Admission Requirements

Refer to the admission options below to see how you can become a WVU Mountaineer.


To be considered for freshman admission, a student must successfully complete the following high school credits:

  • 4 units of English (including grammar, composition, and literature)
  • 4 units of college preparatory mathematics – Three units must include Algebra I and II and Plane Geometry plus an additional math unit. Select majors may require a fourth math considered to be higher than Algebra II
  • 3 units of social studies (including U.S. History)
  • 3 units of science (ALL units must be laboratory science; recommended units include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy, and Environmental Science)
  • 2 units of a foreign language, must be the same language. American Sign Language is acceptable for this requirement
  • 1 unit of fine arts – Recommended units include: Music, Band, Art, Theater, Dance, Drama, and Performance

Admission to WVU is based on a combination of high school grade-point average and ACT or SAT scores. Each application is reviewed individually by a member of the admissions staff. Don’t forget – all applications must be accompanied by an official transcript.

The average student enrolled in WVU’s Fall 2014 freshman class had a 3.4 high school grade point average, ACT score of 24, and a combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 1052.

Some colleges and programs have additional admission standards that exceed the minimal requirements. Admission to the University does not ensure admission into a specific school or college.

Please be advised that some Engineering majors may reach capacity and therefore will be restricted from entry.

Minimum Requirements for Application Review

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission to the Morgantown campus.

  • West Virginia residents must have at least a 2.0 cumulative high school GPA and either a superscored ACT score of 19 or a superscored Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 910.
  • Nonresidents must have at least a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA and either a superscored ACT score of 21 or a superscored Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 990.
  • Students who have completed a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) with a score of 500 on each of the five subtest categories or a General Equivalency Degree (GED) with an average standard score of 2250 (450) or above must request that the State Department of Education mails copies of scores to the Office of Admissions. In addition, a high school transcript must also be mailed to the WVU Office of Admissions.

WVU does combine the highest sub-scores from different test dates to create a “superscore” total or composite for admissions and scholarship consideration eligibility.

WVU does not require students to take the optional written component of the ACT examination.

Grade-point average (GPA) is based on information received from a student’s high school transcript. The most recent cumulative GPA on the transcript is used when determining admission to the University. This is the same GPA used by the Undergraduate Scholarship Office when determining scholarship eligibility.

WVU reviews high school GPA based on a four-point grading scale. In most instances, WVU will consider weighted GPA when determining eligibility for admission and scholarships. WVU reserves the right to recalculate GPA when the weighted or non-weighted GPA falls outside of the four-point scale or in other instances where recalculation is deemed appropriate.

Please contact the admissions counselor from your state or region (admissions.wvu.edu/counselor) if you have an updated transcript with a higher GPA for scholarship consideration. Please check your scholarship eligibility first at undergradscholarships.wvu.edu.




At WVU, we look forward to helping you through the transfer process. While the reasons for transferring are often similar, all students bring a unique transfer situation with them. Our experienced staff will confer with you individually to ensure a smooth transition to WVU.

Requirements

To be eligible to enroll as a transfer student at WVU, students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in all college work attempted. In addition, transfer students who have fewer than 24 transferable credit hours must also meet freshman admission standards. Some individual programs and majors have different course requirements and higher grade point average requirements; please review the various program requirements.

How Courses Translate

Once we have your completed application and transcript(s) and have determined your eligibility for admission, we will do a preliminary evaluation of your transfer credits. Credits and grades for college-level courses completed at any institution may be transferable as long as WVU offers the subject area. For example, WVU offers history courses and will therefore accept all history courses from accredited institutions (slight variations may occur).

Transfer credits from two-year community colleges and junior colleges are limited to a maximum of 72 hours of lower-division credit. Please be reminded that only credit from lower-division courses are accepted from two-year colleges. All institutions must be accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, or by other regional accrediting associations accepted by WVU.

We will translate your credit into WVU equivalents once you have been admitted. Your academic college or school will determine how, and/or whether your courses are applied toward completing your degree. In some cases, upper-division courses may not apply toward your degree.

You can access our Transfer Equivalency System to see how your courses will transfer.

Beginning Spring 2012, grades and credits are transferable for college-level courses from accredited US institutions. This policy was already in effect for West Virginia public colleges and universities.




For admission consideration as a degree-seeking graduate student at WVU, the applicant must have:

  • a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • met the criteria established by the degree program
  • been accepted by the department.

The above are minimum University standards. Specific degree programs frequently set higher standards and also may set additional requirements, such as the submission of standardized test scores or letters of recommendation among other items. Details on these program-specific requirements can be found via the Program Database. For more on graduate education including funding options, student life, research, and academics, please visit Graduate Education and Life.

Non-degree graduate students need to possess only a bachelor’s degree and a 2.50 undergraduate grade-point average. Admission as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to a degree program. The student must maintain a 2.5 GPA for the first 12 hours of WVU graduate coursework and maintain this average as long as enrolled.

To be eligible to enter a degree program, the student must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA on all coursework taken since admission as a graduate student. A non-degree graduate student may accumulate unlimited graduate credit hours. If a student is later admitted to a degree program, the faculty of that program will decide what credit, if any, may be applied to the degree. Non-degree students may not apply more than 12 hours of previously earned credit toward a degree. These are the minimum admission requirements. Individual programs often establish higher standards. Please contact the appropriate college or school for complete information on the program of your choice.




The undergraduate programs at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center have specific application periods and requirements. Please refer to the following program’s website for admission requirements:

Dental Hygiene

Exercise Physiology

Immunology and Medical Microbiology

Medical Laboratory Science

Nursing

Occupational Therapy




In order to be readmitted, you must obtain an overall grade point average of 2.0 at all institutions attended since leaving WVU or present an overall grade point average of 2.0 between your WVU work and your work from all institutions attended since leaving WVU. Any outstanding financial obligations must be paid before readmission can be processed. You are not required to submit a WVU transcript.

Beginning in Summer 2013, a new policy was made effective for students being readmitted to the University. The policy will allow for students’ credit to be entered on their WVU transcript when their readmission is processed, regardless of their WVU GPA.




Home schooled applicants and those graduating from non-accredited high schools must meet the minimum requirements for application review and also submit a typed manuscript or description of their class background. Minimally, this documentation must include:

  1. The student’s name.
  2. A list and description of courses completed.
  3. Grades earned for the courses completed.
  4. The number of credits earned for each course.

The courses must be broken down by 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade years. The transcripts must bear the signature of the person who administered the curriculum.

Detailed guidelines are available at Home Schooled Applicants.




If you have completed a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) with a score of 500 on each of the five subtest categories or a General Equivalency Degree (GED) with an average standard score of 2250 (450) or above, you should request that the State Department of Education mail copies of your scores to the Office of Admissions. Request that the high school you last attended send a copy of your transcript to WVU, listing the coursework you completed.

If you would have graduated less than five years before your application for admission, you must present composite ACT or combined math and critical reading SAT scores with your application. If it is more than five years since your class graduated from high school or you earned your TASC or GED diploma and you have not attended another college, Admissions will not require ACT or SAT scores as part of your application review.

To determine the average standard GED score, please follow one of these two steps:

  • For three-digit scores, divide by 5 to determine the average standard score.
  • For four-digit scores, divide by 50 to determine the average standard score.