WVSU’S Social Work Program Recognized as one of Most Affordable in the Country

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Jan. 28, 2019
WVSU’S Social Work Program Recognized as one of Most Affordable in the Country

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University’s (WVSU) bachelor’s degree in social work program has been recognized as one of the most affordable in the nation for 2019-2020 by HumanServicesEDU.org.

The national human services organization cited WVSU’s program accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education, and its tuition of nearly $3,000 less than the state average for similar programs at other state public schools.

WVSU was the only college or university in West Virginia to make the list of the 101 most affordable bachelor’s degree in social work programs in the country.

“Our social work program provides our students with optimal learning experiences from highly qualified faculty,” said Dr. J. Paige Carney, dean of the College of Professional Studies. “As the only school in West Virginia to make the list, this shows our students are receiving a high quality experience.”

HumanServicesEDU.org also cited the low student to faculty ratio at WVSU and the opportunity for students to participate in the National Association of Social Workers and Alpha Delta Mu, the Social Work Honorary Organization. 

WVSU’s social work program’s accreditation was reaffirmed in 2017 for eight years and now until 2025. The WVSU social work program has been continuously accredited since 1974.

Accreditation by the CSWE means that a program has met the standards for quality set for by the organization. Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to apply for a social work licensure in every state in the country where licensing at the bachelor’s level is required, including West Virginia. 

For more information, and the complete list of programs recognized by HumanServicesEDU.org, visit https://www.humanservicesedu.org/most-affordable-bsw-programs-in-america.html.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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