Chances of getting into Virginia Commonwealth University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
86.2%
Admission Difficulty for Virginia Commonwealth University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into VCU and can I get accepted? The school has a 86% acceptance rate ranking it #36 in Virginia for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 14,273 out of 16,549 applicants were admitted making Virginia Commonwealth University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 45 percent. Virginia Commonwealth University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 32% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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VCU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1070-1260
Applicants Submitting SAT
88%
SAT Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 550
SAT Math 25th 520
SAT Composite 25th 1070
SAT Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 640
SAT Math 75th 620
SAT Composite 75th 1260
Average SAT Score 1170

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Virginia Commonwealth University?

Virginia Commonwealth University typically requires applicants to be in the top 47 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1070 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 970. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1170 out of 1600. The school ranks #11 in Virginia for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 88 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Virginia Commonwealth University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1260 and Above Good >91%
1165 to 1260 Avg + 86%-91%
1070 to 1165 Avg - 78%-86%
975 to 1070 Reach 68%-78%
Less than 975 Low <68%
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VCU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
18%
ACT Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 28
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into VCU?

Admission data indicates that VCU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #16 in Virginia for highest average ACT composite score. 18 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Virginia Commonwealth University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Virginia Commonwealth University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >92%
24 to 28 Avg + 86%-92%
21 to 24 Avg - 80%-86%
18 to 21 Reach 71%-80%
Less than 18 Low <71%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.58
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Virginia Commonwealth University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Virginia Commonwealth University was 3.58 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #10 in Virginia for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.58 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as VCU accepts 86% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Virginia Commonwealth University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 34% Good
3.50 to 3.75 22% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 21% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 14% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 7% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Reach

High School Class Rank

86% of Virginia Commonwealth University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Virginia Commonwealth University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 20%
Top 25% of class 50%
Top 50% of class 86%
Bottom 50% of class 14%
Bottom 25% of class 1%

Admission Statistics

Virginia Commonwealth University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 10,371 6,178 16,549
Accepted 9,090 5,183 14,273
Acceptance Rate 88% 84% 86%
Enrolled 2,884 1,645 4,529
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 32% 32% 32%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Virginia Commonwealth University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Virginia Commonwealth University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Virginia Commonwealth University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=234030 IPEDS survey data for Virginia Commonwealth University.

Frequently Asked Questions

88% of students submit their SAT scores to VCU. 18% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

86% of those who apply are granted admission to VCU. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1070 and 1260. 88% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 28. 18% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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