United States

West Liberty University

> 800 th
US College Rankings 2018
101 Faculty Drive, West Liberty, West Virginia, 26074-0295, United States

West Liberty University

About West Liberty University

West Liberty University is a public institution in West Virginia’s north west corner. The small town of West Liberty, near the much larger city of Wheeling, was so named after the Declaration of Independence to mark its status as the westernmost town in the newly-independent United States.

WLU, which was founded in 1837, more than two decades before the state joined the Union, is the oldest in West Virginia.

The state borders with Ohio and Pennsylvania are five miles west and five miles east of the university respectively. The nearest major city is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s second largest, 45 miles north west of West Liberty. Columbus, Ohio’s capital and largest city, is 140 miles west of the university’s campus, which is spread across more than 290 acres.

There are more than 60 different courses to choose from. Business administration, professional studies, education and criminology are among the subjects available at master’s level. There are a number of evening, Saturday and online courses primarily aimed at adults.

Alumni include Rick Schneider-Calabash, a film writer, director and producer who has mainly worked on animation productions like 101 Dalmatians and Mickey Mouse, and Joe Niekro, a pitcher who played Major League Baseball for 22 seasons, winning the 1987 World Series with the Minnesota Twins, becoming an all-star in 1979.

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Key statistics

  • $33,000
    Salary after 10 years
  • $8,810
    On-campus Room and Board
  • $14,112
    Out-of-state Tuition and Fees
Based on data collected for the 2018 US Rankings

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