Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to West Liberty University! The following checklist will help ease your transition and connect you to the resources that you will need to start your college experience on the hilltop! Click on the (+) sign to expand the hidden content.

 

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Orientation & Class Registration

The Registrar’s office will notify new students about class registration for the Spring term. Pre-registration for current students will take place in October therefore, new students can expect to receive more information in November. 

Freshmen Students

Freshmen are required to select an orientation date and complete the class registration form in order to receive a schedule. Your class schedule will be prepared based on recommended courses from academic college deans and department chairs. Freshmen will be invited to Accepted Student Day in the Spring where they will learn more details about class registration. Additionally, an email and postcard will be sent to the student when it is time to sign up for orientation next summer. 

Transfer Students:

Registration for Fall 2022 Transfer Students will be held in the summer months. Each academic college will hold four registration sessions. During the registration sessions Academic Advisors will be available to assist you in completing a schedule. Students will receive an email in the spring regarding instructions on class registration. 

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.

Final Admission

The WLU Admissions Portal is designed to help personalize your admissions experience and is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Within the account, you can:

  • Apply for admission
  • Check your application status
  • Track receipt of official admission requirement documents
  • View admission decision
  • Sign up for tours and admissions events
  • View your student ID number

The Admissions Office offers virtual counseling to incoming students and their families. Staff can be contacted by visiting our staff page.

Freshmen Students:

  • Final high school transcript sent after graduation (must reflect graduation date)
  • ACT and/or SAT test scores (click here for test optional information)
  • Advanced placement (AP) scores (if applicable)
  • Official college transcript(s) if any college credit were completed while in high school

Transfer Students:

  • 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

Students that have been accepted for the Fall 2022 term will be invited to one of our Accepted Student Events in March. More information will be posted here as it becomes available. 

Testing Information

Students applying for admission to West Liberty University for the spring, summer or fall terms in 2022 may submit their application for consideration without an SAT or ACT score. Click here for more information.

The On-Campus ACT will be available at West Liberty University over the summer months.  West Liberty University will be providing incoming students with greater flexibilities in qualifying for admission and our Academic Scholarships for the academic year.

For more information and to register for a test date, click here

Residence and Student 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.

Student Life facilitates campus events, works closely with clubs and organizations, including Greek Life, and coordinates with other departments on campus, including intramural sports and Student Government Association, to provide a rich Student Life program for all students.

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.

Are you a new student joining us this fall? Our procedure for getting your TopperCard has changed slightly: you can now submit your photo virtually for us to print!  Find the form here! Questions? Email us at [email protected] or give us a call at (304) 336-8024.

Residential students are required to have a full meal plan.  There are three full meal plan options, all with the same cost.  Meal plans and the Sodexo Dollars can be used in any Sodexo locations, which include Slice of Life, Wow, The Grille, Jazzman’s and the Marketplace. University Place 1 & 2 residents may also choose the 5 meal plan, which includes $100 in Sodexo Dollars. Commuter meal plan options are available through the Business Office. Students can change their meal plans within the first two weeks of each semester only. For additional information on Sodexo meal plans and locations, please visit them at westliberty.edu/dining.  If you have questions please contact the Office of Housing & Student Life at [email protected] or (304)336-8345.

Scholarships, Financial Aid & Billing

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. The following checklist will help ease your concerns through the Financial Aid process at West Liberty University.

The Financial Aid Office will be offering phone counseling to all interested incoming and returning students and their families.  Please click here to sign up for an appointment with our office.  We will be able to walk through estimated costs and financial aid, as well as next steps and additional payment options. 

We would like to encourage all of our families to download the Cost Sheet Estimator before your appointment to help guide us through your questions and concerns. 

We also offer an additional payment option brochure for understanding all of the different possibilities to finalizing your student account.

If you have student employment questions, please see our student employment information or visit our student employment website. 

Finally, should you have an additional questions and are unable to book a phone appointment with our office, please feel free to email us.

West Liberty University, partnered with United Bank offers Direct Deposit of Financial Aid refunds to either a United Bank account, or a bank account of the student’s choice. Please complete the form to have your refund direct deposited: http://westliberty.edu/business-office/ If the student prefers a paper check, they need not do anything. A paper check will be mailed to the permanent address on record. Please remember to always keep your information updated to receive your refund in a timely manner. If you have any questions regarding your refund or have trouble setting up your disbursement account please contact the Business Office at 304.336.8013

The timeline to receive your refund is:

  • Direct Deposit – one to three business days
  • Paper Check – five to seven business days

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.

