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Application Guide

How to apply and submit required documents.

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Rolling Admissions

The rolling admissions process benefits students in a variety of ways. One advantage specifically for admitted students is that WVU can accept improved test scores and GPA reports throughout the senior year for both admission and scholarship purposes.

Important Dates



Application Requirements

  1. Online application: Common Application or WVU Application.
    Fee waivers are available for eligible students.
  2. Self-reported grades and courses or high school transcripts.
  3. Test scores or indication of test optional.

Academic Requirements

This is the full list of unit requirements a high school student must complete to be considered for admission to WVU:

  • 4 units of English (including grammar, composition and literature)
  • 3 units of college preparatory mathematics (units must be Algebra I or higher, Math I or higher and include Algebra II; Transitional Math for High School Seniors will also be accepted)
  • 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. Studies/history)
  • 3 units of science (recommended units include biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy and environmental science)
  • 2 units of the same world language (American Sign Language is acceptable)

Additional Major Requirements

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Test Scores

How to Submit Scores

  • Score reports sent directly from the testing agency. Our ACT code is 4540; College Board code is 5904.
  • An official score report (the PDF version) emailed directly from the student or school counselor.
  • Listed on the official transcript, including date and all section scores, submitted by the student’s school counseling office.
  • The following are not accepted:
    • Screenshots, web printouts or photos of score reports.
    • Scores listed on an unofficial transcript.
    • Students may not self-report test scores on the Common Application or the WVU Application.

Superscores and Score Updates

  • We accept multiple test dates for either exam and superscore for admission, the Honors College and merit award consideration.
  • WVU combines the highest sub-scores from different test dates to create a "superscore" total or composite.
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GPA Evaluation

Grade-point average (GPA) is based on information received from a student’s high school transcript. The most recent cumulative GPA on the transcript is used when determining admission to the University. This is the same GPA used by the Undergraduate Scholarship Office when determining scholarship eligibility. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to verify and/or edit reported calculations.

  • The Office of Admissions does not recalculate GPA. We use the GPA reported on the high school transcript or self-reported by the student when submitting their application (if opting to use the self-reported courses and grades feature).
  • WVU applies a GPA based on a 4.0 scale for application review, direct admission to majors, eligibility for the Honors College, and merit scholarship eligibility.
  • We will use a weighted GPA if provided on the high school transcript or self-reported by the student. Students should only self-report their GPA if they know their official calculation as determined by their high school.
  • WVU reserves the right to recalculate GPA when the weighted or non-weighted GPA falls outside of the four-point scale or in other instances where recalculation is deemed appropriate.
  • Once admitted, students may submit a new GPA calculation by having an official high school transcript sent to the Office of Admissions with the new calculation. Students may not self-report an updated GPA once their application is submitted.
  • If your high school calculates GPA based on a percentage scale, you may use the calculator below to determine your GPA on a 4.0 scale.

GPA Converter

Use this calculator to convert a percentage scale GPA to a 4.0 scale GPA.


Application Status Check

Application Status Check

Test Optional

Common Questions

How do students apply to WVU test optional?

Both the WVU and Common Application are available to applicants applying test optional. Students will be prompted when submitting the application to indicate if they are applying test optional.

If applying test optional, are students directly admitted to their major?

Select academic programs require a test score for direct admission. This is due to the competitive nature of some majors, or limited space. However, WVU will automatically evaluate all applicants regardless of major for the Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success (CLASS). This ensures that students receive an admissions decision if awaiting a test date or another testing assessment for placement.

Test Optional Admission

Important Dates and Information

Help your students stay on track for enrollment.

Important Dates

  • Aug. 1: Application opens
  • Oct. 1: FAFSA opens
  • Oct. 3: Housing Application opens
  • Mar. 1: FAFSA Priority Deadline
  • Apr. 1: Honors College Application Deadline
  • June: New Student Orientation
  • Jun. 1: First-time freshmen must be admitted by June 1 to qualify for merit scholarships. Test scores and GPA information submitted for already admitted students is not automatically applied to merit.



  • 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!