Information for Parents

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You are beginning an exciting process that will shape your student’s future. We know that you—parents and family members—play a vital part in the college selection process. And, yes, we know it can get a little stressful and confusing at times.

Below you’ll find a series of tips to help you through the process as smoothly as possible. If you have questions, check out our Parent FAQ page or call us at 304-293-2121.

Do Your Homework

We know you and your student already have plenty to keep you busy, but it’s absolutely critical to research the universities your student is considering. Doing your homework in the college selection process helps you find the best fit for your student—and your entire family. To get the latest information from WVU, make sure your student signs up for our mailing list.

Visit Campus

Online research is convenient for finding out the basics about a university, but the only way to get the real feel is to visit in person. We offer daily tours Monday through Saturday, plus several other visit options for students and their families. See all of your visit options and schedule your visit today.

Report Test Scores

When your student registers for the ACT or SAT, make sure he or she lists WVU so we will receive the official scores. Use ACT code 4540 or SAT code 5904 to send official scores to WVU. We accept official ACT and SAT scores, but we do not take the ACT or SAT writing tests.

Apply Now

Apply as soon as possible! Applying early will give your student the most options in housing, admitted student events, and orientation programs. WVU begins accepting applications in September of your student’s senior year in high school. For students entering in the fall semester, the priority scholarship deadline is February 1, which means students must apply by this date to be considered for scholarships.

Pay the Academic Deposit Early

Once your student is admitted, pay the academic deposit as soon as possible, even if your student isn’t completely sure he or she wants to attend WVU. If your student has granted you access to the Parent/Guest Portal, you can pay the academic deposit online through this system.

You must pay the academic deposit before we can send information about housing selection and orientation. Don’t worry – if your student decides not to attend WVU and notifies us in writing by May 1 (or December 1 for spring term enrollment), you will get a full refund of the academic deposit.

Complete the FAFSA

One of the most important things you can do to help your student prepare for college is filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or “FAFSA”) as soon as possible between January 1 and March 1 of the year your student plans to enroll. WVU’s FAFSA code is 003827. There are limited funds available in some aid programs; meeting filing deadlines is critical. Read more about the financial aid application process or try our Net Price Calculator.

Keep in Touch with WVU

When your student is accepted to WVU, he or she will receive a WVU email account (called “MIX”). Encourage your student to check this account frequently. WVU will send important messages about deadlines, housing, financial aid, scholarships, and academic programs to your student’s MIX account.

Attend Orientation

Before enrolling in classes at WVU, all students must attend a one-day orientation session. At New Student Orientation, your student will take placement exams, register for classes after discussing options with an academic advisor, meet faculty members, hear about student support services, and make friends with other new students. Parents, guardians, and spouses are also invited to attend orientation and participate in special sessions for parents and guests.

Prepare for the Transition

Perhaps the most challenging step comes in August when you say goodbye after moving your student into his or her residence hall. We know this is an emotional time for you and your student, but you can rest a little easier knowing he or she will be greeted by a welcoming Mountaineer family.

As a parent of a WVU student, you’re part of Mountaineer nation, too! Join the Mountaineer Parents Club for special information and perks, like our fun Summer Send-Offs and email updates just for parents. WVU plans special events for parents each semester, but you’re encouraged to visit any time!