Admission of students to the Pre-Professional Speech Pathology-Audiology (SPA) program is determined first by being admitted to the college. It is recommended but not required that those students interested in SPA meet the following requirements:
- High School GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 point scale
- Enhanced ACT composite score of 20 or combined minimum score of 930 on the SAT
- Satisfactory ACT/SAT math score as defined in the WLU college bulletin.
Students not meeting the initial requirements for admission to SPA as a freshman may enroll in the suggested introductory SPA courses listed below and achieve a minimum grade of “B” for each class with an overall GPA of 2.75 for his or her freshman year. Following the completion of these requirements, the student may contact the Director of SPA for a review of his or her admission status.
The grade point average of each SPA student will be reviewed each semester. Admission to a graduate program typically requires a grade point average of 3.00 or higher (most graduate schools are requiring 3.3 and above) in the undergraduate major, so a high level of academic performance is highly essential and strongly encouraged at West Liberty University.
I will be glad to talk to you, take you on a personal tour of the campus, or send additional information about the Speech Pathology undergraduate program and the field of Speech and Hearing. According to the Department of Labor, the employment opportunity for Speech Pathology is excellent. It is predicted to be one of the fastest growing occupations during from 2001 through 2010, with a 39-44 percent (39-44%) growth index projected for employment. Speech Pathologists and Audiologists can work in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, special education programs, nursing homes, and private practice.