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The First Steps

Important starting points for all newly admitted students.

Mountaineer Timeline

Learn all about our recommended timeline for scholarships, FAFSA, depositing, housing, New Student Orientation and much more in one place!

Mountaineer Timeline

Admitted Student Information

A few weeks after being admitted to WVU, students receive an admitted student brochure in the mail. This brochure outlines the entire enrollment process in detail. You can also find these steps in the Admitted Students section of the WVU admissions website.

Steps for Admitted First-Time Freshmen

WVU Portal

Logging into the WVU Portal for the first time is a crucial step to get connected with WVU. Students will gain access to their WVU MIX email account and the deposit platform. Students are encouraged to check both their personal and WVU email accounts so that they do not miss important messages.

How to Claim Account WVU Portal Login

Did you know? We have also collected our resources for admitted students and their families.

Deposit Information

All about what does — and doesn't — require a deposit.

Academic Deposit

  • Secures a student’s place in the incoming freshman class.
  • Fully refundable up until May 1.
  • Cost: $250 for non-resident students and $150 for residents of West Virginia.
  • Students who wish to cancel their deposit prior to the deadline may complete our online cancellation form.
    • Deposits are refunded on the credit card used for the payment or a check is sent by mail if payment was made from a bank account.
  • Watch Video: How to Pay the Academic Deposit

Academic deposit fee waivers are applied on an individual basis. Your regional recruiter would prefer to discuss fee waivers with the student and an individual who is assisting the student with their college journey. Please schedule a phone call with your regional recruiter to discuss our academic fee waiver policy.

Housing

New Student Orientation

  • New Student Orientation (NSO) does not require a deposit, but a fee will be added to the final tuition bill.
  • If a student registers for NSO, but ultimately decides not to attend WVU and does not participate in NSO, then they will not be charged this fee.
  • The Summer 2021 NSO program will be hosted virtually.

Adventure WV First-Year Trips

Adventure WV deposits are non-refundable, even if the student cancels their attendance. Learn more about Adventure WV First-Year Trips.

Campus Visits

How your students can learn about campus and attend events.

Student tour guide leads a tour at Woodburn Circle

Tour Guide Live

Tour Guide Live is a live virtual tour, approximately 45 minutes in length, facilitated by WVU’s very own student tour guides on the Zoom platform.

If you're interested in a group virtual tour for your students, contact your regional recruiter to let us know. Otherwise, students may register for a regularly scheduled Tour Guide Live at a time that fits their schedule.

Register for Tour Guide Live
Student uses a notebook computer in the Downtown Library.

Virtual Admission Sessions

Virtual Admission Sessions are live virtual sessions, approximately 30 minutes in length, facilitated by a WVU admissions counselor on the Zoom platform. Each session has a question and answer session.

You can arrange a group admission session for your students by contacting your regional recruiter — or students may register individually for a regularly scheduled session.

Register for a Virtual Admission Session
Front of Oglebay Hall in spring

On-Demand Virtual Tours

Get a 360° view (literally) of campus life from home. With our virtual campus tours and video tours of our residence halls, your students and their families can explore our campus anytime they'd like.

Virtual Campus Tour Virtual Housing Tour Residence Hall Video Tours
WVU staff member talks with a family at the Evansdale Visitors Center

Daily Campus Tours and Personalized Visits

Campus tour registration is currently limited to students seeking entry for Summer or Fall of 2021. When full-capacity tours resume:

  • Visits are hosted Monday through Friday and on some Saturdays.
  • Students may take a campus tour, attend an information session and visit with academic and non-academic departments across campus.
  • Students may visit our Visitors Center campus tour website to choose a date and time.
  • During the scheduling process, the students will be asked if they would like to schedule a separate academic department.
  • Contact visitwvu@mail.wvu.edu with any questions.
Campus Tours
Woodburn Hall

Discover WVU Open House

Discover WVU Open House days are hosted each fall on two separate Saturdays.

  • Geared towards juniors and seniors.
  • Students and parents choose sessions and experiences throughout the day that they would like to attend.
  • Sessions typically include the following: visit with an academic department, financial aid, student panel, parent panel, expert panel, residence hall visits, lunch on campus, classroom experiences and much more.
  • Night before activities are an option as well.
Discover WVU Open House
Two students pose with the Flying WV logo and giant HOME letters outside Honors Hall

Decide WVU Open House

Decide WVU Open House days are hosted in the spring on two separate Saturdays for admitted students.

  • Geared towards admitted seniors.
  • Students and parents choose sessions and experiences throughout the day that they would like to attend.
  • Sessions typically include visits with an academic department, financial aid and the Honors College, panel discussions with students, parents and WVU experts, residence hall visits, lunch on campus, classroom experiences and much more.
  • Night before activities are an option as well.
Decide WVU Open House

Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment

Getting credit for college work completed during high school

Advanced Placement Equivalencies

  • View our entire Advanced Placement policy and course equivalencies.
  • AP scores must be sent to WVU directly from the College Board.
  • Most students tend to wait until all grades from all years are posted so that they only need to send one time (in May of the senior year).
  • Please note that in some cases scores will not reach WVU before students schedule courses at New Student Orientation in June.
    • In these cases, students will reach out to their adviser after their grades have posted if a course serves as a prerequisite for a WVU course they would like to schedule.
  • Once WVU reviews the AP course, the course will appear in WVU DegreeWorks.

