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Your chances of getting into West Virginia University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for West Virginia University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at WVU is 89.8%.  Its admission rate is the 10th lowest in West Virginia.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into WVU and can you get accepted?

West Virginia University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 15,336 out of the 17,074 who applied were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 49 percent on standardized admission tests. West Virginia University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.45. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into WVU?

90% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to West Virginia University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.45 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1130 on the SAT
  • Score 24 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into West Virginia University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into WVU are to have around a 3.45 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.45 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as WVU accepts 90% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at WVU is 3.45 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #6 in West Virginia for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since WVU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.5 GPA range.

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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WVU SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to West Virginia University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 57% of students submitted SAT scores and 38% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for West Virginia University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 520
Math 25th Percentile 510
Composite 25th Percentile 1030
SAT Scores for West Virginia University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 620
Math 75th Percentile 610
Composite 75th Percentile 1230
Average SAT Score 1130

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to West Virginia University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at WVU is 1130 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1030-1230. Students who get into West Virginia University score in the top 55 percent of all SAT test takers..  WVU ranks #1 in the state of West Virginia for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1130 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. WVU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1030 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1030, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 930, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

West Virginia University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1130 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1130, you have around a 90% chance of being admitted. A 1230 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 94% chance of getting in.

West Virginia University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1230 and Above Good >94%
1130 to 1230 Avg + 90%-94%
1030 to 1130 Avg - 83%-90%
930 to 1030 Reach 71%-83%
Less than 930 Low <71%
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WVU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for West Virginia University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 20
Math 25th Percentile 19
Composite 25th Percentile 21
ACT Scores for West Virginia University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 26
Math 75th Percentile 26
Composite 75th Percentile 27
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into WVU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to WVU is 24, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 21 and 27.  The school ranks #1 in West Virginia for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 24. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 21 and score in the score in the top 43 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 18.

38 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to West Virginia University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as West Virginia University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into WVU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 24 score has around 90% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 94% with a 27 ACT score.

West Virginia University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
27 and Above Good >94%
24 to 27 Avg + 90%-94%
21 to 24 Avg - 83%-90%
18 to 21 Reach 71%-83%
Less than 18 Low <71%
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High School Class Rank

51% of West Virginia University freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 23% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted West Virginia University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 23%
Top 25% of class 51%
Top 50% of class 79%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

West Virginia University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9,313 7,761 17,074
Accepted 8,481 6,855 15,336
Acceptance Rate 91% 88% 90%
Enrolled 2,248 2,065 4,313
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 30% 28%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to West Virginia University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to West Virginia University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

West Virginia University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at West Virginia University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because West Virginia University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.45 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1130 and ACT of 24 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to West Virginia University often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=238032 IPEDS survey data for West Virginia University.


Does West Virginia University prefer SAT or ACT?

57% of students submit their SAT scores to WVU. 38% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into West Virginia University?

90% of those who apply are granted admission to WVU. Admission competition is and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for West Virginia University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1030 and 1230. The average SAT score is 1130. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for West Virginia University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 27. The average ACT score is 24. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.