From the School

Concord University, a growing, state-supported college committed to undergraduate instruction, was founded in 1872. Concord features accredited career-oriented education with a strong liberal arts base, and focuses on the needs of the individual student as its fundamental concern. The beautiful 95-acre campus stands on a ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. Four residence halls and adult studio apartments house up to 1,100 students from 28 states-predominately from the East, South, and Midwest. Concord also has a large international student population with 30 nations represented. With a total student population of 3,015, Concord serves the needs of an active commuter population, who join the residential students in following courses of study in the arts and sciences, business administration, teacher education, and such fields as advertising/graphic design, and social work. Preparation for advanced and professional study is a Concord hallmark. Each year, the Alexander Fine Arts Center presents the Artist-Lecture Series, which includes recitals, plays, art exhibitions, and guest speakers. Special events have included the North Carolina Dance Theatre; the West Virginia Symphony; lecturers Dr. Homer Hickam, NASA scientist and author of the book Rocket Boys which was later made into the hit movie October Sky; Dr. Cornel West, preeminent African American scholar from Harvard; and professional art exhibitions. Theatrical productions range from Shakespeare and Chekhov to Woody Allen. Students enjoy special interest organizations; honor societies; five fraternities; four sororities; yearbook; newspaper; and many student activities events, including comedians, musicians, magicians, and other entertainers. Concord was recently awarded the Great Lakes Regional Award for Outstanding Comprehensive Programming at the NACA conference. In addition, students participate in intramural and intercollegiate sports. Intercollegiate sports for men include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, tennis, track and field, and soccer. Women compete in basketball, softball, tennis, track and field, soccer, and volleyball. Counseling and tutoring are strongly supported through Student Support Services; faculty-supervised developmental labs in English, reading, and mathematics; and twice-a-year individual counseling with faculty advisors. The Student Needs and Assistance Program offers extensive academic support ranging from time management to reducing stress anxiety to testing at your best.


From The School

Concord University has a rolling admissions policy, which means that we can accept you for admission until the beginning of classes for that semester. We also accept students for admission in between Fall and Spring semesters. You may apply on-line at The steps listed below are necessary for you to be considered for admission. BY DECEMBER 31 OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR: STEP 1: File your free Concord Application for Admission and tell your counselor that you are applying to Concord College. To obtain an application, call 1-888-384-5249 or e-mail Send all applications to: Concord College Office of Admissions, PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712; or apply online (no application fee). STEP 2. Send your high school transcript to: Concord College Office of Admissions, PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712. STEP 3. Send your ACT or SAT scores: Concord College Office of Admissions, PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712 STEP 4. File your Freshman Scholarship Application. Send form request and application to: Concord College Office of Admissions, PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712; or apply online (no application fee). BETWEEN JANUARY 1 and 31 OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR : File your Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA). You will be able to obtain this form at any high school or request one from the Concord College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, or log on to


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
420 - 540
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
420 - 520
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
17 - 25

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

All students must complete a minimum of 128 semester hours with a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better to receive a degree. A program of general studies, required of all students, includes courses in communication and literature, fine arts, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, foreign languages (optional in most majors), and physical education. Credit is awarded for satisfactory scores on the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), and the International Baccalaureate (IB) tests. An outstanding honors program is also available to qualifying students. Honors courses and independent study projects are available in most departments. Semesters begin in late August and mid-January, and summer terms are also offered.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Concord offers more than 80 majors, minors, and programs. The degrees offered at Concord are the Bachelor of Science in computer information systems and athletic training; the Bachelor of Arts in communication arts; the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies; the Bachelor of Social Work; the Bachelor of Science in education (with a wide selection of teaching fields); the Bachelor of Science in medical technology; the Bachelor of Science in business administration; the Bachelor of Science with majors in biology, comprehensive chemistry, GIS and Cartography, mathematics, mathematics-comprehensive, mathematics/computer science, pre-professional biology, and chemistry (pre-professional studies in medicine and law offer an excellent pre-professional mentoring program); the Bachelor of Arts with majors in advertising/graphic design, English (with emphases in journalism, literature, and writing), geography, history, history with a concentration in philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and studio art. Concord offers the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree for adults who cannot interrupt their normal activities to attend college but have gained comparable knowledge outside the classroom. Concord also offers a two-year degree, the Associate of Arts in office supervision, and five structured interdisciplinary options including environmental geosciences, health care management, leadership and entrepreneurial studies, public administration, and sports management.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Journalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences,Other

