West Liberty University
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 LocaleFringe Rural|
|Number of Students2,443|
|Student to Faculty Ratio15:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||800 to 950|
|ACT||17 to 23|
|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.
|In District Students||$308/credit|
|In State Students||$308/credit|
|Out of State Students||$626/credit|
|In District Students||$446/credit|
|In State Students||$446/credit|
|Out of State Students||$534/credit|
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|
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.
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|
|Other Federal Grant||11%||$2,031|
|State Grant & Scholarships||56%||$4,143|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||42%||$4,886|
|Federal Student Loans||72%||$9,171|
$12,293Average Net Price
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|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and West Virginia state board of nursing.