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West Liberty University is a public institution that was founded in 1837. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,730, 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 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 66. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,266 (2011-12); out-of-state tuition and fees are $13,140 (2011-12).
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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
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
West Liberty is approved to offer its first-ever stand-alone graduate program, a Master of Arts in Education. This program is expected to serve the graduate degree needs of many professional educators in the Upper Ohio Valley.
|School type||public, coed college|
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 77.4 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||77.4%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 1|
The student-faculty ratio at West Liberty University is 15:1, and the school has 55.0 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; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68.8 percent.
West Liberty University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,730, with a gender distribution of 42.9 percent male students and 57.1 percent female students. At this school, 47.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 53.0 percent of students live off campus. West Liberty University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA II|
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|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At West Liberty University, 72.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,196.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$5,266 (2011-12)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$13,140 (2011-12)|
|Room and board||$7,710 (2011-12)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data