VCU Acceleration

VCU Acceleration

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Program dates:
July 8 - August 3, 2018 

Application available:
November 1, 2017 - May 4, 2018

Early Action: April 13, 2018

Regular Decision: May 4, 2018

Download the VCU Acceleration flier.

Eligibility Requirements

Any recent high school graduate who is interested in VCU pre-health sciences can apply. Students must be accepted for admission at VCU for the Fall 2017 semester in order to participate.

Program Description

VCU Acceleration is a comprehensive program for incoming VCU freshmen who are interested in pre-health concentrations in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and other health sciences. The program provides exposure to various health professions, preparatory course work in math and science and academic support throughout the freshman year.

VCU Acceleration is a great fit for students whose previous K-12 educational environment may have limited their ability to acquire the math and science skills necessary to pursue a career in the health sciences.

Summer session and Academic year

Students who participate in the program begin during the summer session prior to their first year at VCU. While living on the VCU Health Campus, students spend four weeks completing non-credit undergraduate academic course work, professional skills development, cultural competency workshops, and realistic goal setting. The summer program is designed to help students prepare for pre-health sciences core course work, as well as chemistry and math placement tests. Each student receives a stipend while participating.

Students are required to live on campus in a living-learning residence hall on the Monroe Park Campus during their freshman year. Students take a specific set of courses together throughout the first year. There also are mandatory requirements for tutoring sessions, study groups, health-related internships and volunteer hours.

Program highlights

  • Students will live with other pre-health sciences students in a living-learning community.
  • Students will learn about the different roles and responsibilities of various health care provider services with a holistic approach to patient care.
  • Study groups, one-on-one tutoring, and specialized academic support will be available.
  • Students will have opportunities to volunteer and participate in research in and around the Richmond, Va., community.
  • Students completing the program will be eligible for scholarships upon acceptance to health sciences programs at VCU.
  • Juniors and seniors in the program will have the opportunity to serve as mentors or participate in leadership roles.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants should have a minimum overall GPA of 3.25 from their secondary education institution, average math and verbal SAT of 1000 and past participation in extracurricular or volunteer activities.
  • They also must agree to reside in on-campus housing during the freshman year and participate in the summer session.
  • Online application, official high school transcript, a copy of SAT/ACT test scores (if not provided on the transcript) and two letters of recommendation are required to complete the application.
  • Students are welcome to apply before they have learned of their acceptance status to VCU. 
  • Applicants will be notified of their acceptance approximately two to three weeks after the application deadline and will receive more program-specific information at that time.

Program Contact Information

Amy Taloma, Assistant Director, Programs and Partnerships, or call (804) 828-4273.

Taryn Hayes, Marketing and Program Coordinator, or call (804) 827-0442.


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Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
Division for Health Sciences Diversity
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