Potomac State College of West Virginia University

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Potomac State College
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Viewed from US 220 in January 2014
PresidentJennifer E. Orlikoff[2]
DeanGregory S. Ochoa (Academic Affairs)
United States

39°26′19″N 78°58′56″W / 39.43861°N 78.98222°W / 39.43861; -78.98222Coordinates: 39°26′19″N 78°58′56″W / 39.43861°N 78.98222°W / 39.43861; -78.98222
CampusTown, 18 acres (7.3 ha) [3]
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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. 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.


College campus showing on the left Memorial Residence Hall and Davis Residence Hall on the right

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 partial credit.

Affiliation with WVU[edit]

College library in January 2014

After decades as a regional campus of West Virginia University, Potomac State became an integrated division of the University on July 1, 2005.[4] Many non-academic services at Potomac State have now come under the control of its main campus.


Potomac State College athletics teams are known as the Catamounts,[5] named after the cougar and mountain lions that once roamed the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. Potomac State is a member of the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference, super-entity of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association (PCAA), in partnership with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and competes against other two-year colleges throughout the eastern United States. In October 2013, Catamounts Soccer was ranked 9th in NJCAA Division III. Catamounts Baseball competed in the NJCAA Division I World Series as the 2011 Eastern District Champions.[6] In 2013, the baseball team finished the season ranked 19th in Division I. In March 2014, Catamounts Men's Basketball won their regional championship, which qualified them for the 16-team NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament. The "Cats" won a game before being eliminated.

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Dave Roberts was assistant baseball coach at Potomac State in the 1990s.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A Century of Excellence". Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Archived from the original on 2015-03-26. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  2. ^ "Administration". Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  3. ^ "About Potomac State College". Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  4. ^ Announcement of Potomac State College's change of status.
  5. ^ "Athletics". Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-04-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Dave Roberts" | Society for American Baseball Research

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