West Liberty University

West Liberty, WV 26074

West Liberty University is a public university in West Liberty, West Virginia. It was established in 1837, making it the oldest institution of higher learning in the state. However, it did not achieve university status until 2008. West Liberty offers over 70 undergraduate degrees and several graduate programs. The university is structured into five professional colleges including the College of Sciences, which houses the Health Sciences department. In 2014, the $20 million Health Sciences Building was opened. The nursing programs and many other health sciences programs were moved to this new 70,000-square-foot facility. West Liberty also maintains a library containing more than 200,000 print volumes, which is one of the largest libraries in West Virginia.

Three CCNE-accredited BSN options are available at the university, including BSN, RN to BSN, and accelerated BSN programs. The nursing program became part of the university in the early 1970s. The RN to BSN program is offered online and designed to allow registered nurses to continue working while they earn their BSN degrees. Depending on prerequisite courses, some students may complete the RN to BSN program in three semesters. The traditional BSN program is designed to be completed in eight semesters and includes clinical rotations at local clinics and healthcare facilities.


Campus LocaleRural: Fringe
Student to Faculty Ratio13:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate72%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. RN to BSN
  3. Accelerated BSN

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 27

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from West Liberty University

California University of Pennsylvania
38.57 miles away
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
39.35 miles away
UPMC St. Margaret - McKeesport Hospital Campus
41.03 miles away
West Virginia University
50.14 miles away
Fairmont State University
52.27 miles away
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Fayette- Eberly
52.28 miles away
Alliance Career Centre - Robert T. White School of Practical Nursing
59.1 miles away
Youngstown State University
65.16 miles away
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
68.45 miles away
Ohio University-Zanesville Campus
76.67 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1942 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
10/01/1994 - 12/31/2006
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/21/2007 - Current

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading410 to 500
SAT: Math420 to 490
SAT: Writing330 to 520
ACT Composite18 to 23
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$11,232
30k to 48k$11,675
48k to 75k$14,052
75k to 110k$16,152
Over 110k$17,110
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $287.00 $593.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $425.00 $510.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

Bachelor's in Nursing Degree Scholarships

Applicants who are registered nurses must have a current license to practice as an RN, have more than a high school diploma and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate nursing degree program [...]

Gustavus B. Capito Fund for Nursing Education

Applicant must be a Charleston, WV resident enrolled as a full time student in an accredited nursing program in West Virginia. Minimum 2.5 GPA required.

West Liberty University - National Merit Scholarship

Applicant must be a National Merit Finalist who has designated West Liberty University as his or her first-choice institution when completing the scholarship application. Applicants may change [...]

Eleanora G. Wylie Scholarship for Nursing

Applicant must be a West Virginia resident enrolled full time at an accredited college or university, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and demonstrate good moral character. Preference given to [...]

Mary T. Price Scholarship

Applicant must be a graduating senior of Logan High School who plans to enroll in a field of study in registered nursing from an accredited college in West Virginia. Minimum 2.5 GPA and [...]

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2015-2016 colleges survey) and West Virginia state board of nursing
West Liberty University
208 University Drive
West Liberty, WV 26074

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