Freshman

 

New first-time freshman applying to VCU must complete the Common Application.

Admissions decisions will be posted online in your VCU applicant portal.

Application fee

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.

Application guidelines

  • Submit only one application for a specific semester (i.e., one application for fall 2020).
  • Apply to only one undergraduate degree program.

Application processors

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 

ProcessorProgramsPhone numberEmail address
Kristen Cook School of the Arts;
Undergraduate media certificate program
(804) 828-6009 soaugradadm@vcu.edu
TBD Post-baccalaureate in business, health sciences, computer science, Spanish and statistics certificate programs (804) 828-1222 ugrad@vcu.edu
TBD Dental hygiene;
Allied health
(804) 828-1222 ugrad@vcu.edu
Talia Anderson School of Nursing (804) 828-1222 sonugrad@vcu.edu

Processors for all other undergraduate programs

ProcessorCaseload
(last name)
Phone numberEmail address
Lee Biggs A-F (804) 828-6006 babiggs@vcu.edu
Briana Lowery G-M  (804) 828-2282  bmlowery@vcu.edu 
Nathan Heinicke-Peart N-S (804) 828-1024 heinickenc@vcu.edu
Dorrie Smith T-Z (804) 828-3306 dlsmith@vcu.edu


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.

For Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 admission, Virginia Commonwealth University applications for admissions and scholarship consideration will be reviewed based on academic performance at an accredited high school or on GED scores. The college preparatory curriculum is highly preferred. Extracurricular activities and employment experience may strengthen an application. Please read the information below for academic and documentation submission requirements.

Required units

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

Essays are required of all applicants, to be submitted with the Common Application.

Recommendations

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.

Test scores not required for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 application review and scholarship consideration

Please note: For Spring 2021 and Fall 2021, because of the lack of standardized examinations being offered due to the public health concerns related to COVID-19, VCU will review all applications for admissions and scholarship consideration without standardized test scores. 

For the upcoming the Spring and Fall 2021 admissions cycle, all applicants will be eligible for test score optional review, regardless of GPA. Applicants who are able to take a standardized test and would like the scores to be used in our application review may still submit scores. All students will receive a holistic application review.

Submission of test scores remains a requirement for all Guaranteed Admission Programs in the Honors College. Students interested in applying to a Guaranteed Admission Program who are unable to test due to the pandemic may contact honors@vcu.edu for additional options in a holistic review without test scores.

As always, the university will select applicants who present the strongest qualifications in scholastic achievement and potential, and through a holistic review of other evidence of potential including the strength of character. Each applicant will continue to be reviewed on an individual basis.

Transcripts

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 askengineering@vcu.edu.

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 honors@vcu.edu.

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 honors@vcu.edu.

Computer requirement

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

Please note: For Spring 2021 and Fall 2021, because of the lack of standardized examinations being offered due to the public health concerns related to COVID-19, VCU will review all applications for admission and scholarship consideration without standardized test scores. See the Requirements tab for complete details.

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

GenderPercentage
Male 35%
Female 65%

 

Race/ethnicityPercentage
African-American 20%
Asian 16%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander <1%
Hispanic 12%
International 2%
Native American/Alaskan <1%
White 39%
Two or more races reported 9%
Not reported  2%

 

ResidencyPercentage
In-state 90%
Out-of-state 10%

 

High school GPARange
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.

2021 applications

Spring and Fall 2021 applicants 
VCU is now accepting the 2021 Common Application from first-time freshmen applicants.

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

Admission decisions

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.

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