Financial Literacy Month: Do the Math


Prospective students, are you worried about paying for college? October is Financial Literacy Month so we here at the VCU Office of Admissions want to help you navigate the daunting responsibility of paying for your higher education.

Do the Math 

Did you know that you could save up to $50,000 buy taking 15 credits a semester? This is based on a 120-credit hour program with standard tuition and fees, books/supplies, room, board, miscellaneous, and transportation expenses over a four-year period. By taking 15 credits a semester you could graduate in four years instead of six. This cuts back on standard tuition and fees, books/supplies, room, board, miscellaneous, transportation expenses and other living expenses that would accumulate in the extra years.


Visit the links below for information about VCU academic schedules, course offerings, tuition and fees calculators and more to help you plan out and make the most of your semester:

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.

Fall 2017 Prospective Student Receptions

Come join the Office of Admissions for one of our upcoming prospective student receptions and learn more about all that VCU has to offer you. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with faculty and administrators from several of our academic units. Reception dates are:

Sept. 19: Bethesda, MD

Sept. 20: Fairfax, VA

Oct. 18: Virginia Beach, VA

Nov. 15: Raleigh, NC

RSVP today to attend a reception in your area.

For more information, e-mail or call us at (800) 841-3638. We look forward to meeting you at one of our receptions!

Can’t make it to a reception? Look for us on the road this fall!

VCU will observe Labor Day

The university will be closed for the Labor Day holiday from Saturday, September 2nd through Monday, September 4, 2017.  Information sessions and campus tours will not be conducted on these dates.  The information sessions and campus tours will resume on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Happy First Day of Classes

Good Morning Rams,

Happy First Day of Classes Rams! We hope you are excited that you will be beginning your first day of your college experience today.  Look for the Strategic Enrollment Management Ask It tables that will be around campus if you have questions or need directions.  We will be glad to assist you! Have an amazing first day Rams!

Student Services Center open during move-in

With fall semester classes starting on Thursday, Aug. 24, we know that many of you will be in Richmond this weekend as we kick off Welcome Week activities. We’re excited to welcome you and your family to VCU!

If you’re on campus, be sure to stop by our Student Services Center on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Representatives will be on hand if you have questions about financial aid, student billing or registration. The Student Services Center is located on the first floor of Grace E. Harris Hall, 1015 Floyd Ave., next to the University Student Commons.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend and wish you a successful fall semester!