Admission Requirements

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Section 1. General
1.1 Scope – This Rule governs the general requirements for admission to West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

1.2 Authority – Council for Community and Technical College Education Series 23, 135 CSR 23.

1.3 Effective Date – May 7, 2013

Section 2. Purpose

2.1 It is the purpose of the Board to establish standards and procedures for admission to West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

Section 3. Categories of Admission

3.1 Students may be admitted to West Virginia University at Parkersburg under any of the following categories: Note: Admission to the institution does not necessarily imply admission to a particular program of study. Individual programs may publish their own requirements for admission.

3.1.1 General Admission, Transfer Admission, Transient Admission, Early Admission of High School, Students, Readmission, Non-degree Admission, International Admission including English as a Second Language

3.1.2 Provisional Admission

Section 4. Admissions Requirements – General Admission

4.1 To be fully admitted under general admissions requirements, a student must:

4.1.1 Complete an Application for Admission, which can be found at each administrative center of the college or online.

4.1.2 Per federal financial aid regulation and institutional obligations to such, submit official high school transcripts or General Education Development (GED) scores from an accredited institution or source.

4.1.3 If seeking institution credit for prior work, applicant must submit official transcripts from each college or university previously attended (These transcripts must be sent directly from issuing institution to the WVU Parkersburg Enrollment office. Transcript marked “issue to student,” faxed or submitted directly by students cannot be accepted.)

4.1.4 Submit scores achieved on any one of the following placement tests: American College Test (ACT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Accuplacer, Asset, or Compass. Placement tests can be completed at any administrative center of the college prior to registration. While no specific score is necessary for entry to the college, completing a placement test is necessary for admission and enrollment. Some specific academic programs do require specific tests and scores for program entry.

4.1.5 Students seeking general admission to the college who have completed a secondary school credential through a home school process must adhere to the following steps for
admission.

a. The home schooling of secondary students in West Virginia is governed by West Virginia Code 18-8-1 subsection (c) and admission to the college from a home school environment will be analogous to the necessary requirements of said code to complete a final year of secondary school. Therefore;

b. In addition to all other admission requirements, home schooled students must provide one of the following:

1. An official statement on letter head from the superintendent of the school district of residence confirming that the student has met the academic assessment requirements for the final year of secondary instruction as detailed in West Virginia Code 18-8-1 subsection (c), or

2. Submit official test scores from a GED test, or

3. Submit a transcript of class work from a secondary institution or organization recognized as accredited by an agency acceptable to the office of the Vice President for Student Services or the United States or West Virginia Department of Education.

Section 5. Admissions Requirements-Transfer Students

5.1 A transfer student is defined as an applicant for admission to WVU Parkersburg who has attended another regionally accredited college or university and who wishes to enroll at WVU Parkersburg and declare a major field of study. To be fully admitted under transfer requirements, a student must:

5.1.1 Complete an Application for Admission, which can be found at each administrative center of the college or online.

5.1.2 Pursuant to federal financial aid regulations and institutional obligations to such submit a request to the registrars of all institutions previously attended to forward official transcripts of credit to the Office of Enrollment of WVU Parkersburg. Only credits earned at regionally accredited institutions will be accepted for transfer. (These transcripts must be sent directly from issuing institution to the WVU Parkersburg Enrollment office. Transcripts marked “issue to student,” faxed or submitted directly by students cannot be accepted.)

5.1.3 Depending on the nature of transferred course work the applicant may be required to submit scores achieved on one or more of the following placement tests: American College Test (ACT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Accuplacer, Asset, or Compass. Placement tests can be completed at any administrative center of the college prior to registration. While no specific score is necessary for entry to the college, completing a placement test is necessary for admission and enrollment. Some specific academic programs do require specific tests and scores for program entry.

5.1.4. Per federal financial aid regulations and institutional obligations to such, submit official high school transcripts or General Education Development (GED) scores from an accredited institution or source.

Section 6. Admission Requirement – Transient Students

6.1 A Transient student is defined as any student who is officially enrolled in another college (referred to as home college) and wants to take a course(s) at WVU Parkersburg and have the courses transferred back to his/her home college. To be fully admitted under transient requirements, a student must:

6.1.1 Complete an Application for Admission, which can be found at each administrative center of the college or online.

6.1.2 Submit a transient approval form or letter of good standing from the home institution.

Section 7. Admissions Requirements – Early Admissions Students

7.1 An Early Admission student is defined as a high school junior or senior who has completed all high school requirements through the sophomore
year and has maintained a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. To be fully admitted under early admission requirements, a student
must:

7.1.1 Complete an Application for Early Admission, which is available from the Office of Enrollment in Parkersburg or from the Jackson
County Center.

7.1.2 Submit a written approval from either the high school principal or equivalent to take college courses while a high school or secondary student.

7.1.3 Submit a partial, official high school transcript.

7.1.4 Applicants for the Early Admission programs who are pursuing a home school course of study must document the following: the equivalent of a 2.5 grade point average and the equivalent junior or senior standing at the secondary level by an official transcript of completed coursework, either notarized in the state of
residence or mailed directly from a recognized accrediting agency as defined by the Division of Student Services.

