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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 application deadline?

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.

Is there an advantage to applying using the Common App vs. WVU’s application?

To apply for on-campus programs, we invite students to apply using either the Common App or the WVU Application. Both offer test optional and self-reported courses and grades. Requirements and processing times are the same regardless of which application you choose.

To apply for an online program, use the steps for WVU Online Campus applicants.

May I apply to more than one campus within the WVU system?

Although students may apply to multiple campuses within the WVU system (including Morgantown, Keyser and Beckley), we will only admit to one campus. If you have applied to multiple campuses, we encourage that you work with a WVU representative at your first-choice campus to determine application requirements and decision processing.

How do I submit my official transcripts and ACT or SAT scores?

Please visit the following pages for more details on how to submit official transcripts and options for submitting test scores.

Why was I referred to another campus when I applied to Morgantown?

In some cases, students may not meet the requirements for the Morgantown campus, but do meet requirements to begin their academic career at another of our campus locations. In these instances, the Morgantown Admissions Office will refer students to the WVU Beckley or the WVU Keyser location. If referred, we encourage that students work with the specific campus to learn more about starting at that institution and degree completing or transitioning to Morgantown.

Will WVU recalculate my GPA?

WVU uses the most recent cumulative GPA from a student's high school transcript as reported by the high school, or by the student if self-reported, when determining admission and scholarship eligibility. We use a four-point grading scale and convert percentages. We will use a weighted GPA if calculated and reported by your school. However, WVU does not recalculate GPA. For more details, visit our online GPA calculator tool.

Does WVU 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.

Does WVU accept dual enrollment or college in high school credit? What about AP, IB and CLEP?

We accept dual enrollment courses from accredited 2- or 4-year institutions. Credit may be applied directly to fulfill required courses, or as elective credit. Grades for college credit are transferred, as well. An official college transcript is required to review and apply credit, and it must be sent directly by the credit-granting institution. Please reference our Transfer Equivalency pages for more details.

AP, IB and CLEP credit is also accepted. Once received, the student’s academic adviser will have final approval to apply credit. An official score report from the testing center is required to review and apply credit. Please visit our AP, IB and CLEP pages for more details.

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

Applicants and admitted students may change their major by completing the Change of Major Form. Students who have already scheduled through New Student Orientation are not eligible to complete this form and will need to contact their academic adviser. Please note that a change of major may impact your current decision or direct acceptance to select majors.

How is residency determined?

We use the information provided on your admissions application to determine your residency status. Residency is related to your state of residence and used to assess tuition and fees for in-state vs. out-of-state students. For specifics, please visit our residency site.

How do I apply for scholarships, and is there a deadline?

Admitted students are automatically considered for our central merit scholarships, whether applying regular admission or test optional. First-time freshman applicants must be admitted, or submit updated test scores or transcripts, by May 1 to be eligible. Additional scholarships are available for certain academic programs, leadership and diversity. However, specific deadlines and applications may apply. Please visit the Undergraduate Scholarship Office for more details.

How can I visit WVU?

At this time, we have a limited campus visit program due to COVID-19. Check our Visitors Center website for current in-person tour availability as well as details about our numerous virtual opportunities and special events.

Are first-time freshmen required to live on campus?

WVU requires all single, first-year students to reside on campus their first year. Students living at home and within a 50-mile radius of WVU may commute. For more information regarding housing requirements and exceptions, please visit our Housing and Residence Life site.

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