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WVU provides excellent educational programs for well-prepared students. The goal of the University’s admission policy is to select applicants who will succeed academically and socially. If space is limited, the better-prepared students are admitted.

WVU enrolls a diverse student population. While preference is given to West Virginia residents, qualified students from other states and countries are encouraged to apply. The University is committed to the goal of equal educational opportunity for all students: no candidate is denied admission because of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, handicap or disability, veteran status, or national origin.

The primary focus of the admissions review is on academic potential. All of the required materials submitted by the applicant - application, transcripts, and standardized test scores - are reviewed carefully.

Applications for admission can be found online at: , or write to:

Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009
Telephone (304) 293-2121

Some colleges and programs have admission standards that exceed the minimal requirements for admission to the University. For example, admission to the forensics major in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, and to the professional programs in the Division of Physical Therapy and the School of Pharmacy, among others, is competitive, and preference is given to West Virginia residents. Admission to the University does not ensure admission into a specific major, school, or college.

  Academic Forgiveness Policy

WVU allows academic forgiveness to some students who are not successful in their first attempt at higher education within the WV system.

To be eligible, a student cannot have been enrolled at any higher education institution for at least five calendar years. In order to determine eligibility, an Academic Forgiveness Form must be completed, which is available at the Office of Admissions.

The conditions and rules of the academic forgiveness policy are as follows:

  • Admission or readmission to WVU under the academic forgiveness policy is contingent upon satisfying the above stated non-enrollment period. In addition, a recommendation that the student be admitted under the academic forgiveness policy must be submitted by the dean of the college or school that the student plans to enter, and the recommendation must be approved by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
  • Upon admission to WVU under this policy, the student will be credited with the hours earned for courses completed with a grade of D or higher.
  • Grades earned during any prior enrollment period will not be counted for purposes of calculating the student’s grade point average, but grades earned will remain on the student’s permanent record.
  • The student must meet and complete all coursework required to meet the college’s or school’s requirements for graduation, but under no circumstances after the student has been admitted under the academic forgiveness policy shall the student complete fewer than 64 credit hours prior to earning a degree.
  • A student admitted to WVU under this policy will follow all regulations regarding probation, suspension, and expulsion.

ACCESS (Attaining College Credits and Experiences while in Secondary School)

High school students who have completed their junior year with a 3.0 cumulative GPA may be admitted to take college courses before high school graduation. An ACCESS application for admission must be submitted along with an official high school transcript and a letter of permission from parent(s) or guardian(s) and high school counselor or principal. Coursework completed at the University must be at a level beyond that available in the high school setting.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for freshman admission, a student must successfully complete the following high school credits:

  • 4 units of English 
  • 3 units of social studies (including U.S. history)
  • 4 units of college preparatory mathematics (three units must be algebra I and II and plane geometry)
  • Select majors may require a fourth math considered to be higher than Algebra II
  • 3 units of science (ALL units must be laboratory science)
  • 2 units of the same foreign language
  • 1 unit of fine arts

These requirements are in addition to the GPA and test score criteria that are noted below.

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

WVU encourages students to work to their full capacity and to earn their degree at their own learning speed. As a high school junior or senior, students can take college-level courses at their school in conjunction with the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). The Advanced Placement Service administers three-hour examinations to show competency equal to that received by taking the actual college course. The chart can be found at the WVU Office of Admission’s website:

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

If an incoming student has gained a significant level of maturity through life experiences, he or she may receive college credit for those educationally-related experiences through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the CEEB. A policy of the WVU Board of Governors allows University credit to be awarded for successful completion of CLEP subject examinations, except English composition and freshman English. Up to 35 hours of general education or elective credit may be earned for successful performance on the CLEP general examinations. Although this program was designed primarily for adults, exceptionally well-qualified high school seniors may use the CLEP program. The chart at the WVU Office of Admission’s website:  indicates the areas for which WVU grants credit based on the minimum scores required. It should be noted that no student is eligible for CLEP credits after he or she has enrolled at WVU.

A student with at least one year of active military service may receive college-level credit by submitting a copy of his or her DD214 or a Sailor/Marine/ACE Registry Transcript (SMART) or Army/ACE Registry Transcript System (AARTS) transcript. The chart can be found at .

