To be considered for freshman admission, you must successfully complete the following high school unit requirements:
- 4 units of English (including grammar, composition and literature)
- 3 units of college preparatory mathematics (units must be Algebra I or higher,
Math I or higher and include Algebra II; Transitional Math for High School Seniors
will also be accepted)
- 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. studies/history)
- 3 units of science (recommended units include biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy and environmental science)
- 2 units of the same world language (American Sign Language is acceptable)
Please note: Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission to the Morgantown campus.
In addition to the high school unit requirements listed above, you must meet the following requirements based on your residency. If applying to WVU test optional, please review the test optional requirements.
West Virginia residents: minimum 2.0 cumulative high school GPA and
either a superscored ACT composite of 19 or a superscored SAT Evidence Based
Reading/Writing and Math Section score of 990.
- Nonresidents: minimum 2.5 cumulative high school GPA and either a superscored ACT composite of 21 or a superscored SAT Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math Section score of 1060.
All applications must be accompanied by a transcript. Essays and letters of recommendation are not required and will not be considered in the admission decision.
- How do I send my transcript?
- How does WVU calculate my GPA?
- How do I submit my test scores? And what's a "superscore"?
Freshman Class Statistics
The average student enrolled in WVU’s fall 2019 freshman class had a 3.45 high school GPA, concorded ACT best set of 23 and a concorded SAT best set of 1185. We would encourage you to review our admitted student profile statistics.
Test Optional Requirements
Students applying for admission to WVU for the spring, summer or fall terms in 2021 may submit their application for consideration without an SAT or ACT score.
There is no minimum GPA requirement for students to apply test optional. We would encourage you to review our admitted student profile statistics before making your decision to apply test optional.
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.
Student who apply test optional may still provide a test score up until May 1, 2021, and are encouraged do so in order to qualify for direct admissions into certain major as well as merit awards.
Test Optional Evaluation Process
The Office of Admissions will evaluate the following criteria for test optional applicants
- Overall high school GPA
- Intended major
- We will place a heavy emphasis on performance in core course requirements as well as any coursework that directly relate to the students intended major.
- Performance in AP, IB and Honors courses
Please review test optional FAQ for more details.
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. 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)||3.50||-||-||-||-||-||-||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||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
College of Creative Arts
|Technical Art History||3.00||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
College of Education and Human Services
|Child Development and Family Studies||2.50||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Pre-Communication Studies and Disorders||3.00||23||-||-||1140||-||-||-|
College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
John Chambers College of Business and Economics
|Admission to Chambers College||2.75||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Direct admission to major||3.00||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
School of Dentistry
|Dental Hygiene - Test Optional||3.70||-||-||-||-||-||-||45|
School of Medicine
|Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics||2.00||-||-||22||-||-||540||-|
|Immunology and Medical Microbiology||3.70||-||-||28||-||-||660||-|
School of Public Health
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).