SAT/ACT Tests and VCU

Hey high school juniors, have you been thinking about taking the SATs or ACTs? Well, it’s never too early. We here at VCU Admissions recommend that students test multiple times and that students consider taking both the SAT and the ACT tests at least once. For regular admissions consideration into VCU, we will look at students highest combined critical reading and math SAT scores or the highest composite ACT score from multiple test dates.

VCU Requirements

VCU requires freshman applicants (high school graduates and GED holders) 22 years of age or younger to submit SAT or ACT scores and, if applicable, an official copy of their GED scores. Electronic submission is recommended.

Excluding the exceptions noted below, freshman applicants with a minimum high school GPA of 3.3 may request that their application is reviewed without submitting standardized test scores. Applicants should request to be considered for admission to the university without test scores on the application for freshmen admission.

SAT or ACT scores will be required for freshman applicants 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; and non-native English speakers. Applicants in these categories may not request the score optional review.

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.

Don’t Procrastinate

Letting test dates slip could delay entrance into college; it is strongly recommended that students take tests at least six weeks before college application deadlines. If students are looking for test prep materials, some of the best (and least expensive) options are included in the test registration materials on the SAT and ACT websites.