Founded in 1961, WVU Parkersburg is an independently-accredited community and technical college that maintains an affiliation with West Virginia University. 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. WVU 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.


WVU 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.


West Virginia University at Parkersburg is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation...


Board of Governors

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...



WVU Parkersburg was founded in 1961 as the Parkersburg Branch...


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:

 Mary Bentz, Executive Director of Human Resources & Compliance, mary.bentz@wvup.edu, 304-424-8212, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26105