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Virginia Commonwealth University

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Tips mention: Interview (0), ACT/SAT (15), Grades (33), Sports/Extracurriculars (6), College Essay (5)
I think a well rounded student is the bestJan 04 2006Nursing
I think a well rounded student is the best in order to get into VCU. I believe they are not looking for the 4.0 students they want someone who still did well in school without being perfect and still had time to play sports or join clubs. Don't live life only for grades!
ACT: 21 SAT: 1080 Female
VCU is becoming more selectiveNov 04 2005Urban Planning
VCU is becoming more selective. The university accepted 68% of its applicants for the 2005 school year. Don't listen to those that say this school is a shoe-in, obviously 32% thought the same thing and were rejected. VCU wants a well-rounded student just like any other college, portrayed by its great amount of diversity. More students are making VCU their first choice. However, getting in to VCU and staying in VCU are two totally different things. VCU is one of the top 100 research universities (mostly due to medical and health sciences research)in the U.S. and the university President has worked hard to ensure that the classroom experience is indicative of that standing. I know many people that dropped out of general education requirements in their freshmen year because of poor academic performance. VCU is not a joke anymore. Personally, I am an IB diploma recipient with a 3.9 GPA. VCU was my first choice, and I will admit that little to no effort can earn one a "C" in many courses, however one must work hard for an A or a B.
SAT: 1290 Male
The music and art scene are great here, butMay 29 2005Other
The music and art scene are great here, but people won't tolerate fake people, so you actually have to know your shit. There are 50 parties every weekend. Don't be scared if someone doesn't look like you. They're probably awesome people. Don't be scared of piercings or tattoos. Be friendly and real and you shouldn't have a problem.
SAT: 1350 Female
General college is easy to get intoJan 13 2005Mechanical Engineering
General college is easy to get into. Engineering, Medicine, Arts, and Life Sciences are definitely harder to get into. Honors Program and Scholarship advice--apply early. For most, VCU is a safety, but that doesn't mean it is a easy school. If you don't know, VCU president Dr.Trani has instituted a campaign that is bringing VCU up both academically and aesthetically at a considerably swift rate. VCU already has some of the best national rankings and is gaining accolades as an institution.
SAT: 1290 Male
As stated before VCU has grown a lotNov 20 2004Engineering Department
As stated before VCU has grown a lot. When I attended, I don't think they were turning anyone away. Their standards have gone up in the last 8 years. But I imagine it still isn't very competitive to get in.

To tell you the truth, I just applied to VCU and the Engineering school found me. At the time, the School of Engineering was just starting out and they were desperately courting students who were planning on attending V-Tech or UVA for engineering. I don't know if it’s the same way now, but if you have a decent head on your shoulders and you look like you're serious about Engineering you may be eligible for a scholarship. Basically, if you had the grades and SAT score that were good enough to get you into the full blown engineering department at V-Tech or UVA, then you may very well be eligible for a full ride at VCU's School of Engineering. Now that the school has gotten more press and their admission rate is higher, I don't know if that rule of thumb still stands, but its definitely worth looking into if you’re serious Engineering.

Also worth mentioning, if you’re an honor student while declared as a Pre-Med student, you can enroll into the guaranteed admission program with MCV. A lot of students pass up on going to UVA and more reputable undergraduate Pre-Med programs, since they are more then likely planning on applying to MCV for Med School anyways. Hope this was helpful.
SAT: 1390 Male

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