Standards for Undergraduate Admission WV Public 4-year
Colleges and Universities-
Basic Admission Standards
Bluefield State College, Concord University, Fairmont State
University, Glenville State College, Shepherd University, West
Liberty State College, WVSU, and WVUIT require at least a 2.0
high school GPA and an ACT composite score of 18.
Marshall University and WVU require at least a 2.0 high school
GPA and an ACT composite score of 19.
All institutions require at least a 3.0 high school GPA
regardless of ACT composite score.
The above are minimum standards for regular admission to a WV
four-year public college or university. Some institutions may
establish more rigorous standards than the state basic admission
standards. Also, standards for entry into certain academic
programs may be higher. Additionally, institutions may admit
conditionally some students who do not meet the basic admission
standards. Please contact the institution you plan to attend for
more specific information.
SAT I scores may be substituted for ACT composite scores. SAT I
scores will be converted to ACT equivalents.
Required Curricular Units
For regular undergraduate admission, students must successfully
complete the following core high school units:
English--- 4 units (including courses in grammar, composition
Social Studies --- 3 units (including U.S. history)
Mathematics --- 4 units (three units must be algebra I and
Science --- 3 units (all courses to be college preparatory lab
science, preferably including units from biology, chemistry and
Arts --- 1 unit
Foreign Language --- 2 units (two courses of the same foreign
In some instances, a college or university may waive the core
unit requirement for a student seeking admission. Any student
who has not completed a required course(s) must complete
commensurate college coursework in the deficiency area(s) no
later than the academic term in which sixty hours are completed
It is time to select our school’s HOBY Ambassador.
HOBY’S purpose is to bring together a select group of high
school Sophomores who have demonstrated leadership ability so
that they can interact with groups of distinguished leaders in
business, government, education, and the professions to discuss
present and future issues. The informal question-and-answer
format during these seminars meets HOBY’S specific goals.
Sophomores who are interested in attending HOBY are to sign up
with Mrs. Bird by November 1. Teachers are also welcome to
submit names for this opportunity.
ATTENTION: SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS
The PSAT test will be given on Wednesday, October 15,
2014 beginning at 8AM. We will announce the room at a later
time. Sophomores may take the test for practice.
Juniors take the PSAT test as the first step to enter National
Merit Scholarship Corporation Competition. To learn more,
www.nationalmerit.org. Juniors and sophomores may sign
up with Mrs. Bird beginning September 16. Checks are to be made
payable to Scott High School. Deadline: Juniors and
sophomores must sign up and pay a fee of $14 to Ms. Bird before
October 1, 2014.
All high school students who take the PSAT/NMSQT have free
access to MyRoad-----the College Board’s online college, major,
and career exploration tool-----for the duration of their high
school careers. MyRoad’s unique features include:
personality profiler, the online assessment students take to
learn about their personality types and receive major and career
suggestions, profiles of academic fields-----from
Aeronautics to Zoology, representing 175 instructional programs,
timely articles covering more then 450
occupations-----everything from new fields like web development
to more traditional pursuits like law and medicine. MyRoad also
has activities designed especially for students who are
interested in two year programs.
Here are a few pointers to help students make the most of MyRoad:
Students who do not want to complete the ORA Personality
Profiler may go the route of the short QuickStart quizzes.
Career Connection shows students the possibilities of any
major. It is a tool---found in every Explore Majors
article---that links to career options at each degree level.
For interviews about careers, go to any career and click
on Perspectives or visit Mentor’s Corner.
The PLAN test will be given to all 10th
graders during the month of October. Like the ACT
assessment, PLAN assesses students’ ability to apply the
knowledge and skills learned in the core subject areas most
important for success in college: English, Mathematics,
Reading, and Science Reasoning. Plan includes a component that
helps each student develop a personalized career plan, which
gives students a stronger sense of purpose for doing well in
school. There will be no cost to sophomores.
The number of students who register for the ACT test online at
www.actstudent.org has steadily increased each year. ACT is
encouraging all students, including those who register by mail,
to establish a FREE student Web account. They may use this
account to make changes to their registration, print a copy of
their admission ticket, view their scores at no charge after
they test, and request Additional Score Reports.
ACT has a Writing test option. Students who take the optional
writing test will receive all the same scores that students who
do not take the Writing test receive. In addition, students who
take the Writing test will receive: 1. A scaled score, ranging
from 1-36, that reflect their performance on the Writing test
and the English test combined. 2. A Writing test sub-score
ranging from 2-12 that reflects performance on the Writing test
UNDERCLASSMEN –ACT suggests that you list, compare and
visit colleges. Compile information from several
resources. Prepare a college comparison checklist. Weigh
advantages and disadvantages. Contact the office of admission
to schedule an appointment for your campus visit.
CHECKLIST FOR A CAMPUS VISIT—Meet
with an admission counselor, verify admission requirements,
determine actual college costs, ask about financial aid
opportunities, take a campus tour, investigate your academic
program(s), attend a class, talk with students and faculty.
