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First-Time Freshmen

You are considered a first-time freshman if you are a current high school senior, have a GED or haven't attended college since graduating.


How to Apply as a First-Time Freshman

To apply to West Virginia University as a first-time freshman please complete the following steps:

  1. Review the application deadlines and admissions requirements.
  2. Complete all of the information on the undergraduate application and include the nonrefundable fee. The fee is $45 for in-state and out-of-state applicants and $60 for international applicants.

    WVU Online Application

    If you prefer to use the Common Application, WVU is a member.

    The Common Application
  3. Send official transcripts of your previous schoolwork to WVU. Also send official transcripts of any college work you have completed. They can be sent to:

    Office of Admissions
    West Virginia University
    P.O. Box 6009
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6009
  4. Have your ACT and/or SAT scores sent to WVU.

WVU has a rolling admissions policy, which means that you should receive our decision within a few weeks after we receive your application and required materials. 


Application Deadlines for First-Time Freshmen

WVU has a rolling admissions policy which means we do not have a specific deadline by which you must apply. Applicants are considered for and informed of admission on a first-come, first-served basis. We continue to admit students until the freshman class is full.


Admission Requirements for First-Time Freshmen

To be considered for freshman admission, you must successfully complete the following high school unit requirements:

In addition to the high school unit requirements listed above, you must meet the following requirements based on your residency. Please note: meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission to the Morgantown campus.

All applications must be accompanied by an official transcript.

Some colleges and programs have additional admission standards that exceed the requirements for admission to West Virginia University. Also, some Engineering majors may reach capacity and therefore will be restricted from entry. Please note: Admission to the University does not ensure admission into a specific school or college.

About Test Superscores

WVU combines 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 you to take the optional written component of the ACT examination.

How GPA is Calculated and Evaluated

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.

Students Who've Taken the TASC or GED

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 must request that the State Department of Education mail copies of your scores to the Office of Admissions.

Home Schooled Students

Each year, WVU accepts applications for admission from students who are educated at home or in non-accredited high schools. These applicants must submit a complete undergraduate application and SAT or ACT test scores. Immunization records must also be submitted before enrollment.

The strength of your coursework is important in the admission process. Home schooled applicants and applicants who attended non-accredited high schools must furnish documentation to validate learning in four of the academic core areas, shown above, unless they were completed at an accredited high school or college. If you completed units at an accredited high school or college, transcripts of the units taken must be provided to WVU.

This documentation should take the form of a typed manuscript or description of your class background and must include the following at a minimum:

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.

Upon completion of an application file with the required documentation, WVU will review the entire application file of an individual who has been home schooled or attended a non-accredited high school. All application materials must be received by the regular admission deadline.

Please note: West Virginia residents who were home-schooled and who are applying for a WV PROMISE Scholarship or a WV Higher Education Grant must have GEDs. Further questions regarding this should be directed to WV Higher Education Policy Commission.


Scholarship Eligibility

You can check your scholarship eligibility on the Undergraduate Scholarships website. Please contact the admissions counselor from your state or region if you have an updated transcript with a higher GPA for scholarship consideration. Please note: The priority deadline for scholarship consideration is February 1.

Freshman Class Statistics

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.


Have More Questions? Need Help?

You can review some popular questions that we receive from students. If you don't find your question or would like more information please feel free to call us at 800-344-WVU1 or 304-293-2121. You can reach us by email at wvuadmissions@mail.wvu.edu, or you can contact your admissions counselor directly.

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