Freshman Direct Admission
Students applying to WVU as a freshman undergraduate student who indicate interest in the College of Media’s Journalism or Strategic Communications (Advertising or Public Relations) majors are directly admitted into the College if they meet the following criteria:
- At least a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA
- At least a 21 ACT score/990 SAT score (for out-of-state students)
- At least a 20 ACT score/940 SAT score (for in-state students)
- 3.0 high school GPA
- 20 ACT English or 500 SAT Critical Reading for both West Virginia residents and residents of other states
Students not meeting the above requirements will be admitted to WVU through University College.
Entering freshmen who meet the admission standards of the WVU Honors College also qualify for the College of Media’s new Scholars Program.
All College of Media directly admitted students are assigned a College advisor beginning their first academic term. Directly admitted freshmen also enroll in JRL 115, a special College of Media orientation course that prepares them for college and their major.
Once directly admitted students complete the courses JRL 101, VISJ 210/JRL 225, and JRL 215 with a grade of “C” or better and have attained at least a 2.0 cumulative college GPA, they may formally declare their Journalism or Strategic Communications (Advertising or Public Relations) major.
Directly admitted students also have the opportunity to participate in the Adventure WV: College of Media program, a unique orientation program offered through a partnership between the WVU Adventure WV program and the College of Media.
Freshmen who do not meet direct admission criteria but meet WVU undergraduate admission requirements will be admitted through WVU’s University College as a Undergraduate Studies-Media major. Students may declare a Journalism or Strategic Communications major once they have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5 at WVU. Or, once a student has a 2.0 cumulative GPA at WVU, they may enroll in JRL 215. If the student earns a “C” or better in that course, they may then declare a major in Journalism or Strategic Communications.
For more information on freshman admission, please contact: