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Virginia Commonwealth University
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Total Enrollment
Undergraduate
23172
Transfer-in
2127
Average Class Size
Overall
27
Years 1 & 2
33
Years 3 & 4
22

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia

At Virginia Commonwealth University, students are encouraged to conduct research, start businesses, and serve the community — all before they graduate. We provide top-ranked academic programs, research opportunities and an urban setting so students can live and learn in the real world.

VCU and its academic health sciences center serve as one national urban public research institution dedicated to the success and well-being of our students, patients, faculty, staff and community through:

  • Real-world learning that furthers civic engagement, inquiry, discovery and innovation
  • Research that expands the boundaries of new knowledge and creative expression and promotes translational applications to improve the quality of human life
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations and community partnerships that advance innovation, enhance cultural and economic vitality, and solve society’s most complex challenges
  • Health sciences that preserve and restore health for all people, seek the cause and cure of diseases through groundbreaking research and educate those who serve humanity
  • Deeply ingrained core values of diversity, inclusion and equity that provide a safe, trusting and supportive environment to explore, create, learn and serve
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Freshman Application Deadline
Fall
January 15th, but applications will be accepted until the class is full.
Freshman Application Deadline
Spring
November 1st, but applications will be accepted until the class is full.
Freshman Priority Application Deadline
Fall
January 15th
Freshman Priority Application Deadline
Spring
November 1st
Freshman Financial Aid Date
The FAFSA priority filing date for the 2021-2022 academic year is February 1, 2021. Students are encouraged to submit th...see moreThe FAFSA priority filing date for the 2021-2022 academic year is February 1, 2021. Students are encouraged to submit their FAFSA as early as possible.
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Freshman applicants are required to submit an up-to-date high school transcript (including senior-year curriculum and gr...see moreFreshman 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.
Tests
The test requirement is waived for applicants for Spring 2021 and Fall 202...see moreThe test requirement is waived for applicants for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021. 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 have additional English proficiency requirements: https://www.vcu.edu/admissions/apply/freshman/#tabs-192388 All first-year students must take the math placement test and some first-year students may need to take the chemistry or foreign language placement tests depending on major.
Essay
Essays are required of all applicants and are submitted through the Common Application.
Interview
An interview is not required.
Letter of Recommendation
At least one recommendation is required for all applicants. Applicants will be asked to submit recommender information b...see moreAt 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.
Application Fee
The online application fee is $70 and must be paid via credit card when submitting the Common Application or VCU’s tra...see moreThe online application fee is $70 and must be paid via credit card when submitting the Common Application or VCU’s transfer application. Do not submit cash, checks or money orders. The fee is nonrefundable.
Freshman Student Catalog Year
Catalog year is determined by the students first semester of attendance at VCU.
Freshman Definition
A freshman (or first year) applicant is someone who is graduating from high school or earning their GED and is applying ...see moreA freshman (or first year) applicant is someone who is graduating from high school or earning their GED and is applying to start college for the first time as a degree-seeking student.
Application Types
Fall regular decision: Recommended fall deadline is Jan. 15 Spring regular decision: Nov. 1 Scholarship...see moreFall regular decision: Recommended fall deadline is Jan. 15 Spring regular decision: Nov. 1 Scholarship consideration (Presidential, Provost and Deans) fall only: Nov. 1
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Financial Aid
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Transfer Application Deadline
Fall
March 15th, but applications will be accepted until the class is full.
Transfer Application Deadline
Spring
November 1st, but applications will be accepted until the class is full.
Transfer Priority Application Deadline
Fall
March 15th
Transfer Priority Application Deadline
Spring
November 1st
Transfer Financial Aid Date
The FAFSA priority filing date for the 2021-2022 academic year is February 1, 2021. Students are encouraged to submit th...see moreThe FAFSA priority filing date for the 2021-2022 academic year is February 1, 2021. Students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible.
Transfer Student Catalog Year
Catalog year is determined by the students first semester of attendance at VCU.
College Fit
VCU is a large, research-driven institution nestled on two campuses in downtown Richmond, Virginia, offering a vast arra...see moreVCU is a large, research-driven institution nestled on two campuses in downtown Richmond, Virginia, offering a vast array of degree programs from arts to dental hygiene to engineering to education. VCU students have access to hundreds of student organizations, which is a great way to connect with others whether or not you choose to live in one of our many on-campus residence halls. Take advantage of VCUs location with access to the James River and its park system, internship and job opportunities, community engagement, and interstates to travel to the beach, the mountains, and Washington, D.C..
Associate Transfer Degree Completion
Students who earn an Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts & Sciences, Associate of Science, or General Education Certifi...see moreStudents who earn an Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts & Sciences, Associate of Science, or General Education Certificate from the Virginia Community College System or Richard Bland College may be eligible to participate in the Guaranteed Admission Agreement. Students with one of these degrees may also be eligible to have the majority of their general education requirements waived.
Course Transfer Criteria
Students may transfer in up to 90 credits from regionally accredited institutions, though we do not recommend that stude...see moreStudents may transfer in up to 90 credits from regionally accredited institutions, though we do not recommend that students take that many credits before transferring. Courses must be passed with a grade equivalent to a C or better in order to be considered for transfer. Transfer courses may be taken online or in-person.
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Transfer applicants must submit an official transcript from every college or university in which they have enrolled. App...see moreTransfer applicants must submit an official transcript from every college or university in which they have enrolled. Applicants also must submit high school transcripts if they have completed fewer than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours.
Tests
The test requirement is waived for applicants to Spring 2021 and Fall 2021...see moreThe test requirement is waived for applicants to Spring 2021 and Fall 2021. Transfer students who have fewer than 30 earned semester hours (45 quarter hours) and are under the age of 22 are required to submit official SAT or ACT scores for their application. Applicants whose native language is not English have additional English proficiency requirements: https://www.vcu.edu/admissions/apply/transfer/#tabs-192394
Essay
A 250-300 essay in the application telling us about yourself and why you are considering VCU. Required.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are only required for application to Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, an...see moreLetters of recommendation are only required for application to Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and Clinical Radiation Sciences.
Interview
An interview is not required.
Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA) Application Process
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Application Fee
$70
Transfer Definition
A transfer student is someone who has graduated from high school (or holds a GED) and has been a degree-seeking student ...see moreA transfer student is someone who has graduated from high school (or holds a GED) and has been a degree-seeking student at another college or university before applying to VCU.
Transfer Financial Aid
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Transfer Admissions
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Maximum Transfer Credits
90.0
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Accepts Credits for Prior Learning
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The links below take you to pages on the Virginia Commonwealth University website. Use Catalog Search to find their programs and courses in this portal.
College of Engineering
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College of Health Professions
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College of Humanities & Sciences
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School of the Arts
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School of Business
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School of Dentistry
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School of Education
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Honors College
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L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
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Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture
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School of Nursing
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School of Social Work
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School of World Studies
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VCU Life Sciences
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VCU da Vinci Center
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University College
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Special Transfer Opportunities
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Pathways to VCU and STEM Transitions
Opportunities
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Campus Service and Engagement
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Disability Services
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Offers Credits for Prior Learning
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Weekend/Evening Courses Available
Online Degree Options Available
Summer Courses Available
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Flexible Degree Options
High School Dual Enrollment
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Guaranteed Admissions
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Reverse Transfer
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Campus Housing
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Club/Sports
Military Friendly
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Yellow Ribbon Program
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Credit for Military Experience
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Dedicated POC for Military
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Recognized Student Veteran Organization
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SOC Member
GI Bill/Tuition Assistance
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Helpful Links
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College Catalog
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