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.


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 colleges. Three years later, the college established its Jackson County Center in Ripley. The institution was renamed West Virginia University at Parkersburg in 1989 and rejoined WVU as a regional campus. State legislation created a statewide network of independently-accredited community and technical colleges in 2008. This allowed WVU Parkersburg to become an independent institution while maintaining affiliation with WVU. Today, WVU Parkersburg enrolls 2,600 students annually in credit classes and serves the community with non-credit classes, seminars, workforce development training and workshops.


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 recognition of the representatives of the institution.


Board of Governers

The West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors is the governing body at WVU Parkersburg. The Board of Governors consists of twelve members: nine lay members, one member of the institutional classified employees, one full-time faculty member with the rank of instructor or above and one member of the student body, enrolled for college credit and elected by the student body. It is the mission of the Board of Governors to maintain general supervision and control over the academic and business affairs of the institution.


Jackson County Center

n 1974, West Virginia University at Parkersburg established the Jackson County Center in Ripley. Its opening marked the beginning of more educational opportunities to individuals in the institution’s services regions. Courses offered at the Jackson County Center include lecture, online and hybrid courses. WVUP Jackson County Center, 105 Academy Drive, Ripley, WV 25271


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

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