UC holds a list of freshman admission criteria based upon a combination of high school grade point average and ACT or SAT scores to ensure that our incoming students are ready for our engaging curriculum.
A student applying for general freshman admission may submit an application any time after the completion of six semesters of high school. Admission requirements are:
What to submit
**Classes in English, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and foreign languages are considered by the University of Charleston to be academic courses. Applicants accepted by the University of Charleston must submit proof of graduation to the University's Office of
Admissions before they will be allowed to enroll.
Applicants whose scores fall below a 2.6 must submit an essay (at least one page in length, single spaced) containing the following information:
An applicant can choose to submit this essay at the time of application. However, the Office of Admissions will formally request it after receipt of all required materials necessary for review.
Throughout the application process, the Office of Admissions’ first preference is for students to improve their GPA (during their remaining high school courses). Increased test scores can also be used to demonstrate readiness for college level work.
Additionally, the Office of Admissions may request an interview with the applicant. Neither the essay nor the interview guarantees admission.
The Executive Vice-President & Chief Admissions and Marketing Officer will review applications that fall between a 2.25-2.59 GPA. Applicants who maintain a GPA below a 2.25 will be reviewed by the Student Affairs Committee for admission to the University.
Applicants who demonstrate the ability to be successful in a university environment may be offered admission into the Academic Success Academy. As part of this program, students will participate in a curriculum specifically designed to develop foundational academic skills for success in college and will have an hour cap of 15 hours. This includes:
Students in the Academic Success Academy must achieve a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and passing grades in all Academic Success Academy coursework to exit from the program. Students who cannot successfully complete the requirements/curriculum in three semesters may be considered for academic probation or dismissal.
The University of Charleston makes every effort to accommodate the special circumstances of home school students during the admissions process. Minimum admission requirements include:
Results of the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) are required for certain classes of applicants and/or for certain degree programs, as described below in the “Admission Requirements.”
Most individuals take the ACT or SAT on a national testing date. However, the University of Charleston is authorized to administer the ACT Residual Test to applicants who need test results to complete their application to the University of Charleston. Such results may be used only at the University of Charleston. ACT Residual Test results from another institution will not be recognized for admission to the University of Charleston.
Some programs, most notably Health Sciences and Education, have special and separate programmatic admission requirements. Applicants should consult program descriptions in this Catalog for a complete description of any special or additional requirements specific to the program or programs in which they are interested.
The University of Charleston reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission when the admitted student’s behaviors do not meet the University’s expectations and requirements for students. See student handbook for conduct standards.
The Office of Admissions reserves the right to deny general admission or request additional application materials for applicants whose scores fall below the stated minimums.