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Undergraduate studies

Experience is everything

Our campus is part of the city that surrounds  us, and we don't let the walls of the classroom close students off from learning in the world beyond.

What you learn in class is very important, don’t get us wrong, but we also value the knowledge and experience you gain at internships, or when you study abroad, participate in a service-learning project, launch a startup or conduct independent research. And employers do, too. That’s why at VCU, experiential learning is built into the curriculum no matter what you study.

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Make the most of your education

When you go to college, someone you know is going to give you a version of this advice: Take advantage of all the opportunities you can get your hands on. And guess what? They’re 100 percent right. Here are some ways you can get the most out of your academic experience at VCU.

Living-learning programs

VCU’s living-learning programs let students live and study together as they take classes and work on extracurricular projects centered around a common theme. You can choose from programs focused on leadership (LEAD), community service (ASPiRE), entrepreneurship and innovation (INNOVATE) and global citizenship (GLOBE). Added bonus: The residence halls are some of the nicest on campus.

Study abroad

Brazil. South Korea. Estonia. For students who want to see the world, VCU offers a range of options from weeklong trips to full-academic-year programs and is part of a study-abroad network of more than 300 universities in more than 50 countries. The best part? Many program fees cost the same as VCU’s in-state tuition, room and board. Learn more about study abroad.

Honors College

The Honors College offers high-achieving students special opportunities to realize their potential as part of a vibrant community of dedicated scholars. Its innovative curriculum — integrated with experiential learning, including research, service and study abroad — provides the feel of a small, liberal arts college. Honors welcomes students of all majors, and those who are interested in attending VCU’s professional health science programs can apply for the Guaranteed Admission Programs.


Internships can lead to jobs after school. But they do more than that. They can help you decide if the career path you’ve chosen is a good fit for you. You’ll meet people who may have an impact on the rest of your life. They give you a chance to get your work out into the world and to make a difference. And they’re increasingly becoming an essential part of the college experience. Learn how VCU can help you land an internship that will make all the difference.

Support when you need it

VCU is serious about student success. We offer many resources to help you graduate on time.

Campus Learning Center 
Offers one-on-one tutoring, academic coaches, supplemental instruction sessions, study groups and drop-in tutoring

Writing Center 
Offers in-person or online writing consultations to help you with your papers and projects

Academic Advising
All students are assigned an advisor who not only helps ease the transition from high school to college, but also helps create a plan focused on successful career outcomes after graduation

Transfer Center
Offers resources and support specifically for transfer students

Military Student Services 
Offers resources and support specifically for servicemembers and their families

Offers enhanced academic advising, tutoring, financial counseling education and more to students who are first-generation, low-income or have a documented disability

Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity 
Offers advocacy, adapted materials and alternative testing to students with disabilities

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

Once you apply, check if we have received your application and all required materials by logging into your VCU VIP page, or registering to create a page if you are a new user.

Admission decisions are not provided online. To find out if you’ve been accepted to VCU, keep an eye on your snail-mail for a letter from the Office of Admissions.

Application fee

The online application fee is $65 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 2018).
  • 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
Colleen TrachySchool of the Arts;
Undergraduate media certificate program
(804) 828-6006soaugradadm@vcu.edu
Samantha RamosSchool of the Arts; Post-baccalaureate in business, health sciences, computer science, Spanish and statistics certificate programs(804) 828-6009ramossg@vcu.edu
Akiliah McKelveyDental hygiene;
Allied health;
School of Nursing
(804) 828-3304sonugrad@vcu.edu

Processors for all other undergraduate programs

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.

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 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.

Test scores

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 and the School of Engineering
  • 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.

School of Engineering applicants

To be competitive for admission to the School of Engineering, freshman applicants should present a minimum GPA of 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) and a combined SAT score of 1120 or higher on the critical reading and math sections of the test.

Freshman applicants to the School 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

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 $65 application fee when submitting the Common Application.

VCU received 16,848 applications for Fall 2017 freshman admissions.

Number of enrolled first-time freshmen: 4,201



Hawaiian/Pacific Islander<1%
Native American/Alaskan0%
Two or more races reported8%
Not reported 3%




High school GPARange
Middle 50 percent of all admitted freshmen3.30-3.95


SAT (based on the best critical reading and math scores from separate testings)Range
Middle 50 percent of all admitted freshmen1070-1250


Freshman enrollment by college or school 
College of Humanities and Sciences2,501
L. Douglas Wilder School103
School of the Arts653
School of the Arts - Qatar71
School of Business392
School of Engineering398
School of Social Work38
VCU Life Sciences45

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