Freshman Direct Admission
Direct admission to the Reed College of Media is based on high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores.
Students must have the following minimum criteria for direct admission:
- 2.0 high school GPA, 19 ACT or 910 pre-March 2016 SAT combined
Math and Critical Reading or 990 post-March 2016 SAT combined
Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math for West Virginia residents
- 2.5 high school GPA, 21 ACT or 990 pre-March 2016 SAT combined
Math and Critical Reading or 1070 post-March 2016 SAT combined
Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math for residents of other states
- 3.0 high school GPA
- 20 ACT English or 500 pre-March 2016 SAT Critical Reading
or 500 post-March 2016 Evidence Based Reading/Writing for both
West Virginia residents and residents of other states
Students not meeting the above requirements will be admitted to WVU through Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success (CLASS).
Entering freshmen who meet the admission standards of the
WVU Honors College also qualify for the College of Media’s
All College of Media directly admitted students are assigned a College advisor
beginning their first academic term. Directly admitted freshmen also enroll
JRL 115, a special College of Media orientation course that prepares
them for college and their 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 Center for Learning,
Advising and Student Success as an 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, space permitting. 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: