Undergraduate Admission

The WVU Reed College of Media uses the same undergraduate admission standards as West Virginia University (WVU). Visit the WVU undergraduate admissions page for details on general WVU admission. Please indicate on your WVU application that you are interested in a College of Media major. For entering freshmen who change their major to the College, please call the WVU Office of Admissions at 304-293-2121.

There are two types of freshman admission based on a student’s high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores. A student will be classified as either a direct admit student or a general studies student.

Freshman Direct Admission

Students applying to WVU as a freshman undergraduate student who indicate interest in a College of Media major are directly admitted into the College if they meet the following criteria:

  • At least a 2.5 cumulative, non-weighted 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)

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 College of Media major, i.e. either Journalism or Strategic Communications (Advertising/Public Relations).

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 considered a “General Studies” student within WVU’s University College. General Studies students may declare a Journalism or Strategic Communications major once they have completed the courses JRL 101, VISJ 210/JRL 225, and JRL 215 with a grade of “C” or better and have attained a cumulative college GPA of least 2.0.

Transfer Direct Admission

Once students have completed at least one full-time semester of college work (at WVU or another accredited institution) with a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or higher, they also qualify for direct admission to the College of Media. Current WVU students who seek to change their major to the College of Media should contact their current academic advisor to begin the process.

For more information on College of Media admission, please contact one of the College of Media academic advisors:

Demetrius Greer
(304) 293-8538

Emily Roush
(304) 293-5783

Graduate Admission

The College of Media offers two graduate programs: a Master of Science in Journalism (MSJ) program and an online Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications (MS-IMC) program. Admission to either of the graduate programs is limited to holders of baccalaureate or equivalent degrees from institutions of higher learning and specific requirements as set by the College of Media. Please refer to the programs’ websites for specific admission information.

International Admission

WVU is a school with international reach. While our students, scholars and partners come from 110 countries, all 50 states and some U.S. territories, they are united by the Mountaineer pride and school spirit for which our campus is known. Learn more at