West Virginia University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of West Virginia University

West Virginia University is a public research institution situated in Morgantown, West Virginia. WVU offers over 120 undergraduate majors and 480 student organizations. Students are backed by an 18 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations.


  • Total Enrollment: 26,864 (21,155 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51 percent male/49 percent female
  • 92 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,976 (in-state); $25,320 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $950
  • Room and Board: $11,062
  • Other Expenses: $2,750
  • Total Cost: $23,738 (in-state); $40,082 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 89 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 79 percent
    • Loans: 57 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $10,067
    • Loans: $6,483

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Health Professions and Related Programs

Retention and Graduation

  •  First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 76 percent
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 28 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 36 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 59 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of West Virginia University Admissions

West Virginia University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a slightly selective admissions procedure. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data             

Throughout the 2018-19 admissions phase, West Virginia University had an acceptance rate of 82%. For every 100 students who submitted applications, 82 gained admission, making WVU’s admissions procedure less competitive.

SAT Requirements and Scores

Throughout the 2018-19 admissions phase, 57% of students provided SAT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of WVU’s students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 620 on the evidence-based reading and writing part, while 25% scored under 530 and 25% scored over 620. 50% of students scored between 520 and 620 on the math part, while 25% scored under 520, and 25% scored over 620. Applicants with a cumulative SAT score of 1440 or higher will have a competitive advantage at WVU.

ACT Requirements and Scores

Throughout the 2018-19 admissions phase, 65% of students provided ACT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of WVU’s students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of admitted students to West Virginia University received a cumulative ACT score between 21and 27, while 25% scored over 27, and 25% scored under 21.


In 2019, the mean high school GPA of West Virginia University’s incoming class was 3.36, and nearly three-quarters of students had average GPAs over 3.25. Successful applicants to WVU have A and B grades primarily.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for West Virginia University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If West Virginia University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University, Georgia State University, University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Northridge

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for West Virginia University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Ohio University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, California State University Long Beach, San Jose State University, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than West Virginia University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

United States Military Academy, Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati, Hofstra University, Temple University, Auburn University, Seton Hall University

Applying to West Virginia University

Application Deadline: August 1

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