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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

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 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.

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:
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 2.0 overall GPA.

For more information on MDS admission, please contact:
Aaron Hawley
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