Administrators release fall enrollment statistics

By Daniel Morgan, Editor

West Liberty University Registrar and Vice President of Student Services Scott Cook released the fall 2016 Enrollment Report last week. The report summarizes the university’s Oct. 15 early enrollment submission to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC).

The report reads, “West Liberty University experienced an increase of new students enrolling during the fall 2016 semester. Although overall enrollment slipped by 1.6%, new student undergraduate enrollment increased by 11% and new graduate student enrollment increased by 41% The quality of first-time freshman continued to increase, as we saw the average high school grade point average for entering students rise.”

Many statistics were included in the report, and most of them regarded the numbers of new students. Compared to the spring 2016 semester, this semester has seen a 41 percent increase in new graduate students, a 7 percent increase in new first-time freshmen, and a 23 percent increase in transfer students. The total number of enrolled graduated students has grown to 201, the largest to date. Also, the total number of Elbin Scholars is at a peak of 135 as well as the number of students enrolled in the Scholars Program at 297.

A total of 1802 freshmen applied to West Liberty for the fall semester, which resulted in a six percent increase. The school also saw an increase in transfer student applications with 458, which resulted in a 21 percent increase compared to the 379 in 2015. 33 student ultimately enrolled, bringing the total number of transfer students to 175.

The fall enrollment report also included information on individual college enrollment at West Liberty University, including graduate students. The College of Sciences currently has the most students by far with 635; The College of Education follows with 476. The Gary E. West College of Business has 362 students, Liberal Arts has 304, Arts and Communication has 229 and the School of Professional Studies sits at 77.

Contact Cook at [email protected] for more information.

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