West Liberty University

West Liberty, WV 26074
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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.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleFringe Rural
Number of Students2,443
Student to Faculty Ratio15:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate71%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 3 16
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 94.9%


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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT800 to 950
ACT17 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

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$308/credit
In State Students$308/credit
Out of State Students$626/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$446/credit
In State Students$446/credit
Out of State Students$534/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $13,860 $13,860 $28,170
ADN 70 $21,560 $21,560 $43,820
BSN 125 $38,500 $38,500 $78,250
FNP 50 $22,300 $22,300 $26,700
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 97% of West Liberty University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 50% $4,521
Other Federal Grant 11% $2,031
State Grant & Scholarships 56% $4,143
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 42% $4,886
Federal Student Loans 72% $9,171
Private Loans 10% $11,748


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$10,989
$30,001 to $48,000$11,091
$48,001 to $75,000$14,311
$75,001 to $110,000$17,072
Over $110,000$17,210

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

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and West Virginia state board of nursing.
West Liberty University
208 University Drive
West Liberty, WV 26074

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