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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. 

Students interested in the upper-division Honors EXCEL Program 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 admissions process has opened for the current cycle.

Students should expect to hear from the Honors College approximately two weeks after receiving an admissions decision from WVU.  Applications for the fall will continue to be evaluated for eligibility through April 1. 

The Honors College 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 essay. 

Beginning for the class entering Fall 2017, most eligible students will meet the following criteria:
  • 3.7 High School GPA (weighted or unweighted), AND 
  • 26 ACT or 1230 Redesigned SAT (M/EBRW) 

Admission Essay

Students invited to participate in the Honors Foundations Program will be asked to complete a 250-word essay to confirm their desire to join the Honors College. Use this space to talk about how the offerings and opportunities that come with being an Honors student will help you reach your goals for college and beyond. 

Instructions for submitting the essay are contained in the Honors Invitation letter, which is sent to qualifying students after their admission to WVU.

Admissions Timeline

Learn more about the Honors College timeline for admission and  information for admitted students on what to expect with Early Move-In.

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 m ust  request an appointment  with  Assistant 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 Assistant 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.

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  Assistant Dean Damien Clement