Early Admission

WVU will admit a limited number of rising high school seniors who have demonstrated high academic achievement and maturity to enter college before high school graduation. Students who have completed their junior year in high school with 3.5 GPA or higher and a 26 enhanced ACT composite or 1170 on the SAT, and have completed all requirements for graduation from high school except senior English,  may apply for early admission. In addition to submitting the freshman admission application and required documents (see Freshman Admissions) the principal or guidance counselors must submit a letter supporting the application. Your parent(s) or guardian must also submit a letter of support for the application. Once the above requirements are met, an interview with the student will be conducted for the Early Admissions Program. Accepted students are admitted as full-time students with all of the rights and privileges offered to other students.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU uses the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as the measure of English language proficiency. A score of 61 on the internet-based TOEFL, 173 on the computer-based TOEFL, 500 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 6.0 on the IELTS is the minimum required. Applicants should make arrangements to take the TOEFL well in advance of the desired date of enrollment at WVU. Information about registration for the TOEFL can be obtained by writing to: TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA, or by contacting the local office of the United States Information Service (USIS). Information about registration for IELTS can be obtained by accessing the IELTS website at .

TOEFL results are not required for applicants who have received a high school diploma or a bachelor’s degree from schools in the United States.

In some cases, it may be possible to consider applications from students who lack adequate TOEFL or IELTS scores and who will enroll in WVU’s Intensive English Program. Such applicants must contact the Intensive English Program directly and notify the Office of Admissions of their intentions. Admission to the Intensive English Program does not guarantee admission to the University or to a specific program of study. Inquiries should be directed to:

Intensive English Program
WVU Department of Foreign Languages
P.O. Box 6297, Morgantown, WV 26506-6297
phone: (304) 293-3604

Financial Documents and Student Visa

International students requiring a form I-20 or DS 2019 for student or exchange visa must provide certification of adequate financial resources. Generally, the student is required to provide an official bank statement showing the availability of the appropriate funds. If a private sponsor will be the student’s source of support, the sponsor must submit a letter showing intent to sponsor and an official bank statement showing the availability of the appropriate funds. Other forms of support could include sponsorship certifications from the student’s government or sponsoring agency. In all cases, original or certified copies of financial/sponsorship documents must be submitted before the I-20 or DS 2019 can be issued.

Freshman Admissions

In addition to the application for admission, students must provide all required documents to be reviewed for admission.  An official high school transcript, ACT/SAT test scores, and proof of immunizations must also be submitted. Upon graduation, please ask the high school counselor to send an official final high school transcript verifying graduation to the Office of Admissions.


Students who have completed a General Equivalency Degree (GED) with an average standard score of 2250 (450) or above, must request that the State Department of Education mails copies of scores to the Office of Admissions. In addition, a high school transcript must also be mailed to the WVU Admissions Office.

Students who graduate fewer than five years before their admission request, must present ACT or SAT scores with the admission application. If it is more than five years since your class graduated from high school or a GED diploma was earned and no other college has been attended, WVU may waive some of the admission requirements.

Grade Averages and Test Scores

High school grade point average and comprehensive tests are the major criteria used to determine admission to WVU. WVU accepts either ACT (American College Testing) or SAT scores.

High school graduates from West Virginia are eligible to be considered for admission with a 2.0 grade point average and either a composite ACT score of 19 or a combined math and critical reading SAT score of 910. Non-residents are eligible to be considered for admission with a 2.50 overall grade point average and either an ACT composite score of 21 or a combined math and critical reading SAT score of 990. If space is available and the required high school units, GPA, and test scores are met, you will be admitted. Therefore, we encourage eligible students to apply as soon as possible after September 15 of their senior year. If one of the requirements is not met, students may still apply, and the Admissions Review Committee will review the application. If appropriate, please submit a written statement explaining any extenuating circumstances that may have affected your academic performance. Each application is reviewed individually and given full consideration.

Immunization Requirements

Requirements for immunizations are posted on the Admissions’ website at: .

International Baccalaureate (IB)

West Virginia University welcomes applications from students who have attended high schools that offer the international baccalaureate program. Credit given varies with level (standard or higher) and with score. The chart can be found at .

