New first-time freshman applying to VCU must complete the Common Application.
Admissions decisions will be posted online in your VCU applicant portal.
The online application fee is $70 and must be paid via credit card when submitting the Common Application or VCU’s online application. Do not submit cash, checks or money orders. The fee is nonrefundable.
No fee is charged to VCU students enrolled in a degree program on the Monroe Park Campus who apply to undergraduate health sciences programs on the MCV Campus.
- Submit only one application for a specific semester (i.e., one application for fall 2020).
- Apply to only one undergraduate degree program.
To make changes to your application once it’s been submitted, email your application processor listed in the chart below. Do not submit more than one application — if you do, only the first will be processed.
Processors for specific programs
|Processor||Programs||Phone number||Email address|
|Kristen Cook||School of the Arts;
Undergraduate media certificate program
|TBD||Post-baccalaureate in business, health sciences, computer science, Spanish and statistics certificate programs||(804) email@example.com|
|Talia Anderson||School of Nursing||(804) firstname.lastname@example.org|
Processors for all other undergraduate programs
|Phone number||Email address|
|Lee Biggs||A-J||(804) email@example.com|
|Nathan Heinicke-Peart||K-T||(804) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dorrie Smith||U-Z||(804) email@example.com|
Why we ask for your Social Security number
Your Social Security number is not required for admission consideration, but it is necessary for applicants who want to be considered for financial aid and the Hope Scholarship/Lifetime Learning tax credit. To protect your privacy, your Social Security number will not be used as your VCU student identification number.
Virginia Commonwealth University applicants are reviewed based on academic performance at an accredited high school or on GED scores and either SAT Reasoning Test or ACT scores. The college preparatory curriculum is highly preferred. Extracurricular activities and employment experience may strengthen an application.
A minimum of 20 units is required for admission to programs on the Monroe Park Campus. Competitive applicants should present a minimum of:
- 4 units of English
- 3 units of mathematics (including algebra I and either geometry or algebra II)
- 3 units of history, social studies or government
- 3 units of science (at least one laboratory)
- 3 units of one foreign language or 2 units of two foreign languages are strongly recommended
Essays are required of all applicants, to be submitted with the Common Application.
At least one recommendation is required for all applicants. Applicants will be asked to submit recommender information before submitting the Common Application. Recommenders will be sent an email on the applicant’s behalf requesting a recommendation.
Freshman applicants (high school graduates and GED holders) under the age of 22 must submit SAT or ACT scores and, if applicable, an official copy of their GED scores. Electronic submission is recommended.
Applicants whose native language is not English must also submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Excluding the exceptions noted below, freshman applicants with a minimum high school GPA of 3.3 may request that their application be reviewed without submitting standardized test scores. Applicants should request to be considered for admission to the university without test scores on the Common Application for freshman admission.
Exceptions to score optional review
Applicants in these categories may not request the score optional review:
- Those who wish to be considered for VCU’s merit-based scholarships (the Presidential, Provost and Deans’ scholarships)
- Students applying to the VCU Honors College
- Home-schooled students
- Non-native English speakers
Admission to VCU remains a competitive process, and all candidates for admission will be considered on their own merits. Qualifying for application review without submitting standardized test scores does not guarantee admission to VCU.
Freshman applicants are required to submit an up-to-date high school transcript (including senior-year curriculum and grades, if available). GED holders must submit their official GED scores.
Applicants to programs on the MCV Campus must submit official transcripts from each college, university, school and program attended. All foreign transcripts must be official and submitted in the original language with English translation. Official transcripts must arrive to the Office of Admissions unopened and sealed in their original envelope.
Prospective students who have studied outside of the U.S. must provide an official course-by-course external credential evaluation as a required part of the admission process. This report should be sealed and unopened, and sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
School of the Arts applicants
In addition to the university Application for Undergraduate Admission, all applicants to the School of the Arts must submit supplemental materials as described on the School of the Arts website. The school’s application review committee reviews all applications to its programs. For more information, call the school at (804) 828-2787.
College of Engineering applicants
To be competitive for admission to the College of Engineering, freshman applicants should present a minimum GPA of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale).
Freshman applicants to the College of Engineering who are not accepted directly into the school will automatically be considered for the undeclared major in the College of Humanities and Sciences. Learn more about the school’s freshman admissions. For more information, contact the school at (804) 828-2129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VCU Honors College applicants
To be competitive for admission to the Honors College, freshman applicants should present a minimum GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and either a combined SAT score of at least 1330 on the critical reading and math sections of the test or an ACT composite score of at least 29.
In addition to the application for undergraduate admission, all applicants to the VCU Honors College must submit an additional application and meet specific criteria as described on the VCU Honors College website. For more information contact the school at (804) 828-1803 or email@example.com.
Guaranteed Admission Programs applicants
The VCU Honors College offers a variety of Guaranteed Admission Programs that allow highly qualified students to enter medical school and several other health sciences programs at VCU without competing via general admission at a later date. Application procedures and requirements vary depending on the program, but all applications are due Nov. 15. For more details, see the VCU Honors College website or contact the college at (804) 828-1803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All VCU students are required to have a personal computer. The university annually sets minimum specifications for computers for each new entering class. You can buy a computer at RamTech for on-campus support and service.
Some departments and schools recommend a specific configuration from among the options outlined by the university. Check with your school or college to make sure the minimum specifications are sufficient for your course of study.
Read all instructions in the application materials, noting the application deadlines.
Choose the email address you will use for VCU correspondence. Make sure it stays active for at least one year since we will use it to contact you throughout the application process.
Answer all questions on the Common Application and submit it to VCU.
Include your Social Security number on your application if you wish to be considered for financial aid or the Hope Scholarship/Lifetime Learning tax credit.
Request that your school counselor send your transcript, including:
- Senior-year courses and first-term grades, if available
- Class rank, if available
- High school profile
Request to have your SAT or ACT scores sent to VCU (SAT code 5570/ACT code 4379) (if younger than 22 years of age), unless you were eligible and opted out of submitting scores. It is recommended that you have your test scores sent to VCU electronically.
Submit the $70 application fee when submitting the Common Application.
VCU received 19,200 applications for Fall 2019 freshman admissions.
Number of enrolled first-time freshmen: 4,461
|Two or more races reported||9%|
|High school GPA||Range|
|Middle 50 percent of all admitted freshmen||3.35-4.02|
|SAT (based on the best critical reading and math scores from separate testings)||Range|
|Middle 50 percent of all admitted freshmen||1080-1250|
|Freshman enrollment by college or school|
|College of Humanities and Sciences||2,662|
|L. Douglas Wilder School||156|
|School of the Arts||701|
|School of the Arts - Qatar||60|
|School of Business||392|
|College of Engineering||378|
|School of Social Work||35|
|VCU Life Sciences||75|
Annual security and fire safety report
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. As required by federal law (The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C.1092(f), known as the “Clery Act”), the university publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which contains information regarding campus security, crime reporting policies, personal safety and crime prevention, and fire and crime statistics for our various campus locations.
To request a paper copy of the current report, please contact the VCU Police Department by calling (804) 828-3851 or in person at 224 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia 23219.
Check your application status
Applicants can check their application status online after submission to be sure that we have received all required materials by logging into their VCU applicant portal.
Freshman applicants who submit all materials by Jan. 15 will receive a decision by April 1, otherwise decisions are sent on a rolling basis until enrollment capacity is met.
VCU’s program for first-generation, low-income students (TRiO) led to my work-study job at a theater — which led to my first audition.
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