Admission Requirements for First-Time Freshmen (2023)

West Virginia University has a test optional application for the 2023-2024 academic cycle. Learn more about ourtest 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.

  • 4 units of English
    • Must include Grammar, Compositionand Literature
  • 3 units of college preparatory Mathematics
    • Minimum requirements include Algebra I and II; higher level math courses are encouraged
    • West Virginia course equivalencies include a series of Math I, IIand III
  • 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. History
  • 3 units of Science
    • Recommended units include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomyand Environmental Science
  • 2 units of the same World Language
    • American Sign Language meets this requirement

    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.

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    Select majors are competitive and have limited space. Please refer to the College Program Admissions Requirementssection 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:

    • How do I send my transcript?
    • Will WVU recalculate my GPA?
    • How do I submit an ACT or SAT score?
    • Does WVU superscore?
    • How do I qualify for merit scholarships?
    • Can I update my GPA once admitted?

    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.

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    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.

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

    • Official high school transcripts must be sent by the high school counseling office. We do not accept official transcripts from the student or parent.
    • It is preferred that the high school counseling office email an official transcript to WVUadmissions@mail.wvu.edu or send via an electronic document service utilized by the high school. Documents sent via email or document service take 3-5 business days to process.
      • Mailed documents are accepted and take 2-3 weeks to receive and process from the date sent. Mail documents to WVU Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 6009, Morgantown, WV 26506.
    • First-time freshman applicants may submit an unofficial high school transcript for decision processing. An official transcript will be required prior to enrollment.
    • First-time freshman applicants self-reporting courses and grades on the WVU or Common Application are to request that an official transcript be sent to WVU Admissions; this is required to reconcile the coursework and GPA. Students are encouraged to request that their high school counselor submit the official transcript as soon as possible. Self-reported GPAs will be adjusted to reflect the GPA on the transcript if different.
    • First-time transfer applicants applying with fewer than 24 transferrable credits must have the final high school transcript submitted to the WVU Office of Admissions by the high school counseling office.
    • All enrolling first-time freshman students must have an official final high school transcript on file prior to the start of classes. Enrollees without a final transcript will have a registration hold placed on their account which will prevent them from scheduling classes for a future term.

    Options for submitting college transcripts, AP score reportsand IB transcripts

    • Official college transcripts must be received from the institution and will not be processed if submitted by an applicant or school counselor.
    • You may use the following email address when ordering official transcripts for delivery: WVUadmissions@mail.wvu.edu. Transcripts take 2-3 weeks to receive and process from the date ordered.
    • Official college transcripts must be sent by each institution attended; we do not accept credit from multiple institutions listed on one transcript or college credit listed on the high school transcript.
    • Advanced Placement (AP) may be submitted to the WVU Office of Admissions as follows:
      • The official AP score report sent by you or your high school counselor to WVUadmissions@mail.wvu.edu.
      • An electronic score report ordered via College Board. Please use code 5904. Electronic score delivery takes 3-4 weeks to process from the date sent.
      • Course, scoreand testing date listed on the official high school transcript and submitted by the high school counselor to WVUadmissions@mail.wvu.edu.
      • Currently enrolled WVU students seeking transfer credit for AP courses must submit the official AP score report and file the AP Articulation Request ticket.
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) transcripts may be ordered and sent to our office via the IB secure site or paper transcript.

    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 orself-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.

    • GPA Calculations
      • The Office of Admissions does not recalculate GPA. However, WVU reserves the right to recalculate when needed and may do so if you attended multiple highschools.
      • We use the unweighted or weighted GPA reported on yourhigh school transcript or self-reportedwhen submitting yourapplication.
      • GPAs will be rounded to the second decimal point (e.g., 4.195 is rounded up to 4.2, while 4.19 stays at 4.19).
      • The Office of Admissions uses the calculator below to convert percentages to a 4.0 scale; we do not use the Princeton Scale or the High School Profile for conversions.
    • Self-Reporting GPA
      • Self-reported GPAs will require an official high school transcript prior to enrollment. We encourage you to send this as soon as possible once admitted.
      • The Office of Admissions will update your record if the GPA reported on the official transcript is different from what you self-reported.
      • Please note that changes to the self-reported GPA may impact eligibility for direct admission to majors, the Honors Collegeand merit awards.
      • You should only self-report your GPA, courses and grades if you know theofficial calculation as determined by yourhigh school.
    • GPA Changes Once Admitted
      • Admitted first-time freshman students may submit the GPA Update Requestform to request an evaluation if a change has occurred after being admitted.
      • A transcript with the updated GPA is required to request an evaluation. You can upload an unofficial copy when submitting the form.
      • The Office of Admissions will not recalculate GPA; an evaluation requires an updated calculation reported on the high school transcript.
      • Deadline for GPA adjustments is June 1.
      • Changes may take up to one week to apply to the admissions record and students will be notified of the change via email.
      • GPA changes that impact scholarships may take 3-4 weeks to apply to the financial aid award which can be viewed in the student’s WVU Portal.
      • GPA changes that impact direct admission to a major or eligibility for the Honors College are based on available space and priority deadlines. You will be notified via email if changes are applied to youroriginal major or if you are eligible to apply to the Honors College.
    • High School Transcripts
      • You may upload a copy of your transcript with the application, send a copy to the Office of Admissionsor have your high school counseling office submit on your behalf.
      • An official high school transcript with graduation date is required of all enrolled students.
      • Visit our detailed section regarding high school transcript submission to learn more.

    Submitting StandardizedTest Scores

    How to Submit Your Scores

    • WVU’s Morgantown campus SAT code is 5904.
    • List WVU to receive your scores when registering for the exam. You can include up to four institutions as free sends.
    • You can log into yourCollege Board account and download an official PDF score report and submit to wvuadmissions@mail.wvu.edu.
    • 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 College Board score report or an official high school transcript with scores listed on your behalf.

    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 yourbehalf.

    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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