7.2 Only secondary students who meet these requirements are eligible to enroll in college course work while in high school. Early admission students are not eligible for financial aid. Exceptions to these standards for entry may be granted by the Senior Vice President for Academic
Affairs upon appeal.

Section 8. Admission Requirements – Readmission Students

8.1 A readmission student is defined as any student who has previously enrolled at WVU Parkersburg as a student. To be fully admitted under readmission requirements, a student must:

8.1.1 Complete an Application for Admission, which can be found at each administrative center of the college or online, if the student
has not been enrolled for at least one academic year.

8.1.2 If the student has attended any other college since last enrolled with WVU Parkersburg, complete additional requirements for admission transfer.

Section 9. Admissions Requirements – Non-degree Students

9.1 A non-degree student is a person who has no plans to earn a degree or certificate at WVU Parkersburg and who does not intend to register for
more than two courses in any semester. To be fully admitted under non-degree requirements, a student must:

9.1.1 Complete an Application for Admission, which can be found at each administrative center of the college or online.

9.2 The non-degree student is not eligible for financial aid.

Section 10. Admissions Requirements – International Students

10.1 An International student is defined as a citizen of a foreign country who seeks admission to WVU Parkersburg. All documents must be on file by May 1 for admission to the subsequent fall semester and by October 1 for admission to the subsequent spring semester.

10.2 To be admitted as an international student, an applicant must, in addition to meeting the admission requirements of the student type for which they have applied:

10.2.1 Complete an International Application for Admission, which can be found at each administrative center of the college or can be mailed to any requesting individual.

10.2.2 Submission of certified copies of secondary school transcripts is not necessary unless the student is seeking transfer credit from the institution.

10.2.3 If transferring to West Virginia University at Parkersburg submit a copy of all prior institution transcripts. If the prior institution’s location is outside the United States they must be sent for evaluation to an accredited international transcript evaluation service as identified by the Registrar. Fees for such services are to be paid by applicant.

10.2.4 Submit regional examination scores, if applicable, that have been evaluated and verified by the testing agency; no failures are accepted, and test scores should represent competency levels equivalent to a grade of “C.”

10.2.5 Submit a score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 173 for the computerized test, 60 or higher on the Internet based TOEFL and 500 for the paper test. A score of 7 or higher on the IELTS academic test will also be acceptable. If TOEFL is not available, WVU at Parkersburg also accepts the STEP EIKEN Proficiency 2A which is equivalent to the 500 score TOEFL. These scores must be sent by the STEP EIKEN institute. An alternate means of English proficiency may be used if the student is attending WVU Parkersburg as part of a Cooperative Education Project Agreement between a recognized higher education institution and West Virginia University at Parkersburg as defined by said agreement.

10.2.6 Submit a notarized Affidavit of Financial Support showing financial commitment by the student and/or sponsor(s) equaling no less than the amount calculated by the Office of Financial Aid for an out-of-state student not living at home. Different levels and sources of necessary support may be defined by a Cooperative Education Project Agreement. Such agreements may supersede the requirement of an Affidavit of Financial Support if alternate forms of funding are defined in the Cooperative Education Project Agreement.

10.2.7 All individuals and institutions providing funds listed in the Affidavit of Financial Support (if required) must provide certified bank statements (private individuals) or statements of sponsorship (institutions). Bank and / or sponsorship statements can be no older than 6 months at the time of submission.

10.2.8 Submit a copy of a current passport.

10.3 Upon receipt of all documentation, the Office of Enrollment will complete an evaluation and notify the student of an admissions decision. All outstanding documents must be submitted to the Office of Enrollment before admission to the college can be granted.

10.4 Upon confirmation of a positive admission decision, the Office of Enrollment will issue an I-20.

10.5 Students who have not attained the necessary TOFEL, IELTS, or STEP EIKEN scores and wish to participate in the WVU Parkersburg English as a Second Language (ESL) course of study, may do so provided that they complete all other provisions as defined in section 10 of this policy. The I-20 will be issued to qualifying students for ESL study according to
federal regulations.

10.5.1 Students will be limited to two consecutive semesters of participation in the WVU Parkersburg English as a Second Language course of study.

10.5.2 Students completing two consecutive semesters or less must then pass a test of English proficiency as identified by the Office of Academic Affairs or in this policy in order to be eligible for continued study at WVU Parkersburg.

10.5.3 Students who complete two consecutive semesters and fail to meet the prerequisites for additional classes at WVU Parkersburg will not be allowed to continue study at this
institution and will not be issued an additional student visa documentation.

Section 11. Admission requirements – Provisional Admission

11.1 Applicants for Admission who do not meet all of the requirements stated above may be granted Provisional Admission for one semester. Requirements for General Admission must be met by the completion of the first semester enrolled to continue enrollment at WVU Parkersburg. Provisional Admission students are not eligible for financial aid.