The Economic Impact of West Virginia's HBCUs

The landmark study commissioned by UNCF—HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities—makes it clear: HBCUs are economic engines in their West Virginia communities and beyond, generating substantial economic returns year after year.

HBCU faculty, employees and students produce—and consume—a wide range of goods and services, which spurs economic activity on and beyond campus. The result? More jobs, stronger growth and more vibrant communities. Meanwhile, West Virginia’s workforce is bolstered by a steady supply of highly trained and success-oriented HBCU graduates.

Want to learn more? Let the numbers tell the story.

West Virginia's 2 HBCUs Produce:

$142 Million

Total Economic Impact



$1.9 Billion

Lifetime Earnings