Potomac State College of West Virginia University
|Potomac State College of West Virginia University|
|Provost||Kerry S. Odell|
|Location||Keyser, West Virginia, United States
|Campus||Town, 18 acres (7.3 ha) |
Potomac State College of West Virginia University is a two-year junior college affiliated as a division of West Virginia University. West Virginia's only residential junior college, it is located in Keyser, approximately 90 miles (140 km) away from WVU's main campus in Morgantown, West Virginia, United States. Potomac State acts largely as a feeder for the WVU main campus, granting associate's degrees while allowing other students to begin the first two years of their college studies before transferring to the main campus.
The school was founded in 1901 as the sub-collegiate Keyser Preparatory Branch of West Virginia University. It was soon renamed as the West Virginia Preparatory School. Eventually, it evolved into a full junior college, taking students from the local area and also students from elsewhere in the state who did not meet the full admission requirements for the main campus. Potomac State has since largely moved out of its remedial role, offering many courses that directly transfer to the main campus with full credit.
Affiliation with WVU
After decades as a regional campus of West Virginia University, Potomac State became a fully integrated division of the University on July 1, 2005. At that time, the position of Campus President was replaced with Campus Provost, both jobs being filled by Kerry Odell. Many non-academic services at Potomac State have now come under the control of main campus.
Potomac State's athletics teams are known as the Catamounts, named after the cougar. Potomac State is a member of the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference, super-entity of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association (PCAA), of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and competes against other area junior college and community college teams. As of October 30, 2013, they are ranked 9th nationally in NJCAA Div III Soccer.
- "A Century of Excellence". Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
- "Administration". Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
- "About Potomac State College". Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
- Announcement of Potomac State College's change of status.
- "Athletics". Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
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