- March 17 and April 7 – Visit our Preview Day website for details and to RSVP
- March 1 for electronic FAFSA; Feb. 1 for paper
- Early April
- May 1 to respond to your offer of admission
- Aug. 1 for fall; Dec. 1 for spring
- First official day of semester or date specified on your bill
- End of the fourth week of your first semester
- Nov. 1 for spring admission; Jan. 15 for fall admission
These important dates have been identified as the deadlines that will help you ensure a smooth enrollment process. Mark them on your calendar! If you are transferring to VCU, be sure to review the deadlines for transfer students.
March 1 for electronic FAFSA; Feb. 1 for paper
Applying for housing
New VCU students may apply for on-campus housing online at housing.vcu.edu beginning early April. Students who have been accepted to VCU and who wish to apply for on-campus housing must first submit their tuition deposit to the Office of Admissions in order to hold their space in the upcoming class. After doing so, students are urged to apply for on-campus housing as soon as the online housing application is available.
Room assignments are made based on the date that the online housing application is completed, not according to the date the student was accepted to VCU. Also, the sooner new students complete their online housing application, the better the chances that their housing preferences (residence hall, room style, specific roommate, etc.) will be honored. A nonrefundable online housing prepayment fee of $250 is required at the time of application. Payment of this fee is required to complete the housing application. Students entering the university on full scholarships and those students who may be experiencing financial hardship may request a deferment of the prepayment fee. Please visit the Residential Life and Housing website for information on how to make this request.
While it is our aim to house all freshmen seeking to live on campus, housing is not guaranteed, so students are encouraged to apply early.
Freshman response deadline
Students accepted to the university by April 1 must notify the Office of Admissions of their intent to enroll or not enroll for the fall semester by May 1. If accepted after April 1, freshman applicants must notify the university within two weeks of when you receive your acceptance notification from the university.
Eligibility status for in-state tuition rates re-evaluation
Aug. 1 for fall; Dec. 1 for spring
The Certificate of Admission indicates your eligibility status for in-state tuition rates. If you were classified as a non-Virginia resident on this form for tuition purposes and believe that this classification is inaccurate, you may request that your status be re-evaluated prior to Aug. 1 for fall enrollment or Dec. 1 for spring enrollment. To request re-evaluation of your residency status, contact the Office of Admissions and ask to speak with your application processor.
Paying your bill
First official day of semester or date specified on your bill
Payment for tuition, fees, and university room and board charges is due by the first official day of each semester. The exact due date will be specified on your bill. For fall semester charges, if you do not register by the August billing date, you will be issued an electronic bill subsequently for your fall semester tuition, fees and other expenses. Payment is due by the date specified on the bill. Refer to the Handbook for Accepted Students and the Student Accounting website for more details about paying your bill and the university’s Installment Payment Plan.
Requesting final transcripts
End of the fourth week of your first semester
All tentatively accepted applicants who enroll at VCU must submit final transcripts. For you to be permitted to continue for a second semester at VCU, final transcripts must be on file in the Office of Admissions by the end of the fourth week of your first semester.
Reactivation of application
Nov. 1 for spring admission; March 15 for fall admission
Students may reactivate their application for up to one year from the date of their original application by contacting their application processor in the Office of Admissions. To determine who the appropriate application processor is and to obtain contact information, visit www.ugrad.vcu.edu/processor.html.
Some programs have additional requirements and deadlines. Check your program’s website for more information.