Campus President's Welcome

Welcome to Potomac State College of West Virginia University!

It is a pleasure to welcome you to our Potomac State College of WVU website. Potomac State College is a very special institution of higher education and is unique among colleges and universities. Most of our enrollment and many of our academic programs are at the associate degree level but we are not a community college. We also offer quality baccalaureate degrees and much more.

Leonard A. Colelli, Ph.D
  Leonard A. Colelli, Ph.D .

We are located in a picturesque West Virginia setting about half way between Pittsburgh, PA and the Washington/Baltimore metro area with an enrollment of just over 1800 students. We have been in operation for over 100 years with an historic mission in teaching and learning. That means low class sizes and instruction provided by real professors who are accessible to our students.

We are an integrated academic division of West Virginia University, the premier land-grant institution in the state of West Virginia.  Therefore, our students essentially have all of the amenities of a beautiful small campus setting, personal attention, and the academic benefits of a division I university with over 50 majors in a wide variety of liberal arts and pre-professional programs. Many of our associate degree programs are linked with WVU main campus so graduates of these programs are able to directly transfer to Morgantown to complete related baccalaureate degree programs if desired. Also, because of our focus on teaching and learning, students who transfer to WVU from our campus do better on average than students who start as WVU freshmen.

One of the many advantages of pursuing an education at Potomac State College is that it is extremely affordable. According to the 2014 West Virginia Higher Education Report Card, our tuition and fees are the lowest of any four-year institution in West Virginia. Additionally, we're also recognized for being among the top 100 four-year institutions with the lowest tuition in the nation according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Lists.

We also have an abundance of opportunities for student involvement outside the classroom with competitive varsity athletic teams (baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse and cross-country), a vibrant intramural program, an active Honors Program, and many student clubs/organizations; over 400 student activities each year. Our students also take study breaks to unwind at “Late Night at the Commons” with free food, games, movies, and activities.

We expect our students to:

  • Make academic pursuits their top priority,
  • Utilize and respect our facilities and resources,
  • Actively engage themselves in the daily life of the campus and community, and
  • Consider developing a long-term goal of stewardship by providing some of their time, talent, or treasure so we can continue our mission to help future students

Realize What’s Possibleat Potomac State College of West Virginia University.

 Dr. Leonard Colelli

     Leonard A. Colelli, Ph.D
     Campus President
     Potomac State College of WVU