College students displaced by Hurricane Katrina have the opportunity to take fall semester classes at West Virginia University, WVU officials say.

The University is expediting the enrollment process and offering admission to students who attend colleges that have been closed by the disaster until Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Additionally, WVU is waiving application and late registration fees for students in the storm-affected areas, said Brenda Thompson, assistant vice president of Enrollment Management.

The University is working with students on a case-by-case basis,she said.We want them to know they have options.

Two students from Tulane University have been admitted to WVU , Thompson noted, and two moreone from Tulane, the other from Xavier University in Louisianawill speak with University officials Friday.

For more information, students are encouraged to call Marilyn Potts in Admissions at 304-293-2124 ext. 1513 or e-mail .

Health Sciences officials, meanwhile, are exploring whether they can admit additional students into the health professional programs at WVU s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.All of us have been deeply affected in one way or another by the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina,said Dr. Robert DAlessandri, vice president for Health Sciences.Each of the deans has been engaged in this process, and we are at this point assessing our ability to accept additional students in all of our programs.