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SPRING OPEN HOUSE 2013. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS  9:00 Parent Session Student Panel Transfer Session  10:00 Campus Tours  11:00-12:30Academic and Campus.

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1 SPRING OPEN HOUSE 2013

2 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS  9:00 Parent Session Student Panel Transfer Session  10:00 Campus Tours  11:00-12:30Academic and Campus Life Fair  Complimentary Lunch in Rogers Marketplace after Academic and Campus Life Fair  Optional Activity: Softball games vs. Shepherd (12 & 2)

3 FIND THE PERFECT FIT  Public Undergraduate & Graduate Institution  Oldest Institution of Higher Learning in WV  Founded in 1837  Seventh straight year of Enrollment Increase  Fall ,795 Students  Average Class Size of 25 students

4 Where WLU Students Come From…  46 of the 55 counties in West Virginia  25 states and Washington D.C.  26 countries from around the world

5 WLU ACADEMIC COLLEGES  College of Arts & Communication  Gary E. West College of Business  College of Education  College of Liberal Arts  College of Sciences

6 Find what style best suits you  Athletics  16 NCAA Division II Sports  Club Sports  Intramurals  Over 60 student clubs/organizations  Community Service  Greek Life  Special Interest

7 Campus Updates  Shaw Hall Renovation  Campbell Hall of Health Sciences  Course offerings at Highlands Center

8 Team Approach to a Safe and Caring Environment Opportunities for the Future Provide an Affordable Education with Value Taking it to the TOP at West Liberty

9 Team Approach to a Safe & Caring Environment  Ranked as the safest public school campus in WV  24 hour/7 day a week Campus Police  TopperNet Emergency Text System  Transfer Clearance Form  Secure Residence Halls  Topper Card Access  Alarms  Security Cameras

10 Team Approach to a Safe & Caring Environment  Academic Advisors  First Year Experience Course  18:1 Student-Faculty Ratio

11 Team Approach to a Safe & Caring Environment  Learning & Student Development Center  Free Tutoring  Career Services  Counseling Services  ADA Accommodations  Retention Specialist

12 Team Approach to a Safe & Caring Environment  Residential Life Program  50% of students live on campus 84% of Freshmen  Full-Time Campus Activities Coordinator  Health Services Office Assessment and Treatment Tobacco Free Campus

13 Opportunities for the Future  50 Major Degree Programs Available, including  Health Sciences  Teacher Education  Graphic Design  Social Work  Broadcasting  Athletic Training  Biology  Exercise Physiology  Physician Assistant

14 Opportunities for the Future  Freshmen Laptop Program  Creation of the Honors College  Internships/Study Abroad

15 Provide an Affordable Education  93% of West Liberty students receive some type of Financial Aid  Metro Rate for Bordering Counties  $4.5 million awarded annually in institutional scholarships

16 AM I IN THE METRO RATE?? Metro Rate provides a reduction in tuition for students residing in out-of- state neighboring counties Ohio- Counties west to Columbus, north to Cleveland Pennsylvania- Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland Maryland- Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, Montgomery, Washington Virginia- Clarke, Frederick, Loudoun, Shenandoah, Warren

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18 WLU Scholars Program  Four Year Scholarship Program for Students with a 3.75 GPA or higher and at least a 22 ACT (1020 SAT Critical Reading + Math)  Elbin Scholars 27 or higher ACT (1220 SAT) $4,000 In-state $12,000 Out-of-state/Metro **Elbin Scholars with a 4.00 GPA (unweighted) and a 30 ACT (1340 SAT) or higher Composite Score will receive full scholarship to cover tuition, mandatory fees, room and board.

19 WLU Scholars Program (cont’d)  Presidential Scholars ACT ( SAT) $3,000 a year  Foundation Scholars ACT ( SAT) $2,000 a year

20 Other Scholarships  Black & Gold Scholarship  $1,000 a year  22 ACT or higher (1020 SAT)/ GPA  Promise Plus Scholarship  $1,000 a year, unless student has received another scholarship  University Scholarship  $2,000 a year for three years  Transfer students with 3.25 GPA or higher

21 Talent Based Scholarships  Marching Band Scholarships  For students participating in the WLU Marching Band  Arts & Communication Scholarships  Awards determined by Academic Department for music, art and theater  Athletic Scholarships  Awards determined by Head Coaches

22 Financial Aid: Making Dollars into Sense

23 What is Financial Aid??  Scholarships (academic, talent-based or need-based)  Grants (Federal or State)  Loans (Federal, parent, alternative or institutional)  Student Employment (Federal Work Study and institutional)

24 Where does Financial Aid come from?  US Department of Education  State Higher Education Agencies  Institutions  Third Parties, such as: private foundations, banks, civic organizations, etc.

25 How Do I Apply for Aid?  The FAFSA- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.fafsa.gov) must be completed:  Federal and State Grants (Pell, SEOG, TEACH, WVHEG, PHEAA)  Federal Loans  Federal Work Study (WLU has an additional application for Federal Work Study) **Some state agencies may require additional paperwork

26 Applying for Financial Aid  Admissions Application  Institutional Scholarship Applications  Third Party Applications  IMPORTANT: Check Institutional & State Deadlines

27 General Eligibility for Federal Aid  Must be enrolled for enrollment in an eligible program of study  Must be pursuing degree, certificate or other recognized credential  Must be a US Citizen or eligible non-citizen  Must be registered with Selective Service (if male, required)  Institutions, states and third parties may set additional criteria

28 Deadlines for Financial Aid  WLU FAFSA Priority Deadline: April 15  WLU Scholarships: awarded on a rolling basis for accepted students  Early awards to Scholars during 1 st week of November  Students must be accepted to WLU by June 15 in order to be eligible for scholarships for following academic year

29 Processing Update  Tracking Letters being mailed on a weekly basis informing student of additional documentation needed before aid can be processed  Financial Aid Estimate Letters currently being mailed on a weekly basis indicating awarded aid  Aid is based on estimated costs for  Student required to sign and return one copy

30 Processing Update (cont’d)  In May, WV Higher Education Grant and PROMISE Scholarship notifications issued to students  Final award letters will be available in July after registration and final costs determined  Special Circumstances can be completed if a student/parents experience a substantial change in finances

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32 How to become a Hilltopper  Submit the following:  Application for Admission  High School and/or College Transcript  Standardized Test Scores  Transfer Clearance Form (transfer students only)

33 Admissions Requirements  High School Graduates  2.00 Grade Point Average  Minimum of 18 ACT or 870 SAT  Curricular Requirements 4 Units English 4 Units Math (3 must be Algebra I or higher) 3 Social Studies (including US History) 3 Lab Sciences 2 Units of Foreign Language in the same discipline 1 Fine Arts

34 Admissions Requirements  Transfer Students  2.00 College Grade Point Average  If less than 28 credit hours completed, also a High School Transcript  Transfer Clearance Form

35 The Final Steps…  March/April/May - Financial Aid Estimate Letters being issued  March- Pre-registration and Orientation information issued to students  June- Orientation begins  June- Housing assignments issued to students  July- Official Financial Aid Award Letters issued  July- Billing statements ed from Business Office  August 23- Residence Halls open for new students  August 26- Fall Classes begin at 9:00 a.m.

36 Questions??  Financial Aid: (304)  Housing/Residence Life: (304)  Admissions: (304)  Toll Free WEST LIB  WestLiberty.edu


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