POTOMAC STATE COLLEGE OF WVU
Access to higher education is a critical issue facing the United States today. Factors—ranging from cost to inadequate preparation to lack of academic, financial, and emotional support—keep many low-income, rural, and minority students from attaining college degrees.
Potomac State College (PSC), a division of West Virginia University (WVU), is well-positioned to address these challenges. We offer small classes and one-on-one attention that help students thrive academically. Outside of class, students can take advantage of support services that run the gamut from our Academic Success Center to our honors program. PSC’s tuition and fees are significantly lower than our peer institutions’ for both in-state and out-of-state students. And our four-year programs bring a college education within reach of students who are place-bound either because of family obligations or job responsibilities.
At Potomac State, our objective is to bring together the intellect and ideas of many minds to support promising students and to give them the skills they will need to succeed in higher education and in life. In this way, we help produce the knowledgeable workers that our state and our country need most.
The Trajectory of Success
Realize What’s Possible: Potomac State College’s tagline says it all. For students from small, rural areas and large, urban settings, PSC is an invaluable stepping-stone: a place to develop the foundation necessary to persevere in college. For all students, Potomac State provides an exceptional education at an affordable cost.
PSC is unique in West Virginia and, in many ways, the country. We are the only two-year, in-state school offering residence halls, intercollegiate athletics, and agriculture and forestry programs. And we are the only two-year school directly linked with a major university: WVU.
Potomac State College offers a mix of two- and four-year programs. Credits from our associate of arts degree programs transfer directly into corresponding four-year programs on the Morgantown campus. Our two-year applied science career and technical degrees can fast-track students to the job market. Or students can choose to start and finish at PSC with four-year programs that include criminal justice and business management.
At PSC, our faculty is dedicated to teaching and providing students with a supportive learning environment.
We are in a very positive position. Over the past decade, enrollment has grown from approximately 1,300 to more than 1,800 students. Private giving also increased with more than $3 million in new gifts received by the WVU Foundation to benefit Potomac State. In addition, more than $25 million in capital improvements have been made to campus, including construction of University Place, a residential complex housing 350 students, two dining venues, a theater, and a fitness center.
But we need to do more. For our academic programs to remain viable, we need to continue to increase enrollment. We need to expand and enhance facilities to accommodate more students in order to deliver a better experience. And we need to invest in our outstanding students and faculty. To do this, we need partners, like you, who believe in Potomac State College and want to invest in its future.
Priorities for Tomorrow
A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University is Potomac State College’s way to “Realize What’s Possible.” We ask you to consider supporting the following people, places, and programs that will strengthen PSC’s distinct objective.
- Student Scholarships
- Student Study/Travel Abroad Grants
- Teaching Professorship
- Golden Park Grandstands and Clubhouse
To learn more about these funding priorities download the Potomac State College of WVU campaign brochure or contact Libby Nichols at 304-788-6870. To learn more about Potomac State College visit www.potomacstatecollege.edu.