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West Liberty University


Mar 30, 1837

The Virginia legislature granted a charter to establish a private academy at West Liberty, now West Liberty University

1838

The first class of West Liberty State College met in the home of Nathan Shotwell

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1857

Academy Hall was built for West Liberty

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1867

Trustees of West Liberty sold the school to the state

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Mar 01, 1870

Legislation was passed to establish a Normal School at West Liberty

1913

John S. Bonar graduated from West Liberty

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1920

West Liberty's first dorms were built

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1925

Only 134 students were enrolled at West Liberty State Normal School (now West Liberty University)

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1926

John S. Bonar became president of West Liberty State Normal School (now West Liberty University)

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1928

Paul N. Elbin became an English professor at West Liberty

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1931

The state changed the name to West Liberty State Teachers College

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1935

Paul N. Elbin became president of West Liberty State College

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1938

The dental hygiene department opened at West Liberty State College

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1939

Only 325 students enrolled at West Liberty State College

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1942

Only 212 students enrolled at West Liberty State College

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1943

Legislature changed the name of West Liberty State Teachers College to West Liberty State College

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1944

Only 118 students enrolled at West Liberty State College

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1945

There were 225 students enrolled at West Liberty

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1960

West Liberty State College enrollment exceeded 1,000 for the first time

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1972

West Liberty lost its Wheeling and Weirton branch campuses

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2004

The student population at West Liberty was 2,375

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Nov 21, 2008

West Liberty State College was awarded university status

May 03, 2009

Name changed to West Liberty University


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