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Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some popular questions that we receive from students. If you don't find your question or would like more information, please contact your admissions counselor, search frequently asked questions or contact us.

What is the deadline for applying for admission and scholarships?

WVU has a rolling admissions policy which means we do not have a specific deadline by which you must apply. The application review period for the fall semester begins August 15. Applicants are considered for and informed of admission on a first-come, first-served basis. We continue to admit students until the freshman class is full. To be eligible for merit scholarships from WVU, first-time freshmen must be admitted by May 1 for fall. Certain scholarships have a mid-January deadline. Please visit the Undergraduate Scholarship Office for more details.

How do I apply?

You can apply for admission by completing the online application or the Common Application and submitting your test scores and high school transcript. Learn more about applying to WVU.

What are WVU’s freshman general admission requirements?

Please review our admission requirements for detailed information.

What if I don’t meet WVU’s admission requirements?

In some cases, students whose test scores and high school academic record don’t meet standard requirements may qualify for alternative admission categories. Please feel free to call us at 304-293-2121 to discuss your situation.

How do you calculate my high school GPA?

WVU uses the most recent cumulative GPA from a student's high school transcript when determining admission to the University and when determining scholarship eligibility. We review high school GPA based on a four-point grading scale. In most instances, we will consider weighted GPA when determining eligibility for admission and scholarships. Learn more about how we calculate and evaluate your GPA.

How do I submit my test scores? And what's a "superscore"?

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. Learn how to submit or update your test scores.

I would like to tour campus. How can I visit WVU?

We would love to have you visit our beautiful campus! We have tours, visitation days and open houses throughout the year. Check out our visit page to find out how to register for a tour or one of our visitation events.

How is residency determined?

We use the information provided on your admissions application to determine your residency status. For specifics, please see our residency reclassification page.

Do freshmen have to live on campus?

WVU requires all single, first-year students (including transfers with fewer than 29 transferable credit hours) to live in University housing. Students living at home with parents within commuting distance of WVU, married students, students with children and students age 21 and older are exempt from this requirement. Learn more about housing.

Can I get credit for AP or CLEP exams?

WVU offers college credit for satisfactory scores on Advanced Placement Program (AP), College-Level Exam Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate Program (IB) exams and Cambridge International A and AS Level Certificates. More about qualifying for AP/CLEP/IB/Cambridge International credit at WVU.

You can have your scores sent directly to WVU from the testing service or mail a copy to:

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

I’m taking college-level courses. How do I find out if my credits will transfer to WVU?

All college courses are evaluated on a course-per-course basis. Please see our Transfer Equivalency System to check if your course(s) will transfer to WVU.

How can I change the major I listed on my admissions application?

For incoming freshmen, you can complete the Change of Major Form and submit it to the Office of Admissions. If you have attended New Student Orientation, you will need to contact your academic department.

When should I claim credit for my AP exams?

It is always best to discuss your credit by exam options with your adviser. They can help you make the most informed decision about how to best use credit by exam taking into account the specific requirements of your degree program.

What are your office hours?

The Office of Admissions is open weekdays from 8:15 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.

My question isn’t listed here. Who do I contact?

Try searching for your question on Ask WVU. You can also ask your admissions counselor directly or contact us.

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