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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 international@wvstateu.edu.

To apply as an undergraduate first time freshman or transfer student please click here.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines
Fall                June 15th 
Spring           October 15th 

First Time Freshmen
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 and must be equivalent to domestic GPA requirements 
  • ACT or SAT Scores (18 ACT Composite or 940 SAT Total)
  • Proof of English Proficiency 61 TOEFL or 5.5 IELTS exam

Transfer Students
  • Must be eligible to return to the last institution attended 
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Applicants with less than 30 credit hours, must meet the frehman requirements 
  • Proof of English Proficiency 61 TOEFL or 5.5 IELTS exam

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 www.naces.org/members.

Required Documents
1.Official transcript(s) (original or “Certified True Copies”) of all academic records submitted directly to the Office of Admissions from all schools previously attended.  All foreign documents must be accompanied with an English translation by an approved foreign credential evaluation service.  We recommend World Educational Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
If a national examination is required upon the completion of schooling in the country of origin, official results of the examination must be submitted to WVSU.  (Students from countries with a General Certificate of Education (GCE) examination system must receive a grade of six or higher in at least five academic subjects, one of which must be English.)
2.Standardized Tests
All students for whom English is not their native language must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Exam. On the TOEFL, a minimum of score 500 (paper-based exam), 173 (computer-based), or a 61 (Internet-based) is required. On the IELTS, a minimum score of a 5.5 is required. These students may choose to submit the TOEFL or IELTS exam.
Students for whom English is their first language must take and submit the SAT or ACT. A student who is unable to take the ACT examination before arriving to WVSU must do so at the first available testing date or the registration will be voided.

3. Immunization Records-MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)-Required

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. 
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.
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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