Apply as a continuing VCU student

The Honors College offers opportunities for you to discover your passions and connect with a diverse student body to develop a standard of excellence. We encourage students from all disciplines and backgrounds to apply to the Honors College.


Admission Requirements

VCU students who have achieved at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA in 12 to 53 semester hours of college credit are eligible for admission into the Honors College. Students with more than 53 credits may still apply, but will need to give a brief explanation about how they plan on completing the 21 credits of Honors curriculum.

If you are a current VCU student interested in joining the Honors College, you must attend one Honors College prospective-student orientation prior to admission. These informative one-hour sessions will take place on the following dates in Honors College Multipurpose Room 1303 at 701 W. Grace Street.


Tuesday the 12th

12:30-1:30 p.m.


Friday the 15th

4-5 p.m.


Tuesday the 19th

12:30-1:30 p.m.


Friday the 22nd



Tuesday the 16th

12:30-1:30 p.m.


Friday the 19th

4-5 p.m.

Please note: These sessions are not for entering freshman Honors students applying from high school.


 Application Process

To begin the application process you will create an Honors College account using your VCU eID and password. Once you begin the application you may save and complete it at a later time. Upon submission of the Honors College application you will receive a confirmation email. As you prepare to apply, please consider the following application components:    

  • Submission of VCU Honors College application, which includes:
    • Your anticipated major course of study
    • Your anticipated start date at VCU
    • Your cumulative GPA from the other institution(s) you have attended
    • Your anticipated credits earned from other institution(s) you have attended
  • Submission of endorsement from a VCU faculty member or academic advisor. You must include the faculty member/academic advisor’s name and email address in your application. They will be prompted via email with instructions on how to complete the endorsement.
  • Submission of your CV or resume.
  • Submission of a personal education paper. The personal education paper should address the following question: How will membership in the VCU Honors College assist you in pursuing your academic and career goals while also helping you become an active citizen in the community? The paper should be 2-3 pages double spaced. Essays may include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Major influences on your intellectual and personal development, such as curricular and extracurricular experiences, community service or important people, events or ideas
    • Your immediate educational goals and plans for achieving them
    • Your goals and dreams for the future

Important Dates and Deadlines

Continuing VCU student applications are only accepted and processed twice a year. All application pieces must be submitted by December 1 for admission in the spring semester (decisions will be made by Jan. 15 or the first day of spring classes, whichever comes first). All application pieces must be submitted by May 1 for admission in the fall semester (decisions will be made by June 15).