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Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA 4-Year Public

About Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University is a public, state school located in the urban setting of Richmond, VA

Founded in 1838, Virginia Commonwealth University currently enrolls around 29,070 students a year, including 21,943 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Virginia Commonwealth University's endowment was valued at $153,928,371 in 2021. The school spends $13,471 for each full-time student enrolled.

2021 Admissions Facts About Virginia Commonwealth University

Acceptance rate: 91%

Average GPA: 3.72

Mean ACT score: 25

Mean SAT score: 1158

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 15

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

Virginia Commonwealth University Acceptance Rate

Around 91 percent of all applicants are admitted to Virginia Commonwealth University each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.72 on a 4.0 scale. Admitted students have a mean score of 1158 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 25.

In 2021, 409 applicants were waitlisted and 399 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Virginia Commonwealth University a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 3,522 students who started at Virginia Commonwealth University as first-time freshman, 1,549 graduate within four years.

Virginia Commonwealth University's six-year graduation for undergrads is 66 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $33,031 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Virginia Commonwealth University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Virginia Commonwealth University a good school for YOU?

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College Info

901 West Franklin Street Richmond, VA 23284-9005

Campus Setting: Urban

Virginia Commonwealth University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Virginia Commonwealth University is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Virginia Commonwealth University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Virginia Commonwealth University ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


21 to 28


21 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Virginia Commonwealth University is 25. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into Virginia Commonwealth University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Virginia Commonwealth University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

520 - 620


Reading SAT Range

550 - 640

Virginia Commonwealth University Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
In State
State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Virginia Commonwealth University is like? There are approximately 30,103 students enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University, including 23,172 undergraduate students and 6,931 graduate students. 87% percent of students attend school full-time, 93% percent are from VA and 7% percent of students are from other states.


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Part Time


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Application Deadline

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