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Additional Admission Standards for First-Time Freshmen

Some colleges and programs have admission standards that exceed the base requirements for admission to West Virginia University. As such, admission to the University does not ensure direct admission into a specific college or school. WVU uses superscored ACT and SAT scores to determine eligibility. Additional admissions standard by college or school:


Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

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

The Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources requires that incoming freshmen meet or exceed the following requirements for admission to Computer Science, Engineering, General Engineering or Pre-Engineering:

Computer Science – Track 1

  • 3.0 high school GPA
  • 28 ACT Math score or 630 pre-March 2016 SAT Math score or 650 post-March 2016 SAT Math score

    Engineering – Track 1

    Engineering – Track 2

    Engineering – Track 3

    Admission into a specific engineering discipline after the first year is competitive and dependent on available space in the program. For specific requirements, contact the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at 304-293-0398.

    College of Business and Economics

    Admission to the College of Business and Economics is based on a combination of high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Students must meet or exceed the admission criteria listed below:

    Direct Admission to Select Majors

    Students with a 3.25 high school GPA; 22 ACT Math or 540 pre-March 2016 SAT Math or 570 post-March 2016 SAT Math; and official high school transcript are eligible for direct admission into one of the following academic majors: 

    Direct Admission to the Business Major

    Students with an official high school transcript and the following scores will be admitted into the College of Business and Economics as a Business major.

    Meets minimum GPA requirements for general admissions and

    Students who are not eligible for admission under the preceding classifications will be admitted to WVU through the Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success. Students who raise their overall GPA to a minimum of 2.5 may seek admission to the College.

    School of Dentistry

    Direct admission to the Dental Hygiene program is based on cumulative high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. Students must have the following:

    College of Education and Human Services

    Incoming freshmen to the College of Education and Human Services may qualify for direct admission to the Education major through their cumulative high school GPA and through ACT or SAT score requirements.

    To be admitted to Elementary Education:

    To be admitted to Pre-Elementary Education:

    Incoming freshmen may qualify for direct admission to the Pre-Speech Pathology and Audiology major either through their cumulative high school GPA or through ACT or SAT scores. To be admitted to the program as an incoming freshman, a student must have one of the following:

    Direct admission to the Child Development and Families Studies program requires incoming freshmen students to have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.50 to be admitted to the program.

    College of Physical Activities and Sports Sciences

    Direct admission to the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences is available for the following majors and is based on high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. 

    Students are admitted directly into Athletic Coaching Education and Physical Education Teacher Education if they meet WVU minimum admission requirements.

    Sport and Exercise Psychology incoming freshman students must meet the following minimum criteria for direct admission: 

    Sport Management incoming freshman students must meet the following minimum criteria for direct admission:

    Students not meeting the Sport and Exercise Psychology or Sport Management direct admission requirements, but still meeting minimum admission requirements for WVU, will be admitted as a "Pre-major" into their major of choice.

    Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

    Reed College of Media

    Direct admission to the Reed College of Media is based on high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. Students must have the following minimum criteria for direct admission:

    West Virginia residents

    Residents of other states
    Or (for West Virginia residents and residents of other states)
    • 3.0 high school GPA
    • 20 ACT English or 500 pre-March 2016 SAT Critical R eading or 550 post-March Evidence Based Reading/Writing
    Students not meeting the above requirements will be admitted to WVU through CLASS.

    School of Medicine

    Direct admission to the Immunology and Medical Microbiology major is based on cumulative high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. Students must have the following:

    • 3.70 high school GPA
    • 26 ACT Math or 600 pre-March 2016 SAT Math or 620 post-March 2016 SAT or placement into CHEM 115

      Direct admission to the Medical Laboratory Science major is based on cumulative high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. Students must have the following:

      • 3.75 high school GPA
      • 26 ACT Math or 600 pre-March 2016 SAT Math or 620 post-March 2016 SAT or placement into CHEM 115

        School of Nursing

        Direct admission to the School of Nursing is based on a combination of cumulative high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. While preference is given to West Virginia residents, qualified students from other states are encouraged to apply. Direct admission space is limited. To be admitted directly to the program as an incoming freshman, a student must have:

        GPA ACT -or- pre-March 2016 SAT -or- post-March 2016 SAT
        3.8 or higher 26 cumulative / Math 22 1190 combined Math and Critical Reading / Math 540
        1260 combined Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math / Math 570
        3.6-3.79 28 cumulative / Math 22 1260 combined Math and Critical Reading / Math 540
        1320 combined Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math / Math 570

        A student not meeting the above direct admission requirements who fulfills the following combination of cumulative high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores will be admitted as pre-nursing. Admission into the BSN program after the first year is competitive and dependent on available space in the program.

        GPA ACT -or- pre-March 2016 SAT -or- post-March 2016 SAT
        3.2 23 cumulative / Math 22 1070 combined Math and Critical Reading / Math 540 1140 combined Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math / Math 570

        Students with a high school GPA less than a 3.2 will be admitted to WVU through CLASS.

        School of Public Health

        The School of Public Health admits undergraduate students in both fall and spring semesters. Students interested in applying to the Public Health program must apply and be accepted to WVU.

        Once you have reviewed the admission requirements below, you can begin the application process.

        Direct Admission Guidelines: Students must meet minimum guidelines to be eligible for direct freshman admission into the School of Public Health undergraduate program:

        • Cumulative GPA: 3.0

        OR

        • ACT: 21 and Cumulative GPA: 2.75

        OR

        • Pre-March 2016 SAT: 990 and Cumulative GPA: 2.75

        OR

        • Post-March 2016 SAT: 1070 and Cumulative GPA: 2.75

        Pre-Public Health Admission Guidelines: Students who do not meet direct admit minimum standards, but who are interested in pursuing a degree in public health, may elect to be admitted into the Pre-Public Health program, if qualified. Students in Pre-Public Health can take the same courses and can request access to the same academic advising as direct admit majors. However, these students will have to meet internal transfer requirements of a 2.5 college GPA within two semesters of entering this program or they will have to select an alternate major. Students are eligible for admission to Pre-Public Health if they meet these minimum guidelines:

        • Cumulative GPA: 2.75

        OR

        • ACT: 19 and Cumulative GPA: 2.50

        OR

        • Pre-March 2016 SAT: 910 and Cumulative GPA: 2.50

        OR

        • Post-March 2016 SAT: 990 and Cumulative GPA: 2.50

        Note: The School of Public Health reserves the right to close admissions early in order to optimize students' academic experience.

        School of Pharmacy

        Students are eligible for admission to Direct Admit Pathways (Pre-Pharmacy) if they meet these minimum guidelines:

        GPA

        ACT

        -or- pre-March 2016 SAT

        -or- post-March 2016 SAT

        3.50

        26 cumulative / Math 26

        1180 combined Math and Critical Reading / Math 600

        1250 combined Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math / Math 620

        University Honors College

        To be admitted into the Honors College you must meet one of the following criteria: 

        If you have questions, please call the University Honors College office at 304-293-2100 or email them at  honors@mail.wvu.edu.

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