COVID-19 Community Update
WVU Admissions COVID-19 Updates
To do our part to prevent further spread of COVID-19, we have canceled all campus tours and in-person on- and off-campus events. In addition, the Office of Admissions is no longer taking in-person appointments or walk-ins.
Our staff continues to be fully operational at this time and is striving to meet students’ needs as quickly as possible. Find answers to your questions below:
- General Questions
- Test Optional
- Prospective Students
- Admitted Students or Students in the Application Process
How to contact us and what to expect during our temporary in-person office closure.
- Is the Office of Admissions open for in-person visits or appointments?
- Will Admissions staff be available for help and support? How can I contact them?
Is the Office of Admissions open for in-person visits or appointments?
The Office of Admissions is closed to outside visitors. However, the staff is available for assistance, and offers virtual opportunities daily. Virtual Admissions Presentations and Tour Guide Live sessions are offered throughout the week and prospective students may learn more and register online.
Will Admissions staff be available for help and support? How can I contact them?
Yes! Office of Admissions staff members are still available to help you with any questions or problems you may have during this temporary closure of in-office operations.
There are many ways to reach Office of Admissions staff. Here are some of the best options:
- Call us at 304-293-2121
- Use our contact form
- Contact your admissions counselor directly
- Send us an email
- Use the online chat feature on our How to Apply web pages during regular business hours
- Sign up for a virtual event: Future Student Virtual Events, Admitted Student Virtual Events
West Virginia University is offering test optional admissions for spring 2021 and fall 2021 applicants.
- How do I apply to WVU as test optional?
- If applying test optional, will I be directly admitted to my major?
- What criteria will be considered when processing an admissions decision for a test optional applicant?
- What if I have not taken an ACT or SAT, but plan to this fall?
- What is test optional?
- When will WVU move to a test optional application?
- Why has WVU decided to move to a test optional application?
- Will WVU require any supplemental requirements or documentation in place of a test score?
- Will applying test optional impact my ability to earn merit scholarships?
- Will the Honors College at WVU consider test optional applicants?
How do I apply to WVU as test optional?
Both the WVU and Common Application are available to applicants applying test optional. Students will be prompted when submitting the application to indicate if they are applying test optional beginning with the spring 2021 term.
If applying test optional, will I be directly admitted to my major?
Select academic programs will require a test score for direct admission. This is due to the competitive nature of some majors, or limited space. However, WVU will automatically evaluate all applicants regardless of major for the Center for Learning, Advising, and Student Success (CLASS). This ensures that students receive an admissions decision if awaiting a test date or another testing assessment for placement.
What criteria will be considered when processing an admissions decision for a test optional applicant?
In place of test scores, emphasis will be placed on the overall cumulative and core GPA, meeting core academic requirements, rigor of high school curriculum, and college preparatory coursework.
What if I have not taken an ACT or SAT, but plan to this fall?
Students that have not taken an ACT or SAT are encouraged to apply without a test score. You may submit scores at a later date. We encourage students to submit all scores due to our superscoring policy.
What is test optional?
A test optional policy signifies that students may apply to an institution without an ACT, SAT, or other standardized testing assessment.
When will WVU move to a test optional application?
The change will take effect August 1, 2020 for admission to Spring and Fall 2021 terms. WVU offers a rolling admission application. Therefore, students are encouraged to apply early in our rolling admission process and can continue to submit updated information to the Office of Admissions after applying or being admitted.
Why has WVU decided to move to a test optional application?
As a land grant institution, WVU wants to ensure students that they can apply for admission without a test score due to the cancellation and postponement of ACT and SAT dates.
Will WVU require any supplemental requirements or documentation in place of a test score?
At the time of application, students applying test optional are not required to submit an essay, recommendations, or a resume. However, the Office of Admissions will contact the applicant should they determine that additional information is needed to process a decision.
Will applying test optional impact my ability to earn merit scholarships?
No, WVU will award merit scholarships to test optional admits provided that they meet certain GPA benchmarks. However, students are encouraged to submit a test score to be considered for maximum scholarship eligibility. More details will be released soon regarding merit for those without test scores. Scores may be submitted at a later date to qualify for merit, as well.
Will the Honors College at WVU consider test optional applicants?
Yes, the Honors College is committed to ensuring that students engaged in a rigorous high school curriculum, experiential learning, and service programs are eligible to apply. A more holistic application review for test optional students will be established. As always, the Honors College extends an invite to students and will contact eligible admits starting mid-fall.
If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment:
- Locate your regional recruiter.
- Contact the Admissions Office via email.
