Institutional Facts

Number of Students: Fall 2019 – 2,500 students

Established: 1837

Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1

Average Class Size: 25

Number of Academic Programs:

  • More than 70 different majors
  • More than 30 undergraduate and graduate academic programs are recognized nationally or have national accreditation



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: 290 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 184rd year (oldest public institution in West Virginia)
  • Roughly 50% of our students live in campus owned housing (82% of freshmen live on campus)
  • Four Academic Colleges: Business, Education & Human Performance, Liberal and Creative Arts, and Sciences
  • Athletics: Offer 18 NCAA Division II Sports
  • Graduate and undergraduate course offerings at Highlands Center
  • More than 60 Student Clubs/Organizations
  • 91% of West Liberty students receive some type of financial aid
  • Metro Rate for neighboring states
  • Over $6 million awarded annually in scholarships
  • WLU students come from: 48 of 55 counties in West Virginia, 29 states, and 30 countries from around the world