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Undergraduate Admissions

It’s all in the details. Read on to learn about application fees, how to apply for in-state tuition and more.

Required fees and documentation

Application fee
Foreign transcripts
Test scores
Eligibility for in-state tuition
Why we ask for your Social Security number

Application fee

The VCU Office of Admissions requires that new first-time freshman applicants submit the Common Application; transfer and returning students must apply online using VCU's electronic application. Students who apply electronically will be able to check their application status online by logging into their VCU VIP page to be sure we have received all required materials (admission decisions are not provided online). The application fee for applying online is $65.

The application fee is nonrefundable and must be paid when submitting the Common Application or VCU's electronic application. Do not submit cash, checks or money orders.

VCU students currently enrolled in a degree program on the Monroe Park Campus may apply to undergraduate health sciences programs on the MCV Campus without submitting an application fee.


Freshman applicants are required to submit an up-to-date high school transcript (including senior-year curriculum and grades, if available) and a completed and signed High School Transcript Request form PDF. GED holders must submit their official GED scores.

Transfer applicants must submit an official transcript from each accredited college or university attended, including summer schools. If less than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours have been completed, applicants also must submit high school transcripts.

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 be sent directly by all previously and currently attended schools.

Foreign transcripts

Prospective students who have studied outside of the U.S. and your school does not accredited in the US you must provide an official course-by-course external credential evaluation as a required part of the admissions process. This report should be sealed and unopened, and sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

The following professional evaluators are recognized at Virginia Commonwealth University:

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
P.O. Box 92970
Milwaukee, Wis. 53202-0970
Phone: (414) 289-3400
Fax: (414) 289-3411
*** Recommended for undergraduate Engineering and School of Nursing.

World Education Services (WES)
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, N.Y. 10274-5087
Phone: (212) 966-6311
Fax: (212) 739-6100
*** Not recommended for High School transcripts

SpanTran Evaluation Services
2400 Augusta Drive, Suite 451
Houston, Texas 77057
Phone: (713) 266-8805
Fax: (713) 789-6022
*** Provide translation services as well

Academic Evaluation Services, Inc.
5620 East Fowler Ave., Suite E
Tampa, Fla. 33617
Phone: (813) 374-2020
Fax: (813) 374-2023

Academic Credentials Evaluations Institute, Inc.
P.O. Box 6908
Beverly Hills, Calif. 90212
Phone: (310) 275-3530
Fax: (310) 275-3528 Website:

3213 West Wheelers Street, #287
Seattle, Wash. 98199
Phone: (206) 257-4249
Fax: (206) 687-7944

If you are transferring from a university-level institution within the U.S., you must submit your secondary school records as well as all university transcripts. Admission will be based on your U.S. records only if you have completed more than one year of full-time study.

Transfer students from within the U.S. must be in good academic standing and eligible to return to the last college or university attended. You must submit the International Student Adviser Transfer form and comply with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations.

Test scores

VCU requires freshman applicants younger than 22 years of age to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their application to the university. GED holders must submit their official GED scores. It is recommended that you have your test scores sent to VCU electronically.

Transfer applicants younger than 22 years of age who have earned fewer than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of college credit must submit SAT or ACT scores. It is recommended that you have your test scores sent to VCU electronically.

All traditional and accelerated undergraduate program applicants to the School of Nursing must submit SAT, ACT or GRE scores for all undergraduate programs. Registered nurses applying for the R.N.-B.S. completion program are not required to submit SAT, ACT or GRE scores. See supplemental nursing requirements online.

Applicants whose native language is one other than English must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in addition to any other required test scores.

Score Optional Review
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 application for freshmen admission.

Exceptions to Score Optional Review
SAT or ACT scores will be required for freshman applicants 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; and non-native English speakers. Applicants in these categories may not request the score optional review.

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.

Eligibility for in-state tuition

All students applying to the university who wish to be considered for in-state tuition rates must complete and submit the Application for in-state tuition form PDF at the time of application. Students submitting an electronic application will find the application for in-state tuition rates included as part of the online application process. Students who submit a paper application will find the form included as a part of the paper application. Failure to submit the Application for In-state Tuition will result in assignment of out-of-state tuition rates.

Eligibility for in-state tuition is governed by Section 23-7.4 of the Code of Virginia. In part, this section of the code states that to qualify for in-state tuition rates, a student must establish by clear and convincing evidence that for a period of at least one year prior to the date of alleged entitlement, he/she or the person through whom he/she claims eligibility was domiciled in Virginia and had abandoned any previous domicile, if such existed. Domicile is defined as the present, fixed home of an individual to which he/she returns following temporary absences and at which he/she intends to stay indefinitely. No individual may have more than one domicile at a time. Domicile, once established, shall not be affected by mere transient or temporary physical presence in another jurisdiction.

For more information about eligibility for Virginia in-state tuition rates, visit the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia at

Why we ask for your Social Security number

While VCU does not require your Social Security number for admission consideration, it is necessary for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid and Hope Scholarship/Lifetime Learning tax credit to provide a Social Security number to the university. To protect your privacy, your Social Security number will not be used as your VCU student identification number.

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