West Liberty University

2014 Quick Stats
208 University Drive

West Liberty, WV 26074-0295

Phone: (304) 336-5000
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#60 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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West Liberty University is a public institution that was founded in 1837. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,718, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 290 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. West Liberty University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 60. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,530 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $13,140 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

West Liberty University is a four-year comprehensive public University that provides students with contemporary curricula that encompass a variety of degree programs. As West Virginia's oldest institution of higher learning, West Liberty is customer-driven and vision-oriented with a focus on student learning. With over thirty nationally accredited programs, we offer students the opportunity to achieve their educational and personal goals through strong academic and social programs, cultural activities, professional services, and athletic events. Students are recognized and respected as individuals and enjoy a friendly atmosphere and an enjoyable place in which to work and learn. WLU enjoys productive partnerships with area businesses, public schools, higher education institutions, and government. The University is a vigorous competitor for top-quality students and for external financial support. WLU is known for being highly effective at meeting student needs.

West Liberty's Mission is to provide our students the opportunity for
a high quality undergraduate, graduate and professional education.

West Liberty is dedicated to placing the latest technology in the hands of our students. Educational innovation is the driving force behind West Liberty's Student Laptop Program, and incoming students have the opportunity to benefit from this unique initiative. An exceptional laptop package offers the use of mobile computing, both inside and outside the classroom, provides licensed McAfee Anti-Virus software, Microsoft Office 2007, and students will receive priority assistance from the laptop support center.

West Liberty's new Media Arts Center is a truly state-of-the-art facility with television production technological capabilities that rival and often exceed those of professional studios throughout the region. The Media Arts Center provides hands-on opportunities for classroom experiences such as: radio
production; digital audio creation and digital audio recording techniques; digital imaging; animation; web design; and many other opportunities including an 816 square-foot television control room that serves as a classroom for live television production.

West Liberty is approved to offer its first-ever stand-alone graduate programs. The M.A. Ed. is a 36-hour program with a common core of coursework and different areas of emphasis. The mission of the Graduate Program is to inspire creative catalysts of change in all facets of Education including professional development, leadership, coaching, special education, technology, and teaching. For more information see: http://westliberty.edu/ma-education/

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree. A physician assistant (PA) is a state licensed healthcare professional who practices medicine with physician supervision. PAs are able to perform an extensive range of medical services from entry-level primary care to highly technical specialty procedures in nearly every medical and surgical healthcare setting. In some rural and underserved communities PAs may serve as the primary providers of healthcare.The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree is a twenty-four month program divided into didactic and clinical sections. For more information see: http://www.westliberty.edu/physician-assistant/

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1837
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to West Liberty University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 72.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 72.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at West Liberty University is 14:1, and the school has 57.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at West Liberty University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; and Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 18%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Education 16%
Health Professions and Related Programs 16%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 13%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 7%

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Student Life

West Liberty University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,718, with a gender distribution of 41.6 percent male students and 58.4 percent female students. At this school, 47 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 53 percent of students live off campus. West Liberty University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,804
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

West Liberty University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. West Liberty University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at West Liberty University, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at West Liberty University.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered No

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In-state tuition and fees $5,530 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $13,140 (2012-13)
Room and board $8,200 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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