First Year Programs & Services


Hilltopper Academy dates for 2015 are August 2-7th!

Hilltopper Academy is a week-long, residential, summer-bridge program designed to increase college readiness among entering freshmen with “at-risk” pre-entry factors (i.e. substandard scores on the ACT or SAT, below average H.S. GPA).  In early May, qualifying freshmen are invited to participate in the academy.   Participants engage in a week of skill-building activities in Math, Writing, Critical-Thinking and Study Strategies and Time Management.

Cost: $50 registration fee for the program (includes the week of instruction, activities and all meals.)

For More Information, contact

Jamie Coen-Pickens
Coordinator, Hilltopper Academy
[email protected]


FYE is an eight week long, two-hour seminar course offered each fall designed to prepare first-year freshmen for academic and personal success at West Liberty University.  Students who successfully complete FYE will be able to:

  • Effectively use WINS
  • Access and interpret their MAP-Works “Student Report”
  • List important pre-registration, financial aid, ADD/Drop deadlines
  • Calculate their term and cumulative GPA’s as well as their quality points
  • Define and utilize the following skills: critical thinking, cultural competence, strategic reading, studying, note-taking, and time-management.
  • Identify and respond to different teaching styles


This program is designed for first-time freshmen who have been placed on Academic Probation. The ASCFF includes an Academic Probation Self-Assessment Worksheet (APSAW) which asks students to indicate the factors they believe contributed to their lack of academic success the past semester, and an Academic Success Plan (ASP) which is developed by the student with input from his/her Student Success and/or Departmental Advisors.


WRAP (West Liberty Risk Assessment Program)  is a web-enabled, next generation student success program that empowers faculty and professional staff to impact student retention while directly educating students about college transition issues. In addition to its use as an effective tool in academic advising, WRAP is employed in West Liberty’s FYE course, Academic Alerts, and other retention-related programs and services for first-year students.  WRAP empowers students to:

  • Recognize gaps between their behavior and their desired outcomes
  • Gain insights about themselves through social-norming
  • Understand the elements which impact their social and academic success
  • Reach out and utilize on-campus resources which can help them address their problems


PARENT POWER is an easy-to-read bulletin designed to keep parents informed about important dates, deadlines, and discussions they should be having with their college freshmen to promote their academic and personal success. Freshmen parents will receive Fall, Spring and Summer issues of the bulletin.

These programs and services are coordinated by Jamie Coen-Pickens, Retention Specialist. Please contact her for more information at (304) 336-8274 or [email protected] 


The Learning and Student Development Center is committed to motivating students to be successful, providing avenues for academic and cultural support, and developing opportunities for connecting students to the West Liberty University community. In this developmental process, students are encouraged to engage in programs and services that will help them realize their potential. The Learning and Student Development Center blends the following offices and services to address student’s needs and assist in a positive college experience.