West Virginia University Admission Statistics

Learn About WVU and the GPA, ACT Scores, and SAT Scores You'll Need

West Virginia University Library
West Virginia University Library.

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West Virginia University is a moderately selective public university with an acceptance rate of 72 percent. Applicants can choose from the WVU Application or the Common Application. The admissions process is more numerical than holistic, so grades and SAT/ACT scores are going to be the most important components of an application.

Why West Virginia University?

  • Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Campus Features: WVU spans three campuses in the Morgantown area that are connected by the school's own Personal Rapid Transit system. The campus with it's attractive red brick buildings is also home to a 91-acre arboretum.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 20:1
  • Athletics: The WVU Mountaineers compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference
  • Highlights: West Virginia University represents an excellent value for in-state students. Undergraduates can choose from over 120 majors, and strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned WVU a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

West Virginia University Admissions Statistics 2017-18

In the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 72 percent of WVU applicants were admitted. Successful applicants tend to have grades and standardized test scores that are at least a little above average. Below are SAT and ACT scores organized by score percentile.

Test Scores—25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 510 / 610
  • SAT Math: 510 / 600
  • ACT Composite: 21 / 27
  • ACT English: 21 / 27
  • ACT Math: 19 / 26

If you compare ACT scores for the Big 12 schools, you'll see that West Virginia University is one of the less selective schools in the athletic conference.

WVU GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Graph

West Virginia University GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Graph for Admission
West Virginia University GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Graph for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex 

The GPA and test score data in the graph is provided by actual applicants to West Virginia University, and the GPAs in the graph are unweighted. To see how you measure up at WVU, you can see the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool at Cappex.

Discussion of WVU's Admissions Standards

West Virginia University admits roughly three out of every four applicants, but you're still going to need solid grades and standardized test scores to get an acceptance letter. In the graph above, the green and blue dots represent accepted students. As you can see, the majority of students who got in had a GPA of 2.5 or higher, an SAT score (ERW+M) above 950, and an ACT composite score of 18 or higher. Your chances will be best if you have at least a solid "B" average, a combined SAT score above 1050, and an ACT composite score of 21 or higher.

The most important parts of your West Virginia University application are a strong academic record and good SAT scores or ACT scores. The WVU admissions process is largely numeric rather than holistic. Note, however, that many programs at West Virginia have higher admissions standards than the university as a whole. Business, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, and other programs all have a higher bar than we find with general admission. Strong applicants should also look into the university's Honors Program.

More WVU Information

For a flagship research university, WVU represents an excellent value for in-state applicants. Even with the school's relatively low cost, nearly 80% of applicants receive grant aid from the institution. When planning total cost, keep in mind that the university has a low four-year graduation rate.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 28,406 (22,501 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 53 percent male / 47 percent female
  • 92 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,376 (in-state); $23,616 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $900 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,576
  • Other Expenses: $2,620
  • Total Cost: $22,472 (in-state); $37,712 (out-of-state)

West Virginia University Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 79 percent
    • Loans: 57 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,964
    • Loans: $7,455

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, English, Exercise Physiology, General Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology
  • What major is right for you? Sign up to take the free "My Careers and Majors Quiz" at Cappex.

Graduation, Transfer and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80 percent
  • Transfer-out Rate: 31 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 35 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 57 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Wrestling
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Rowing, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

If You Like WVU, Check Out These Other Schools

Applicants to West Virginia University often apply to other Division I public universities in the Middle Atlantic region. Some popular choices include Clemson University, Towson University, Marshall University, Virginia Commonweath University, and East Carolina University.

For applicants who are considering options further from West Virginia, be sure to check out Michigan State University, the University of Florida, and for a private option, Syracuse University.

Data Source: Graph courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Education Statistics