West Virginia contains seven schools that offer homeland security programs. West Virginia University at Parkersburg, the highest-ranking homeland security school in WV, has a total student population of 4,223 and is the 5148th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 7 homeland security schools in West Virginia, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, American Public University System comes out as the most expensive ($10,370/yr), with West Virginia State Community and Technical College as the lowest recorded at only $2,063/yr.
Homeland Security students from West Virginia schools who go on to become homeland security specialists, police officers, security technicians, security officers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,028,830 people working as security guards alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $26,430. Also, Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers make on average $36,470 per year and there are about 98,090 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the West Virginia alone, there are 840 employed police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers earning an average yearly salary of $23,400. Security guards in this state earn $22,810/yr and there are 5,470 employed.
Also, within the homeland security schools in West Virginia, the average student population is 1,951 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1. Aside from homeland security, there are 1870 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 1,415 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $3,827, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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