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Admitted Students

First-Time Freshmen

Steps to Enrollment

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. To enroll at West Virginia University as a first-time freshman, please complete the following steps:


  1. Log in to WVU Portal

    Now that you’re admitted, it’s time to get connected. The WVU Portal is your gateway to paying the academic deposit, selecting housing, accepting your financial aid, and much more! Even if you are not prepared to advance with additional steps, we encourage you to set up your WVU Portal as soon as possible. Once established, parents and/or guardians can claim theirs, as well. And, you will have access to your WVU MIX email account – important for staying up to date with all things WVU.

    To claim your account, you will need your WVU ID Number available in your acceptance email or your decision letter sent by mail. Can’t locate your WVU ID Number? You can use our online look-up tool. Need further assistance? Contact our ITS Service Desk.

    Log in to Student WVU Portal Log in to Parent/Guest WVU Portal

  2. Pay Your Academic Deposit – Save your Spot

    The academic deposit is the first step to confirming your decision to attend WVU. It is $250 for non-residents, and $150 for residents of West Virginia. Although WVU offers a rolling admission, the academic deposit is required to continue with steps such as housing selection and New Student Orientation registration. It will be credited to your first bill at WVU. The academic deposit is fully refundable if you cancel your admission to WVU by May 1.

    Pay Academic Deposit

  3. Visit Campus

    We encourage all admitted students to visit campus if they have not done so previously. We offer in-person, virtual and self-guided options through our Visitors Center, as well as open house events every fall and spring.

    Visit Campus

  4. File the FAFSA

    The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is available October 1. We strongly encourage all students to file the FAFSA for maximum financial aid. The FAFSA supports programs such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study, the Federal Student Loan program and the Parent Plus Loan program. In addition, it’s required of West Virginia residents applying for the Promise scholarship and may be required for additional state level grants and aid.

    March 1 is WVU’s priority deadline for FAFSA submission. March 1 is also the deadline for FAFSA submission in support of the Promise scholarship for West Virginia residents.

    Create a FAFSA ID Complete the FAFSA

  5. Find and Apply for Scholarships

    Hard work pays off! We automatically consider all first-time admitted students for our central merit scholarships, including awards for score senders or test optional applicants. We also encourage students to seek out external and private awards to supplement educational costs. Our scholarship search engine will show you where to find them – tips included!

    First-time students admitted by June 1 will be evaluated for central scholarships. Students admitted prior to this date have until June 1 to submit updated GPA or test scores. Official scores sent to the WVU Office of Admissions are automatically updated. GPA changes require that the student work with their WVU admissions counselor.

    Calculate WVU Scholarship Eligibility External Scholarship Search Tool and Tips

  6. Pay the Housing Deposit and Submit the Housing Application

    Housing selection opens October 1 for admitted students who have paid the academic deposit. The housing application and housing deposit are two required steps to be eligible for self-selection and/or placement. Self-selection closes at the end of February for first-time students. After this date, students are placed based on their housing application.

    All housing is first-come, first-served. The housing deposit is partially refundable if students formally cancel their attendance by May 1.

    Apply for Housing

  7. Register for and Attend New Student Orientation

    New Student Orientation (NSO) is required of all first-time students. It’s offered throughout the month of June. Students who have paid their academic deposit will receive an invite in March to register for NSO.

    NSO is a great opportunity to connect with WVU services and programs. In addition, you’ll meet with your academic advisor and schedule your first semester classes.

    New Student Orientation

  8. Sign Up for Adventure WV

    Adventure WV is a unique outdoor experience. All are welcome to take advantage of this optional peer-led, adventure-based trip. Trips are $95 or less if Pell eligible and are scheduled in June, July and August.

    Students who have paid the academic deposit will receive information about Adventure WV in the early spring.

    Choose a Trip

  9. Choose a Dining Plan

    All students living in WVU residence halls are required to have a dining plan. If you are commuting, you have the option of purchasing a commuter plan. Dining Dollars and Mountie Bounty are additions and available options.

    Students who have paid the academic deposit will receive information about Dining Plans in the early spring.

    Choose a Dining Plan

  10. Pay Your Bill

    Your semester bill is available in your WVU Portal several weeks prior to the term start. It’s important that students accept their aid and manage important steps for aid disbursement in advance of payment – including registering for payment plans.

    Bills are sent to students who have registered for classes via New Student Orientation.

    Be sure to check your WVU MIX email frequently for updates regarding steps throughout the year.

    Pay Your Bill

  11. Move In – You're Home

    If you are living in a residence hall, you can view move-in information for the upcoming semester in advance. You will receive additional information sent to your WVU MIX email account during the summer.


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