Freshman applicants must apply using the Common Application.
Applicants may only submit one application to one major. Admitted students can request additional major/minor(s) during their first semester.
Applications will only be reviewed after all components have been received, including transcripts, test scores and supplemental materials.
Include your Social Security number on your application if you wish to be considered for financial aid or the Hope Scholarship/Lifetime learning tax credit.
Please note: While VCU does not require your Social Security number for admission consideration, it is necessary for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid and the Hope Scholarship/Lifetime Learning tax credit to provide a Social Security number to the university. To protect your privacy, your Social Security number will not be used as your VCU student identification number.
After completing the Common Application, applicants must create a SlideRoom account.
You will be prompted to submit your cinema essay and visual storytelling exercise through the VCUarts SlideRoom website (First-Year Applicants – Cinema).
In 300 words or fewer, introduce us to a character for a movie—either a protagonist or an antagonist. Express your imagination by developing this character using elements such as description, backstory, drama and dialogue. This character must be your own original invention, not an adaptation from a story that already exists.
Visual storytelling exercise
In order to give us a sense of your artistic personality as a visual storyteller, use SlideRoom to create an original series of 5-7 still images (using your smartphone or camera) that places your character from the written prompt in a narrative arc. Submit the individual still images in a sequence that expresses the progression of this story. Photographs should be uploaded in sequential order. Use cinematic elements such as composition, lighting, location, props, costumes, etc., to manifest your vision. Let the images speak for themselves while conveying your style.
Request that your high school guidance counselor sends your official transcripts to VCU. Transcripts may be submitted electronically via the Common App or Naviance, or sent in the mail. If sending a hard copy in the mail, please request that your school counselor send your transcript, including:
- Senior-year courses and first-term grades, if available
- Class rank, if available
All foreign transcripts must be official and submitted in the original language. If the original language is not English, an official translation must be submitted along with the transcript.
Transcripts must arrive in sealed envelopes signed across the seal by official high school, university or college registrars.
Transcripts should be sent to:
Office of Admissions
PO Box 842526
Richmond, VA 23284-2526
Currently, VCU does not require SAT or ACT scores for admission. However, submission of test scores remains a requirement for all Guaranteed Admission Programs, offered through the Honors College.
Applicants whose first language is one other than English must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For more information, please visit this page.
Admission to VCU remains a competitive process, and all candidates for admission will be considered on their own merits. Qualifying for application review without submitting standardized test scores does not guarantee admission to VCU.
VCU does not require applicants to submit recommendations. If you choose to submit recommendations, you will see an option to list your recommendations in the Common App.
Applicants should review VCU’s Student Financial Services’ financial aid checklist, available here.
Applicants are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing the FAFSA form allows you to be considered for federal student aid. States and colleges also use FAFSA information to award grants, scholarships and loans.
The FAFSA form is available starting December 1. To be considered, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline of February 1.
Check your application status
Be sure to login to the VCU applicant portal periodically to monitor your application checklist and status.