Dual Enrollment

  • View our entire transfer credit policy.
  • Students may use our transfer database spreadsheet to learn if a course will transfer to WVU.
    • If a course is not listed on the transfer database spreadsheet, students may submit the course to be reviewed by our transfer credit evaluators through our Transfer Equivalency Review Request (TERR).
  • GPA earned in the dual enrollment courses will transfer into a student’s WVU transcript.
  • In pass/fail cases, a GPA will not transfer unless the student earns a D/F grade.
  • A class is considered “dual enrollment” through the summer following the student’s senior year. Any class taken in the fall following the senior year would place the student into a transfer admissions status.

Student Services

Academic and support programs available to WVU students

Academic STARS
For African American students

Academic STARS (Students Achieving and Reaching Success) is a program designed to help African American students build a solid academic foundation and develop leadership qualities.

For more information, visit the Academic STARS page or call the Center for Black Culture and Research at 304-293-7029.

Accessibility Services
Academic, housing and transportation accommodations

The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) is committed to helping students achieve academic success by authorizing reasonable and effective accommodations. Students must participate in the accommodation process by requesting their specific accommodation needs through the Accessibility Services application form.

Students can contact OAS directly at:

B20 Stewart Hall
P.O. Box 6423
Morgantown, WV 26506-6423
Phone: 304-293-6700
Fax: 304-293-3861
Email: access2@mail.wvu.edu

First-Generation Programming
For students whose parent/guardian doesn't have a four-year degree

First-Generation Initiatives develops programs to help our first-generation students succeed early. The FirstGen staff is available to:

  • Ensures a seamless transition from high school to college.
  • Offer academic help through our student success program.
  • Celebrate the achievements of our FirstGen students, faculty and staff.

Contact us at FirstGenWVU@mail.wvu.edu. First-generation is defined as neither parent or guardian having completed a four-year degree.

First-Year Pathway
For conditionally admitted students

First-Year Pathway (FYP) is an academic support program designed for conditionally admitted students. Conditionally admitted students are those who have not met one of the minimum admission criteria, either high school GPA or standardized test scores (ACT or SAT).

We believe that through specialized advising, participation in a summer component and structured resources throughout the fall and spring terms, FYP students will have a successful transition to college. The core of the program is to assist students in building a solid foundation, achieving meaningful academic goals and graduating with a bachelor’s degree.

All FYP students must complete a required summer program as a condition for admission to WVU Morgantown.

GEAR UP
For West Virginia residents

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally-funded program designed to prepare students in West Virginia to pursue and be successful in their higher education goals.

For questions about WV GEAR UP – WVU, contact Sarah Powell at sarah.powell@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-5804 and visit the WV GEAR UP - WVU website.

Honors College
For students who meet GPA and ACT/SAT requirements

The Honors College reviews all WVU applications for eligibility on a rolling basis, after students have been formally admitted to the University. Students should expect to hear from the Honors College within 1-2 weeks after receiving an admissions decision from WVU. Applications for the fall will continue to be evaluated for eligibility through April 1.

The Honors College will send eligible students an invitation by email and postal mail to join the Honors College. This invitation letter contains instructions on how students can apply.

Requirements:

  • 3.7 High School GPA (weighted or unweighted), AND
  • 26 ACT or 1230 Redesigned SAT (M/EBRW)

LGBTQ+ Center
For LGBTQ+ students and allies

The LGBTQ+ Center supports educational social justice efforts and also provides a warm, comfortable atmosphere for organizing, socializing, teaching, and learning. All students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome at the LGBTQ+ Center.

Rise WVU
For students of color

Rise WVU creates opportunities for students of color to build an academic community and persist towards graduation.

We collaborate with campus partners to offer various services and events to connect and unify underrepresented students with the broader campus community.

For more about Rise WVU, contact Niara Campbell at 304-293-5804 and visit the Rise WVU website.

Student Support Services
For students from disadvantaged backgrounds

Students Support Services, a federally funded TRIO grant program, serves undergraduate students who meet the following program requirements:

  • First-generation college student (neither parent/guardian has graduated from a 4-year institution)
  • Income eligible (as determined annually by the federal government)
  • Or have a disability and are registered with WVU’s Office of Accessibility Services

For more information, visit the Student Support Services website.

Tutoring
Subject-specific help and general academic skill development

WVU students have access to many tutoring and academic support options on campus. For example, drop-in tutoring and tutoring by appointment are available in the Downtown Library and in the Bennett Tower Academic Resource Center. View the complete list of tutoring centers.

If you have a question, email studentsuccess@mail.wvu.edu or leave a voicemail at 304-293-5804.

Important Dates and Information

Help your students stay on track for enrollment.

Important Dates

  • Aug. 1: Application opens
  • Oct. 1: Housing Application and FAFSA opens
  • Mar. 1: Scholarship deadline. Students must be admitted by this date to qualify for WVU merit scholarships.
  • Apr. 1: Honors College Application Deadline
  • June: New Student Orientation

Forms

Codes

  • FAFSA School Code: 003827
  • SAT Code: 5904
  • ACT Code: 4540
  • TOEFL Code: 5904

Have questions? Feedback? A request for how we can better serve you? Contact the Regional Recruitment Team and tell us more!