Welcome to the Hilltop!
Congratulations on your acceptance to West Liberty University! On this page, you will find important information for new students.
SPRING 2016Classes for the spring semester will begin on January 11, 2016 at 9:00am. Students will be notified by letter with information on how to contact the department chair within their major for assistance with class registration. Otherwise, students are to report to registration that will be held from 7:30am-8:30am on the first day of class in the Enrollment Center, Shaw Hall, Room 121.
Academic CalendarACADEMIC YEAR CALENDAR
- Final high school transcript sent after graduation
- ACT and/or SAT test scores
- Proof of measles and rubella (MMR) immunization
- Advanced placement (AP) scores if applicable
- Official college transcript(s) if any college credit were completed while in high school
- Confidential mandatory health form
- Final high school transcript with graduation date and ACT/SAT test scores (only if you have earned less than 28 semester hours of college credit)
- Official college transcript(s) from each institution that you have attended
- Transfer clearance form
- Proof of measles and rubella (MMR) immunization
- Confidential mandatory health form
Student Health Service
The primary mission of the West Liberty University Student Health Service is to enable you to take full advantage of your academic experience by maintaining and improving your health.
A required Mandatory Health Form is to be completed and turned in before your first day of classes. Failure to submit this form may result in being denied treatment at the Health Service, participation in intercollegiate sports, or entry into some academic programs.
For more information, including hours of operation, see http://www.westliberty.edu/health-services/.
Christy Bennington, Director of Health Services
Health Services, Shaw Hall 019
ACT Residual TestingACT Residual testing will be offered on campus in August for incoming West Liberty students who have not yet taken the test. More information will be posted here at a later time.
Whether you are considering West Liberty University as a first-time student or as a way to further your education, the Financial Aid Office is here to help you make your goals a reality. You are taking the next big step in your life. The Net Price Calculator will allow you to gain an understanding of the estimated cost to you and your family if you choose to attend West Liberty University. We would also like to encourage you to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible, in order to allow our office to have ample time in communicating all available funding to you. Finally, for a list of available scholarships, grants, and other funding at West Liberty, please visit our website. As always, please feel free to contact us at 304.336.8016 or [email protected] with any questions or concerns.
Housing and Residence Life
The information contained here will help prepare you for life in the residence halls, and the transition you make into University life. As a member of the University community, you will find that much of what you learn will occur outside the classroom as you learn to live and work with others, in a diverse community. The student life experience at West Liberty is designed to help you grow in personal, social and academic areas.
Freshmen Orientation and Class Registration (Fall Semester)Orientation will offer you the opportunity to learn how to register and complete your class schedule for the fall semester, meet faculty for your college, take necessary ASSET tests, have your ID picture taken, see your residence hall room, learn specific information about financial aid, and take care of a variety of campus tasks to prepare for the new semester. Parents will even learn more about their role in this process with our Parent Power program. Orientation and registration dates will be listed here as they become available.
Transfer RegistrationRegistration for incoming transfer students will be held during the prior to each semester. Each academic college will hold registration sessions. ; During the registration sessions, academic advisors will be available to assist you in completing a schedule for the semester. More information will be posted here as dates are scheduled.
TopperFestWhat is TopperFest? TopperFest is a two week festival held before the fall semester which is designed to welcome students to West Liberty University and get them acclimated to campus. These events give new students the chance to interact with each other and jump-start the friendships that will last a lifetime. For more information, click here.
Student Laptop Program
As an incoming West Liberty student you have the opportunity to benefit from a unique program that will enrich your educational experience by participating in the West Liberty University Student Laptop Program. The laptop intent form must be completed to enroll in this program.
On-line WINS Accounts
All students have an online account through the West Liberty Information Network System (WINS). Students complete class registration and access grades through their WINS accounts. Personal information, financial aid information, billing information and many other items can be accessed via WINS. To log in to WINS, click on the GO at the top of the WLU home page. You will need your student ID and pin number. Your student ID can be found on your letter of acceptance, class schedule or financial aid award letter. You can also contact the Enrollment Center at 304.336.8007 to receive that information. Your PIN number will initially be your six digit date of birth (MMDDYY) then the system will prompt you to change your password and set up a security question.
All students will have a mandatory email account through West Liberty University. Students are expected to regularly check their WLU email accounts as faculty and administration primarily contact students through their email accounts. Email accounts for new students will be created prior to classes beginning each semester. You will be able to access your email address through your WINS account. Once you are logged into WINS, click on “Personal Information”, then “Email Address”.
Due to recent changes made by IT Services, from now on, all new students will have an email address of first initial followed by middle initial and last name followed by @westliberty.edu ([email protected]). To access your email account, click on the GO icon on the top of the homepage. You will need to enter your user name, which will be your email address, minus the @westliberty.edu. Your password will be your eight digit date of birth (MMDDYYYY). If you have any questions regarding your email account, please contact the IT Services HELP Desk at 304.336.8886.
