Admissions & Aid
There is no typical here — and definitely no cookie-cutter formula for being a good fit at VCU.
What helps? A love for city living. A desire to meet people different from yourself. And a hunger to chase every opportunity.
At VCU, students are encouraged to conduct research, start businesses and serve the community — all before they graduate.
We provide top-ranked academic programs, research opportunities and an urban setting so you can live and learn in the real world.
Explore VCU virtually
We miss being able to meet with you on campus. Although in-person events are cancelled temporarily to protect the health of our community and visitors, our admissions counselors and staff want to connect with you virtually.
Take a virtual tour
Explore VCU from the comfort of just about anywhere with your phone or computer. Check out our virtual tour.
Tuition & Aid
We know money matters — especially in these uncertain times. For many, it’s a big factor in the school you choose. That’s why we work with students to find scholarships, grants and loans that ease the burden of paying for college.
2020-21 TUITION AND FEES*
$14,710 in state
$36,048 out of state
$17,153 average financial aid package**
*Base tuition and fees only
**For full-time undergraduates in 2018-19
Bring your passion. Bring your talent. Bring your drive.
Ready, set, apply.
Fall 2021 freshman applicants
VCU is still accepting the 2021 Common Application from first-time freshman applicants. While the recommended deadline for applying to undergraduate programs was Jan. 15, 2021, new applications received for fall 2021 will continue to be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis. Please contact our office at (800) 841-3638 to speak with an admissions counselor should you have any questions about applying to VCU.
Visit our main apply page if you're a returning student, interdisciplinary studies applicant, permanent U.S. resident, non-degree seeking applicant, applying to undergraduate health sciences programs, a military student, or pursuing a post-baccalaureate certificate.
The dental, medical and pharmacy programs each manage their own admissions process. Visit their sites to learn more.
Continuing education programs
Visit our Office of Continuing and Professional Education for professional development and continuing education opportunities.
Office of Admissions
The Office of Admissions is part of VCU Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success, which supports students and their families from admission to graduation.
Annual security and fire safety report
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. As required by federal law (The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C.1092(f), known as the “Clery Act”), the university publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which contains information regarding campus security, crime reporting policies, personal safety and crime prevention, and fire and crime statistics for our various campus locations.
To request a paper copy of the current report, please contact the VCU Police Department by calling (804) 828-3851 or in person at 224 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia 23219.
I feel like I can fit in at VCU no matter where I go.
Class of 2018