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:
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 until further notice, but the staff is conducting all business from home on a regular schedule.
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
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?
- When will campus visit operations resume?
- Will WVU be attending any college fairs or regional events this spring?
Can I still come to campus even though events are canceled?
We strongly discourage 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?
We know that the cancellation of standardized tests during the spring and rescheduling of dates has caused uncertainty for rising seniors. However, we have not decided to change our testing policy for first-time students applying for 2021. We expect a final decision will be made in the coming weeks and at that time, will update our FAQs and communicate with prospective students and families.
In the meantime, we continue to encourage students to register for a standardized test at their earliest convenience or plan to participate in their statewide offering this fall. Preparation resources are available free to students, including those offered by the College Board and ACT.
We remind students that WVU has a rolling admission policy. Therefore, first-time applicants should remain confident that they have sufficient time throughout the fall and spring to submit scores from either testing center. We will continue to superscore and offer a variety of options for submitting official score reports.
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?
No! But there are a few things to consider:
WVU offers a rolling admissions policy, so our application continues to be open for the summer 2020 and fall 2020 terms. First-time freshmen, and some transfer and international applicants, are required to submit a standardized test score along with other required admissions materials. With the cancellation of several spring test dates by ACT and College Board, students who have not taken a standardized test should be mindful of our enrollment timeline. It may be challenging to schedule a June or July test date and complete all necessary steps in time to enroll for the fall 2020 term.
Our recruitment team can work with students to ensure fulfillment of all necessary requirements for admission in time for their term of choice.
When will campus visit operations resume?
At this time, WVU has suspended all campus visitations through Sept. 7, 2020. All registered visitors through the Visitors Center, including group tour and field trip groups, will be notified of their tour cancellation. Tours after Sept. 7 are currently unaffected, but WVU will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.
Both Visitors Centers are currently closed to the public.
Will WVU be attending any college fairs or regional events this spring?
Our team of WVU Regional Recruiters will not be attending spring college fairs or hosting in-market events for the duration of the spring. We will revisit summer opportunities. However, we are available to answer questions and support your steps to enrollment. Connect with us via phone or email.
Admitted Students or Students in the Application Process
Updated deadlines and how to complete your application and steps toward enrollment.
- Are incoming transfer or international students going to have NSO?
- 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?
- Is Adventure WV still offering trips for the summer?
- Is New Student Orientation (NSO) still scheduled as planned?
- Is the housing deposit still refundable if I do not attend WVU?
- My SAT or ACT testing day was canceled. Can I still apply?
- What are WVU's plans for returning to campus?
- What is the Student Health Insurance Waiver?
- What is the deadline for receiving scholarships and financial aid?
- Who do I contact if I’m having difficulty providing required application materials due to COVID-19 interruptions?
- 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 incoming transfer or international students going to have NSO?
These events are being transitioned to virtual events that will occur in late July. More information will be available in early July. Students should continue to check their MIX account regularly.
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. To accommodate fall 2020 students, we have extended the academic deposit refund policy until to June 1. Housing has also extended the partial housing deposit refund until June 1. For students canceling their WVU attendance, deposits will be automatically refunded within 3-4 weeks if canceled prior to June 1. Deposits are forfeited after that date.
Has WVU made any decisions regarding on-campus classes in the fall?
President Gee and the Board of Governors announced that the University expects to hold on-campus classes this fall. WVU is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our students, campus community and residents of the state. Please know that we will continue to update our admitted and prospective students as new details are released.
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?
Yes, students admitted conditionally to the First-Year Pathways (FYP) program are still required to meet the summer component - the Adventure WV trip or the early move-in program. We encourage that all FYP admits work with the program coordinator to ensure they are meeting the requirement.
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.
We continue to assess the factors that may affect merit and financial aid awarding, and will communicate with students and families if there are changes to our current policy.
As always, we encouraged students to check their financial aid portal regularly for any changes to their aid package.
Is Adventure WV still offering trips for the summer?
The First-Year Adventure WV program has canceled trips scheduled through July 17. However, registration is open for trips starting July 18 and scheduled through August 15. The Adventure WV program will assess the open dates in the coming weeks, but encourages interested students to register soon because there are a limited number of spaces available.
A reminder that Adventure WV fees for summer programs are deferred and included on the fall bill. Therefore, any canceled trips will not be billed.
Is New Student Orientation (NSO) still scheduled as planned?
WVU will move its New Student Orientation program to an online experience, replacing an on-campus experience that is typically held the month of June. The decision to develop a virtual experience was made due to the evolving novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The safety and health of our incoming students and their families is always our first priority. More details about this event will be posted soon on orientation.wvu.edu.
Is the housing deposit still refundable if I do not attend WVU?
The housing deposit is partially refundable; $125 of the $225 deposit will be refunded if you cancel your attendance by June 1. This has been extended from the original date of May 1. If you cancel your attendance by June 1, all departments will be notified, and refunds will be processed within 3-4 weeks.
My SAT or ACT testing day was canceled. Can I still apply?
WVU requires an ACT or SAT for first-time freshman students, and some transfer and international populations; we have not waived this requirement. If you have not taken a standardized test and are applying for the summer or fall 2020 terms, please contact your admissions counselor to discuss in more detail.
What are WVU's plans for returning to campus?
WVU plans to resume in-person instruction for the fall 2020 semester. We are sharing details about the phased re-opening of the WVU System that also ensures the safety and health of our faculty, staff, students and communities on our Return to Campus website.
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 if I’m having difficulty providing required application materials due to COVID-19 interruptions?
If you are having difficulty compiling your necessary application materials, including transcripts or standardized test scores, please contact your WVU admissions counselor to discuss your situation.
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.