TopperNet Emergency Text Messaging System
Once classes begin, students are encouraged to sign up for TopperNet. TopperNet is provided by Rave Wireless and is WLU’s emergency text message system. TopperNet is used to notify you when classes are canceled or if any other emergency arises. You will need your WLU email address and your cell phone number when registering for this service. There is no fee for this service.
To sign up for TopperNet: Go to https://www.getrave.com/login/westliberty Click on “Register Now”. Complete the information on the “Create Account” page, agree to the Terms of Service, and click “Next”. A confirmation screen will appear, explaining that Rave has sent you an e-mail. Go to your e-mail account and click the link. When you click the link, a 4 digit code will be sent to your phone. A screen will open on your compter asking you to type in that code. This will take you to your main account screen. You’re done!
All students enrolled at West Liberty University are assigned an academic adviser to assist the student with class scheduling and meeting graduation requirements. Academic advisers are assigned to new students prior to the semester beginning. The name of your academic adviser can be found in WINS under the “Student Services” menu. Select “Student Records” from the “Student Services” menu, and the select “View Student Information”. You can locate telephone numbers and email addresses for advisers in the WLU directory, which is available on the home page next to the WINS icon. Office locations are posted outside of the Registrar’s Office in Main Hall.
Parent Power is an easy-to-read bulletin designed to keep parents informed about important dates, deadlines and discussions you should be having with your college freshman to help promote his/her academic and personal success. To view editions of the newsletter, visit the Parent Power page on the web.
Just off of Interstate 70 at the Cabela’s Drive exit and located just steps from the entrance of the Marquee Cinemas, the WLU Highlands Center offers more than 50 courses. Convenient parking and a modern learning environment making it ideal for first-time freshmen, current students, commuters, employees at the Highlands, and adult students wishing to begin or complete a degree at West Liberty University. The Highlands Center provides a number of educational opportunities from undergraduate to graduate level courses. The majority of the University’s summer courses are offered at the Highlands Center. For more information on the Highlands Center check out our page or call 304-217-2800.
WLU Financial Aid Refund Process
We have partnered with United Bank to streamline the financial aid refund process. You have the following options regarding the delivery method of your refund:
Direct deposit to the bank account of your choice
A paper check mailed to the address of your choice*
*Choosing a paper check will delay the processing of your refund.
Once you have registered to attend WLU an email will be sent from United Bank to your West Liberty email address, containing instructions and your username and password. You will be required to log in and chose a disbursement option in order to receive your refund.
If you have any questions regarding your refund or have trouble setting up your disbursement account please contact the Business Office.
United customer service representatives are available to aid you in navigating through your United disbursement account, 1-800-327-9862.
Invoicing and Payment Options
All invoicing will be completed through your West Liberty email account (late July for the fall semester and early December for the spring semester). Please reference your invoice for payment due dates. There are multiple options available to make payments on your account.
Payments can be made through your student’s WINS. (See instructions located on theBusiness Office’s website).
Epay is available for those who do not have a student login or those who would like to pay with an e-check.
Payment can be made by visiting the Business Office between the hours of 8am-4pm, Monday through Friday.
Payment can be mailed to: West Liberty University, Business Office, 208 University Drive, CUB 109, and West Liberty, WV 26074.
Payment can be made over the phone by calling (304) 336-8013 or (304) 336-8944.
A 5 month payment plan is available. Refer to http://www.westliberty.edu/business-office/, click on the payment plans & options tab then payment plan options.
Students can pick-up and/or have your picture taken at the College Union Office located on the ground floor of the College Union.
Topper Cards are used as the meal card, library card, and with Topper Dollars, can be used for laundry, vending, and for purchases in Subway and the Bookstore.
The card is also used to gain access to the front door of the student’s respective residence hall and several academic areas in the Media Arts Center, Fine Arts Building, Arnett Hall, and Main Hall.
Financial aid refunds may be placed as Topper Dollars on the Topper Card by contacting the Business Office. Topper Dollars may be added to the Topper Card through eACCTS , in the student union, and in the Business Office. Cash payment is only accepted in the Business Office.
Students have 5, 10, 14 and 19 meal plans available. By default, all new residential students are assigned the 19 meal plan. Residential students must have 10, 14 or 19 meal plan, except for students living in University Place. Students residing in University Place can choose the 5 meal plan.
Residence Hall students can change their meal plan by contacting the Housing Office. (Please contact the Housing Office regarding timing restrictions on changes)
5, 10, and 50 meal plans are available to commuters.
Extended Hours of OperationThe Enrollment Services Center (Admissions, Registrar and Financial Aid), the Business Office, the Housing Office, the Learning & Student Development Center, and the Office of Student Services will be open for extended hours during the opening weekend of the fall semester. Hours will be posted at a later date.
Schedule a Visit
Schedule a campus visit or attend an open house program. For more information, click here