• Requirements

    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.

    Transfer Students


    General Freshman Admission Requirements

    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:

    • Minimum 2.6 academic grade point average (on a 4-point scale); or GED or TASC score of 500 (50 if taken prior to 1/1/2003)
    • Minimum composite ACT score of 19 and/or SAT I score of 900 on the re-centered SAT*
    • A record of active participation in school or community organizations or events throughout high school
    • A commitment to achieving a college degree

    *Results of the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) are required of those who graduated from high school (or would have graduated, for those who earned a GED) within five years of the time of application. These tests are also required for all students seeking admission to a health sciences program, and they may be requested of others. The writing sample sections of the ACT and SAT will not be used to determine admission status, but may be used to determine placement.

    What to submit

    • Completed Undergraduate Application for admission
    • $25.00 Application fee or application fee waiver;
    • Official secondary school records documenting completion of 15 units of academic courses with grades indicating intellectual ability and promise;
    • High school transcripts or official GED/TASC results with an average score of 50 (prior to January 1, 2003) and 500 or more on the new test (after January 1, 2003), if applicable;
    • Students may self-report their high school GPA to be conditionally admitted; however, transcripts must be received with the GPA noted prior to the student getting registered. All admissions standards will apply and failure to present truthful information will be grounds for revocation of the acceptance.
    • A campus visit, either in group format or as an individual, is strongly recommended;
    • A personal essay and resume are recommended but not required unless the student will be competing for scholarship awards. Student essays may be about their potential for leadership and/or the importance of community involvement;
    • A record of active participation in school or community organizations or events throughout high school is also recommended;
    • Applicants accepted by the University of Charleston must submit proof of high school graduation or GED/TASC to the University’s Office of Admissions prior to registering for a second semester via a final official transcript. Note: UC does not currently accept modified diplomas
    • Official AP score will be reviewed in July and credit granted (if applicable);
    • Official transcripts from an accredited university (if applicable);
    • Online applicants must submit a valid driver’s license or state issued photo identification.

    **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.

    Home School Admission Requirements

    The University of Charleston makes every effort to accommodate the special circumstances of home school students during the admissions process. Minimum admission requirements include:

    • If you are under the umbrella of a diploma-granting organization, you will need to submit evidence of the coursework completed and your level of performance;
    • In the absence of such a document, you will need a detailed portfolio comprised of the breadth of work you have completed to help us evaluate your level of preparation for college-level work (e.g. research project, resume, reading list, community service, athletic and/or artistic endeavors and study abroad);
    • If receiving WV financial aid such as WV PROMISE or WV Higher Ed Grant, the home-schooled student must also submit the GED/TASC to be in compliance with WV aid standards;
    • Official transcript from an accredited university or college (if applicable);
    • AP tests (if applicable);
    • ACT/SAT test scores (only for placement into courses);
    • Essay (recommended not required)

    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.