  • Education

  • Education, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Art

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Natural Sciences

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physical Sciences

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Social Sciences, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Visual and Performing Arts, General

Students Say

Academics at Concord are “very engaging,” where “the best faculty in the world” help create “a great learning atmosphere.” Students praised the “small classes and community feel” that contribute to “success for all students.” With a ratio of 22 students to every professor, “Concord is an amazing learning atmosphere where one-on-one instruction by personable professors is a reality” and “you don’t just get lost in the numbers.” Faculty take courses “as serious as Harvard or Yale would,” and “the teachers are really concerned about preparing the students for their futures.” The “affordable price” of Concord is also a major draw for students, and many applicants are attracted by the substantial financial aid packages, as well as the “generous scholarships” offered to students who perform well. Thanks to the “hard but rewarding” curriculum, students say that their “solid educational background” leaves them feeling “prepared to pursue various graduate and career options.” “Whatever path you are taking,” Concord provides “the education you need today to prepare you for the career you need tomorrow.”


Terminal Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory

Notable Faculty

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory

ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For the 2002-2003 academic year, the tuition and fees, and room and board for West Virginia residents was $7,750. For out-of-state students, annual costs were $11,436. Books and supplies cost approximately $500, and personal expenses were about $1,000. These figures are subject to change.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, so the early bird gets the financial aid. We advertise a JANUARY 1 DEADLINE, and students will need to submit completed forms as soon as possible after January 1 of the year they plan to enroll. Parents may need to estimate income, but that's OK. Concord College has a very generous scholarship program. Merit awards, athletic and talent scholarships, transfer scholarships, and scholarships for nontraditional students are readily available for qualifying students. Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Perkins Loans, West Virginia Higher Education Grants, Federal PLUS Loans, and Federal Stafford Student Loans are available through the College. The State Student Assistance Program and the Federal Work-Study Program offer opportunities for student employment. Payment plans are also available. Students may also apply for a "Bonner Scholars" stipend. Students are paid for community service (as long as criteria is met) and the award is primarily based on need and prior service. Ask for the "Bonner Scholars" application. More than 85% of our freshmen students qualify for financial aid. Some scholarship awards are subject to availability.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

Concord's Student Government Association (SGA) budgets the student activity fee and plans entertainment. The SGA names students to voting membership on administrative councils and committees. Students also fund the SGA Memorial Scholarship. The College Center Board provides on-campus movies, dances, and special programs, and the Concord Office of Student Residential Life offers numerous programs and activities in the residence halls.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


56% female
44% male
18% are out of state
88% are full time
12% are part time

Students Say

Concord students describe their school as “a fun loving place where you can meet wonderful people” with a “great atmosphere.” With a little over 3,000 students, Concord is “a small school with good people” where “the students, faculty, and staff can learn and enjoyably grow with each other.” Even though the majority of Concord applicants are in-state, those who attend the school say it is “a great place to have an education and also to meet people from around the world.” In fact, Concord has a remarkable number of international students for a school that “serves an active commuter population”; 30 different nations are represented in Concord’s student body. Whether commuter, international, in-state or out of state, Concordians are a close-knit bunch, and many graduates leave Concord with “friends to keep.”


