You are considered a first-time freshman if you have completed a high school diploma or GED and have not completed any post-secondary work at an accredited institution since graduating high school or obtaining your GED.
How to Apply as a First-Time Freshman
To apply to West Virginia University as a first-time freshman please complete the following steps:
- Review the admissions requirements.
- Complete all of the information on the undergraduate application and include
the non-refundable fee. The fee is $60 for out-of-state applicants and $30
for in-state applicants.
WVU Online Application
- Send official transcripts of your previous schoolwork to WVU. Also send official transcripts of any college work you have completed.
- 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.
Admission Requirements for First-Time Freshmen
To be considered for freshman admission, you must successfully complete the following high school unit requirements:
- 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 which must be for 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.
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.
- 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.
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 student’s name.
- A list and description of courses completed.
- Grades earned for the courses completed.
- 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.
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.
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.