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For accepted students

Received an offer of admission? 

If you received that magical letter, you’re in! All you have to do is officially accept. Select a checklist below to get started.

Connect with us virtually

VCU’s online events for accepted students are a great way to stay in touch with us as you decide your next steps.

Online chat sessions are your chance to get your questions answered by an admissions counselor — all in an informal group setting. You also can choose to join us for a virtual information session. These formal presentations for accepted students outline the enrollment process. Learn more about our virtual events for accepted students.

Important dates

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on K-12 school systems throughout the country, VCU has decided to move the freshman response deadline from May 1 to June 1 for students who were accepted to the university by April 1. The online housing application will become available on May 1. Please note that you must pay your tuition deposit before signing up for Orientation, applying for on-campus housing or registering for classes. 

Below are some additional dates to mark on your calendar.

For fall 2020 admission

March 1, 2020: Deadline for electronic FAFSA applications (Note: Feb. 1 is deadline for paper applications)

May 1, 2020: Apply for on-campus housing - the sooner the better to increase the chances that your housing preferences will be met.

June 1, 2020: Deadline for responding to your offer of admission if letter was received before April 1.

June-August 2020: Orientation will move online and will consist of a series of online modules in addition to virtual meetings and events. The initial meetings and modules will launch the week of June 15, 2020. Find out more about the virtual orientation program for first-year students.

Aug. 1, 2020: Deadline for in-state tuition rates re-evaluation if you have been classified as a non-Virginia resident for tuition purposes and you believe this is inaccurate. To discuss, students should contact their freshman application processor.

Aug. 1, 2020: Final transcripts must be on file. The Office of Financial Aid will not be able to disburse funds until VCU has received your final transcript.

Aug. 15, 2020: Weeks of Welcome begin.

Aug. 18, 2020: First day of classes.

Mid-August 2020: Payment for tuition, fees, and university room and board is due on the official first day of the semester for most students, but see your bill for the exact due date.

Jan. 15, 2021: Students may reactivate their application for up to one year from the date of their original application by contacting their freshman application processor in the Office of Admissions.

For fall 2020 admission

March 1, 2020: Deadline for electronic FAFSA applications (Note: Feb. 1 is deadline for paper applications)

June 1, 2020: Deadline for responding to your offer of admission if letter was received before May 1; if received after May 1, you must respond within two weeks. Applicants accepted to programs on the MCV Campus must follow departmental deadlines.

June-August 2020: Orientation will move online and will consist of a series of online modules in addition to virtual meetings and events. The initial meetings and modules will launch the week of June 15, 2020. Find out more about the virtual orientation program for transfer students.

Aug. 1, 2020: Deadline for in-state tuition rates re-evaluation if youh have been classified as a non-Virginia resident for tuition purposes and you believe this is inaccurate. To discuss, students should contact their application processor.

Aug. 1, 2020: Final transcripts must be on file. The Office of Financial Aid will not be able to disburse funds until VCU has received your final transcript.

Mid-August 2020: Payment for tuition, fees, and university room and board is due on the official first day of the semester for most students, but see your bill for the exact due date.

Aug. 15, 2020: Weeks of Welcome begin.

Aug. 18, 2020: First day of classes. 

March 15, 2021: Students may reactivate their application for up to one year from the date of their original application by contacting their application processor.

Upon acceptance (two to four weeks after acceptance letter is received): Pay tuition deposit.

Aug. 11, 2020: Attend Graduate School Orientation.

Aug. 18, 2020: First day of classes (fall semester; MCV Campus students follow departmental schedule)

Jan. 19, 2021: First day of classes (spring semester) 

Mid-August 2020: Attend International Student and Scholar Orientation.

Mid-August 2020: Take the ELP Placement Test (if required).

Aug. 18, 2020: First day of classes (fall semester; MCV Campus students follow departmental schedule)

Jan. 19, 2021: First day of classes (spring semester)

 

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Computer requirements

All VCU students are required to have a personal computer. The university annually sets minimum specifications for computers for each new entering class. Some departments and schools recommend a specific configuration from among the options outlined by the university. Check with your school or college to make sure the minimum specifications are sufficient for your course of study.

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