West Liberty State College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 295
West Liberty, WV 26074
Tel: (304)336-5000
Free: 800-732-6204
Admissions: (304)336-8076
Fax: (304)336-8285
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.wlsc.edu/


State-supported, 4-year, coed. Part of West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1837. Setting: 290-acre rural campus with easy access to Pittsburgh. Endowment: $6.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $95,308. Educational spending 2003-04: $3734 per student. Total enrollment: 2,374. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 1,202 applied, 98% were admitted. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 33% from top quarter, 58% from top half. Full-time: 2,046 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 328 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 24 states and territories, 5 other countries, 28% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 3% black, 0.2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 16% 25 or older, 45% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Warwood Center, Wheeling WV.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

State resident tuition: $3380 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $8354 full-time. College room and board: $5006. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 6% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Delta Sigma Pi, Student Senate, Drama Club, Students in Free Enterprise. Major annual events: Homecoming, Greek Week, Spring Concert. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,300 college housing spaces available; 938 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Paul N. Elbin Library plus 1 other with 194,715 books, 124,000 microform titles, 485 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $376,993. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

West Liberty is located 10 miles from the city limits of Wheeling. There are 2 Protestant churches and a visiting priest for Catholic students. Famous Oglebay Park, 6 miles from the campus, is used for recreation. Job opportunities are good in the area. There are dormitories, campus health services, and an infirmary for students. Fraternities and sororities are prominent here.

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