University of Charleston

UC has specific requirements to ensure that our incoming students are ready to reach their highest potential for success:

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)

A record of active participation in school or community organizations or events throughout high school

(Applicants to UC are encouraged to take the ACT or SAT tests prior to their senior year in high school, but are not required to submit the score for admission to the University. The test scores will, however, be needed for placement into the first semester of coursework.)

Note:  A campus visit, either in group format or as an individual, is strongly recommended before applying to UC.

A personal essay and resume are recommended but not required unless you will be competing for scholarship awards. Topics for essays could include your potential for leadership and/or the importance of community involvement;


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 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.


Special Admission Requirements


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.

Applicants whose scores fall below a 2.6 must submit an essay (at least one page in length, single spaced) containing the following information:

  • Explanation of low scores and/or significant discrepancies between GPAs and test score composites;
  • Description of applicant’s college readiness and preparedness;
  • Career goals; and
  • Other items the applicant and admissions counselor deem relevant to their application.

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 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:

  • Meeting Academic Success Academy Advisors during SOAR/Orientation and periodically during the term to assess academic success and connect with resources;
  • Placement in Academic Success Academy courses (based on ACT/SAT sub-scores)
  • COMM 101 (Stand alone)- Foundational College Writing
  • ASC 089- Academic Reading
  • ASC 091- Personal Academic Success


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.

Individuals who have previously attended Morris Harvey College or the University of Charleston as degree-seeking students, but who have not taken courses from the University for at least one academic year, may be considered for re-admission by the Executive Vice President and Chief Admissions Officer.

The student must complete an Application for Admission. The student’s standing within the Registrar, Financial Aid, Cashier, and Student Life offices must be assessed by each department’s designee. Based on their assessments, the Executive Vice President will make the final re-admission decision.

Applicants who have attended any college or university since leaving Morris Harvey College or the University of Charleston are considered readmit-transfer students and must follow both the transfer and readmit procedures

Military Students who wish to enroll should provide:

  • Completed online or paper Undergraduate Application for Admission;
  • Unofficial transcripts at time of admissions and then Official transcript from EACH university or college previously attended by the start of the second semester; Please submit directly to or University of Charleston 2300 MacCorkle Ave SE Charleston, WV 25304 ATTN: Admissions
  • Official copy of Combo JST or other military training transcript;
  • If planning to use Tuition Assistance, Veterans Affairs benefits, or any other type of military funding, take steps to ensure all documentation has been submitted for those benefits. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact your Base Education Office or the Veterans Affairs Administration directly; UC is a GoArmyEd LOI school. GA students must simply request TA and register via the GA portal. Please contact for guidance with setting up our GA benefits.
  • We are proud to offer resources on all chapters of Veterans & GI Benefits, as well as Tuition Assistance guides for each branch of the military; Please contact for guidance with setting up your TA or GI Benefits.
  • Online applicants must submit a valid driver’s license or state issued photo identification; Please submit directly to


Students who do not submit all required transcripts by the requested date will not be able to receive financial aid until all college transcripts are received.

The University of Charleston welcomes and makes every effort to accommodate home school students. 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 but not required)

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.

Immunization Policy

Vaccine-preventable diseases continue to occur on US campuses and pose a significant threat to the public health of the campus community. Our goal is to provide adequate protection to our students, faculty, staff and visitors against vaccine-preventable diseases by requiring students to be vaccinated against and/or screened for certain highly contagious diseases.

The following requirements are consistent with West Virginia State Law and with the recommendations of the American College Health Association and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Students who fail to provide appropriate documentation for the following immunizations will be prohibited from moving into the residence halls until the documentation is provided, and the University is under no obligation to prorate or forgive room charges for any delayed entry. 

Immunizations Required for All Students

  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella). All entering full-time students born after 1956 must provide documentation of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella.


Immunizations Required for Residential Students

  • Hepatitis B. If you live in university housing, you must provide documentation of immunization for Hepatitis B. You must provide one of the following:
    • Documentation of having initiated the series of Hepatitis B immunizations and updates indicating that you are continuing to receive the series of immunizations, on schedule, until all three immunizations have been given.  The student is expected to complete the immunizations within six months of initiation of the series.
    • Documentation of completion of a three-shot series for Hepatitis B.
    • Documentation of a titer indicating immunity to Hepatitis B.
  • Meningococcal Meningitis. If you live in university housing, you must provide documentation of your immunity to meningococcal meningitis.
    • Students age 21 years or younger must provide documentation of receipt of a dose of Meningococcal Vaccine not more than 5 years before enrollment in the institution.  If the primary dose was administered before the students 16th birthday, a booster dose should be administered within the year prior to the student moving into the residence hall.

Female Students

All female students are strongly encouraged to receive the Human Papillomavirus vaccine HPV prior to matriculation. Much like the Hepatitis B vaccine, the HPV vaccine is a three-part series of shots that has been shown to drastically reduce the risk of cervical cancer.

International Students

Tuberculosis (TB)  All full-time international students must provide documentation of having had a Tuberculin skin test (PPD) or blood test to screen for tuberculosis (TB) within six months prior to enrollment in the university regardless of prior BCG immunizations.  If the results of either test are positive, a chest x-ray is required.

A student may request a waiver from tuberculin skin testing if the student is from a country that has been identified by the Centers for Disease Control as having low prevalence of tuberculosis.


Health Science and Pharmacy Students

Please consult your individual programs to see if they have specific additional immunization requirements that may differ from those of the University.


Request for Waiver

A student may request a waiver from any vaccination for medical reasons. Application for a waiver is to be made in writing to the University of Charleston at least two weeks prior to the student arriving on campus for his/her first semester of attendance at the University. In the case of an outbreak of a contagious disease on campus for which the student has not been immunized, the University reserves the right to ask the student to leave campus until the outbreak is over.