#5 Best Public Universities in West Virginia

West Liberty University

West Liberty, West Virginia

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West Liberty University overview
Location West Liberty, West Virginia
Online westliberty.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
West Liberty University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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West Liberty University, established in 1837, is a public university situated in the rural setting of West Liberty, West Virginia, approximately 12 miles north of the city of Wheeling. The university's campus is characterized by a range of architectural styles, providing housing opportunities with several residence halls available for students choosing to live on campus. West Liberty offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable emphasis on professional education in areas such as business, education, and the sciences. The academic climate is inclusive, with a generally non-competitive application process. West Liberty University's athletic teams, known as the Hilltoppers, compete in the NCAA Division II, with the athletic program being particularly recognized in wrestling and women's basketball.

In the most recent statistical year 1,606 prospective students applied, and 1,186 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 378 enrolled in the school.  1,921 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 370 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $8,345 plus fees of $0. West Liberty University is ranked 778 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












West Liberty University is rated within the lower 38% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

West Liberty University overview
SAT 890/1175
ACT 18/24
GPA 3.53

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend

West Virginia Resident Tuition

In State Costs for West Liberty University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,645
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $10,020
Budget for Other Expenses$4,094
Total One Year Cost$24,104

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for West Liberty University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,645
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $10,020
Budget for Other Expenses$4,094
Total One Year Cost$32,053

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$37,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

46% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by West Liberty University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 22%
Health Professions 20%
Education 18%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 10%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 6%

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