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Accepted students

Welcome to graduate study at Virginia Commonwealth University! Get started by reviewing our checklist for new graduate students. If you have questions, contact any member of the admissions staff.

Admission status

Your offer of acceptance is for the semester indicated in your official letter of admission. To register for classes, you must officially respond to VCU’s offer of admission by emailing with your name, address, program and term of entry.

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As a graduate student, it is important to be familiar with your VCU Graduate Bulletin of record (the Bulletin in effect at the time of your official admission), as well as general academic regulations in individual school and department publications.

You should also review policies relating to continuous enrollment, time restrictions for completing your degree and enrollment requirements for your final semester.

If you are unable to enroll for the semester indicated, it is important to contact your academic department as soon as possible to clarify your eligibility to enroll in future semesters. Your records will be kept in the Office of Admissions for one year, after which you will need to reapply for admission. Deferment may not be an option for all programs.

Applicants will be informed of their residency status in the letter of acceptance. For more information, consult VCU’s policy on determination of residency.

If your program requires an admission or tuition deposit, you may pay your deposit online by credit card. You must first obtain your eID. Review the checklist for new graduate students included in your admission letter and follow the instructions for paying your deposit online.


Each fall, the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Association sponsors an orientation to introduce new graduate students to VCU and the city of Richmond.

Departments also conduct individual orientation sessions with representatives available to talk with students and answer questions. Visit the Graduate School website to view the orientation schedule.


Visit the Graduate School website for an overview of new graduate student resources.