  International Student Admission

West Virginia University is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant foreign nationals as International students. International students wishing to enroll as undergraduate students at WVU must comply with the stated academic requirements for admission and with certain additional academic and non-academic requirements.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall Semester – April 1
  • Spring Semester – October 1
  • Summer – February 15

International students applying for admission to WVU must submit the following:

  • Completed International Student Admission Application.
  • Application service fee.
  • Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL results must be sent to WVU directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the IELTS results must be sent directly from the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate.
  • Original or certified copies of an official academic record in original language of issue.
  • Original or certified copy of all certificates or diplomas in original language of issue.
  • Official English translations of academic record and certificates/diplomas.
  • For Visa documents: Certification of financial support and a copy of current passport or visa.

International applicants who have completed high school in the United States will also be required to submit ACT or SAT results.

The above items should be sent to the following address by the application deadline:

West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6009, 2nd Floor, One Waterfront Place
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009

If possible, all application material should be submitted at one time (TOEFL/IELTS scores and official transcripts from United States institutions should be requested so that all material arrives at WVU close to the same date). Incomplete applications cannot be guaranteed consideration for the desired semester.

To expedite the application process, it is strongly recommended that all undergraduate students (both freshmen and transfer) who have attended high school, post-secondary educational institutions, colleges or universities outside the United States, use World Education Service (WES) to complete the required professional credential evaluation of all academic work completed. A “detailed” or “course-by-course” evaluation including a calculated grade point average (GPA) and WES certified copies of official documents, are required for all work completed in a country other than the United States.

Transcripts, mark sheets, grade report examination results and degree certificates from all previously attended institutions should be sent to:

World Education Services (WES)
Bowling Green Station
PO Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087

Sending credentials to WES will result in a faster evaluation; however, there is a fee associated with the evaluation. Credentials submitted directly to West Virginia University will take longer to evaluate and there is no guarantee as to the length of time it may require.

Once credentials have been submitted to WES for evaluation, any inquiries regarding the evaluation can be sent to the address above or to: .


If a student leaves the University for at least one complete semester, an application for readmission must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Decisions on readmission are based on the student's WVU academic standing.

If another institution(s) was attended, readmission will be based on the WVU academic standing along with academic work earned at any other institution attended after leaving WVU. In order to be readmitted, student must obtain an overall grade point average of 2.0 at all institutions attended since leaving WVU or present a combined overall grade point average of 2.0 from all institutions attended including WVU.

For institutions outside the West Virginia system and West Virginia private colleges and universities, beginning Spring 2012, grades and credits are transferable for college-level courses, provided the other conditions have been met.

If suspended from the University, a student must be reinstated by the dean of the school or college to which he/she wishes to be admitted before applying for readmission.

If suspended for academic reasons or the student has less than a 2.0 overall grade point average when leaving WVU and courses are taken at another institution(s) during the suspension, the student cannot automatically transfer these courses to WVU upon readmission. An overall GPA of 2.0 for a semester of at least 12 hours for full-time students or 12 hours accumulated over several semesters for part-time students must be achieved after readmission in order to have the appropriate credit entered on your record. Once a student has completed this requirement, the student must contact the Office of Admissions so the transfer credit can be entered on the academic transcript.

Required Academic Credentials

Applicants must submit academic records from all secondary and post-secondary institutions attended regardless of whether grades were issued or credit was received. WVU requires that original or certified copies of the original academic documents from non-United States institutions be submitted. The required documents include the official academic record (showing course titles, dates taken, and grades received) and diploma(s) or certificate(s) showing degree awarded. These documents must be in the original language of issue and official. Official English translations must be included. Translations must be literal, word-for-word translations, and must indicate actual grades received, not an interpretation of the grades. Applicants who have studied in the United States are required to have the institution(s) in the U.S. send the official transcript directly to WVU.

Documents received by WVU become the property of WVU and cannot be returned to the applicant or copied for the applicant. It is therefore recommended that students who receive only one original copy of credentials submit certified copies with the application.

Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center

Admission to the undergraduate and professional programs at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center requires a separate application process. Downloadable web applications are available for dental hygiene, nursing, medical laboratory science, and pathologists’ assistant at . All other health sciences applications may be obtained from the Health Sciences Admissions Office at:

Health Sciences Admissions Office
1170 Health Sciences North
Box 9815, Morgantown
WV 26506–9815
or by calling (304) 293–3521

Incoming freshmen wishing to apply to nursing may use the regular undergraduate application available online at .

