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Applying to the Honors Foundations Program

Applications for Fall 2022 Now Closed - Information on Applying for Fall 2023 Available Mid-Summer

Honors Student wearing Honors Student Association shirt

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. 

The Honors College is no longer accepting essay or application submissions from students admitted for Summer or Fall 2022.  Information on Fall 2023 admission will be available mid-summer.

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. 

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


Three Honors students at 2018 Induction

Fall 2022 Admission Benchmarks

Test-Based Admission

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

Once Honors admissions opens for Fall 2023, invitation letters for this process will be mailed to qualified WVU admits approximately 1-3 weeks after receiving their admissions decision from WVU. Note that admissions benchmarks may be updated for Fall 2023 and more information will be available mid-summer.

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. Most students will hear back within 5-10 business days.

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. 

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 around one month 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 Honors@mail.wvu.edu 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.

Honors Cornhole Competition

Admitted Students

Learn more about 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.

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.  

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.

Honors Students together at Erickson Alumni Center

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.


Honors Students helping with the 2019 Honors Foundations Ceremony

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.

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