Wood County is home to several universities, colleges and technical schools. In addition, many more private colleges and state universities are less than an hour away. The area also has a dynamic public school system that enrolls more than 13,000 students.

Wood County Public Schools

The county excels at education from an early age with over 30 Pre-Kindergarten classes. Student enrollment is more than 13,000. According to the WV Education Department, more than 97% of courses are taught by highly-qualified teachers. Wood County has a program to meet student needs whether college bound or to enter the workforce. Wood County Technical Center and Caperton Center offer career and technical education. For students planning a college education, transition is provided to a state-of-the-art technical preparation curriculum in conjunction with West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Click here for more information.

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A fully accredited Christian university, Ohio Valley University was chartered in 1958 by members of the churches of Christ. OVU is a private, independent, regional, faith-proclaiming, liberal arts university. Annually recognized as one of the nation’s best comprehensive baccalaureate universities in U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges Guide, students at OVU enjoy all the benefits of a great university experience. Visit www.ovu.edu for more information.

College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Liberal Arts
  • School of Mathematics and Sciences
College of Biblical Studies & Behavioral Sciences
  • School of Biblical Studies
  • School of Behavioral Sciences
College of Business
  • Gene and Joyce Wharton School of IT and Business
  • School of Professional Studies
College of Education
  • School of Education
  • School of Graduate Education
  • Special Education Institute

WVU Parkersburg is a regional college of choice in a student-centered, accessible learning community, dedicated to excellence in teaching and service, guided by shared values and principles, and committed to exceeding student and workforce development expectations.  West Virginia University at Parkersburg provides accessible, life-changing educational opportunities in a safe and supportive environment. Visit www.wvup.edu for more information.

  • Certificate to Baccalaureate
  • Global Studies
  • Workplace Experience
  • Civic Engagement
  • Leadership Studies

American National University opened its Parkersburg campus in 2011. Since opening, the college has been helping working adults in the Mid-Ohio Valley area to achieve their education goals and is establishing a strong relationship with Wood County employers for its skilled graduates. Faculty consists of industry-leading professionals. Drawing on personal insights, the instructors provide students with a real-world perspective to prepare them for success in well-defined fields of employment. ANU is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and offers degrees and diplomas in medical, business, and technology fields. Visit www.an.edu for more information.

Associate Degrees
  • Business Administration Accounting
  • Business Administration Management
  • Medical Assisting
  • Diploma Programs
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Office Professional
  • Pharmacy Technician Diploma
  • Phlebotomy

Mountain State College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is designated as a nationally-recognized accrediting agency by the US Department of Education. Mountain State College is also approved for training of veterans, and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Visit www.msc.edu for more information.

  • Dependency Disorders Technology
  • Higher Accounting Management
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Administrative Assisting
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Secretary
  • Paralegal Studies