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West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC) is a public community college with two locations in Wheeling, West Virginia. The main campus is located in the former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Terminal. There are also branch campuses is Weirton and New Martinsville. The catchment area for WVNCC includes the counties of Brooke, Hancock, Ohio, Marshall, Tyler, and Wetzel, covering the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Although it started as a modest school, today WVNCC has an enrollment of 3,000, roughly half of which attend part-time and half of which attend full-time.


Some of the most popular direct entry degree programs at WVNCC are General Business and Commerce, Computer Programming, Culinary Arts, HVAC Technician, Police Science, Social Work, Medical Records Technology, Radiation Therapist, Nursing, Resipratory Therapist, and Clinical Assistant. Well-attended transfer-track programs include General Studies and Liberal Arts and Sciences, and popular certificate training options include medical transcription, interpreting for the deaf, and real estate.

Campus Offerings

The Weirton campus is on a wooded, semi-rural site. The facility includes a technology library, bookstore, telecom room, classrooms, biology and chemistry labs, computer labs, and tech labs for nursing, respiratory care, and surgical tech programs. Degrees which can be earned entirely on the Weirton campus include associate’s in human services, business administration, social work, accounting, criminal justice, computer information technology, nursing, respiratory care, surgical technology, office technology, paralegal studies, welding, electronics, building construction, automotive body repair, and automotive technology. The campus also offers core courses in many other disciplines, reducing the amount of time that area students in those fields need to travel to Wheeling.

The New Martinsville campus is located in the middle of the downtown area and adjacent to the New Martinsville Municipal Building. The facility includes a Learning Resource Center, two computer labs, several regular classrooms and video classrooms, biology laboratories, nursing labs, and a bookstore. The campus offers full degree programs in human services, social work, business administration, accounting, criminal justice, and computer information. The campus also offers core courses in many other disciplines, reducing the amount of time that area students in those fields need to travel to Wheeling.

The Baltimore & Ohio Building on Market Street contains the main college bookstore, business office, administrative offices, Children’s Activity Center, counselling and student services, a Learning Resources Center, faculty offices, student lounges, and a large number of classrooms and laboratories.

Developmental Education

Students who are in need of basic reading, writing, or math skills are expected to successfully complete developmental classes. Developmental classes are considered college courses for purposes of financial aid and determining course load but do not count towards degree programs or credit for transfer.

Distance Education

WNVCC offers a wide range of online classes and telecourses. Distance Education includes both synchronous and asynchronous formats. In synchronous classes, students are expected to move through the material at roughly the same pace, checking into a discussion forum online at regular intervals and staying in communication with the professor. In asynchronous courses, students may move at their own pace.

There are two categories on online classes offered by WVNCC, West Virginia Northern Online Courses and Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus. Students enrolled in West Virginia Northern Online Courses may be occasionally required to visit the campus, but Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus students are not. Furthermore, Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus classes are transferable throughout state colleges and universities in 14 states. Classes offered online cover most basic general education requirements as well as such unique topics as art appreciation, Microsoft publisher, science in the contemporary world, psychology of minors, and more.

Transfer Opportunities

Many students at WVNCC go on to earn four-year degrees from colleges and universities in the area. WVNCC has transfer agreements with Bethany College, Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Marshall University, Mountain State University, Strayer University, West Liberty University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, and Wheeling Jesuit University.

Most Popular Fields of Study


In keeping with their mission to offer high-quality education to any adult who wishes to pursue it, WVNCC offers open admissions. Applicants need to either have a high school diploma or a GED to begin college level studies; the college also offers basic adult education and GED preparation for students not yet ready to begin college level work. Some programs, particularly in nursing and other medical disciplines, have further requirements, so check with the department in which you wish to study before registering for classes.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in West Virginia, WVNCC offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5949th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in West Virginia.


About 84% of students come from the state of West Virginia, with the remaining 16% coming from surrounding states, especially Ohio. Roughly 62% of the student body is Latino American, 33% is European American, 3% are African American, and 1% are Asian/Pacific Islander American. About 1/3 of WVNCC students are men and 2/3 are women.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The athletics department is known as the Thundering Chickens. The Thundering Chickens do not compete on the intervarsity level, but there are several club and intramural sports for student enjoyment. Athletics include softball, inline hockey, golf, volleyball, basketball, and bowling.

WVNCC has a partnership with CentreTown Fitness, a block from the main campus. Full- and part-time students in degree programs are eligible to use their state-of-the-art exercise equipment and classes at no cost above the standard student fees. CentreTown features Cybex Eagle fitness systems, Magnum fitness systems, free weights, a variety of cardiovascular machines, an indoor track, and aerobic studio with a range of classes, a sauna, a steam room, and professional fitness assessments.


  • Campus New Martinsville. West Virginia Northern Community College. Web. 24 July 2011.
  • Campus Weirton. West Virginia Northern Community College. Web. 24 July 2011.
  • Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.
  • Developmental Education. West Virginia Northern Community College. Web. 24 July 2011.
  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 25th in West Virginia and 2930th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.10
Robbery 1 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Wheeling, WV 26003-3699
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population46,413 (38,708 urban / 7,705 rural)
Households19,306 (2.27 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,141
Families11,927 (2.91 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5401

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3933rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,400 $2,400 $7,896
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $490 $490 $490
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $100 $100 $329
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,025 $4,025 $9,521
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $11,546 $11,546 $17,042
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,613 $6,613 $12,109

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,478 $2,646 $2,478 $2,646 $7,254 $7,806
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,135(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $3,999(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,522(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,553(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3846th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $46,296 ($46,278 male / $44,391 female)
Number of FT Faculty 58 (20 male / 38 female)
Number of PT Faculty 169
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $815,960

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