When will I hear back from VCU?

One of the most commonly asked questions that we get from students is “When will I get a decision from VCU?”

The short answer: Students who apply and submit all materials to complete their application package by Jan. 15 will hear a decision from us in writing, via U.S. mail, by April 1. Since applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, it is possible to hear something from us before April.

The longer explanation: VCU receives thousands of applications each year from students seeking entry into the university (we received over 17,000 applications for fall 2016). Once applications are submitted electronically, they must be processed and matched with transcripts, test scores, recommendations, etc. Complete application packages are then ready for review by our counseling staff members.

Each application undergoes several reads by our counseling staff — and yes, we really do read all of your application materials, including essays and letters of recommendations! Decisions are made holistically taking into consideration a number of factors such as the types of classes that a student has taken in high school, their academic performance throughout high school, test scores, leadership/involvement in extracurricular activities, recommendations, essays, etc. After decisions have been made, letters are generated for printing and finally processed for mailing.

Our team spends many hours processing and reviewing applications. This isn’t a process that we take lightly, nor do we want to hastily make decisions that may not be best for applicants or for the university. We encourage applicants to communicate with us throughout the admissions process. Feel free to provide us with updated academic information that you believe will help us to make the best informed decision. Don’t be afraid to contact us with any questions that you have throughout the admissions process — we’re all here to help. We look forward to reading your application!

UNITY public arts project brings together VCU community

A public interactive art project at Virginia Commonwealth University is aiming to spark a renewed spirit of optimism, camaraderie, inclusiveness and respect.

The UNITY Project — sponsored by VCU’s Division for Inclusive Excellence, the Department of Psychology in the College of Humanities and Sciences and the Partnership for People with Disabilities at the School of Education— features a circular arrangement of 32 poles outside James Branch Cabell Library.

Each pole is labeled with an identifier, such as “I’m a parent,” “I identify as LGBTQ” or “I speak English as a second language,” and participants are asked to tie a string of yarn around each pole with which they identify. As more and more people participate, the interconnected yarn forms a canopy, demonstrating how everyone is unique, and yet also connected with others.

Read more about the UNITY Project.


How do I check my application status?

Recently applied for admission to the university? Want to know if we’ve received all of your application materials? You can check the status of your application on your VCU VIP page. If you have not previously logged in to your VIP Page, click here to set your password (hint: enter the e-mail address that you used on your application).

Returning users can access their VCU VIP page here.

Admissions decisions will not be posted online.

Thanksgiving Holiday Closing

The University will observe the Thanksgiving holiday beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, through Sunday, November 27, 2016.  As a result of the university closing, information sessions and campus tours will not be held on those dates.

Applying for fall 2017?

Here’s a bit of information that we hope helps you navigate the application process!

VCU is an exclusive member of the Common Application for new, first-time freshman applicants. The Common Application is accessible online only.

Transfer students and returning VCU students should visit our website for more information regarding their application process.

Along with submitting the Common Application, freshman applicants must submit official high school transcripts and either SAT or ACT scores (information about VCU’s score optional review policy can be found here). VCU also requires at least one letter of recommendation to complete application packages.

The Common Application’s Personal Essay is required. Applicants should write an essay, in their own voice, that clearly and concisely helps distinguish themselves — essays must be between 250-650 words. Applicants can choose one of the following writing prompts:

  • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it.  If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma — anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community or family.

In addition to answering one of the above essay topics, there are two additional VCU-specific writing prompts that all applicants are asked to complete:

  • Describe a challenging situation you’ve faced. Briefly state the situation, how you responded and why, would you have done anything differently, has it affected or shaped who you are today?
  • As you start your college career, what is your primary goal as a student and how have you prepared to meet this goal, how do you plan to succeed, how do you feel you will do at VCU?

Applicants to our School of the Arts programs should also refer to their website for program-specific application requirements, such as portfolios or auditions.

Our application fee for this year is $65 and must be paid when submitting the Common Application online.

January 15 is our regular decision deadline. Students who apply and submit all materials to complete their application packages by January 15 will receive a decision from our office in writing, via U.S. mail, by April 1. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis  throughout the fall and winter (note that we do not offer early action or early decision).

Our admissions staff is here to help answer any questions that you may have about our application process. We can be reached by phone at (800) 841-3638 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. We can also be reached by e-mail at ugrad@vcu.edu.

Admissions Deadlines are approaching!

Prospective Rams, we hope that this academic quarter has been successful and that you are getting ready for a fantastic Thanksgiving Break.  But we want to give you a heads up on the approaching deadlines:

November 15 – Freshmen applying for guaranteed admissions to the School of Medicine (B.S. /M.D.)

November 15 – Freshmen applying for guaranteed admission to health sciences programs other than the School of Medicine

November 15 – Freshmen applying for scholarship consideration

January 15 – Freshmen applying for regular decision

Please note that our guaranteed admissions programs are housed in the Honors College.  In addition to applying to VCU for admission using the Common Application, there is a separate application that you will need to complete. For more information about this process, learn more here or contact their office by phone at (804) 828-1803 or by email at honors@vcu.edu.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone at (804) 828-1222 or by email at ugrad@vcu.edu. If you haven’t started yet, it is still not too late, begin your journey here!