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Launch Your Future

The Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success (CLASS) is your academic home until you choose a major or gain admission into a WVU school or college. CLASS will chart your pathway to graduation and career opportunities.

Discover Your Opportunities
WVU's President E. Gordon Gee

HELLO, NEW MOUNTAINEERS!

The first step in any journey is deciding where you want to go. Who do you want to become? What do you want to accomplish?

Fortunately, you do not need to know all the answers now. Life is about self-discovery. West Virginia University offers many paths toward success, and your CLASS advisers will guide you every step of the way toward your perfect destination.

—E. Gordon Gee
President, West Virginia University

Your Journey in CLASS

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Undecided/Undeclared Major

If you have not chosen a major yet and are undecided about what you want to study, advisers in CLASS will help you find the school/college that’s right for you.

Undecided/Undeclared Majors
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Guided Pathways

As you wait to declare a major or meet the admissions requirements for an academic program, explore majors and career options that align with your interests through guided pathways.

Guided Pathways
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Professional Programs

Many professional degrees, mostly in WVU’s healthcare programs, do not traditionally admit freshmen. You will work with expert CLASS advisers and take classes that will count toward your academic program.

Professional Programs
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Conditional Admission

You are a conditionally admitted student if you have not met one of the minimum admissions criteria, either your high school GPA or standardized test score (ACT or SAT). By participating in special academic services, you’ll work toward getting into your program of choice.

Conditional Admission

SUPPORT TO HELP YOU
FIND YOUR WAY

We support you along your journey to a major and career through advising, tutoring, academic support, one-on-one student success coaching, peer mentors, federally-funded programs and more!

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Advising

Establish a plan with your designated academic adviser to find the right major for the right career.

Explore Advising Opportunities 

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Student Success

Take advantage of free academic services, such as tutoring and success coaching.

Explore Academic Services

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Student Support Services/Trio

Access free academic services, from advising, tutoring, financial aid support and more.

Explore Student Support Services/TRIO 
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First-Year Experience

Learn how we assist students in successfully transitioning to college life, by providing navigational tools and resources necessary for setting a foundation for success through the establishment of diverse, social and academic relationships.

First-Year Experience 

Have more questions? Check out these frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Meet Your Peers

Sydney Keener

Journalism, Minor in Music Industry, Class of 2021

“I looked through the entire list of majors too many times to count — I was so stressed about making a decision. WVU was so helpful when I was trying to choose my major. My CLASS freshman seminar course was a savior! We were required to take the Focus2 exam and meet with a career counselor at the Career Services Center. The Focus exam surveyed interests and strengths and gave suggestions about what areas of study might be good for you, which brought up some options I hadn’t even thought of.”

Abbigale White

Communications Studies, Class of 2021

“I am all over the place when it comes to what career path I want to follow. I’ll watch an Indiana Jones movie and want to be an anthropologist, or I’ll watch “Grey’s Anatomy” and want to become a doctor. I had no clue what I wanted to do when I came to WVU, but WVU really helped me figure it out. The resources WVU has to offer are endless. I made an appointment with a career counselor. This helped me narrow down my options drastically. Then I just had to explore.”

Kierra Mitchell

Public Health, Class of 2020

“When I first came to WVU, I wanted to major in nursing. But I wasn’t doing well in some of my classes, like chemistry, and I knew it would hurt future opportunities if I didn’t excel. Then, one of my friends told me about public health. At that time, I had no idea what public health was but I learned more about it and found out about the patient navigation area of emphasis. Once I switched my major, I found it was actually a lot more of what I wanted to do. I wasn’t in love with the clinical aspect of nursing, and in public health I loved being able to have a better relationship with the patients and their families. So, I found that public health was a better fit for me. It helped me find my place and find exactly what I want to do.”

Riley Tucker

Hospitality and Tourism Management, Graduation Year: 2023

“I knew I wanted to go to WVU since this is where my family has always gone. However, I was feeling a lot of doubt because I didn't know what I wanted to study. My advisers in CLASS gave me the chance to explore different majors. I was leaning towards business, so they set me up with a few business classes so I could try out the coursework and allowed me to get a head start in case I ended up taking that path. Being able to explore options really gave me the confidence and comfort to ultimately choose the hospitality and tourism program.” Riley says he loves his major because “it feels so close-knit and personal while he’s able to study what interests him. He added, “I know I always have the full support of my peers and professors in my studies. It is such a unique subject and I feel like I am being set up for success!”

EXPLORE HOW TO FIND YOUR PATH TO SUCCESS AT WVU

Exploratory Pathway Virtual Open House

Undecided about your path and want to keep your options open? Learn how WVU helps you find the school/college that’s right for you!

Thursday January 26th, 4-4:30 PM EST

Register to attend via Zoom

Questions about getting started at WVU?

Ken Cornwell

Contact Ken Cornwell, class recruitment specialist

Email: kwcornwell@mail.wvu.edu

GET STARTED EARLY

WVU offers opportunities for high school students.

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High School Access

Start earning college credits in high school! WVU offers courses online, on-campus and in high schools around the state.

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Upward Bound/TRIO

Prepare for college as high school students, working together to overcome social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education.

Explore Upward Bound