This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2024-2025 VCU Bulletin. We may add courses that expose our students to cutting-edge content and transformative learning. We may also add content to the general education program that focuses on racial literacy and a racial literacy graduation requirement, and may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Office of Admissions
821 West Franklin Street
Box 842526
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2526
Phone: (800) 841-3638, (804) 828-1222
Fax: (804) 828-1899
Sybil Halloran, Ph.D., senior associate vice president for strategic enrollment management

VCU Welcome Center
West Broad Street Parking Deck
1111 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2526
Phone: (804) 827-2000

Office of the University Registrar
Harris Hall
1015 Floyd Ave.
Box 842520
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2520
Phone: (804) 828-1349
Fax: (804) 828-8121
Bernard Hamm, university registrar

General policy governing admission and enrollment

As a comprehensive, metropolitan, public institution, Virginia Commonwealth University seeks to provide excellent higher education for those who will profit from an intellectually challenging experience. The university encourages applications from people who are sincere in their desire to study in an environment where excellence in teaching, research, scholarly activities and community services is stressed. 

VCU is committed to inclusive admissions practices and does not consider race or legacy status as a factor when determining admission to the university. VCU does not discriminate in admissions, treatment, employment or access to its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin (including ethnicity), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), parenting status, marital status, political affiliation, military status (including veteran status), genetic information (including family medical history), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability.

Although the university has a primary responsibility to educate Virginia residents, the value and contribution of a diverse student body is recognized and the enrollment of students from other states and countries is encouraged. Admission requirements are in full compliance with all applicable federal and state statutes, rules and regulations.

All people admitted to and enrolled in the university are classified as either degree-seeking or nondegree-seeking students. Degree-seeking students are presumed to be working toward a degree in approved educational programs, while nondegree-seeking students are permitted to enroll in classes on a semester basis. The university enrolls as many qualified degree-seeking and nondegree-seeking students as resources permit. VCU prioritizes applicants who present credentials showing the greatest potential for academic success in degree programs.

The Board of Visitors establishes university admission policies on the recommendation of the university administration. Admission criteria and policies are recommended by the Office of Admissions as well as the deans of the schools and colleges of the university on the advice of their faculties. In addition, admissions requirements for schools and the colleges within the university may differ. Further, individual departments may have unique admission requirements, such as examinations, auditions, portfolios, interviews, licensure or language proficiency, in order to evaluate a student’s potential for success in specific programs or courses.

The university selects applicants who present the strongest qualifications in scholastic achievement and potential and through the holistic review of other evidence of potential, including strength of character. Each applicant is reviewed on an individual basis.