- Contact the Office of Admissions via phone at 304-293-2121.
- Chat live with staff during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.
Tour and event updates – and how to learn about WVU with our virtual resources.
- Can I still come to campus even though events are canceled?
- Has WVU decided to transition to a test optional admission policy for 2021 students?
- How can I learn about WVU while campus visits are suspended?
- Is it too late to apply to WVU for the summer or fall 2020 terms?
Can I still come to campus even though events are canceled?
We strongly discourage prospective students and their families from traveling to campus at the given time to help protect both the safety of our campus and local community. Both of our Visitors Centers are currently closed to the public as well as the majority of our campus facilities.
Instead, please consider attending a virtual event:
Has WVU decided to transition to a test optional admission policy for 2021 students?
The Office of Admissions and Recruitment will release details regarding the 2021 application cycles very soon. You may also work with your Regional Recruiter at WVU to learn of admissions requirements.
How can I learn about WVU while campus visits are suspended?
We have assembled a variety of virtual resources for prospective students to help you explore our campus, academic programs and student life experience during this time.
No matter where you are, you can tour campus and our residence halls through our virtual tours.
To learn more about academics, browse our detailed undergraduate major pages. Each page includes a program summary, learning opportunities, related careers and links to more information. You can also explore by career pathway. Not sure what you want to study? Take our BuzzFeed quiz for a suggestion.
Is it too late to apply to WVU for the summer or fall 2020 terms?
The application deadline for fall 2020 is August 1. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions for on-campus staff and remote work environments, it may be difficult for our Office of Admissions to process documents for applicants at this late date.
Before applying, we strongly encourage students to contact their WVU admissions counselor to review requirements and processing times.
Admitted Students or Students in the Application Process
Updated deadlines and how to complete your application and steps toward enrollment.
- Are first-time students required to attend New Student Orientation for the fall?
- Can freshmen withdraw and defer to a future term or take classes at another institution?
- Does WVU adhere to the May 1 national deadline?
- Has WVU made any decisions regarding on-campus classes in the fall?
- How can I talk to other future Mountaineers?
- I have already filed an application with WVU but need to send supporting documents. How can I submit my test scores and transcripts?
- I read that WVU changed the GPA requirements for currently enrolled students to maintain their merit award. Does this apply to first-time student populations?
- I was admitted conditionally in the First-Year Pathway (FYP) program, which requires participation in Adventure WV or the early move-in program. Do I still need to meet this requirement to enroll this fall?
- I was planning to retest and/or submit an updated GPA to qualify for additional merit aid. How will WVU manage this process now that test dates have been canceled and many high schools are moving to a pass/fail grading scale?
- What is the Student Health Insurance Waiver?
- What is the deadline for receiving scholarships and financial aid?
- Who do I contact with questions about financial aid or my student account?
- Will WVU accept College Board AP coursework completed online using the College Board approved at-home testing option?
- Will WVU accept my dual enrollment or transfer courses graded Pass/Fail due to COVID-19 changes implemented at other institutions?
- Will WVU modify International Baccalaureate (IB) scoring due to the spring 2020 testing changes or cancellations?
Are first-time students required to attend New Student Orientation for the fall?
New Student Orientation (NSO) transitioned to a virtual event throughout the month of June. All incoming first-time students are required to participate and complete the NSO modules, meet with their Orientation Leader, and schedule with their advisor. More details can be found on the NSO site.
Can freshmen withdraw and defer to a future term or take classes at another institution?
We understand this semester may not be what you expected, and we recognize your right to make this decision. If you are a first-time freshman, you have the option to defer admission, which means you will not attend another institution; in this case, your scholarship offer will remain intact so long as you enroll by fall 2021. You may also choose to begin your education at another institution. For more information about this path, please contact your regional recruiter.
Does WVU adhere to the May 1 national deadline?
WVU offers a rolling admissions policy and does not have a deadline to enroll, provided that space is available. If admitted and you need assistance with next steps, please contact your WVU admissions counselor.
Has WVU made any decisions regarding on-campus classes in the fall?
WVU plans a phased return to campus for the fall 2020 semester. Please visit our Return to Campus site for the latest information.
How can I talk to other future Mountaineers?
Join a Facebook group! We have one for parents, too.
- Official West Virginia University Class of 2024 group – Open to all students admitted for fall 2020.
- WVU 2020 Transfer Student Cohort group – Transferring to WVU in the summer or fall? This group’s for you!
- Families of the WVU Class of 2024 group – Is your student a new Mountaineer? Here’s where you can learn about housing, dining, orientation, scheduling, financial aid and more.
