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First-Time Freshmen Admission Requirements

West Virginia University has a test optional application for the 2023-2024 academic cycle. Learn more about our test optional - no-harm admissions policy below, including requirements. 

Standard admissions information is available per the  WVU Board of Governor’s (BOG) rules. Test optional policies for future terms will be evaluated at a later date.   

Academic Coursework

First-time freshmen applicants must successfully complete the following high school courses. Meeting the requirements below does not guarantee admission to the Morgantown campus. 

Test Optional Admission

Test optional admission permits applicants to apply without an ACT or SAT score. We encourage students to submit scores if available. However, our no-harm policy means that applicants can be confident that scores will only be used if to their advantage. This includes eligibility for admission to the university, the Honors College and automatically awarded merit scholarships. 

Select majors are competitive and have limited space. Please refer to the  College Program Admissions Requirements section for GPA and/or test score requirements. We will automatically evaluate all applicants, regardless of major, for the Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success (CLASS).

All first-time admitted students are automatically reviewed for merit scholarships. WVU’s merit deadline for first-time freshman, without exception, is June 1. Admitted students may submit updated test scores and GPA calculations until the deadline. Changes are not automatic for GPA edits; students must request a review of new credentials by submitting the  GPA form. Test scores are automatically updated if received by June 1 via  official score report or from the testing center

Common questions:

College and Program Admission Requirements for First-Time Freshmen

Some colleges and programs have specific admissions criteria or may reach capacity early in the admissions cycle. Please refer to the College and Program Admissions Requirements below.

Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Engineering Requirements - - 19 - 510
Engineering Requirements for Test Optional Students 3.50 - - - -

College of Applied Human Sciences

ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Early Childhood Special Education Requirements 2.75 - - - -
Elementary Education Requirements 2.50 - - - -
Mental Health and Addiction Studies Requirements 2.50 - - - -

College of Creative Arts

ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Technical Art History Requirements 3.00 - - - -

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Forensic Majors Requirements - - 22 - 540
Forensic Majors Requirements for Test Optional Students 3.75 - - - -

John Chambers College of Business and Economics

ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Admission to Business - - 19 - 510
Admission to Business for Test Optional Students 3.00 - - - -
Direct Admission to Major 3.00 - 22 - 540
Direct Admission to Major for Test Optional Students 3.50 - - - -

School of Dentistry

The fall 2023 application deadline for Dental Hygiene is February 1, 2023. Applicants are encouraged to submit an ACT or SAT score. Application review begins mid-fall and includes an interview, shadowing, and more. Please visit the Dental Hygiene website for additional details. Test optional applicants who do not meet the direct-entry requirements but are admissible to the university will be admitted to the Center for Learning, Advising, and Student Success (CLASS). The School of Dentistry will contact admitted students with additional details regarding eligibility in the weeks following admission to the university.

ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Dental Hygiene Requirements 3.70 24 22 1180 540

School of Medicine

ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Communication Sciences and Disorders Requirements - 23 - 1140 -
Communication Sciences and Disorders Requirements for Test Optional Students 3.00 - - - -
Immunology and Medical Microbiology Requirements 3.70 - 26 - 610

School of Nursing

The fall 2023 priority application deadline for first-time freshman is December 1, 2022. Test optional applicants who meet the core course requirements with a cumulative GPA of 3.2-3.79 will be admitted to the Health and Well-Being major in the College of Applied Human Sciences. The School of Nursing will contact students with additional details regarding eligibility in the weeks following admission to the university.

ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math TEAS
Nursing Requirements 3.80 26 22 1240 540 80%
Nursing Requirements 3.60 28 22 1310 540 -
Pre-Nursing Requirements 3.20 23 22 1140 540 70%
Pre-Nursing Requirements for Test Optional Students 3.80 - - - - -
Pre-Nursing Requirements for Test Optional Students 3.20 - - - - 70%

School of Pharmacy

Test optional applicants who do not meet the Pharmacy direct-entry requirements but are admissible to the university will be admitted to the Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success (CLASS). The School of Pharmacy will contact students with additional details regarding eligibility in the weeks following admission to the university.

ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Direct Admit Pathway Pharmacy Requirements 3.50 - 26 - 610

School of Public Health

ACT SAT
GPA Composite Math Composite Math
Health Services Management and Leadership Requirements 2.50 - 22 - 540
Health Services Management and Leadership Requirements for Test Optional Students 2.75 - - - -
Public Health Requirements 2.50 - 19 - 510
Public Health Requirements for Test Optional Students 2.75 - - - -

Transcript Submission

All applicants must submit transcripts of previous coursework, including first-time freshman students self-reporting courses and grades.

Options for submitting high school transcripts and self-reported courses and grades

Options for submitting college transcripts, AP score reports and IB transcripts

How GPA is Calculated and Evaluated

Grade-point average (GPA) is based on information received from your high school transcript or self-reported courses and grades. The most recent unweighted or weighted cumulative GPA, as reported on the transcript or self-reported on the application, is used for application review. This is the same GPA used by the Undergraduate Scholarship Office and the Honors College when determining eligibility. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to verify and/or edit reported calculations.

Submitting Standardized Test Scores

How to Submit Your Scores

College Board/SAT
ACT
  • WVU’s Morgantown Campus ACT code is 4540.  
  • List WVU to receive your scores when registering for the exam. You can include up to six institutions as free sends.
  • Order the scores to be sent by the testing center to WVU Admissions. Scores will take 2-3 weeks to receive and process from the date sent.
  • School counselors may submit an official ACT score report or an official high school transcript with scores listed on your behalf.
Please note:
  • Screenshots, photos and web printouts will not be accepted.
  • WVU does not accept self-reported test scores on the Common App.
  • We will not accept scores listed on an unofficial transcript from the student; if submitting a transcript, the school counseling office must submit on your behalf. 
  • We accept multiple test dates for ACT and SAT and superscore for admission, the Honors College and merit awards.

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