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Counting down the days until your student starts their college journey? We are, too!

Your student is launching an incredible journey that will lead to more than just a degree. This page will help you make sure you and your student are fully prepared.

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Join the Mountaineer
Parents Club

You’re part of our family, too.

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Mountaineer Parents Club

With more than 20,000 members, the Parents Club is free and open to parents and family members of current, former and future WVU students. With a toll-free helpline, social media, parent electronic news and email updates, you’ll have your finger on the pulse of campus life throughout your student’s time at WVU.

Mountaineer Parents Club Official Families of the Class of 2028 Facebook Group

Family Guide

Know Your Timeline

We know this is a stressful time for families. Getting items checked off your to-do list is crucial, and we want to make sure you have everything completed before August move-in. Review the checklist, print it and put it up somewhere in your house to never miss a deadline. Plus, we have a handy guide to WVU acronyms.

Incoming Family Checklist WVU Acronyms

Test Optional

Did you know that WVU is test optional? And the best part? We don’t penalize a student who decides to go test optional. Better yet, we offer scholarships to students who apply test optional. Visit these pages to learn more about test optional.

Test Optional Admission Scholarship Table Admission Requirements: First-Time Freshmen

Next Steps

Your student’s to-do list to prep for their first semester.

Pay the Academic Deposit

This step unlocks your student’s future as a Mountaineer. Pay the academic deposit — $150 for West Virginia residents and $250 for all other students — to secure a place in our incoming class.

Pay Academic Deposit

Complete the Housing Application

Your student’s been admitted — now it’s time to explore where to live. Did you know we have 12 residence halls on campus? Take a virtual tour of our residence halls, pay the housing deposit and choose your student’s next home away from home.

Take the Housing Virtual Tour Living-Learning Communities Complete Housing Application

Grant Access to Parent/Guest Portal

Your student can use the WVU Parent/Guest Portal to grant you permission to access their student records, such as grades and financial aid details.

Grant Access to Parent/Guest Portal


We’ll help your student find their purpose and a path to get there.

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Academic Advising

Your student must meet with an adviser each semester to register for classes. Incoming students will talk with an adviser virtually during New Student Orientation before their first semester.

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At the end of every term, grades are posted on your student’s official transcript. You can view your student’s grades via the WVU Parent and Guest Portal if your student has granted you permission. Midterm grades are also posted during the eighth week of the semester, though these grades are not permanent.

All About Grades Parent/Guest Portal
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If your student is having difficulty with a class, they can get help — at no charge. We offer drop-in tutoring and tutoring by appointment, as well as student success coaches, mentoring and seminars to develop skills like note-taking and test-taking.

Student Success Programs Tutoring

Stay Connected

We want you to be a part of the WVU community.

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Parents Club Webinars

Join the Mountaineer Parents Club's webinars to talk with WVU representatives who can answer your questions about housing, financial aid, Adventure WV and more. Information on the 2024 series will be announced soon.

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Campus Events

Fall is ideal for experiencing campus traditions. We'll share how you can connect with WVU in the future.

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Care Packages

Send some long distance love to your Mountaineer in the form of cookies, cupcakes or pepperoni rolls (a West Virginia favorite) through WVU Dining’s Hugs from Home program.

Hugs from Home
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Be Social

Keep up with what’s happening on campus by following WVU social media accounts — and you’ll get some extra smiles and laughs, too.

WVU Social Official Families of the Class of 2028 Facebook Group Class of 2028 Social Center
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Letters from Home

Team up with the Mountaineer Parents Club to surprise your student with a Letter from Home.

Letters From Home