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WVU may reach more prospective students through Common Application

Prospective first-year students can now apply to WVU by filling out the same online application form used by more than 500 public and private institutions worldwide, a move that could help the University grow enrollment and broaden its geographic reach. WVU joined the Common Application Aug. 1.

Domestic and international first-time freshmen can apply using WVU’s online undergraduate application at http://admissions.wvu.edu/ or directly through the Common Application, http://commonapp.org/. The new fee for either method is $45 for in-state and out-of-state undergraduate students. Please note this is a change from previous years. The fee for international students is $60.

Transfer students and students at WVU’s regional campuses, Potomac State College in Keyser and the WVU Institute of Technology at Montgomery, cannot use the Common App.

All application options and requirements are at http://admissions.wvu.edu/how-to-apply.

Approximately half of WVU’s students are from within West Virginia. With state funding shrinking, increasing both overall enrollment and the geographic diversity of the student population are critical to financial sustainability. The Common App will build on growth that began upon joining the Big 12 conference.

The Common App is also more convenient for students, allowing them to search for colleges in many ways, then apply and make payment online.

Currently, the only other West Virginia schools using Common App are Bethany College and Wheeling Jesuit University.