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West Liberty University

West Liberty, WV 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate71%
Acceptance Rate71%

About West Liberty University

Located in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, WLU is a very unique, very affordable, option for students. The tri-state area positions WLU approximately 1hr from Pittsburgh, PA and 2hrs from Columbus, OH. Enrollment is around 2,500 with an Average Class Size of 25 and a Student-Faculty Ratio of 15:1. WLU offers 70+ undergraduate degrees and has a reputation for practicum-based learning. WLU is one of the 'Top 100 Most Affordable Universities in the US' with $6+ million in annual scholarships as well as metro tuition rates for neighboring counties in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. Additionally, WLU offers vibrant student life opportunities in addition to 20 NCAA DII athletic teams in the Mountain East Conference.

West Liberty University Overview

West Liberty University is a public, state school in a rural setting in West Liberty, West Virginia. West Liberty University was founded in 1837 and the school enrolls around 2,483 students a year, including 2,125 undergraduate students. West Liberty University ensures housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

Student Activities at West Liberty University

Love music or performing?

Are you interested in journalism and communications? West Liberty University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Planning to play sports? West Liberty University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at West Liberty University on the Student Life page.

2022 West Liberty University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 71%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.5
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 0.28%
In-State Tuition $8,354
Out-of-State $16,294
Percent of Need Met 70%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $7,800

Is West Liberty University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can provide a sense of how selective a college is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a clearer idea of what West Liberty University offers and if it seems like a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for West Liberty University

West Liberty University is not difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at West Liberty University is 71%. Last year, 1,829 students applied to West Liberty University and 1,292 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at West Liberty University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 73% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at West Liberty Universitycome back the next year. 53% of West Liberty University undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for West Liberty University Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from West Liberty University by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with West Liberty University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at West Liberty University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

West Liberty University meets 70% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend West Liberty University full-time are awarded $7,800 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $25,000 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at West Liberty University.

Based on this information, is West Liberty University the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is West Liberty University a good school for you?

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Where is West Liberty University Located?

West Liberty University is located in the rural setting of West Liberty, West Virginia.

If you would like to see West Liberty University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 70 to West Liberty, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Pittsburgh International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what West Liberty University and West Liberty are like without leaving home.

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College Info

West Liberty University Application Deadline

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West Liberty University ACT Scores


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17 - 24

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to West Liberty University is 21. Students with an ACT score of 24 and above have a good chance of getting into West Liberty University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 24 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 17 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

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West Liberty University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at West Liberty University is like? There are approximately 2,483 students enrolled at West Liberty University, including 2,125 undergraduate students and 358 graduate students. 83% percent of students attend school full-time, 69% percent are from WV and 31% percent of students are from other states.


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