West Liberty University Expects Student Enrollment Increase This Fall

More students are returning to class and campus this weekend as West Liberty University students arrive to move in.

“We are expecting an increase in enrollment this fall and we are looking forward to the hustle and bustle of students back on campus and getting settled,” said Stephen Greiner, WLU president. “We extend a very special welcome to new students as they begin their college career and remind them that we’re here to help during move-in and Topperfest activities. We want students to feel that the Hilltop is home.”

New students moved in Friday, while returning students come today and Sunday.

Classes begin at the Highlands Center campus today and on the main campus Monday.

Campus improvements over the summer include the addition of the Wow American Grill and Wingery located in the College Union. Headquartered in New Orleans, this franchise cafe promises chef-inspired food with signature sauces.

Other campus improvements include a re-opening of Shotwell Hall, which will house a centralized International Center that includes the International Student Office, along with study; prayer; relaxation; and kitchen space for internationals. Shotwell also will house the office of Study Abroad.

Other campus progress includes work on the new West Family Athletic Complex for track and soccer, groundbreaking for the new Belmont Savings Bank Indoor Practice Facility, updates to dorms that increased premium single rooms in Curtis Hall and the opening of more off-campus housing options with the addition of Topper Towers.

WLU also recently added a new Ohio County Sheriff substation to campus.

“We want our students to be comfortable and safe and over the summer we’ve worked hard to increase housing options, reopen Shotwell Hall and add the Wow Cafe, all things that our students want and we are pleased to offer,” said Greiner. “We also added two more graduate degree programs over the summer with Dental Hygiene and Clinical Psychology now enrolling students, so we are looking forward to a busy and successful academic year.”

Housing and Student Life staff coordinate Topperfest activities, which started Friday. The two-week festival is designed to welcome students with informative and entertaining events. There are a total 45 resident assistants, four hall directors and three graduate assistants working this year in Student Life, led by a professional staff that includes Executive Director of Student Services/Director of Housing & Student Life Marcella Snyder, Director of Student Activities/Title IX Coordinator Kate Billings and Housing Area Manager Camille Bernabei.

The last day to enroll for the fall semester or to add a class is Sept. 6.