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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

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?

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:


Test Optional

West Virginia University is offering test optional admissions for spring 2021 and fall 2021 applicants. A test optional policy signifies that students may apply to an institution without an ACT, SAT, or other standardized testing assessment.

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 change my mind after submitting my application to WVU?

Our admissions application and merit awarding both include a no-harm policy – students will not be penalized whether applying with scores or test optional. We also welcome changes to your test optional status and admitted students may submit scores through May 1 if electing to qualify for score sender merit awards.

What if I have not taken an ACT or SAT, but plan to in the future?

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 and the WVU Admissions Office will apply updated academic information for admitted students through May 1. 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.

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?

For incoming freshman for 2021-22, WVU will offer merit scholarships to test optional admits provided they meet certain GPA benchmarks. However, students are encouraged to submit a test score to be considered for maximum scholarship eligibility. Scores may be submitted at a later date to qualify for a merit offer.

For incoming freshman for the spring 2021 semester, all merit scholarships are based on a combination of GPA and test scores. Test optional freshman admits must later submit test scores for consideration for a merit scholarship.

For transfer students, test scores are not required for admission or for merit scholarships. Transfer scholarships are based on the transfer GPA and the number of transferrable credits.

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. In place of test scores, eligible admits will be required to submit answers to a number of essay prompts. 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:


Prospective Students

Tour and event updates – and how to learn about WVU with our virtual resources.

Can I still come to campus even though in-person events are canceled?

While large events on campus have been discontinued, we have shifted to virtual delivery for most of our event types and introduced some new opportunities. Students can register for a livestreamed campus tour and we also have special events centered on different topics.

Limited in-person campus tour operations have resumed with priority reserved for high school seniors and their families. Students and families are able to visit campus and use our self-guided tour.

Has WVU decided to transition to a test optional admission policy for 2021 students?

Yes, West Virginia University is offering test optional admissions for spring 2021 and fall 2021 applicants. A test optional policy signifies that students may apply to an institution without an ACT, SAT, or other standardized testing assessment. Review common questions about WVU's test optional policy. You may also work with your Regional Recruiter at WVU to learn of admissions requirements.

How can I learn about WVU from home?

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.


Admitted Students or Students in the Application Process

Updated deadlines and how to complete your application and steps toward enrollment.

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.

How can I talk to other future Mountaineers?

Join the Facebook group! We have one for parents, too.

And be sure to check out our Class of 2025 Social Center for merchandise, downloads and a #WVUbound playlist.

How does WVU award scholarships to first-time students?

It’s easy to qualify for our merit based scholarships. Just submit your application to WVU and we’ll review for our central awards. And, starting with the fall 2021 term, test optional applicants may qualify for merit, too!

Use our merit charts to determine your eligibility for the Scholarship of Distinction for score senders, or the Go First Scholarship for test optional applicants. You can also use our scholarship calculator.

Our admissions application and merit awarding both include a no-harm policy – students will not be penalized whether applying with scores or test optional. We also welcome changes to your test optional status and admitted students may submit scores through May 1 if electing to qualify for score sender merit awards.

And don’t forget to file the FAFSA form, which opened October 1 for the 2021-2022 academic cycle. You may qualify for additional need-based aid and institutional awards. Residents of West Virginia should note that FAFSA is due by March 1 to qualify for PROMISE, in addition to filing the PROMISE application.

I have already filed an application with WVU but need to send supporting documents. How can I submit my test scores and transcripts? 

What is the ALEKS math placement and TEAS assessment?

ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) is a testing platform used to measure the strengths and weaknesses of a student’s mathematical knowledge. Select majors will accept an ALEKS placement score for test optional applicants in place of an ACT or SAT. The Office of Admissions or the academic department will notify admitted students on a rolling basis of their eligibility to place using ALEKS.

TEAS (Testing of Essential Academic Skills) is a standardized exam specific to the nursing discipline and used as an assessment tool to evaluate applicants for admission. Nursing will utilize TEAS for test optional applicants in place of an ACT or SAT placement score. Students eligible to take the TEAS exam will be notified by email within two weeks of being admitted to WVU. Please review the Nursing Admissions Requirements.

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.

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 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 transfercredit@mail.wvu.edu.

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