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Undergraduate Admissions

So how do you get into VCU? There’s no secret password, but there are some requirements. This is what you’ll need.

Admission requirements

Candidates for admission to VCU are reviewed based on their academic performance in an accredited high school or on GED scores and either SAT Reasoning Test or ACT scores. The college preparatory curriculum is highly preferred, and a minimum of 20 units is required for admission to all programs on the Monroe Park Campus.

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

*Extracurricular activities and employment experience may strengthen an application. Essays are required of all applicants. At least one recommendation is required of all applicants. Before submitting the Common Application, applicants will be asked to submit recommender information. Recommenders will be sent an email on the applicants behalf requesting a recommendation.

Freshmen also are required to take the SAT Reasoning or the ACT test and have a personal computer.

Test scores

VCU requires freshman applicants (high school graduates and GED holders) 22 years of age or younger to submit SAT or ACT scores and, if applicable, an official copy of their GED scores. Electronic submission is recommended.

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.

Admission decisions

Freshman applicants who submit completed materials by Jan. 15 will be notified of an admission decision by April 1. Freshmen are encouraged to apply earlier than the recommended deadline of Jan. 15. Those applying after Jan. 15 will be notified on a rolling basis until enrollment capacity is met.

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 at The School of the Arts application review committee reviews all applications to programs in the School of the Arts.

For additional information, contact the School of the Arts at (804) 828-2787 or toll-free at (866) 534-3201 or visit

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.

For more information, call the School of Engineering at (804) 828-2129, email or visit

Personal computers and FixIT

All VCU students are required to have a personal computer, and FixIT is here to help! Every year, the university establishes minimum specifications for computers, which are revised annually for each new entering class. Let FixIT help with your purchasing decisions for personal computers.

Please note: Some departments and schools recommend a specific configuration from among the options outlined by the university. You will need to check with the school or college in which you are enrolling to ensure that the minimum specifications are sufficient for your course of study.

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