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First-Time Freshmen Admission Requirements

West Virginia University has adopted a test optional application, beginning with the spring 2021 term. We encourage you to learn more about test optional admissions, or our WVU Board of Governor’s (BOG) rules if applying with standardized scores.

Academic Coursework

To be considered for freshman admission, you must successfully complete the following high school courses. Meeting the requirements below does not guarantee admission to the Morgantown campus.

Common questions:

Standardized Test Scores and Applying Test Optional

Our test optional policy means that you can apply without an ACT or SAT score. However, we do encourage that students submit scores if available, and offer the option to submit after receiving a decision. WVU superscores and offers multiple options for submitting test scores.

Select academic programs will require a test score, math assessment, or a minimum GPA 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 choose to submit scores later.

In place of test scores, emphasis will be placed on the following for test optional applicants: cumulative and core GPA, meeting academic requirements, rigor of high school curriculum, college preparatory coursework, and intended major.

Students have until May 1st, whether applying regular admission or test optional, to submit updated academic credentials, including test scores and transcripts, for merit eligibility.

Common questions:

College and Program Admission Requirements for First-Time Freshmen

Admission to the University does not ensure admission into a specific school or college. Some colleges and programs have additional admission standards that exceed the requirements for admission to WVU, including test optional. Also, some Engineering majors may reach capacity and therefore will be restricted from entry.

Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Additional admission requirements for majors in Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources for the spring and fall 2021 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math ALEKS
Engineering Track 1 3.00 - 28 - 660 -
Engineering Track 1 (Test Optional Requirements) 3.50 - - - - 75
Engineering Track 2 2.75 - 26 - 610 -
Engineering Track 2 - Test Optional 3.50 - - - - 65
Engineering Track 3 2.50 - 22 - 540 -
Engineering Track 3 - Test Optional 3.50 - - - - 45
General Engineering - Test Optional 3.50 - - - - -

Test optional applicants who meet the minimum GPA and core course requirements will be directly admitted into General Engineering and are required to complete an ALEKS exam for placement into one of the direct admit engineering tracks. Students will receive communication on next steps and how to enroll in ALEKS through the university.

College of Creative Arts

Additional admission requirements for majors in College of Creative Arts for the spring and fall 2021 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Technical Art History 3.00 - - - -

College of Education and Human Services

Additional admission requirements for majors in College of Education and Human Services for the spring and fall 2021 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Child Development and Family Studies 2.50 - - - -
Pre-Elementary Education 2.50 20 - 1050 -
Youth and Family Studies 2.50 - - - -

College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences

Additional admission requirements for majors in College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences for the spring and fall 2021 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Sport Management 3.00 - - - -

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Additional admission requirements for majors in Eberly College of Arts and Sciences for the spring and fall 2021 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Forensic Biology - - 22 - 540
Forensic Biology - Test Optional 3.75 - - - -
Forensic Chemistry - - 22 - 540
Forensic Chemistry - Test Optional 3.75 - - - -
Forensic Examiner - - 22 - 540
Forensic Examiner - Test Optional 3.75 - - - -

John Chambers College of Business and Economics

Additional admission requirements for majors in John Chambers College of Business and Economics for the spring and fall 2021 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Admission to Chambers College 2.75 - - - -
Direct admission to major 3.00 - - - -

School of Dentistry

Additional admission requirements for majors in School of Dentistry for the spring and fall 2021 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math ALEKS
Dental Hygiene 3.70 24 22 1180 540 -
Dental Hygiene - Test Optional 3.70 - - - - 45

Test optional applicants who meet the minimum GPA and core course requirements will be admitted into the Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success (CLASS), and are required to complete an ALEKS exam for placement into Dental Hygiene. Students will receive communication on next steps and how to enroll in ALEKS through the university.

School of Medicine

Additional admission requirements for majors in School of Medicine for the spring and fall 2021 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics 2.00 - 22 - 540
Immunology and Medical Microbiology 3.70 - - - -
Pre-Communication Studies and Disorders 3.00 23 - 1140 -

School of Nursing

For fall 2021 first-time freshmen, the priority deadline for direct admission to the School of Nursing - Morgantown campus is December 1.

Additional admission requirements for majors in School of Nursing for the spring and fall 2021 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math TEAS
Nursing 3.80 26 22 1240 540 -
Nursing 3.60 28 22 1310 540 -
Nursing - Test Optional 3.80 - - - - 80%
Pre-Nursing 3.20 23 22 1140 540 -
Pre-Nursing - Test Optional 3.20 - - - - 70%

Test optional applicants who meet the minimum GPA and core course requirements will be admitted into the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences into the Health and Well-Being major. Student must provide TEAS exam, meeting the criteria below for direct placement into Nursing. Students may choose to provide and SAT or ACT exam instead of taking the TEAS.

Fall 2021 must receive a minimum ATI TEAS exam composite score of 80% or higher, and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.8 or higher. The TEAS exam must be taken within 12 months of the application submission, and only the first 2 TEAS exam attempts will be eligible for consideration. Students will still be required to follow University course placement policies.

Test optional applicants for Pre-Nursing entering in Fall 2021 must receive a minimum ATI TEAS exam composite score of 70% or higher, and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.2 or higher. The TEAS exam must be taken within 12 months of the application submission, and only the first 2 TEAS exam attempts will be eligible for consideration. Students will still be required to follow University course placement policies.

School of Pharmacy

Additional admission requirements for majors in School of Pharmacy for the spring and fall 2021 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math ALEKS
Direct Admit Pathway Pharmacy 3.50 26 26 1240 610 -
Direct Admit Pathway Pharmacy - Test Optional 3.50 - - - - 45

Test optional applicants who meet the minimum GPA and core course requirements will be admitted into the Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success (CLASS), and are required to complete an ALEKS exam for placement into direct admit Pharmacy. Students will receive communication on next steps and how to enroll in ALEKS through the university.

School of Public Health

Additional admission requirements for majors in School of Public Health for the spring and fall 2021 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Health Services Management and Leadership 3.00 - - - -
Public Health 2.75 - - - -

Transcript Submission

For Application Review

All applicants must submit transcripts of previous coursework or self-report courses and grades.

Options for submitting transcripts and self-reported courses and grades are:

For Enrollment

If submitting unofficial transcripts for application review, please note that an official transcript must be received upon enrollment. Mail, email or fax your transcript to:

Office of Admissions 
West Virginia University 
P.O. Box 6009 
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009

WVUadmissions@mail.wvu.edu

Fax: 304-293-8832

How GPA is Calculated and Evaluated

Grade-point average (GPA) is based on information received from a student’s high school transcript. The most recent cumulative GPA on the transcript is used when determining admission to the University. This is the same GPA used by the Undergraduate Scholarship Office when determining scholarship eligibility. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to verify and/or edit reported calculations.

Submitting Standardized Test Scores

How to Submit Your Scores

Superscores and Score Updates

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