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Applying to the Honors Foundations Program

Instructions for how to apply to the Honors College as a prospective first-time freshman, current first-semester freshman or freshman transfer student can be found below. 

Fall 2022 admission is now open for standard admission. Test blind admission will open later this fall.

Students interested in the upper-division Honors EXCEL Program for University juniors can find instructions on how to apply on the Honors EXCEL Program academic page.

First-Time Freshmen

If you're a first-time freshman applying to West Virginia University, your application to the Honors College starts with completing your application to WVU. The Honors College reviews all WVU applications for eligibility on a rolling basis, after students have been formally admitted to the University.

Once the Honors admissions process opens in mid-fall, students should expect to hear from the Honors College within 1-3 weeks after receiving an admissions decision from WVU. 

The Honors College will send most eligible students an invitation to join the Honors College via both email and physical mail. This invitation letter contains instructions on how students can apply.

Fall 2022 Admission Benchmarks

Test Based Admission

For first-time freshmen, students who meet the following criteria will be invited to apply through the test-based admission process:

Once Honors admissions opens for Fall 2022, invitation letters for this process will be 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. 

Test Blind Admission
Students may also apply to the Honors College through our test-blind processTest blind invitations are based on meeting a qualifying GPA:
Students will be invited to this process by email.  The process for Fall 2022 will open Nov. 1, 2021.

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 on a rolling basis by the Honors Admissions Committee.  Students should hear an admissions decision from the committee within 30 days of their application submission.
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.

Admissions Deadlines

Learn more about the Honors College timeline for admission and information for admitted students on what to expect. 

Impacts of Updates to Your WVU Application

Invitations to apply to the Honors College are sent to students based on their applications to West Virginia University. Invitations will be sent through  April 1, 2022. 

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 2021 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.

Current WVU Freshmen

Any WVU student in the first year of a four-year degree path who has earned less than 20 credit hours and has maintained a 3.7 cumulative GPA without an I or W on their transcript may submit an application to join the Honors Foundations Program immediately following their first semester at WVU through our second semester admission process. Students with an I or W on their transcript  must request an appointment with Associate Dean Damien Clement

Freshmen with a 3.7 cumulative GPA who have already earned 20-34 credits after their first semester at WVU who are interested in joining the Honors College must request an appointment with Associate Dean Damien Clement.

How to Apply

Students who think they may qualify should apply near the end of their first full semester at WVU, or over the Winter Recess. Students must include a copy of their transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable — go to your unofficial transcript page in STAR  and print the page as a PDF to save the transcript).

Applications will be reviewed before the first official day of classes for the new semester so that students may adjust their schedules pending admission.

Applications will not be considered after the first official day of classes.

Apply for second semester admission here.

Students From Other WVU Campuses

Honors students from other WVU campuses can apply to join us at the Honors College through the  Change of Campus form. Honors students at WVU Potomac State who are in good standing in the AA/AAS Honors Program or the BAS Honors Program are both eligible to apply. 

Freshmen Transfer Students

Any student class of 2021 and later who is transferring to WVU and has earned fewer than 20 credit hours as a full-time student and has maintained a 3.7 cumulative GPA without an I or W on their transcript may submit an application for membership to the Honors College. 

Freshmen transfer students with 20-34 credit hours and a 3.7 cumulative GPA who are interested in joining the Honors College must  request an appointment with Associate Dean Damien Clement.

Apply for freshmen transfer student admission here.

Other Transfer Students

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