Fast Facts

Number of Students: Fall 2012– 2,804 students

Established: 1837

Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1

Average Class Size: 25

Number of Academic Programs:

  • More than 60 different programs of study
  • More than 30 academic programs are recognized nationally or have national accreditation

Accreditation: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

North Central Association of Colleges and School
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago IL 60604
Phone: 1-800-621-7440

Location: West Liberty, WV

Number of Buildings: 50

Total Acreage: 263 Acres

School Colors: Black and Gold

School Nickname: The Hilltoppers

School Mascot: Topper the Bear

Mission Statement: To provide our students the opportunity for a high quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional education

  • Public Undergraduate and Graduate Institution
  • Celebrating our 176th year (oldest public institution in West Virginia) in 2013
  • Fall 2011 – 2790 enrolled students
  • Seventh consecutive year of enrollment increase
  • Roughly 50% of our students live in campus owned housing (80% of freshmen live on campus)
  • Five Academic Colleges: Arts & Communications, Business, Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences
  • Athletics: Offer 18 NCAA Division II Sports (Women’s Club Soccer and Men’s Club Lacrosse added in 2011-12, Men’s and Women’s Indoor and Outdoor track added in 2013 )
  • Course offerings at Highlands Center
  • More than 60 Student Clubs/Organizations
  • 90% of West Liberty students receive some type of financial aid
  • Metro Rate for bordering counties
  • $4.5 million awarded annually in scholarships
  • WLU students come from: 46 of 55 counties in West Virginia, 25 states and Washington DC, 26 countries from around the world