Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

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Virginia Commonwealth University can be found in Richmond, VA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The students enrolled at VCU number nearly thirty three thousand per year, and is one of the largest colleges in the state.

Most of the students getting into Virginia Commonwealth University had an SAT score in the range of 1070 to 1260, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 21 to 28. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the VCU average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.13 - 3.52. This school has an acceptance rate of about 87 percent with 30 percent of applicants choosing to attend. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected VCU acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 80%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall VCU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Virginia Commonwealth University was reported as 87.1% in Fall 2020 with over 17,100 applications submitted to VCU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • VCU ACT Scores: 21 - 28
  • VCU Average GPA: 3.13 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into Virginia Commonwealth University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Virginia Commonwealth University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for VCU has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 81.2%
  • 2017-2018: 83.9%
  • 2018-2019: 86.2%
  • 2019-2020: 87.1%
  • Projected VCU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 79.5%

How Does VCU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for VCU is fifty-four percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of Virginia-Main Campus23.9%
Old Dominion University89.3%
Regent University85.5%
George Mason University86.7%
George Washington University40.8%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to VCU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading550 - 640
Math520 - 620
Total Score1070 - 1260
ACT®Score Range
English21 - 29
Math19 - 26
Composite Score21 - 28
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