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Virginia Commonwealth University - 2016

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General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


An applicant for degree status must be a graduate of an accredited secondary school (or its equivalent) or hold a GED certificate with adequate scores, defined as a composite score of at least 550 on the GED battery. A high school student should submit an application for admission after completion of the junior year, unless applying for the Early Admission or Advanced Scholar programs, in which case the application should be submitted after the sophomore year. All freshman applicants under the age of 22 are required to submit scores from the SAT or ACT. For freshmen, at least 20 high school units are required, with the following minimum distribution of subjects: four units in English; three units in mathematics, one of which must be algebra I and one of which must be geometry or algebra II; three units in science, one of which must be a laboratory science; and three units of history or social sciences or government. Students are encouraged to present at least three units in a modern or ancient language or two units of two foreign languages. A completed application for admission, application fee, and official transcript(s) from all educational institutions attended and a list of courses in progress are required. Transfer applicants with less than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours also will be reviewed on the basis of their high school performance and SAT/ACT scores (if younger than the age of 22). Transfer candidates who have earned fewer than 30 semester credits/45 quarter credits and who are 21 years of age or younger must submit SAT or ACT results and also must meet specific guidelines listed in the Freshman undergraduate admission guidelines section of this chapter. Admission to the Honors College or the Guaranteed Admission programs (medicine, business, education, health and clinical sciences, and many programs in humanities and sciences) requires a separate application.


Applicants to the College of Humanities of Sciences (including pre-professional health sciences), and the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, and Social Work are encouraged to take additional laboratory science courses in high school. Engineering, sciences, computer science, and mathematics applicants are encouraged to take additional mathematics courses. Applicants to Visual Arts, Design and Technical Theater in School of the Arts are required to submit a visual portfolio. Performing Arts applicants are required to visit VCU for an audition and/or interview.