All applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA .
The selection process includes an application, which includes five essay questions; interview; and cheer-off competition. The committee will extend interviews to as many as 10 mascot hopefuls based on their applications.
Following the interviews, the top four applicants will compete in a cheer-off at the March 4 WVU -DePaul University mens basketball game. Finalists will don replica buckskins and be evaluated on performance and interaction with the crowd.
The new Mountaineer will be announced at the March 7 WVU -University of Louisville mens basketball game.
The mascot selection committee is made up of a chair, co-chair and nine membersfive student representatives, two athletic officials and two employees.