Founded in 1961, WVU Parkersburg is an independently-accredited community and technical college while maintaining an affiliation with WVU. Students may complete their initial one or two years at WVU Parkersburg before moving on to complete select four-year programs at WVU. The institution is also the only public community and technical college in West Virginia accredited to offer baccalaureate degrees. The college’s primary service area consists of seven counties in West Virginia: Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood.

Mission and Vision

West Virginia University at Parkersburg provides accessible, life-changing educational opportunities in a safe and supportive environment. West Virginia University at Parkersburg is the region’s premier college recognized for quality education, commitment to student empowerment, workforce collaboration, and community involvement.


West Virginia University at Parkersburg Values:

  • Integrity

    Exemplify personal integrity, intellectual integrity, and ethics in all we do.

  • Respect

    Demonstrate civility and tolerance toward others.

  • Inclusiveness

    Embrace diversity, individual and group, in the broadest sense.

  • Partnerships

    Develop responsive and productive alliances with our campus and communities.

  • Creativity and Innovation

    Encompass creativity and innovation in all aspects of the college.


West Virginia University at Parkersburg faculty and staff individually and collectively hold the responsibility of providing educational and cultural opportunities in the college’s service community based on the following principles


Education holds a central position in the creation, development, and nurturing of a society.

Education should be constantly cognizant of the fact that all persons are individuals of worth and are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.

Education functions under the realization that equal opportunity to access and to benefit from teaching and learning must be afforded to all persons.

Education provides the opportunity for all citizens in a democratic society to explore, to discover, and to develop their special aptitudes and interests.

Education holds as a sacred trust its responsibility to assist persons in their quest for a fulfilling life and for responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.


WVU Parkersburg was founded in 1961 as the Parkersburg Branch of West Virginia University. In 1971, it became Parkersburg Community College, one of the state’s first comprehensive community...


Facts and Data

It is WVU Parkersburg’s belief that students and the community have direct communication access with faculty, staff, as well as have facial...


Board of Governers

The West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors is the governing body at WVU Parkersburg. The Board of Governors...


Jackson County Center

In 1974, West Virginia University at Parkersburg established the Jackson County Center in Ripley. Its opening marked the beginning of more...


Social Justice

At West Virginia University at Parkersburg, faculty and staff are committed to supporting students and seeking an environment that is free of bias, discrimination and harassment. If you have encountered any form of discrimination, harassment or misconduct, please report the instance to the institution.



A state law passed in 2008 changed West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s relationship with West Virginia University. The purpose of the legislation was to create a statewide network of independent community colleges, including WVU Parkersburg. The law established the WVU at Parkersburg Board of Governors as the college’s governing board to serve the needs of the local region and community. The legislation allowed WVU Parkersburg to continue an affiliation with WVU.


Contact us

For more information or to schedule a visit, please call 304.424.8310.



West Virginia University at Parkersburg is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, religion, color, ancestry, or national origin in admission, employment, educational programs or activities; nor does it discriminate on the basis of genetic information in employment or employee health benefits. Further, faculty, staff, students, and applicants are protected from retaliation for filing complaints or assisting in an investigation of discrimination. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to: Debbie Richards, Special Assistant to the President, 304-424-8201, WVU Parkersburg, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26104.