West Virginia University is a public research university located in Morgantown, West Virginia. It has other campuses in Parkersburg, Montgomery, Keyser, and Charleston. The university is proud to have produced 25 Rhodes Scholars so far, including the university’s own former president David C. Hardesty, Jr. It has also produced quite a number of scholars and top students. It is then not a surprise that West Virginia University is ranked 30th among the United States’ public institutions. Founded in 1867 following the 1862 Morill Land Grant Colleges Act, West Virginia University first operated as the Agricultural College of West Virginia. The University is rich in history, not just in terms of academics but also in terms of sports, women’s rights, and war.
As with many other public universities in the United States, West Virginia University started as an agricultural college. Through the years, expansion happened and other colleges were built, later establishing the institution as a university. Now, West Virginia University has 15 colleges, all offering various programs that respond to the many different interests of students and prospective students. It still offers Agriculture and Forestry. However, it also offers creative arts, arts and sciences, journalism, law, human resources and education, business, engineering, health sciences, sports sciences, and information technology. It also has an honors college for gifted students.
– Filled out application form
– High school transcript
– Complete required high school credits (4 units of English, 4 units of college preparatory math, 3 units social studies, 3 units laboratory science, 2 units of foreign language and 1 unit of fine arts)
– SAT or ACT score submitted through testing center or with high school transcript
– Minimum GPA of 2.0 for West Virginia residents and minimum GPA of 2.5 for nonresidents.
If you want to study at West Virginia University, it is best to zero in on a few programs. This is because each program may have different additional requirements. For example, while you need a 2.5 minimum GPA if you are a nonresident and a 2.0 if you are a West Virginia resident, you need a 3.5 GPA to qualify for a business program and a 3.8 for the Forensics Identification program of the Honors College. Some programs are more difficult to get into.
Admissions data as of 2008:
Percent of Applicants Admitted: 88%
Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading: 470/560
SAT Math: 480/580
ACT Composite: 21/26
ACT English: 20/26
ACT Math: 20/25
You will notice that the university prioritizes the residents of West Virginia, with the lower minimum requirements. The minimum requirements for both residents and nonresidents, as shown above, can be considered low by national standards. Note though that there are programs that have pretty high requirements.
Office of Admissions
PO Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009