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Waitlisted Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Starting for the Fall 2023 term, WVU graduate programs are able to place applicants on a waitlist. If you have any further questions about your application decision or your waitlist status, please contact your program directly by finding the program representative's contact information in our Program Database.

NOTE: WVU operates under "Decentralized Admissions," meaning that each individual graduate program sets its own application requirements and deadlines, while also being responsible for admission decisions for that specific program.

What Happens After I am Notified of Being Waitlisted?

WVU graduate programs have the option to maintain a waitlist system every application cycle. Students are waitlisted because there are more applications received than spots available in the program for that specific term. There is no set timeline for waitlist review or a guarantee that a waitlisted student will receive an admissions offer for that term. 

Is the Waitlist Ranked?

No, the waitlist system at WVU is not ranked. This means if a WVU graduate program utilizes the waitlist system, waitlisted students will be reviewed holistically.

What Other Action Should I Take at This Time?

While on the waitlist, you are encouraged to go ahead and submit your official undergraduate transcripts if you haven’t already done so. This will expedite the process if the program decides to offer you admission.

When Can I Expect to Hear an Admission Decision?

This means that a definitive decision on whether to admit you has not been made yet. The waitlist is monitored by the admitting program and the timeline for admission decisions are left to them.

What if I Want to Be Taken Off the Waitlist?

If you decide you no longer want to be considered for admission, please contact the program to notify them of your decision.

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