• Campus-wide Internet
  • Renovation of Shaw Hall
  • Construction of Campbell Hall Of Health Sciences
  • Highlands Center
  • New energy-saving windows in Main Hall
  • Paul N. Elbin Library roof replaced
  • Russek Football Field and locker room renovations
  • New Softball Complex
  • New field for soccer and lacrosse
  • Student Union upgrade
  • Expanded food service offering Pizza Hut and Taco Bell
  • Renovation of Marketplace dining facility in Rogers Hall
  • Blatnik Hall improvements

SINCE 2007 . . .

  • Enrollment
    - Largest total enrollment since 1973
    - 16% increase in five years
  • Second largest percentage increase in total enrollment among West Virginia public four-year institutions
  • One of only two West Virginia public four-year institutions with seven consecutive years of increases in enrollment
  • New-Student Enrollment (Freshmen and Transfer Students)
    - Fall 2011 enrollment of 816—
  • Largest since 1977
  • Full-Time Student Enrollment
    - Fall 2011 enrollment of 2,351—
  • Largest since 2001
  • Freshmen Enrollment
    - Fall 2009 enrollment of 578—Largest since 1977.
  • Scholarships
    - 120% increase in five years
    - From academic year 2006-2007 to academic year 2011-2012, WLU increased institutional scholarships and waivers from $1,308,145 to $3,771,742 – a 188% increase.
  • Elbin Scholars
    - 2007-08: 47
    - 2008-09: 55
    - 2009-10: 78
    - 2010-11: 89
    - 2011-12: 105 – 123% increase in five years
  • Promise Scholars
    - 2007-08: 233
    - 2008-09: 246
    - 2009-10: 278
    - 2010-11: 313
    - 2011-12: 346 – 48% increase in five years
  • Retention
    - Exceeded national peers by 10.4%
    - For part-time students, exceeded rate of national peers by 32%
  • Graduation Rates
    - Exceeded rate of national peers by 18% (2010 graduating class)
    - Percent of total entering students exceeded rate of national peers by 10%.
  • International Students
    - 1,020% increase in five years
  • Online Classes
  • Internships
    - 111% increase in five years
  • Faculty Salaries
    - West Liberty University believes that in order to attract and maintain high quality faculty that it is imperative that the institution offers and maintains competitive salaries. This approach includes enhancing the salaries of our current faculty while offering market-based salaries to new faculty. In this regard, since academic year 2007-08, we note the following: 

    - West Liberty University has provided existing faculty annual salary increases of 3% per year.
    - The number of full-time faculty has increased from 99 in 2007-08 to 134 in 2011-12, a 35% increase. As a result, salaries for existing and new WLU faculty increased approximately 26%, an increase of 5.2% per year.
    - Total salaries and benefits for all full-time faculty members have increased 29%.
    - The number of full-time science faculty has increased from 27 in 2007 to 39 in 2012, a 44% increase. As a result, salaries for existing and new science faculty members increased approximately 23%, an increase of 4.6% per year.
    - Total salaries and benefits for all full-time science faculty members have increased 26%.

  • West Liberty University Research Corporation - Since inception, total sponsored funding represents $1,100,000
    - WLURC has been able to provide matching dollars to support new research projects at the University
    - Grants have been received from:
    - U.S. Department of Commerce
    - NASA
    - West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts
    - Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
    - BB&T Foundation
    - U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources
    - West Virginia Department of Natural Resources
    - National Institutes of Health
  • Lifetime Learning in 2009-10, WLU had an increase of 10.9% in the number of students enrolled ages 25 and over. From 2007-2012, WLU has seen a 13.1% increase in non-traditional students, the third highest among public colleges and universities in WV.
  • Summer School
    - Fourth Session added in Summer 2011
    - Major expansion of online course offerings
    - Since the opening of the Highlands Center, there has been a significant increase in the number of students enrolling in Summer School. In 2008, there were 486 students enrolled in Summer School. In Summer 2011, West Liberty University added a fourth session of Summer School to provide more access and more classes. In Summer 2012, there were a record 875 students enrolled in Summer School, an 80% increase in five years.
  • Fundraising
    - Fundraising efforts through the Office of Institutional Advancement have increased from $862,479 in 2007-08 to $1,763,529 in 2011-12, representing a 104% increase in five years. Average per-donor contributions have increased by 180% in the five-year period from 2007-08 to 2011-12. These efforts produce a significant increase in scholarship offerings and an enhancement in student focused activities and initiatives.
    - New annual events, the Great Gala and the Benefactors Gala, become successful in the fundraising efforts of the Office of Institutional Advancement.