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Virginia Commonwealth University

Overview
Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1838
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 21,260
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $29,488,855
Admissions Address

Box 842527
Richmond, VA 23284

Website

http://www.vcu.edu

Admissions E-mail

ugrad@vcu.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.2
Send application by: Rolling
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Sybil Halloran, Interim
Admissions office telephone: (800) 841-3638
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: Rolling
Decision sent by: Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $30
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Electronic application:
 
http://www.vcu.edu/ugrad Tuition deposit: $100 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $250 (Refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 4
Lab 1 1
Foreign language 2 3
Social studies 1 1
History 2 3
Academic electives 5 4
Total academic units 20 24

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: March 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Considered
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Considered
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Not considered
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Not considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 66%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 66%
Total applicants: 13,155
Total acceptances: 8,671
Total freshman enrollment: 3,540
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.

 
Male applicants: 5,238
Male acceptances: 3,546
Male freshman enrollment: 1,489
 
Female applicants: 7,917
Female acceptances: 5,125
Female freshman enrollment: 2,051
Out-of-state freshmen: 10%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 0
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 0
Students enrolled from waiting list: 0

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 15%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 42%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 83%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 70%
Average high school GPA: 3.2
 
First-year students submitting GPA: 88%
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 95%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 480 – 580
Math: 480 – 580
Combined: 960 – 1160

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 3.0% 2.0%
600-699 19.0% 32.0%
500-599 45.0% 46.0%
400-499 31.0% 17.0%
300-399 2.0% 3.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 16%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 18 – 24
Math: 18 – 24
Composite: 19 – 23

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 3.0% 20.0% 3.0%
24-29 22.0% 51.0% 25.0%
18-23 60.0% 23.0% 48.0%
12-17 15.0% 5.0% 24.0%
6-11 0.0% 1.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

 



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