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WU is a place with vibrant tradition, rooted in the Wheeling area and surrounding Ohio Valley, with many opportunities to grow in life, leadership, and service during your time here. Find information about the admissions staff, policies, application requirements, and financial aid here. Explore our website to learn more about our academic programs, athletics, and life on campus. We want Wheeling University to become your new home for the next four years. Request information or visit campus to see if WU is the place for you. We look forward to welcoming you to the Class of 2025!

More than 90% of Wheeling University graduates are employed or in graduate school within 12 months of graduation!

Admission Procedures

First-Year Admissions

Candidates for admission to the first-year class must submit to the Admissions Office:

  1. An official application
  2. An official high school transcript
  3. A copy of the SAT or ACT scores.

Transfer Admissions

Candidates applying for admission with advanced standing must submit to the Admissions Office:

  1. An official application
  2. Official transcripts of all previous college work from each institution attended.

Admission Requirements

First-Year Students

Requirements for admission to Wheeling University include:

  1. A high school diploma or its equivalent
  2. 16 units of high school academic courses
  3. Submission of the official results of either the new Scholastic Assessment Test I (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT).

Letters of recommendation and a list of extracurricular activities also are encouraged.

The 16 units of high school courses should be distributed as follows:

  • English – 4
  • Mathematics – 3
  • History/Social Sciences – 3
  • Laboratory Science (Science Major – 3 recommended) – 2
  • Academic Electives -4                                                

Applicants for programs in the natural sciences should have completed one unit of biology and one unit of chemistry.

Transfer Students

General requirements for transfer students are as follows:

  1. Cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher and
  2. Official transcripts of all previous college work from each institution attended must be submitted. Grades of C- or better are accepted.
  3. Candidates may be asked to submit an official high school transcript upon request by the transfer counselor. Transfer credit is only awarded for course work completed at accredited institutions in which a student earned a grade of C- or higher.

For those students who have earned an associate’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution with whom the University has an articulation agreement, the University will accept that associate’s degree as transfer credit per the appropriate articulation agreement. For those students who have earned a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution, the University will accept that degree and all credits, but will also waive all core requirements except the senior-year Ethics course (may be transferred if an equivalent has been taken); the sophomore, junior and senior one-credit seminars; one writing intensive course. Evaluation of credits will be made by the Registrar at the time of acceptance. The University accepts credits only. The computation of a student’s grade point average (GPA) will begin with courses taken at the University. Full-time students are classified as follows:     

First Year – Less than 27 semester hours
Sophomore – minimum of 27 semester hours
Junior – minimum of 60 semester hours
Senior – minimum of 90 semester hours

Transfer students are bound by the academic requirements stipulated in the catalog in effect during their first semester at the University. Any students transferring in during a summer session will be guided by the catalog requirements of the following fall semester. 

International and ESL (English as a Second Language) Students

Wheeling University welcomes applicants from foreign countries. General admission requirements are as follows:

  1. Students will satisfy acceptance standards listed above.
  2. A high school GPA of 3.0 and a high school or diploma or equivalent.
  3. Certification of proficiency in English as a second language is achieved by a 213 computer-based or 80 internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  4. Additionally, since the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization requires international students to certify financial responsibility, certification of financial resources sufficient to cover college costs must be submitted by the appropriate financial institution. Tuition, room and board and required fees must be paid in full prior to beginning classes.