West Virginia State University Modifying Fall 2020 Admissions Requirements

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April 6, 2020

West Virginia State University Modifying Fall 2020 Admissions Requirements

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) is temporarily modifying its admissions requirements for the fall 2020 semester in order to give incoming students more time and flexibility in applying.

The modifications to the standard admissions process come as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen college standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT cancelled or rescheduled for later in the year.

The University’s changes do not lower the bar for admission, but remove potential barriers for students to enroll for the fall semester.  WVSU will also work individually with admitted students who have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to adjust financial aid packages if family financial circumstances have suddenly changed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“These are unprecedented times, and we must act accordingly to ensure that all students who seek an education from West Virginia State University are able to do so,” said WVSU President Anthony L. Jenkins. “Our commitment to students has never been stronger and these temporary modifications will ensure that we will continue to produce outstanding graduates who will go on to change every environment that they enter.”

West Virginia State University will enact the following temporary measures for the fall 2020 semester:
  • WVSU will waive the standardized test requirement (SAT and ACT) for freshmen students applying for fall 2020. This modification is not intended as a change to the admissions policy, but is only a temporary modification for students entering in fall 2020 due to situations related to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • This waiver applies to students unable to take SAT/ACT as a result of COVID-19 closures and/or cancellations.
  • This policy does not apply to any student with test scores on file with the institution, College Board, or National ACT that do not meet the minimum admissions criteria.
  • WVSU will provide flexibility to all students and schools unable to submit official transcripts by August 1, 2020.  
  • WVSU will accept freshmen and transfer applications for the fall 2020 semester until August 1, 2020.  To apply visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions webpage.
  • WVSU will offer virtual new student orientation and advising sessions for all incoming fall 2020 freshmen and transfer students to complete matriculation into the institution.  
  • WVSU’s Office of Financial Aid will work individually with any admitted students to adjust financial aid packages if family financial circumstances have suddenly changed.   Students are encouraged to contact their Financial Aid Counselor for personalized assistance.
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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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