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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 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:
Whitney Godwin
Recruitment Specialist

MDS Program Admission

In order to be accepted into the College of Media’s Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) major, students must have at least 29 completed earned hours and a 2.5 overall GPA. Students with an overall GPA less than 2.5 but greater than or equal to 2.0 may be accepted into the program after completion of JRL 215 with a grade of C or higher. Multidisciplinary Studies majors earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Multidisciplinary Studies upon successful completion of the program.

For more information on MDS admission, please contact:
Casey Liston
MDS Coordinator

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 freshman admission, please contact:
Whitney Godwin
Recruitment Specialist

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