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Admissions

http://apply.wvu.edu

In this section:

Policies:

  • Introduction
  • Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center
  • Visiting Students Coming to WVU
  • Veterans
  • Readmission
  • Second Degree Students
  • Undergraduate Non-Degree
  • Academic Forgiveness Policy
  • WVU Transient Students
  • Immunization Requirement

Freshman/Early:

  • Freshman Admission Requirements
  • General Equivalency Degree (GED)/Test of Accessing Secondary Completion (TASC)
  • Advanced Placement Program (AP)
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Active Military Service Credit
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Early Admission
  • ACCESS (Attaining College Credits and Experiences while in Secondary School)

transfer:

  • Transfer Students from Regional Campuses
  • Transfers from Other Accredited Institutions
  • Application Materials
  • Evaluation of Transfer Credit

International:

  • International Student Admission
  • Required Academic Credentials
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Financial Documents and Student Visa

 

POLICIES

In this section:

Introduction

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: http://apply.wvu.edu/ or write to:

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

Telephone: (304) 293-2121
e-mail: WVUAdmissions@mail.wvu.edu

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.

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Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center

The undergraduate programs at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center have specific application periods and requirements.  Please refer to the program’s website for admission requirements for Dental Hygiene, Exercise Physiology, Immunology & Medical Microbiology, Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing or Occupational Therapy.  The undergraduate application is available at: http://admissions.wvu.edu/apply-now .  

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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 Visiting Student Form.  The application can be found at:  http://admissions.wvu.edu/admissions/forms .  

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Veterans

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

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Readmission

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 academic standing.

If another institution(s) was attended, readmission will be based on the WVU academic standing along with academic credit 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 attain a combined overall grade point average of 2.0 from all institutions attended including WVU.

If suspended from the University, a student must apply for readmission. Additional information may be found at: http://registrar.wvu.edu/current_students/probation-suspension .

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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 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. Students who have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university generally meet all of WVU's General Education Curriculum (GEC) requirements. All residence requirements must be met to receive a second bachelor’s degree. (See Residence Requirements).

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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(s) 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 students meet University requirements, they should submit a complete application and official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. If students have completed fewer than twenty-four college-level credits, they should submit an official high school transcript.

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Academic Forgiveness Policy

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

In order to determine eligibility, an Academic Forgiveness form must be completed, which is available at the Office of Admissions. Students should consult with their academic department for advising.

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

  • A student cannot have been enrolled at any higher education institution for at least five calendar years.
  • 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 the 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 sixty-four credit hours prior to earning a degree.
  • A student admitted to WVU under this policy will follow all regulations regarding probation, suspension, and expulsion.

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WVU Transient Students

In order to take a course or courses at another college or university, a student must complete a Transient Credit Form, which can be found at: http://admissions.wvu.edu/r/download/134700 . 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 http://admissions.wvu.edu/admissions/ university -requirements/transfer_equivalency . 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.

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Immunization Requirements

Requirements for immunizations are posted at: http://well.wvu.edu/medical/immunizations .

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FRESHMAN/EARLY

In this section:

Freshman Admission Requirements

To be considered for freshman admission, a student must:

  • Submit an application for admission
  • Pay required application fees and provide all required documents to be reviewed for admission which includes: an official high school transcript and ACT/SAT test scores. Upon graduation, please ask the high school counselor to send an official final high school transcript verifying graduation to the Office of Admissions.

And successfully complete the following high school credits:

  • Four units of English 
  • Three units of social studies (including U.S. History)
  • Four 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.
  • Three units of science (ALL units must be laboratory science)
  • Two units of the same foreign language
  • One unit of fine arts

The following is a list of the GPA and test score criteria.

High school grade point average and comprehensive tests are the major criterion 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 2.5 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, the student 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, students should submit a written statement explaining any extenuating circumstances that may have affected their academic performance. Each application is reviewed individually and given full consideration.

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 the student's 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

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General Equivalency Degree (GED)/Test of Accessing Secondary Completion (TASC)

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 Office of Admissions.  

Beginning January, 2014, the West Virginia Department of Education will begin to use the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) exam in place of the GED.  The GED will continue to be accepted for students who took the GED prior to January, 2014 or from a state that does not administer the TASC exam.  Those students passing the TASC will need to submit their "State of West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma."  A high school transcript must also be mailed to the WVU Office of Admissions.  More information about the TASC exam can be found at: http://www.tasctest.com .

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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 through Advanced Placement courses. Administered by the College Board, Advanced Placement examinations verfity if a student has earned competency equal to that of a college course. The WVU Office of Admissions ' Advanced Placement chart shows the subject areas and necessary test scores needed to earn WVU equivalent courses. In order to receive Advanced Placement credit, official scores must be sent to the Office of Admissions. 

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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 College Board. With the exception of English composition, up to thirty-five 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 Admissions' website: http://admissions.wvu.edu/admissions/equivalency 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.

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Active Military Service Credit

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 http://admissions.wvu.edu/admissions/equivalency .

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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: http://admissions.wvu.edu/admissions/equivalency .

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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. The student's parent(s) or guardian(s) 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.

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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 enroll in 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.

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TRANSFER

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Transfer Students from Regional Campuses

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: http://admissions.wvu.edu/r/download/134772 . WVU admission requirements must be met as well as requirements to specific programs.

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

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Transfers from Other Accredited Institutions

We welcome transfer students who have completed post-secondary coursework at a regionally accredited college or university. To be admitted as a transfer student at WVU, students must have at least a cumulative 2.0 grade point average in all college work attempted. Transfer students who have fewer than twenty-four transferable credit hours must also meet freshman admission standards. Some individual programs and majors have different course requirements and higher grade point average requirements.

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Application Materials

To be considered for transfer admissions, the following materials are needed:

  1. A completed application for undergraduate admission.
  2. 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 courses taken after application to WVU.
  3. 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.

All application materials must be received in the Office of Admissions by August 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission.

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Evaluation of Transfer Credit

Evaluation of transferable credit will be made after receipt of all final official transcripts and admission to WVU. All credits and grades accepted as transfer credit will be used in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average and total attempted and earned credits. Transfer credits from community colleges and junior colleges outside the West Virginia Regional Campus System are limited to seventy-two hours of lower-division courses. 

In all cases, the application of transfer credit toward completion of a bachelor’s degree is determined by the school or college upon enrollment. The student's academic department will determine which credits will be used to meet degree requirements.  If more than fifty-eight 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 fifty-eight transferable hours who do not meet specific program requirements.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSION POLICIES

In this section:

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 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: Office of Admissions, West Virginia University, P.O. Box 6009, 2nd Floor, One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26505-6009.

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/ Online: www.wes.org .

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: www.wes.org .

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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; 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.

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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 500 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 61 on the internet-based TOEFL, or 6.0 on the IELTS is the minimum required of all such applicants. Applicants must make arrangements to take the TOEFL/IELTS well in advance of the desired date of enrollment at WVU. Information about registration for the TOEFL can be obtained by writing to: Educational Testing Service,  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 http://www.ielts.org .

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 6298, Morgantown, WV 26506-6298, Telephone: (304) 293-3604. Online: http://iep.wvu.edu.

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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 in US dollars. 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.

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