  1. Payments can be made through your student’s WINS. (See instructions located on the Business Office’s website)
  2. Epay is available for those who do not have a student login or those who would like to pay with an e-check.
  3. Payment can be made by visiting the Business Office between the hours of 8am-4pm, Monday through Friday.
  4. Payment can be mailed to: West Liberty University, Business Office, 208 University Drive, CUB 109, and West Liberty, WV 26074
  5. Payment can be made over the phone by calling (304) 336-8013 or (304) 336-8944.
  6. A 5 month payment plan is available. Refer to http://westliberty.edu/business-office/, click on the payment plans & options tab then payment plan options.

Academics

Watch ‘It’s a Major Thing‘ for an inside look at your major, ‘Nothing but the FACs‘ for faculty spotlights, ‘Beyond the Hilltop‘ to see how recent alum are using their degrees, etc.

For a list of majors, visit the Academics page.

Contact information for Deans, Chairs and Program Directors can be found here.

Meet your major virtual sessions will be offered in April. Click here to register.

Visit Campus

Campus tours will be offered for the fall semester starting on August 25th and can be scheduled Monday-Friday every hour from 9am-2pm. We will not be accepting “walk-in” tours so please register for your tour in advance by using the link below under “Schedule a Tour.”

All visits will consist only of the campus tour and meeting with an Admissions Counselor. If you’d like more information on a major/program, we will provide you with contact information to schedule a virtual appointment with a faculty member.

View Virtual Tour of Campus

Student Health and Safety

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. Required health information can be found and submitted in your Student Health Portal. Failure to submit this information 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://westliberty.edu/health-services/.

Christy Bennington, Director of Health Services Health Services, Shaw Hall 019 [email protected]

Phone: 304.336.8046

The Campus Police Department employs full-time campus police officers commissioned by the State of West Virginia, with full law enforcement authority and responsibilities identical to the local police or Sheriff’s Department. The Campus Police officers work closely with the West Virginia State Police, Sheriff’s Department, and other law enforcement agencies.

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.

Move-in Weekend

What 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. More info…

The Enrollment Services Center (Registrar, and Financial Aid), the Admissions Office, the Housing Office, the
Learning & Student Development Center, Student Health Services, and the Business Office will be open for
extended hours during the opening weekend of the Fall semester. Hours will be posted here as they become available. 

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, West Liberty University is working to move as many processes online as possible.  One item we have moved to online is the form for your WLU Student Hangtag.  Please click here to review the guidelines. 

Student Resources

Keep track of important dates on the Academic Calendar

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 or by using the Contact Form Online

 

Sakai is WLU’s virtual learning platform for many in-seat and online classes. Please note that you may not have access to Sakai until 1 week before classes begin. You will be able to view course content in Sakai beginning the first day of classes. If you need help with logging in, please open a Sakai Help Ticket. You will need your WLU ID number to submit a ticket.  If you do not know your WLU ID number, please email [email protected]

GO WLU is a list of various resources you may need while using the West Liberty University website. Bookmark these links for future use.

Find course materials by adding your courses to find everything you need for class.

The West Liberty University IT Helpdesk provides a wide variety of services to the students, faculty, and staff of West Liberty University. The Help Desk is the first point of contact for faculty, staff and students who need computer or telephone assistance. Support tickets (https://westliberty.edu/helpdesk/), phone calls (304-336-8886) and walk-ins (Main Hall, MB39) are all welcome.

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..

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.

WLU is committed to providing support to student veterans as you pursue your academic program.

The Honors College is an academic program of distinction for motivated, high-achieving students. As a community of engaged learners, we are serious about good grades and scholarship, but we are also serious about having fun! Nationwide, students are joining honors colleges both for the enhancement their careers, and to have a more fulfilling and enjoyable college experience.

Locations

West Liberty University is a forward-looking, four-year public university steeped in a rich heritage as West Virginia’s oldest institution of higher education. Established as West Liberty Academy in 1837 (26 years before the state was admitted to the Union), it was created to respond to the need for higher educational opportunities west of the Appalachian ridge. The institution is named for the town in which it is located. West Liberty was so named in the late 18th Century as the westernmost point of the new liberty provided through the Declaration of Independence.

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 us out on the web or call 304-217-2800.

WLU Downtown Center houses the WLU Foundation office and offers space to its hilltop campus for outreach to the Wheeling community.

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