For adult learners
It’s time to finish what you started
We know going back to school can feel intimidating. Maybe you were unable to finish your degree due to family commitments or financial challenges, and you didn’t receive the support you needed. You’re likely asking yourself if this time can be different. The answer is yes.
As an adult learner, you can choose from a couple of opportunities at VCU. You can apply to VCU as a transfer student and see how college credits you've previously earned can potentially get you closer to earning your degree. Or, if you have attended VCU previously, you can apply to be readmitted.
At VCU, we’re committed to seeing every student succeed: 17% of our students move up two or more income quartiles after they graduate, which is among the highest of any university in the mid-Atlantic.
It’s never too late to earn your degree. Join our mailing list to learn how VCU can help you get started.
Earning your bachelor’s degree is worth it. Not only does it help you be more competitive in an uncertain job market, it makes you a role model to your family and opens up opportunities for higher earning potential.
Median usual weekly earnings, 2018
Median Usual Weekly Earnings, 2018. Amount earned: Bachelor’s degree, people 25+: $1,198, Some college/no degree, people 25+: $802 [View Image]
Plus, it can mean better job security. Those with a bachelor’s degree or higher showed a substantially lower unemployment rate during the initial economic challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic compared to those with some college or an associate degree.
Unemployment rate, April 2020
Unemployment rate, April 2020. People 25+ with bachelor’s degree or higher: 8.4%, People 25+ with some college or associate degree: 15%. [View Image]
Don't think you'll fit in?
Here's why you will: At VCU, there is no “typical” student. Instead, you’ll find classmates of all backgrounds and walks of life.
We’re dedicated to making every student feel at home. Read on to see what students who chose to complete their degree at VCU have to say about their experience.
- Spring semester: Nov. 1
- Fall semester: March 15
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“VCU means so much to me. The university and fellow Rams became my friends. Many professors were there to listen to my concerns and provided appropriate support to help me move toward my ambitions. I’m 42 years old and never had the opportunity to complete what I embarked upon years ago until now, and am here graduating from college.”
Bachelor of Science in urban and regional studies, graduated May 2020
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“I remember my first day back at VCU, after having been gone over 20 years. I was standing there that warm August day in 2017, the first day of classes, overwhelmed by how different everything looked, kinda scared, not knowing anyone, and praying for the strength to be successful after so many years of wanting to complete my undergraduate studies. VCU stopped being just a place to get a degree and finally became my home. And now I am standing here in my graduation robe and cap and it's different, and I am overwhelmed all over again because I did it.”
Glynis Boyd Hughes,
Bachelor of Arts in English, graduated May 2020
How we'll help you succeed
At VCU, when we say we want our students to succeed, we mean it: That’s evident in our graduation rate, which is 10% higher than the national average (*source). Our supportive environment and commitment to community involvement help you pave your path forward. Here’s how.
Make the most out of work you've already put into your education. See if credits you’ve earned at another institution, through the military or from the College Level Examination Program will transfer to VCU. Schedule a meeting with a transfer advisor to explore your options.
Not sure which program is right for you? Use our Major maps tool to learn about VCU’s 200+ programs. See requirements for applying, what previous completed course credits may transfer, potential career outcomes and more.
Need help understanding your options for paying for college? Our Student Financial Management Center can help. Each VCU student works one-on-one with a dedicated financial counselor to better understand student accounts, educational expenses and financial management.
We’re here to support you all the way through your VCU journey, with options to participate in pre-admissions advising now to career services after you graduate. Academic support and advising from Student Success are other ways we'll help you get the most out of your VCU experience while you're here.
We’re proud of the opportunities you’ll find at VCU to meet other students who are coming back to finish their degrees. Join Retro Rams, a student organization for nontraditional students who are over age 25.
With campus in the heart of Richmond, we’re deeply connected to the area’s employers. In fact, VCU and VCU Health System are Richmond’s largest employer. As you approach graduation and begin your job search, Career Services provides advising and resources to help you get your foot in the door.
Build on previously earned credits with the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies. Our IDS degree lets you design your own major, making it the ideal choice for someone who is undecided about which program to choose, or wants to study two or more disciplines.
VCU's six-year graduation rate is 67.6% for the fall 2013 first-time, full-time cohort, which is 10% higher than the national average of 61% for four-year public institutions' cohort entry year of 2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.