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Admissions Process

New Students

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  1. Online Application
    Choose the appropriate APPLY ONLINE button, fill out the form completely and submit your application.
  2. Submit References
    To complete your application, we need two (2) references for you – one academic and one personal (NOTE: your personal reference needs to be a non-family member and a non-peer).

    Send your references the following link to fill out our online form:

    • Potential academic reference examples: teacher, guidance counselor, principal
    • Potential personal (non-peer/family) reference examples: youth minister, a friend's parent, job supervisor, coach
  3. Submit Test Scores (ACT or SAT)

    Already tested? Send scores:

    OVU ACT Code: 4548  /  actstudent.org

    OVU SAT Code: 5519  /  sat.collegeboard.com/scores

    Haven't tested? Register today:


  4. Submit Transcripts
    If you have not yet graduated, we request that you send an interim transcript. See Step 8 for more information.
  5. Submit your FAFSA (Starting Oct. 1)

    fafsa.gov  /  School Code: 003819

  6. Dormitory Deposit / Commuter Pre-Pay
    For your convenience, you can make your Dormitory Deposit or Commuter Pre-Pay deposit through our secure PayPal account.

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  7. Submit Roommate Compatibility Form

    Getting the best roommate fit is an important part of the enrollment process. Completing the Roommate Compatibility Form will help OVU’s Residential Life staff match your preferences with another student and get you started off on just the right footing.


  8. Submit Official Final Transcript

    if you have not yet graduated, we request that you submit an interim transcript (step 4) and then submit a final transcript upon graduation

    Have High School/College transcripts sent via:

    • Online: parchment.com or escrip-safe.com

    • Mail: ATTN: OVU Office of Admissions
      1 Campus View Drive, Vienna, WV 26105-8000

      • Mailed transcripts must be:
        1. sealed in a school envelope
        2. received prior to registration
        3. have the school seal or be clearly marked as official
    • Homeschool: transcripts may be sent electronically online to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Admissions Requirements

In order to be accepted for admission at OVU, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • High school GPA of at least a 2.5 on a 4-point scale
  • Composite of at least 18 on the ACT or a combined score of at least 1290 on the SAT. (Unless the student graduated from high school four or more years prior to the planned OVU enrollment.)
  • Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be eligible for provisional acceptance.

For more information, refer to the OVU Academic Catalog.

Early College Entry Program

Ready to get a head start on college?

Ohio Valley University’s Early Entry program can help you do just that.
Select high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors can earn a maximum of six hours per semester and a maximum of 12 hours total.*

Why take college classes while you’re still in high school?

  • Gain college credit while still in high school
  • Complete course curriculum requirements early
  • Complete a baccalaureate degree sooner
  • Save on the overall cost of a college degree

Admission Requirements:
Minimum 2.8 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).  Recommendation from high school guidance counselor.  

Program Cost:
Early entry students pay only $75 per credit hour. This is a special discounted tuition rate for this program only.
*Permission to exceed these limits must be obtained through the admissions office.

Apply for Early College Entry:
Lisa West
Underclassman Admissions Counselor
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Returning Students

For students who would like to re-apply to OVU, complete the Re-Application Form and send official transcripts from all other institutions attended.

College Costs

See the Current OVU Basic Cost Sheet showing estimated costs for typical undergraduate boarding students. Honors scholarships are awarded based on academic credentials at the time of admission. Information about Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be found at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov


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