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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. 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

  5. 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.

    File the FAFSA

  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.

    Apply for Housing

  7. Register for and Attend New Student Orientation

    New Student Orientation occurs in June for students beginning the fall semester. Information will be mailed to students who have paid the academic deposit in early March. When you register, you can select your preferred date.

    New Student Orientation

  8. Sign Up for Adventure WV

    Start your college experience like a real Mountaineer. Our optional Adventure Orientation 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 the Residence Hall Opening and Closing Dates for your upcoming semester in advance. You will receive additional information at your MIX email address, so please check your account regularly.


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