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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.

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. 

Learn more about the Honors Foundations Program on its academic page.

Fall 2021 Admission Benchmarks

Fall 2021 admission to the Honors College is now closed. Admissions for Fall 2022 will open mid-fall. 

Standard Admission

Most eligible students applying for admission for Fall 2021 met the following benchmarks:

Invitation letters for this process are mailed to qualified WVU admits approximately 1-3 weeks after receiving their admissions decision from WVU.

Students invited through standard admissions will submit an application that consists of one short admissions essay. Applications submitted through standard admissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis. The Fall 2021 admissions deadline for Honors College standard admissions essays was Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. The admission process for Fall 2021 is now closed.

Test Blind Admission

Test blind invitations are based on meeting a qualifying GPA:

  • 3.7+ on a 4.0 scale OR

  • 4.0+ on a 5.0 scale.

This process for Fall 2021 admission is now closed.

Students who are invited through this process will receive an email invitation to complete an extended application. In your extended application, you will tell us more about you, your interests and why you want to join the Honors College. Extended applications will be considered for admission by the Honors Admissions Committee.

Students should apply by the application deadline indicated in their invitation email. Applications will be considered by the Honors Admissions Committee once the deadline has passed. 

Admissions deadlines for Fall 2021:
  • January Admissions Deadline: January 6, 2021
    • Decision Received By: January 31, 2021
  • March Admissions Deadline: March 3, 2021
    • Decision Received By: March 31, 2021
  • May Admissions Deadline: May 7, 2021
    • Decision Received By: May 31, 2021

Impacts of Updates to Your WVU Application

Invitations to apply to the Honors College were sent to students based on their applications to West Virginia University. Invitations were sent through April 1, 2021

All additional GPA and test score submissions to WVU Admissions will trigger the review of your WVU application for Honors College eligibility by the Honors College. The last ACT and SAT dates potentially considered for Fall admission to the Honors College were the February ACT and March SAT. Updates to cumulative GPAs were accepted through the Fall 2020 semester, as calculated by your high school. 

If a student initially applies test optional to WVU and later chooses to submit test scores that make that student eligible for standard admission, the student will then receive an invitation to the Standard Admissions process.

Requesting an Honors College Application

Students who do not meet the minimum GPA or test score requirements to receive an Honors invitation through the standard or test-blind admissions processes may still apply for admission to the Honors College by requesting an extended application from the Honors College by email at with the subject line “Requesting an Application from the Honors College.” 

Students who request an application through this process will have their applications and files fully reviewed and considered holistically by the Honors Admissions Committee.

Applying to the Honors College

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 will be sent by email and contains instructions on how students can apply.

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.

Transfer students who are not freshmen should look into the Honors EXCEL Program for upperclassmen to see if they may be eligible to apply.

The Program

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.

Program Requirements

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 the Honors Foundations Program Academic page

As Honors College students, students have access to innovative courses, smaller class sizes, and leadership development.

Academic Support

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 HONR 102: Introduction to Honors course 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.

While actively enrolled in the Honors Foundations program, Honors students also receive priority registration, registering before all non-Honors undergraduate students at WVU.

Beyond the Classroom

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.


When you join the Honors College, you join the Honors community. All Honors students are members of the Honors Living-Learning Community (LLC). The Honors LLC is a community that reaches across the West Virginia University campus to provide opportunities for Honors Scholars to extend their learning beyond the classroom through trips, dinner and special events.  Learn more about this community of scholars here.

Honors Housing

Honors College freshmen also have the opportunity to live in  Honors Housing  in one of our two residence halls:  Honors Hall  (Downtown Campus) and   Lincoln Hall (Evansdale Campus). By choosing to live in Honors Housing, first-time freshmen join a vibrant community of motivated, engaged students, excited to make the most of their time at West Virginia University. All Resident Assistants (RAs) in Honors Housing are also Honors students. Tutoring by testWELL is available in both Lincoln Hall and Honors Hall, and the HONR 102: Introduction to Honors course is held in the Honors residence halls. (Please note that like all residence halls, Honors Housing is available on a first-come, first served basis.) 


Please note that all in-person college campus visits are currently suspended. However, students can still visit us virtually at this time. Students wanting to visit WVU should check the WVU Visitors Center website for the most up-to-date information on available options.

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 residence hall for WVU Evansdale Campus, is located at 1014 Rawley Ave.
Contact us at 304-293-2100 with any questions.

Contact Us

Need more information? Have a question? Want to connect with a current Honors student? Fill out our Contact Us form and we will find the right person to answer your questions. 

You can also email us at or call our office at 304-293-2100.

Meet Our Ambassadors

Our Honors Ambassadors love to share their experiences with WVU and the Honors College. Learn more about them.