Seniors who have not taken the ACT should do so in October.
How will students know what colleges and universities will
require or recommend a Writing test score? Check with
colleges that are being considered and go to
www.actstudent.org for a list of institutions that require
or recommend the writing test.
Register for the SAT at www.collegeboard.com. Visit the
SAT preparation center at www.collegeboard.com. Take a Free
full-length official practice test and get a practice score
report. Sign up for the SAT question of the day. You can’t
take both the Reasoning test and Subject tests on the same test
day. You can take either the SAT Reasoning test
or up to 3 SAT Subject tests. Plan your testing schedule
The PSAT/NMSQT score report arrives in December. Go to
www.collegeboard.com/psatextra for explanations of the
answers to all PSAT/NMSQT questions.
Seniors planning to attend a college or technical school in the
fall of 2013 should to get their applications mailed with their
transcripts during the month of September. Some majors have
WEST POINT UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY – to start your
admissions candidate file, fill out the candidate questionnaire
and return it with a copy of your high school transcript.
You should do this in the spring of your junior year or as soon
thereafter as possible. You may fill out a candidate
questionnaire on line at
ATTENTION: ATHLETES IN GRADES 9-11
Any athlete planning to play ball for a Division I or a Division
II school following graduation from high school must meet
certain standards. The NCAA Clearinghouse determines whether or
not an athlete is eligible to play. All rules and regulations
may be found at
www.ncaa.org. The 2013-14 Guide for the College-Bound
Student-Athlete is now available. The Guide provides important
information and key steps for high school student-athletes and
parents as they begin the initial-eligibility process. The
Guide can be found on the Eligibility center Web site at
In an effort to continue the NCAA Clearinghouse emphasis on the
educational mission of intercollegiate athletics, the
responsibilities of the NCAA Clearinghouse has expanded to
include evaluating the amateurism status of these prospects.
This process will focus on amateurism issues by asking the
prospect several questions about his/her athletics participation
prior to enrolling at a Division I or II institution. The
intent is to determine if a prospect is still an amateur, and
therefore qualified to participate in college athletics at the
Division I or II level.
Although this expansion of the Clearinghouse will require
prospects to provide more information than in the past, this
change should not affect the level of involvement of our
school. Please note that completing the amateurism
certification process is required only if the prospect intends
to participate at a Division I or II institution for the first
time. If the prospect plans to enroll at a non-NCAA member
institution, a two-year institution or an NCAA Division III
institution, the prospect will NOT need to register with the
All SAT and ACT scores must be reported directly to the NCAA
Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse by the testing agency. Test
scores that appear on transcripts will no longer be used. When
registering for the SAT or ACT, use the clearinghouse code of
9999 to make sure the score is reported to the
clearinghouse. If the student failed to use the clearinghouse
code when he/she registered for the test, additional score
reports may be requested.
Additional score reports may be obtained through ACT by going
www.actstudent.org and completing an ASR request.
Additional score reports may be obtained through SAT by going
www.collegeboard.com and click on view and send scores.
Follow the directions.
Seniors are to check the scholarship file located in the
counselor’s office for scholarships about every two weeks
throughout the school year. Most of the scholarships have an
on-line application. The on-line addresses of the scholarships
that we are made aware of will be in the school newsletter and
on the school website under Counselor News. All of the
Counselor Newsletters will be deleted at the end of the school
Seniors may request applications from colleges. Check important
dates---some universities have early dates or rolling
Scholarship and Financial Aid Information
CASHE Scholarship Search
THE PRINCETON VIEW
Federal Resources for
What Will They
STATE LEVEL FINANCIAL AID
awarded to students do not have to be repaid. However, in WV
the Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship and the
Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship have a return service
obligation for recipients. Awards are given based on student
Grants are generally need-based
and do not need to be repaid unless the student withdraws from
the college or university. To receive a grant, a student must
be pursuing an undergraduate degree.
Loans allow students to borrow
money for school at a specific interest rate. Students who
participate in loan options must repay money borrowed.
West Virginia Higher
for qualified students who demonstrate financial need, meet
academic performance standards and are pursuing a Certificate,
Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Grants are renewable up to 8
semesters. Deadline: March 1 for FAFSA and Common
scholarship—merit-based program provides scholarships to
Scholarships are renewable up
to 8 semesters. Deadline—March 1 for FAFSA and Common
and enables needy students to study part-time, achieve
educational goals and improve the workforce in WV.
Deadline—rolling application process. Contact
Engineering, Science &
talented students to pursue degrees in Engineering, Science or
Technology. Assists WV in retaining a highly skilled
enables and encourages outstanding students to pursue teaching
careers in WV. Deadline—March 1. Contact
Academic Common Market—cooperative
tuition agreement among states in the Southern Regional
Education Board. Deadline—arranged prior to enrollment.
Medical Student Loan—provides
loans to medical students with designated academic standards.
