West Liberty University is welcoming increased residence as students return the Hilltop this week at West Liberty, West Virginia, in the Mountain State's northern panhandle.
“This year we are pleased to say that we expect more students to reside in campus housing," says Marcella Snyder, executive director of Housing and Student Life in the department of Enrollment Services.
Snyder says the school is expecting about 1,175 resident students—a six-percent increase over last fall. She says more dormitories now feature private rooms, which make for better student experiences.
“This fall, Beta Hall joins Curtis, Boyd and Rogers halls as a designated single-residence halls, which makes students happy,” she said.
“We want our students to enjoy living on campus, and we are all here to help them have the best college educational experience possible.”
Honors College students check-in on Thursday. An academic program of distinction for motivated, high-achieving students, these students reside in Bonar and Krise halls.
New or first-time students move in on Friday, Aug. 23, and returning students settle in on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26.
Classes begin on Aug. 24 at the Highlands Center campus, which is having a 10-year celebration that day, and on the main campus at West Liberty on Aug. 26.
Campus improvements are ongoing and include new air-conditioning systems in Arnett Hall as well as the paving of roads and parking lots and the maintenance of dorms and sidewalks.
Opening soon, the newly built Topper Village, near the campus main gate across 88. offers two-bedroom apartments, complete with two private bathrooms and shared living rooms and kitchen space. The topper apartments are furnished with kitchen appliances and bedroom furniture. Students have already filled two of the apartment buildings and a third building will be constructed in the near future.
Athletes can look forward to the completion of the new turf at the West Family Stadium. Also coming soon will be the opening of the West Family Athletic Complex, a track and soccer field complex.
Housing and Student Life staff coordinate Topperfest activities, which commence Friday. The festival includes informative and entertaining events and is designed to help students learn about the campus, make new friends, and enjoy life on the Hilltop more fully.
Topperfest opens with a family welcome picnic from 11-2:30 p.m. Friday in the Marketplace cafeteria in Rogers Hall. Other fun and educational activities are planned. To see a complete list please click here.
The last day to enroll for the fall semester or to add a class will be Sept. 5.
For more information, please visit WestLiberty.edu or call 1-866-WESTLIB or 304-336-8076.