WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. April 30, 2020 — West Liberty University plans to have in-seat classes for Fall 2020 and reopen its main campus and Highlands Center location, along with housing and dining services.
“Some modifications are possible in the future but at this time West Liberty University plans on opening and is looking forward to welcoming students back for a successful fall semester,” said President Stephen Greiner.
Campus closed on March 23, 2020 after Gov. Jim Justice issued a stay-at-home order in response to COVID-19.
The tentative Fall 2020 start date is Aug. 22, 2020, with move-in taking place that same weekend. Students are asked to watch their email accounts for more information over the summer or to visit westliberty.edu/coronavirus if they have questions.
Greiner mentioned that the summer will allow campus staff and faculty time to plan for possible changes but at this time, all systems are go for fall.
“We have a chance to practice social distancing and create necessary procedures for the new semester in a hands-on way when our new class of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies graduate students join us at the end of June,” he added. Eighteen students are in the PA class.
New PA student classes typically begin in late June every year for this two-year master’s degree program. The Physician Assistant Studies Graduate Degree Program also plans to hold their regularly scheduled live commencement ceremony for its Class of 2020 on Friday, June 12.
“We appreciate all that our students have done over this unprecedented spring semester that brought significant change to our campus and the country. We anticipate working through remaining COVID-19 precautions and will maintain a safe and healthy environment. We continue to follow the advice of our public health experts and the mandates of the West Virginia Governor’s office,” Greiner added.
Though fall courses will include face-to-face instruction, the first summer term that runs May 11 – July 3 is on-line. For more information, please visit westliberty.edu/summercourses.
To register for fall or for general admission questions, please contact the Admission Office at 304-336-8076 or apply online at westliberty.edu/admissions/apply-now.