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West Virginia (i/ˌwɛst vərˈdʒɪnjə/) is a state in the Appalachian and Southeastern regions of the United States, bordered by Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, Ohio to the northwest, Pennsylvania to the northeast and Maryland to the east. The capital and largest city is Charleston.

West Virginia became a state following the Wheeling Conventions, breaking away from Virginia during the American Civil War. The new state was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863, and was a key Civil War border state. West Virginia was the only state to form by seceding from a Confederate state, and was one of only two states formed during the American Civil War (the other one being Nevada, which separated from Utah Territory).

The Census Bureau and the Association of American Geographers consider West Virginia part of the South. The northern panhandle extends adjacent to Pennsylvania and Ohio with the West Virginia cities of Wheeling and Weirton being just across the border from the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, while Bluefield is less than 70 miles (110 km) from North Carolina and Harper's Ferry is considered to be a part of the Washington metropolitan area. The unique position of West Virginia means that it is often included in several geographical regions, including the Mid-Atlantic, the Upland South, and the Southeastern United States. Notably, it is the only state which entirely lies within the area served by the Appalachian Regional Commission, which is a common definition of "Appalachia".

The state is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research. The karst lands contribute to much of the state's cool trout waters. It is also known for a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities, including skiing, whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and hunting.

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Matching West Virginia Colleges

Name
West Virginia University
Four or more years; Public; $17,844 average out-state tuition; $5,674 average in-state tuition
Marshall University
Four or more years; Public; $12,420 average out-state tuition; $4,584 average in-state tuition
Fairmont State University
Four or more years; Public; $11,230 average out-state tuition; $5,326 average in-state tuition
American Public University System
Four or more years; Private for profit; $6,000 average out-state tuition; $6,000 average in-state tuition
Shepherd University
Four or more years; Public; $1,300 average out-state tuition; $350 average in-state tuition
Concord University
Four or more years; Public; $12,100 average out-state tuition; $5,446 average in-state tuition
West Virginia State University
Four or more years; Public; $4,918 average out-state tuition; $4,918 average in-state tuition

West Virginia College Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
American Electric Power Scholarship - ASME $4000 March 20, 2015
L. Phil and Alice J. Wicker Scholarship $500 January 31, 2015
Ernest Morgan Memorial Scholarship Varies March 15, 2015
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