If you are curious about the world, love to learn, engage in everything, and take risks, then the Honors College at West Virginia University is the place for you.
Combining the attention of a small college environment with the resources of a world-class research institution, the Honors College provides opportunities to enhance their curriculum for students in every undergraduate major across the campus.
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Honors Foundations Program
For first time freshmen, this innovative two-year Honors program is designed to enrich students’ first years on campus, particularly in their general education courses and introductory courses in their major. Students in classes 2021 and beyond can participate in this program.
Learn more about the Honors Foundations Program on its academic page.
For first-time freshmen, most eligible students will meet the following benchmarks:
- 3.7 High School GPA (weighted or unweighted) AND
- 26 ACT or 1230 Redesigned SAT (M/EBRW)
Incoming First-Time Freshmen
The process for admission to the Honors College begins when you complete the WVU Application.
The Honors College will review every WVU application for eligibility to the Honors College, and will send eligible students an invitation to join the Honors College. This invitation letter contains instructions on how students can confirm their interest in the WVU Honors College by writing a 250-word statement about their intention to join. The Honors College admissions process has opened for the current cycle.
Current WVU Freshmen and Transfer Students
First-semester freshmen and freshmen transfer students with a 3.7 cumulative GPA may also qualify to apply for admission.
Learn more about all of these options on our Apply page.
The Honors Foundations Program provides ample support to encourage you to take
intellectual risks, make discoveries, explore the world around you, participate
in exciting cutting-edge research projects, engage in community-based learning,
and find your passion.
The Honors College is an interdisciplinary college that offers customized learning
pathways for students who seek to enhance their education with academically
“different” types of experiences.
Our courses are active, hands-on learning laboratories where students can enhance their skills. Students should select Honors courses that will challenge them and inspire them to ask questions, seek impossible answers, and delve into the unknown.
Honors Foundations Program students must complete a minimum of five Honors courses
and 13 Honors credits. Students must also maintain a high GPA. For more information
on requirements, maintaining good standing, and completing the program, visit
Honors Foundations Program Academic page.
As Honors College students, students have access to innovative courses, smaller
class sizes, and leadership development.
Honors College students can take advantage of testWELL Tutoring, a free tutoring service provided by trained upperclass Honors College students. Tutoring is available at both Honors Hall and Lincoln Hall. All testWELL Learning Center tutors are certified members of the National Tutoring Association.
First-time freshmen also receive guidance from Honors peer mentors. Peer mentors are upperclass students at the Honors College who help facilitate the Honors Orientation Add-on course HONR 298o each fall.
Honors College students are assigned an Honors advisor in their major. These advisors know both the Honors College program requirements and the requirements of the student’s major of study, and can advise the student on how to best take advantage of all the opportunities available to them.
Honors students also receive priority registration, registering before all non-Honors undergraduate students at WVU.
Honors College students are also encouraged to explore opportunities to enrich their education across campus, and plan for what comes next after graduating from WVU.
Opportunities include undergraduate research, help applying to nationally competitive scholarships for graduate school and study abroad, and preparation planning for healthcare career paths. See our Student Resources & Opportunities page for more.
If you are a prospective student, please see Planning Your Visit to schedule your visit with us. Students can schedule a hall tour, an academic appointment to learn more about the program, or even shadow a current Honors student in their major!
The Honors College offices are located on WVU Downtown Campus in the first floor of Honors Hall at 250 Second Street.
Lincoln Hall, the Honors dormitory for WVU Evansdale Campus, is located at 1014 Rawley
Contact us at 304-293-2100 with any questions.