First-year applicants

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Application overview

The instructions in this section are for domestic first-year applicants, including U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees/asylees and undocumented students. If you are a non-immigrant currently residing outside of the U.S. and plan to come on an F1 or J1 visa, or a non-immigrant currently residing in the U.S. under a visa, please visit the international undergraduate applicant area for instructions.

All new first-year applicants to VCU must complete the Common Application.

Considerations

Be ready to pay the application fee

The online application fee is $70 and must be paid via credit card when submitting your application. Do not submit cash, checks or money orders. The fee is nonrefundable.

All VCU applicants are required to submit an application fee. If you are financially unable to pay the application fee, a waiver can be requested. Applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements and submit appropriate documentation when requesting a fee waiver. Visit your applicant portal for details about how to request a fee waiver.

No fee is charged to VCU students enrolled in a degree program on the Monroe Park Campus who apply to undergraduate health sciences programs on the MCV Campus. All VCU applicants are required to submit an application fee. If you are financially unable to pay the application fee, a waiver can be requested.

Follow these application guidelines

  • Submit only one application for a specific semester (i.e., one application for fall 2023).
  • Be sure to apply to only one undergraduate degree program.

If you need to make changes to your application once it’s been submitted, find out how to make updates. Do not submit more than one application — if you do, only the first will be processed.

When to expect our admission decision

Admissions decisions will be posted in your VCU applicant portal. First-year applicants who submit all materials by the regular decision deadline of Jan. 17 for fall admissions will receive a decision by April 1, otherwise decisions are sent on a rolling basis until enrollment capacity is met. Find additional admission decision posting dates on the application status page

Important dates

Don't miss an important application deadline.

  • Nov. 1

    Spring regular decision

  • Nov. 1

    Fall scholarship consideration

  • Jan. 17

    Fall regular decision

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Find answers in our FAQs

Have questions about the application process? Explore our frequently asked questions.

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