Vcu Essay Requirements

Unofficial transcripts from all postsecondary institutions should be uploaded with your online application and may be used for departmental admission review purposes.

If offered admission, you will be directed and required to submit to the VCU admissions office an official transcript from any institution from which a degree has been awarded to finalize your admission. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent to VCU directly from the issuing institution.

Official transcripts that are not in English must be accompanied by an official English translation. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to request English translations of diplomas prior to granting admission.

Prospective students who have studied outside of the U.S. must provide an official course-by-course external credential evaluation as a required part of the admission process. This report should be sealed and unopened, and sent directly to the Office of Admissions. All official transcripts and relevant credentials (e.g., diplomas and marksheets) will be required if admitted. All external credential evaluations should be no older than two years as of the official date received by the Office of Admissions. Once credentials and/or credential evaluations are sent to VCU, they will not be returned to the prospective student or sent to a third party.

Professional evaluators recognized at VCU 

Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. (ECE)
P.O. Box 92970
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202-0970
Phone: (414) 289-3400
Fax: (414) 289-3411
(ECE is recommended for undergraduate engineering and the School of Nursing.)

World Education Services (WES)
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, New York 10274-5087
Phone: (212) 966-6311
Fax: (212) 739-6100
(WES is 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
(SpanTran also provides translation services.)

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

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

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

New first-time freshman applying to VCU must complete the Common Application.

Once you apply, check if we have received your application and all required materials by logging into your VCU VIP page, or registering to create a page if you are a new user.

Admission decisions are not provided online. To find out if you’ve been accepted to VCU, keep an eye on your snail-mail for a letter from the Office of Admissions.

Application fee

The online application fee is $65 and must be paid via credit card when submitting the Common Application or VCU’s online application. Do not submit cash, checks or money orders. The fee is nonrefundable.

No fee is charged to VCU students enrolled in a degree program on the Monroe Park Campus who apply to undergraduate health sciences programs on the MCV Campus.

Application guidelines

  • Submit only one application for a specific semester (i.e., one application for fall 2018).
  • Apply to only one undergraduate degree program.

Application processors

To make changes to your application once it’s been submitted, email your application processor listed in the chart below. Do not submit more than one application — if you do, only the first will be processed.

Processors for specific programs 

ProcessorProgramsPhone numberEmail address
Colleen TrachySchool of the Arts;
Undergraduate media certificate program
Samantha RamosSchool of the Arts; Post-baccalaureate in business, health sciences, computer science, Spanish and statistics certificate programs(804)
Akiliah McKelveyDental hygiene;
Allied health;
School of Nursing

Processors for all other undergraduate programs

Why we ask for your Social Security number

Your Social Security number is not required for admission consideration, but it is necessary for applicants who want to be considered for financial aid and the Hope Scholarship/Lifetime Learning tax credit. To protect your privacy, your Social Security number will not be used as your VCU student identification number.

Virginia Commonwealth University applicants are reviewed based on academic performance at an accredited high school or on GED scores and either SAT Reasoning Test or ACT scores. The college preparatory curriculum is highly preferred. Extracurricular activities and employment experience may strengthen an application.

Required units

A minimum of 20 units is required for admission to programs on the Monroe Park Campus. Competitive 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


Essays are required of all applicants, to be submitted with the Common Application.


At least one recommendation is required for all applicants. Applicants will be asked to submit recommender information before submitting the Common Application. Recommenders will be sent an email on the applicant’s behalf requesting a recommendation.

Test scores

Freshman applicants (high school graduates and GED holders) under the age of 22 must submit SAT or ACT scores and, if applicable, an official copy of their GED scores. Electronic submission is recommended.

Applicants whose native language is not English must also submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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 Common Application for freshman admission.

Exceptions to score optional review

Applicants in these categories may not request the score optional review:

  • Those 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
  • Non-native English speakers

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.


Freshman applicants are required to submit an up-to-date high school transcript (including senior-year curriculum and grades, if available). GED holders must submit their official GED scores.

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 arrive to the Office of Admissions unopened and sealed in their original envelope.

Prospective students who have studied outside of the U.S. must provide an official course-by-course external credential evaluation as a required part of the admission process. This report should be sealed and unopened, and sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

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 on the School of the Arts website. The school’s application review committee reviews all applications to its programs. For more information, call the school at (804) 828-2787.

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. Learn more about the school’s freshman admissions. For more information, contact the school at (804) 828-2129 or

VCU Honors College applicants

To be competitive for admission to the Honors College, freshman applicants should present a minimum GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and either a combined SAT score of at least 1330 on the critical reading and math sections of the test or an ACT composite score of at least 29.

In addition to the application for undergraduate admission, all applicants to the VCU Honors College must submit an additional application and meet specific criteria as described on the VCU Honors College website. For more information contact the school at (804) 828-1803 or

Guaranteed Admission Programs applicants

The VCU Honors College offers a variety of Guaranteed Admission Programs that allow highly qualified students to enter medical school and several other health sciences programs at VCU without competing via general admission at a later date. Application procedures and requirements vary depending on the program, but all applications are due Nov. 15. For more details, see the VCU Honors College website or contact the college at (804) 828-1803 or

Computer requirement

All VCU students are required to have a personal computer. The university annually sets minimum specifications for computers for each new entering class. You can buy a computer at RamTech for on-campus support and service.

Some departments and schools recommend a specific configuration from among the options outlined by the university. Check with your school or college to make sure the minimum specifications are sufficient for your course of study.

Read all instructions in the application materials, noting the application deadlines.

Choose the email address you will use for VCU correspondence. Make sure it stays active for at least one year since we will use it to contact you throughout the application process.

Answer all questions on the Common Application and submit it to VCU.

Include your Social Security number on your application if you wish to be considered for financial aid or the Hope Scholarship/Lifetime Learning tax credit.

Request that your school counselor send your transcript, including:

  • Senior-year courses and first-term grades, if available
  • Class rank, if available
  • High school profile

Request to have your SAT or ACT scores sent to VCU (SAT code 5570/ACT code 4379) (if younger than 22 years of age), unless you were eligible and opted out of submitting scores. It is recommended that you have your test scores sent to VCU electronically.

Submit the $65 application fee when submitting the Common Application.

VCU received 16,848 applications for Fall 2017 freshman admissions.

Number of enrolled first-time freshmen: 4,201



Hawaiian/Pacific Islander<1%
Native American/Alaskan0%
Two or more races reported8%
Not reported 3%




High school GPARange
Middle 50 percent of all admitted freshmen3.30-3.95


SAT (based on the best critical reading and math scores from separate testings)Range
Middle 50 percent of all admitted freshmen1070-1250


Freshman enrollment by college or school 
College of Humanities and Sciences2,501
L. Douglas Wilder School103
School of the Arts653
School of the Arts - Qatar71
School of Business392
School of Engineering398
School of Social Work38
VCU Life Sciences45

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