From The School


Athens is a small town in southern West Virginia near the Virginia border. Located near Princeton and Bluefield, West Virginia, Athens is six miles from I-77 and not far from I-64 and I-81. Athens has easy access to thriving population centers such as Roanoke, Virginia; Charleston, West Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina. Shopping malls and entertainment are also available nearby and Pipestem State Park Resort offers many recreational opportunities. WinterPlace ski resort is approximately 20 minutes north of the campus and whitewater rafting is also nearby.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

An open-stack library and a modern center for academic technologies facilitate research. Students have access to 25 computer labs, port per pillow fiber optics in the residence halls, an observatory, and two spacious theaters. Students also make use of physical education facilities including gymnasiums; an indoor swimming pool; a dance studio; squash, handball, and racquetball courts; and well-equipped weight rooms. Laboratories are integral components of programs in the natural sciences, psychology, and geography, and the Alexander Fine Arts Center houses facilities for art, music, communications, and dramatic arts studies.

Off-Campus Opportunities

The Concord University Beckley Center offers a wide range of academic opportunities, from freshman-level courses to the four-year degree in business administration, to students in and around Raleigh County, West Virginia. Summer internships, which provide valuable professional contacts and experience, are part of the program of study for students majoring in communication arts and advertising/graphic design. Professional fieldwork placements form part of the social work program, and an internship program is available for travel industry management students. Concord's most comprehensive internship program is in the area of medical technology. Students in this program must complete a 12-month internship at an approved hospital. Additionally, Concord's pre-med mentoring program includes paid summer projects, one-on-one mentoring with physicians, special advocacy for medical school applications, and MCAT preparation. The pre-law mentoring program provides one-on-one mentoring, internships in law firms, special advocacy for law school applications, LSAT preparation, and visits to area law schools. Concord provides study abroad opportunities for students in various majors. For Presidential Scholars, study abroad opportunities are included in the award package. Concord is the only public institution of 24 institutions that participate in the Bonner Scholarship program, which is based on "changing the world through service." Students who are chosen as Bonner Scholars or receive Community Service Covenant Grants volunteer at either onor off-campus locations depending on need.

Student Organizations & Activities

Concord's Student Government Association (SGA) budgets the student activity fee and plans entertainment. The SGA names students to voting membership on administrative councils and committees. Students also fund the SGA Memorial Scholarship. The College Center Board provides on-campus movies, dances, and special programs, and the Concord Office of Student Residential Life offers numerous programs and activities in the residence halls.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student

Students Say

“A nice lil’ school in the middle of nowhere,” students praise Concord’s “healthy living and learning environment” and “beautiful campus.” However, despite its “strong community connection,” many students had complaints about the “rural and socially unpleasant” location. A small burg with just over 1,000 residents, Athens, West Virginia “lacks the social atmosphere of a college town.” Although students praised the “personable environment,” some grumbled that “Concord is a commuter school where most students leave campus every weekend.” For those who do stay on campus, there are close to 60 different student organizations available, and almost 40% of the students are a member of a fraternity or sorority. The Alexander Fine Arts Center is active in bringing lecturers, art exhibitions, and visiting performing groups to campus; recent events have included a visit from writer Nikki Giovanni and performances by the Beijing Opera and the Freddy Cole Quartet. Although it may not be a large school in a traditional college town, Concord is “Almost Heaven, West Virginia” for many students.

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

20% join a fraternity
25% join a sorority


Athletic Division

Men's Sports (Mountain Lions)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Mountain Lions)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
LGBT Support Groups


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Debra Moore
Campus Visit Coordinator

PO Box 100 Vermillion St.
Athens, WV 24712



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Rahall Technology Ctr
48 Bell Carillon
University Point
Beasley Student Ctr.
Callaghan Stadium

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Pipestem Resort State Park
New River National Recreation Area
Princeton WV
The Greenbrier

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10 am and 1 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

during school year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Greyhound Bus Station, Bluefield WV Airports: Charleston WV, Roanoke VA, and Charlotte NC. Amtrak- Hinton WV

Driving Instructions to Campus
I-77 to exit 14, RT 20N to Athens, Right at only stoplight.

Local Accommodations
Sleep Inn, Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn Express all in Princeton WV. Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem WV.