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VCU Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Virginia Commonwealth University, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 15 and the fee for the application is $70.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Virginia Commonwealth University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Virginia Commonwealth University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 18.42%
Mean SAT Score 1158
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 84%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 16%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Virginia Commonwealth University?

Virginia Commonwealth University does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

In 2021, Virginia Commonwealth University waitlisted 409 students. Of those, 409 eventually got in.

What Does Virginia Commonwealth University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Virginia Commonwealth University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Virginia Commonwealth University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Virginia Commonwealth University must submit the following items. Double check with Virginia Commonwealth University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Virginia Commonwealth University?

Students admitted to Virginia Commonwealth University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 54.74% submitted a class rank. At Virginia Commonwealth University 18.42% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 28.21% were in the top 25% and 80.33% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Virginia Commonwealth University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 54.74%
3.75 and 3.99 18.16%
3.50 and 3.74 19.52%
3.25 and 3.49 15.47%
3.00 and 3.24 10.51%
2.50 and 2.9 5.77%
2.00 and 2.49 0.21%

Virginia Commonwealth University considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Virginia Commonwealth University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 84% of Virginia Commonwealth University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 16% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Virginia Commonwealth University?

To be competitive with other Virginia Commonwealth University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1060 and 1250 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Virginia Commonwealth University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1250 and 25% of scored lower than 1060, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Virginia Commonwealth University student is 1158.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Virginia Commonwealth University students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Virginia Commonwealth University students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Virginia Commonwealth University?

To be most competitive at Virginia Commonwealth University, you should strive to earn between 21 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Virginia Commonwealth University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Virginia Commonwealth University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

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Transferring to Virginia Commonwealth University

Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Virginia Commonwealth University during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Virginia Commonwealth University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Virginia Commonwealth University?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Virginia Commonwealth University.

Does Virginia Commonwealth University accept transfer credits?

Virginia Commonwealth University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Virginia Commonwealth University accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Virginia Commonwealth University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Virginia Commonwealth University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Virginia Commonwealth University?

Virginia Commonwealth University is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Virginia Commonwealth University's acceptance rate?

Virginia Commonwealth University's acceptance rate is 91%.

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VCU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to VCU is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to VCU is Continuous processing.

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

VCU 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 VCU is 25. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into VCU. 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.

VCU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1060 - 1250


Math SAT Range

520 - 610


Reading SAT Range

540 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1250 and Above


1060 to 1250


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for VCU students is 1158. Applicants with SAT scores of 1250 and above have a good chance of being admitted to VCU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1060 to 1250 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1060 have a low chance of being offered a spot at VCU.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At VCU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.72. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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