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We are excited that you have an interest in West Virginia State University.  Below you will find the required steps and information for all international applicants. If you have any questions, email

If you have already been accepted, please fill out the Admissions Reply Form.

image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowUndergraduate Application
The undergraduate application is separate from graduate applications. For more information about the undergraduate application, see the below sections. To apply, click here.

Undergraduate Deadlines
Fall Intake                           June 1
Spring Intake                     October 1

Admission Requirements
  • GPA equivalent of 2.0 or above
  • TOEFL ibt 61 or above
  • IELTS 5.5 or above
  • ACT or SAT Scores (18 ACT or 940 Composite SAT [combination of critical reading and math scores]) - Click here to visit the ACT website.

Transfer Students
If you wish to transfer credits from an international college or university, your transcripts must be evaluated for course credit by at NACES accredited member. A list of organizations for this service can be found at

Required Documents
  • Transcripts from higher secondary, test scores (O Level, WAEC, etc)
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores (If you are from an English-speaking country, you do not need to submit TOEFL/IELTS)
  • ACT/SAT scores are not required but preferred as additional documents that will assist in placing students in proper math and English courses.
  • Immunization Records
  • Copy of Passport and Visa (if applicable)

Required Forms

First year international students can qualify for the following merit based scholarship listed below. 

Black and Gold 
  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • IELTS band score 6
  • TOEFFL 61
Returning international students may apply for the foundation scholarship listed below. Please keep in mind this award is first come first serve and can only be awarded to two qualifying students per year. 

Naomi M. Garrett Scholarship
Scholarship is awarded to a student in any major with a permanent residnece outside of the U.S. and who demonstrates financial need and academic ability. The award may continue for eight semesters if scholarship standards are met.  Students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. 
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image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowEnglish as a Second Language
For more information about the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, click here.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowFinancial Information for International Students
A student who is a non-U.S. citizen might qualify for need-based student financial aid programs under the following conditions: 
         • The student is a U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain's Island). 
         • The student is a U.S. permanent resident with an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-551 or I-551C). 
         • The student is an eligible non-citizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) showing one or more of the following designations:
               • Refugee
               • Asylum Granted
               • Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Status Pending
               • Conditional Entrant (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980)
               • Victims of Human Trafficking T-visa (T-2, T-3, T-4, etc.) Holder
               • Parolee (The student must be paroled into the United States for at least one year and must be able to provide evidence from the Dept. of
                 Homeland Security/USCIS that he or she in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and intends to become a citizen or
                 permanent resident.)
Eligibility notes: 
          1. If you have only a Notice of Approval to Apply for Permanent Residence (I-171 or I-464), you are not eligible for federal student aid.
          2. If you are in the United States on certain visas, including an F1 or F2 student visa or a J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa, you are not eligible 
              for federal student aid.
          3. Persons with G-series visas (pertaining to international organizations) are not eligible. For more information about other types of visas that
              are not acceptable, check with your school's financial aid office.
          4. Citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau are eligible only for Federal
              Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOGs) and Federal Work-Study; contact the Office of Financial Aid
              for more information.
          5. An Authorization for Parole document alone is not sufficient for financial aid.
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West Virginia State University ships letters of admission and form I-20 via USPS. This process can take approximately 7-10 business days. For more information about express shipping options, please click the link below.

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