VCU degree requirements and appeal options

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Information about degree requirements and appeal options are available to all undergraduate students in the Undergraduate Bulletin, which is updated and distributed to students annually.

Here is the specific language from the bulletin:

25 percent rule

Degree candidates must complete at least 25 percent of the credit semester hours required for their bachelor's degree program at VCU, including at least 30 of the last 45 credits. Active-duty service members, reservists and National Guardsmen may complete the minimum of 25 percent of their degree requirements at any time while enrolled at VCU and are exempt from the "30 of the last 45 credits" requirement. Other exceptions to this rule may be granted by the Academic Regulations Appeals Committee (See

If the Academic Regulation Appeals Committee approves the request for a waiver, the approved credits must be completed within three years from the time of the waiver.

During a student's last 45 credits at VCU, transfer credits attempted elsewhere must be approved in advance by the appropriate school dean, department chair or program head via the "Request to Take Courses at Another Institution" form, available online at

This requirement does not apply to students who participate in VCU-sponsored programs abroad or who earn course credit at a cooperating university through VCU domestic and international university exchanges or who are pursuing an undergraduate certificate independently of a baccalaureate degree.

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