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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 Into WVU Portal

    Now that you’re admitted, it’s time to get connected. To access the WVU Portal, you need to activate your Login. The WVU Portal connects you to STAR, DegreeWorks, eCampus and your MIX email – all important online programs. You'll also use the WVU Portal to complete many of the steps required for enrolling at WVU. 

    Log Into WVU Portal

  2. Pay Your Academic Deposit – Save your Spot

    The academic deposit is required of all students, even if you are receiving a scholarship. Payment is due by December 1 for students entering in the spring and by May 1 for students entering in the fall. 

    Pay Academic Deposit

  3. Visit Campus

    If you haven’t already been here, it's a great idea for you and your family to visit before New Student Orientation. You can visit through the Visitors Center or attend one of our open houses.

    Visit Campus

  4. File the FAFSA

    The FAFSA is available October 1 if you are interested in receiving financial aid or scholarships. Please be sure to file the FAFSA prior to the March 1 deadline.

    Prepare to File the FAFSA File the FAFSA

  5. Find and Apply for Scholarships

    Students admitted by  November 15 for spring and February 1 for fall receive priority consideration for WVU scholarships.  You should also investigate private scholarship sources to help fund your education.

    Find and Apply for Scholarships

  6. Pay the Housing Deposit and Submit the Housing Application

    After you pay the academic deposit, complete the online housing application and select your top three residence hall choices. You will be able to complete your housing application the first week of October. Visit WVU Housing for application details and timelines.

    Apply for Housing

  7. Register for and Attend New Student Orientation

    Virtual New Student Orientation occurs in May and June for students beginning in the fall. Students must pay the academic deposit before signing up for New Student Orientation. 

    New Student Orientation

  8. Sign Up for Adventure WV

    Start your college experience like a real Mountaineer. Our optional Adventure WV trips are peer-led, adventure-based programs that will prepare you for life at WVU. All trips are $95 or less and take place in June, July or August.

    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 non-resident plan.

    Choose a Dining Plan

  10. Pay Your Bill

    Your student account must be paid in full by the deadline for your intended term.

    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 at your  MIX email address, so please check your account regularly.

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