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First-Time Freshmen Admission Requirements

West Virginia University has adopted a test optional application for the 2022-2023 terms. 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 June 1, 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 2022 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math ALEKS
Engineering - - 19 - 510 30
Engineering (Test Optional Requirements) 3.50 - - - - -

Test optional applicants who meet the minimum GPA and core course requirements will be admitted into Engineering and are required to complete an ALEKS exam for math/science placement. 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 2022 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 2022 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Child Development and Family Studies 2.50 - - - -
Early Childhood Special Education 2.75 - - - -
Elementary Education 2.50 - - - -
Mental Health and Addiction Studies 2.50 - - - -
Pre-Child Development and Family Studies 2.25 - - - -
Youth and Family Sciences 2.50 - - - -

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Additional admission requirements for majors in Eberly College of Arts and Sciences for the spring and fall 2022 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Forensic Majors - Direct - - 22 - 540
Forensic Majors - 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

Additional admission requirements for majors in John Chambers College of Business and Economics for the spring and fall 2022 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math ALEKS
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

Additional admission requirements for majors in School of Dentistry for the spring and fall 2022 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math ALEKS
Dental Hygiene (Option 1) 3.70 24 - 1180 - -
Dental Hygiene (Option 2) 3.70 - 22 - 540 -
Dental Hygiene - Test Optional 3.70 - - - - 45

Due to capacity limitations and the competitive nature of the Dental Hygiene program, the fall 2022 application deadline is February 1, 2022. We strongly encourage students to submit an ACT or SAT test score for this major. If applying test optional, please contact your WVU Regional Recruiter to learn more about the math assessment that is required. Application review begins mid-fall and interviews in January. For more details, including supplemental requirements in support of your application, please visit the Dental Hygiene Website.

School of Medicine

Additional admission requirements for majors in School of Medicine for the spring and fall 2022 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math ALEKS
Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics - - 22 - 540 45
Communication Sciences and Disorders - 23 - 1140 - -
Communication Sciences and Disorders - Test Optional 3.00 - - - - -
Immunology and Medical Microbiology 3.70 - 26 - 610 65

School of Nursing

The School of Nursing – Morgantown Campus has a priority application deadline of December 1 for the fall 2022 term for first-time freshman due to the competitive nature of the program. Students are encouraged to apply early.

First-time freshman direct-admit and pre-nursing criteria are provided below for ACT or SAT score senders.

Test scores are strongly encouraged for first-time freshman applicants. However, test optional applicants who meet the minimum GPA and core courses will be admitted to the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences - Health and Well-Being major. Once admitted, students receive details to take the TEAS exam – Test of Essential Academic Skills – and will need a minimum composite score of 70%. Only the first two TEAS exam attempts will be considered. Students will be reevaluated for nursing or pre-nursing if space is available based on their GPA and TEAS score.

Additional admission requirements for majors in School of Nursing for the spring and fall 2022 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math TEAS
Nursing 3.80 26 22 1240 540 80%
Nursing 3.60 28 22 1310 540 80%
Pre-Nursing 3.20 23 22 1140 540 70%
Pre-Nursing - Test Optional 3.20 - - - - 70%

School of Pharmacy

Additional admission requirements for majors in School of Pharmacy for the spring and fall 2022 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math ALEKS
Direct Admit Pathway Pharmacy 3.50 - 26 - 610 65
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

Additional admission requirements for majors in School of Public Health for the spring and fall 2022 terms.
ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math ALEKS
Health Services Management and Leadership 3.00 21 - 1080 - 30
Health Services Management and Leadership - Test Optional 3.50 - - - - -
Pre-Health Services Management and Leadership 2.75 - - - - -
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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