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Colleges / Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate93%
Acceptance Rate93%

VCU Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to VCU, the regular decision application deadline is January 18 and the application fee costs $70.

Students who submit their applications to VCU for the fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

VCU Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of VCU's admissions stats.

VCU 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 17.79%
Mean SAT Score 1185
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 29%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 4.6%
Waitlist Yes

Virginia Commonwealth University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Virginia Commonwealth University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Applying Early to VCU?

VCU does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Virginia Commonwealth University Admissions

Transferring to Virginia Commonwealth University

For more information on transferring to Virginia Commonwealth University, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to VCU

In 2022, VCU admitted all waitlisted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into VCU?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. 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 on the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at VCU

Wondering what factors are considered by VCU during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
First Generation Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with VCU for more information on admission factors.

VCU 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.4
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript(S) of College Record
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into VCU?

Students admitted to VCU have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 56.4% submitted a class rank. At VCU 17.79% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 45.31% were in the top 25% and 78.75% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Virginia Commonwealth University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 33.63%
3.75 and 3.99 17.71%
3.50 and 3.74 16.85%
3.25 and 3.49 14.38%
3.00 and 3.24 11.24%
2.50 and 2.9 5.96%
2.00 and 2.49 0.22%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to VCU directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

VCU considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

VCU 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 2022, 29% of VCU's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 4.6% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for VCU?

To be competitive with other VCU applicants, you should aim to score between 1080 and 1300 (or higher!) on the SAT. At VCU 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1300 and 25% of scored lower than 1080, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a VCU student is 1185.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of VCU students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of VCU students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for VCU?

To be most competitive at VCU, you should strive to earn between 20 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for VCU's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for VCU students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Virginia Commonwealth University

Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.Applicants should hear back by May 1.

Transfer students can enroll in VCU during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

VCU Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to VCU?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to VCU.

Does VCU accept transfer credits?

✅ VCU accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. VCU accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does VCU accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ VCU accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to VCU?

✅ VCU is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is VCU's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for VCU is 93%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at VCU?

❌ VCU does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About VCU?

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VCU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 18

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to VCU is Jan 18.

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

20 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above


20 to 29


20 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 29 and above have a good chance of getting into VCU. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

VCU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1300


Math SAT Range

520 - 640


Reading SAT Range

550 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1300 and Above


1080 to 1300


1080 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for VCU students is 1185. Applicants with SAT scores of 1300 and above have a good chance of being admitted to VCU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1080 to 1300 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1080 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 3.75. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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