Fall Enrollment: West Virginia

Percentage of students enrolled in West Virginia community colleges, distribution of community college students by demographic characteristics, and distribution by enrollment characteristics: Fall 2010

NOTE: Only race/ethnicity groups accounting for 2 percent or more of the population are shown. Unknown race/ethnicity not included.
  • Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2010 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Spring 2011 (early estimates).

What is Measured?

Number of students enrolled in the fall term of a given year in West Virginia

Who is Counted?

Students enrolled in West Virginia in courses creditable toward a degree or other formal award, including those enrolled in off-campus or extension centers and high school students taking regular college courses for credit. Full-time students taking remedial courses are also included if they are considered degree- or certificate-seeking for the purpose of determining financial aid.

What It Tells Us

Some 23,488 students were enrolled in community colleges in fall 2010 in West Virginia. This number represents about 18 percent of undergraduates enrolled in all degree-granting institutions in West Virginia. Also shown is the demographic composition of community college students and the increasingly smaller shares of students who are degree-seeking (including certificate-seeking); full-time; full-time degree-seeking; first-time degree-seeking; and first-time, full-time degree-seeking.

Why It's Important

Historically, fall enrollment is the traditional measure of student access to higher education. It represents the number of students enrolled in the fall at postsecondary institutions. Because community college students enroll year round, however, annual unduplicated enrollment may provide a more accurate picture of the number of students these institutions serve. For example, nationwide, fall 2009 enrollment (7.1 million) represented only 67 percent of students who enrolled in a community college over the entire year of 2009–10 (Knapp, Kelly-Reid, & Ginder, 2011a, 2011b).

About this Data

The percentage of students enrolled in community colleges was calculated as follows: total 2010 fall enrollment in two-year public degree-granting institutions in each state divided by total 2010 fall undergraduate enrollment in degree-granting institutions.

Full-time: a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits, or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term.

First-time student: a student who has no prior postsecondary experience attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. This includes students enrolled in academic or occupational programs.

Certificate- or degree-seeking student: students enrolled in courses for credit and recognized by the institution as seeking a degree, certificate, or other formal award. The formal definition of certificate- or degree-seeking varies by state.

Race/ethnicity: Only groups accounting for 2 percent or more of the population are shown. Unknown race/ethnicity not included.