Deadline—determined by medical school. Contact
Health Sciences Scholarship—provides
an incentive for students to become Rural Practitioners or
Nursing Faculty in WV. Medical students and students in
graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant programs are eligible.
ACADEMIC COMPETITIVENESS GRANT(ACG)—requirements
are: First and second year undergraduate students, Federal Pell
Grant recipient, U.S. citizen, Full time, Completed rigorous
secondary school program, Portable.
NATIONAL SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS ACCESS TO RETAIN TALENT
(SMART) GRANT—requirements are: Third and fourth year
undergraduate students, Federal Pell Grant recipient, U.S.
citizen, Full time, Eligible major, 3.0 GPA, Award for third and
fourth year of study, Portable.
THE WEST VIRGINIA DIVISION OF REHABILITATION SERVICES
(DRS) is a state government
agency whose mission is to enable and empower people with
disabilities to work and to live independently. What is a
disability? Disabilities are conditions such as: learning
disability, visual impairment, hearing impairment, speech
impediment, hyperactivity, diabetes, respiratory disorder,
cerebral palsy, spinal bifida, major depression, heart
condition, knee, back, arm, leg or joint injury, epilepsy,
eating disorder, and other physical or mental problems.
You may have a disability if
you have limitations in: lifting, standing, climbing, driving,
hearing, seeing, reading, math, writing, or coping with stress.
You may be eligible for
services such as: diagnostic medical or psychological tests,
vocational evaluation, career counseling, training,
assistance with college costs,
therapy prosthetics and orthotics, adaptive equipment or
placement assistance. Call (304) 356-2371 for more
PROMISE ELIGIBILITY—Minimum High School Grade Point
Average Requirements are 3.0 Core GPA and a 3.0 Cumulative GPA.
Minimum Test Score Requirements are:
ACT (national test only) SAT
(reasoning test only)
Combined Score 1020
Critical Reading 490
The 2015 core course listing is posted on the PROMISE
Scholarship Program website,
www.cfwv.com. You will notice that the requirements for
Math have changed. Students must have Algebra I and 3
mathematics classes that are higher than Algebra I.
Students may use either their 7th or 8th
semester high school grade point average to meet the core and
overall requirements. Students meeting the grade point average
qualifications at the end of the 7th semester must
maintain the required 3.00 core and overall grade point average
through the 8th semester to remain eligible for the
scholarship. June 13, 2015: Last date to take the ACT
(national test only). Act scores will not be accepted for any
ACT tests taken after this date. June 6, 2015: Last date to
take the SAT. SAT scores will not be accepted for any SAT tests
taken after this date. ACT/SAT scores cannot be combined from
multiple test administrations.
Promise Deadline: March 1, 2015: Interested students
should complete a 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA) AT
www.fafsa.ed.gov. State Level Financial Aid Programs are
included on the FAFSA. Students apply for the Promise at
www.cfwv.com by the deadline date stated. Students can
begin applying for the Promise scholarship November 1, 2014.
PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS—This scholarship
will automatically be renewed if the student has a minimum
overall 2.75GPA at the end of the first twelve-month period on
completed college coursework. Thereafter, a 3.0 cumulative GPA
is required. A student must also earn thirty credit hours over
a twelve-month period to be considered for scholarship renewal.
A student may use subsequent summer sessions (at his/her own
cost) to complete the thirty-hour requirement. Any college
credits earned (as well as the GPA for those credits) prior to
fall semester enrollment as a degree seeking student do not
affect negatively or positively the student’s eligibility for
renewal of the scholarship. Only those credits and grades
earned while the student is a PROMISE Scholar count for purposes
of determining renewal eligibility. Please remember that
students who lose the PROMISE Scholarship will not be able to
regain it at a later time.
HIGHER EDUCATION GRANT PROGRAM
Generally, Higher Education Grant awards can be combined with
other financial aid awards. To receive priority consideration
for Higher Education Grant awards, students should complete a
2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at
www.fafsa.ed.gov by March 1, 2015. However, students can
submit the FAFSA as late as April 15, 2015, and still receive
consideration. First-time 2015 Higher Education Grant Program
applicants will not be required to complete an Application for
State-Level Financial Aid Programs. The FAFSA will serve as the
application for the Higher Education Grant Program.
ARMY ROTC—Start Strong. For more information, visit
www.info.goarmy.com/rotc/2 or call 1-877-936-7724.
BOONE COUNTY-WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY ALUMNI
AND FRIENDS SCHOLARSHIP—
application for WVU or its affiliated institutions.
Applications are on-line at
EQT STUDENTS OF EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM—Visit
www.STATEJOURNAL.COM for more information.
VFW VOICE OF DEMOCRACY—2014-15
Theme “WHY VETERANS ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR NATION’S HISTORY AND
FUTURE”. Complete instructions are found on the flyer or at
www.vfw.org. Student Entry Deadline: November 1.