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VCU Grad Quick Start Guide and FAQs

What is VCU Grad?

The VCU Grad Centralized Application Service simplifies the process of applying to programs. You start by selecting the programs you wish to apply to, then you submit one application that includes all necessary materials. Once received by VCU Grad, your application and materials are transmitted to all of your selected programs.

Start your 2022-2023 application.

How long does the application process take?

It's important you apply as early as possible since completing your application can be a lengthy process, and since application processing times vary throughout the cycle. Below is a suggested timeline that includes key actions to keep the application process on track. This timeline may need to be adjusted based on your programs' deadlines and requirements.


Key Actions

Prior to the Start of the Application Process

  1. Research programs you wish to apply to. Pay special attention to:
    • Cycle dates and deadline requirements.
    • Application fees.
    • Reference requirements.
    • Minimum requirements, including prerequisites, standardized test scores, supplemental applications, foreign evaluations, etc.
  2. Begin contacting potential references to confirm their participation.
  3. Begin drafting your statement of intent.
  4. Review the instructions in this Help Center.

At Least 3 Months Prior to Deadline

  1. Create your account.
  2. Complete the Colleges Attended section.
  3. Complete the References section.

At Least 10-12 Weeks Prior to Deadline

Check in with your references to confirm that they received the reference request via email.

At Least 6-8 Weeks Prior to Deadline

  1. Complete and submit your application.
  2. Monitor your application and follow up on any missing items.

At Least 4-6 Weeks Prior to Deadline

Continue monitoring your application until your status is Complete.

After Deadline

Download a copy of your application for your records.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Transcripts Programs and Statuses Fees and Payments
Do I need to send transcripts?

VCU Grad does not require official transcripts, but unofficial copies or foreign evaluations can be uploaded to the Colleges Attended section. Please refer to your desired program, as some programs may require official transcripts prior to review.


Should I send my high school transcripts?



How do I know what my primary institution is?

Your primary institution is the college or university where you earned or will earn a degree from.


How do I remove a program?

Your application must always have at least one program selected. To remove a program, click the checkmark next to the program name on the Add Program tab or click the trash icon on the Submit Application tab.


Can I apply to more programs after I submit my application?



Should I submit my application if I'm still waiting on references and/or official test scores?

Yes. You can submit your application before your references and/or official test scores are received by VCU Grad.


I submitted my application to the wrong program. What do I do?

If you would like your application to be considered for a different program, contact the school to determine if they can change your program.


Will VCU Grad update me on the status of my application?

You must reach out to your program(s) to learn about a school's admissions decisions.


Is there any other way to pay other than by credit card?

We accept payments by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover) and PayPal.


I want a refund. What do I need to do?

Refunds are not given for any reason. Review Refunding/Withdrawing Your VCU Grad Application for more information.


Do coupon codes expire?

If you qualified for and were awarded a VCU Grad coupon code, check with your program to learn when it expires. See VCU Grad Application Fees and Fee Waivers for more information.


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