There are vocational institutes, such as James Rumsey Technical institute for technical education for a vocational working ability. There is also Virginia Western community college, which is also doing their bit by providing educational support to the local folks. University of Charleston is another college of repute and also chosen for its location advantage in being in the capital. This also gives the students a touch of social life in their day to day living.
The three most dominating industries in West Virginia are coal, mining, forestry and service sector. Some of the coal mining processes are being debated now for their harmful effects on the ecosystem. In such situation mining is not a very prospective career in West Virginia and the region has a chance of 5-15% regular job creation in the future, which is assuring news for the fresh graduates.