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First-Time Freshmen

You are considered a first-time freshman if you are a current high school senior, have a TASC/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. Send transcripts 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. For you to be considered for first-time freshman admission all application materials and supporting documents must be received by these dates:

We recommend you apply as early as possible. 

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. Essays and letters of recommendation are not required and will not be considered in the admission decision.

Some colleges and programs have additional admission standards that exceed the requirements for admission to WVU. 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.

New SAT: The SAT will introduce a new format beginning with the March 2016 test. For more information about the redesign—what’s changed, and why it matters—visit the College Board website.

Scores from the March SAT test will not be available until May. WVU will use the SAT’s official concordance table, available in late May, to equate the new scores with the previous scores for admissions decisions and scholarship eligibility. This step will also allow for superscoring of any previous SAT scores with the new SAT scores. As a result, applicants whose first test score is the new SAT will not be evaluated until late May. Admitted students for the fall 2016 semester can also use the March SAT (and the February and April ACT tests) to update their scores for direct admission into majors (where applicable) and scholarship consideration.

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: Our scholarship deadline has been extended to June 15. Scores from the March SAT and February and April ACT will be used for admissions and scholarship consideration.

Freshman Class Statistics

The average student enrolled in WVU’s Fall 2015 freshman class had a 3.45 high school grade point average, ACT score of 24, and a combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 1052.

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