Second Degree Students

College graduates wanting to earn a second bachelor’s degree are required to submit an undergraduate application and official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. The Office of Admissions can only accept transcripts sent from the Registrars’ Offices of these institutions. Transcripts issued directly to the student or facsimile (fax) transcripts are not considered official. In general, admission is granted on the basis of a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in the first baccalaureate. Selected majors, such as forensics, engineering, and business and economics, have higher requirements. After admission, the individual department evaluates the transcript and applies any appropriate credit from the first baccalaureate toward completion of the second. All residence requirements must be met to receive a second bachelor’s degree. (See Residence Requirements).

Transfer Students: Intra-University

Students enrolled at Potomac State College of WVU or WVU Institute of Technology, must complete the Change of Campus form to transfer to the Morgantown campus.  The form can be found at: .  WVU admission requirements must be met as well as requirements to specific programs.

Students wanting to transfer to WVU at Morgantown before completing two semesters at any of our regional or branch campuses, need to meet freshman admission standards.

Transfers from Other Accredited Institutions

We welcome transfer students who have completed post-secondary studies at a regionally accredited college or institution. To be eligible to enroll as a transfer student at WVU, students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in all college work attempted. In addition, beginning Spring 2012, transfer students who have fewer than 24 transferable credit hours, must also meet freshman admission standards. Some individual programs and majors have different course requirements and higher grade point average requirements.

To be considered for transfer admissions, a completed application for undergraduate admission must be submitted, and arrangements for official transcripts of all college work attempted must be sent to the Office of Admissions. Admissions can only accept transcripts sent directly from Registrars’ Offices. Transcripts issued to the student, or a facsimile (fax) transcript, are not considered official. Before final admission is granted, an official transcript must be submitted covering all subjects taken after application to WVU. If you have fewer than 24 transferable credit hours, ACT or SAT scores and a high school transcript must be submitted as part of your application. We evaluate transferable credit after receipt of complete official transcripts and admission to WVU. All application materials must be received in the Office of Admissions by August 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission.

If more than 58 semester hours are being transferred, entrance requirements for the specific program must be met.  Individual consideration is given to a limited number of students with more than 58 transferable hours who do not meet specific program requirements.

Credits and grades for college-level courses completed at any institution in the West Virginia state system of higher education may be transferable toward a bachelor’s degree.

For institutions outside the West Virginia system and West Virginia private colleges and universities, beginning Spring 2012, grades and credits are transferable for college-level courses. For consideration for Latin Honors, all grades are included in the GPA calculation.

In all cases, the application of transfer credit toward completion of a bachelor’s degree is determined by the school or college upon enrollment.

Transfer credits from two-year community colleges and junior colleges outside the West Virginia Regional Campus System are limited to 72 hours of lower-division courses.

Transient/Visiting Students Coming to WVU

Students wanting to take a course at WVU and have the credit transferred to another college or university, must complete a Transient/Visiting Application and send an official statement of good standing indicating an overall grade point average of 2.0 or above from their current institution to the Office of Admissions.

Undergraduate Non-Degree

Students with one or more bachelor’s degrees from an accredited college or university (including WVU) who want to enroll for undergraduate credit may be admitted as non-degree students. Post-baccalaureate students who are not working toward a graduate degree may earn undergraduate credit and will be assessed undergraduate fees. Candidates for admission to this classification who are not graduates of WVU must submit an undergraduate application and an official transcript from the institution granting the latest degree. The Office of Admissions can only accept transcripts sent from the Registrar’s Office of the institution previously attended. Transcripts issued directly to the student or facsimile (fax) transcripts are not considered official. WVU students need only to apply with an undergraduate application.

WVU will admit students who are not degree candidates but who wish to take additional courses. If you meet University requirements, please submit a complete application and official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. If you have completed fewer than 24 college-level credits, please submit an official high school transcript.


Veterans not meeting minimal admission requirements may be reviewed for admission by the Admissions Review Committee. 

WVU Transient Students

In order to take a course or courses at another school, a student must have written approval from his or her advisor, dean, and director of admissions or designee. To receive such approval, a student must have an overall 2.0 grade-point average. All approved college-level work is accepted for transfer from accredited institutions, provided the above requirements have been met. To view a list of schools and courses already reviewed, visit . In addition, an official transcript must be received by the Office of Admissions before any coursework can be counted toward degree requirements.

If the school is outside of the United States, all students must complete the Study Abroad Transient Form and have the approval of the Office of International Programs.