Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
4-year Public university


Virginia Commonwealth University is a public institution established in 1968 with urban setting located at Richmond. It is ranked 171 in National Universities in 2018 edition of Best Colleges. Its in-state tuition and fees are $14,490 (2018); out-of-state tuition and fees are $35,138 (2018). It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 23,663. It practices semester-based academic calendar. .

#171 in National Universities
Location Richmond, Virginia
Type 4-year Public
Year Founded 1968
Selectivity Very Low
Size Large
23,663 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • History
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
For out-of-state students
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $14,490
Outstate Tuition Fee $35,138
Room and Board Fees $10,428
$42,200 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


81% (Very Low Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Minimally Difficult
$65 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.58 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test --
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp

For International Students

80 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, PTE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

English is a native language

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Regular Decision Deadline
Rolling Admission
Priority Application Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$12,175 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$9,893 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $50,170
97% Students with need received Financial Aid
55% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application --
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Presidential Scholarship
Total Worth $14,000 per year+room and boards
Eligibility Freshman
Minimum Criteria GPA: 4.63, SAT: 1460-1550
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline November 15
Provost Scholarship
Total Worth $14,000 per year
Eligibility Freshman
Minimum Criteria GPA: 4.49, SAT: 1365-1460
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline November 15
Deans’ scholarships
Total Worth $7,000 per year
Eligibility Freshman
Minimum Criteria GPA: 4.35, SAT: 1305-1420
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline November 15

Other Scholarships

Alcoa Foundation Community Scholarship
Total Worth in-state tuition and fees
Details Freshmen from Richmond and the surrounding counties majoring in business, engineering and technology areas of study are eligible to be considered for this scholarship.
Sica Family Single Mother Scholarship
Total Worth $1,500
Details This scholarship is open to freshmen entering from Richmond Public Schools who are single mothers.


23,663 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Large
86% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
62% Students graduate within 6 years