And be sure to check out our Class of 2024 Social Center for merchandise, downloads and a #WVUbound playlist.
I have already filed an application with WVU but need to send supporting documents. How can I submit my test scores and transcripts?
- Options for submitting standardized test scores – ACT or SAT
- Options for submitting transcripts
- All college transcripts must be received from the degree-granting institution; WVU does not accept college transcripts from the student or unofficial copies.
- International applicants – Please visit our International Applicant website for information.
I read that WVU changed the GPA requirements for currently enrolled students to maintain their merit award. Does this apply to first-time student populations?
Yes. Incoming Fall 2020 students who are offered a scholarship will benefit from the updated renewal GPA requirement, as it will now be easier to keep their scholarship over their four years of study.
Please note that WVU has not made any changes to the Fall 2020 scholarship requirements for first-time freshman, transfer or international students. However, we have extended the merit eligibility deadline for first-time students to July 15. If admitted by this date, students will be evaluated for many of our centralized merit awards, and those already admitted can submit official, recalculated GPAs and test scores for increased merit.
I was admitted conditionally in the First-Year Pathway (FYP) program, which requires participation in Adventure WV or the early move-in program. Do I still need to meet this requirement to enroll this fall?
No, the First Year Pathway (FYP) in-person summer components have been waived for fall 2020 admits. They have been replaced with virtual programming supported by the FYP office. More details can be found on the FYP site.
I was planning to retest and/or submit an updated GPA to qualify for additional merit aid. How will WVU manage this process now that test dates have been canceled and many high schools are moving to a pass/fail grading scale?
We know that the cancellation of standardized tests and the move to a pass/fail grading scale for many high schools has caused uncertainty for incoming students. Our policy is not to recalculate GPA. Therefore, we’ll continue to process the cumulative GPA reported on the official transcript by the school. The inability to retest is challenging because we cannot implement a testing assessment of our own. Please remember that we superscore and encourage students to send all scores for calculation of the best composite score.
As always, we encouraged students to check their financial aid portal regularly for any changes to their aid package.
What is the Student Health Insurance Waiver?
All domestic students enrolling in 6 or more credits, or international students with any number of credits, are required to have health insurance coverage. Students may show proof of coverage by filing the Student Health Insurance Waiver (opens June 1), or will be automatically enrolled in and billed for the WVU Aetna health insurance plan.
The Aetna plan is available mid-term should a student lose their personal coverage and need to enroll.
For more details regarding the waiver or the Aetna Plan, please visit our Student Health Insurance site.
What is the deadline for receiving scholarships and financial aid?
WVU will continue to award eligible students centralized merit- and need-based financial aid if admitted by July 15. A completed FAFSA must be on file to be eligible for need-based funding. For those already admitted, we will continue to accept updated GPAs and test scores through July 15 for review of increased merit.
Please note that eligibility requirements for the West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship differ from WVU's requirements for merit and aid.
Who do I contact with questions about financial aid or my student account?
Mountaineer Hub staff members are available to help you with questions about financial aid, scholarships and your student account and can be contacted by phone – 304-293-1988 – or through the Mountaineer Hub online inquiry form. Visit the Mountaineer Hub site for details.
Will WVU accept College Board AP coursework completed online using the College Board approved at-home testing option?
Advanced Placement scores received through the at-home testing option for AP classes will result in the same course placement or credit as traditional AP scores. AP scoring will remain consistent, and we believe the College Board is the best positioned resource to evaluate the achievement of established learning outcomes in AP coursework. Reminder: all AP credit is evaluated by your academic adviser upon enrollment at WVU.
Will WVU accept my dual enrollment or transfer courses graded Pass/Fail due to COVID-19 changes implemented at other institutions?
Yes, we will continue to review incoming coursework for content. If deemed transferrable by our Registrar and graded Pass/Fail, they will apply to WVU’s High Pass/Pass/Fail scale and translate if a prerequisite.
Passing grades are not factored into a student’s GPA and will not improve your qualifications for first-time freshman or transfer scholarship eligibility. However, all transferable letter and failed grades will be factored into your WVU GPA calculation.
As always, students may visit our Transfer Credit pages to search course equivalencies at other institutions or request review of a course. Any questions regarding transfer credit, or related issues, may email email@example.com.
Will WVU modify International Baccalaureate (IB) scoring due to the spring 2020 testing changes or cancellations?
IB credit will continue to be accepted and applied based on our current assessment policy. This includes individual IB subject exams as well as IB diplomas.