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.
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.
- 4 units of English
- Must include Grammar, Composition, and Literature
- 3 units of college preparatory Mathematics
- Minimum requirements include Algebra I and II; higher level math courses are encouraged
- West Virginia course equivalencies include a series of Math I, II, and III
- 4 units of Social Studies/Fine Arts
- Any combination of Social Studies, Fine Arts or Humanities will fulfill the requirement; combination must include U.S. History
- 3 units of Science
- Recommended units include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy, and Environmental Science
- 2 units of the same World Language
- America Sign Language meets this requirement
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.
- How do I submit my test scores? And what's a "superscore"?
- What majors require a test score, a math assessment, or minimum GPA for admission?
- What is the ALEKS math placement and TEAS assessment?
- What is the Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success?
- What is the average first-time freshman profile of enrolled students?
- How do I qualify for merit scholarships at WVU?
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
|Engineering Track 1||3.00||-||28||-||660||-|
|Engineering Track 1 (Test Optional Requirements)||3.00||-||-||-||-||75|
|Engineering Track 2||2.75||-||26||-||610||-|
|Engineering Track 2 - Test Optional||2.75||-||-||-||-||65|
|Engineering Track 3||2.50||-||22||-||540||-|
|Engineering Track 3 - Test Optional||2.50||-||-||-||-||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
|Technical Art History||3.00||-||-||-||-|
College of Education and Human Services
|Child Development and Family Studies||2.50||-||-||-||-|
|Mental Health and Addiction Studies||2.50||-||-||-||-|
|Youth and Family Sciences||2.50||-||-||-||-|
College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
Applicants who are admissible to the university but do not meet the minimum GPA for Sports Managment will be admitted into Pre-Sports Management through the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences.
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
|Forensic Biology - Test Optional||3.75||-||-||-||-|
|Forensic Chemistry - Test Optional||3.75||-||-||-||-|
|Forensic Examiner - Test Optional||3.75||-||-||-||-|
Test optional applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement will be admitted into the STEM Pathway within the Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success (CLASS), and may complete an ALEKS exam for placement into Forensic Science. Students who meet the minimum ALEKS score of 45 will automatically be reevaluated for direct placement into their desired major. Admitted students will receive communication on next steps and how to enroll in ALEKS through the university.
John Chambers College of Business and Economics
|Admission to Chambers College (Option 1)||-||-||19||-||510||30|
|Admission to Chambers College (Option 2)||2.75||-||-||-||-||-|
|Direct admission to major||3.00||-||-||-||-||-|
To be admitted to the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, a student must have a qualifying math score (ACT 19 / RSAT 510/ ALEKS 30+) OR a minimum high school GPA of 2.75. For direct admission to a major within the College, the student must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.00. Students who do not meet these requirements will be referred to the WVU Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success (CLASS) until they complete their pre-business curriculum.
School of Dentistry
|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
|Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics||2.00||-||22||-||540|
|Communication Sciences and Disorders||-||23||-||1140||-|
|Communication Sciences and Disorders - Test Optional||3.00||-||-||-||-|
|Immunology and Medical Microbiology||3.70||-||-||-||-|
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.
|Nursing - Test Optional||3.80||-||-||-||-||80%|
|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
|Direct Admit Pathway Pharmacy||3.50||26||26||1240||610||-|
|Direct Admit Pathway Pharmacy - Test Optional||3.50||-||-||-||-||65|
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
|Health Services Management and Leadership||3.00||-||-||-||-|
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:
- High school counseling office may email or mail an official transcript, or send via an electronic document service.
- Applicant may submit an unofficial high school transcript via email or mail at
any time, or they may upload the document when completing the WVU Application.
- Applicant may complete the self-reported courses and grades section on the WVU Application or the Common Application for 9th-11th grade; only self-reported courses are required for 12th grade.
- Once dual enrollment or college-in-high school grades post, submit official transcripts of completed college coursework directly from the degree-granting institution.
- Official college transcripts must be received from the degree-granting institution and will not be processed if submitted by an applicant or school counselor.
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
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.
- Our Office of Admissions does not recalculate GPA. We use the GPA reported on the high school transcript or self-reported by the student when submitting their application (if opting to use the self-reported courses and grades feature).
- WVU applies a GPA based on a 4.0 scale for application review, direct admission to majors, eligibility for the Honors College, and merit scholarship eligibility.
- We will use a weighted GPA if provided on the high school transcript or self-reported by the student. A reminder that students should only self-report their GPA if they know their official calculation as determined by their high school.
- WVU reserves the right to recalculate GPA when the weighted or non-weighted GPA falls outside of the four-point scale or in other instances where recalculation is deemed appropriate.
- Once admitted, students may submit a new GPA calculation by having an official high school transcript sent to the Office of Admissions with the new calculation. Students may not self-report an updated GPA once their application is submitted
- If your high school calculates GPA based on a percentage scale, you may use the calculator below to determine your GPA on a 4.0 scale. The calculator accepts up to one decimal point and will round up or down accordingly.
Submitting Standardized Test Scores
How to Submit Your Scores
- Score reports sent directly from the testing agency. Our ACT code is 4540; College Board code is 5904.
- An official score report (the PDF version) direct from the student or school counselor.
- Listed on the official transcript submitted by the student’s school counseling office
- Please note:
- We do not accept screen shots, web print-outs or photos of score reports.
- Students may not self-report test scores on the Common Application or the WVU Application.
- We will not accept scores listed on an unofficial transcript.
Superscores and Score Updates
- We accept multiple test dates for either exam and superscore for admission, the Honors College and merit awards.
- WVU combines the highest sub-scores from different test dates to create a "superscore" total or composite.
- Once admitted, students may continue to submit new scores (our merit deadline is July 15 for updating scores).