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Undergraduate - Engineering

Virginia Commonwealth University’s College of Engineering is an innovation front-runner in academics and research, and its programs emphasize creativity, hands-on learning, collaboration, innovation and research.

The College of Engineering supports students in the pursuit of discovering new ways to tackle the problems of the world today. Through internship and co-op opportunities students will be involved in real projects and gain experience in the workforce before graduation. All VCU Engineering students complete a capstone project with a local or global company their senior year. Prior partners include; Hamilton Beach, Afton Chemical, Capital One, Pfizer, Cannon Virginia Inc., Worldview Solutions, CoStar, Anheuser-Busch and many more.


Jumpstart your career in computer science, electrical, mechanical, biomedical, chemical and life science or computer engineering through the VCU Global Student Success Program, a program designed specifically for international student success.

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2nd year VCU


About the GSSP:

The Undergraduate Global Student Success Program (GSSP) is equivalent to the first year of a bachelor’s degree program. The GSSP consists of for-credit coursework and provides an academic and cultural bridge from your high school experience to studying at Virginia Commonwealth University.

When you successfully complete the GSSP, you will move directly into the second year of your undergraduate degree program at the Virginia Commonwealth University.

Program benefits:

  • VCU student from day one
  • Receive academic credits toward your VCU degree
  • Small class sizes and additional student support provided
  • No SAT or ACT required for admission to all programs*

Progression requirements

  • Overall GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum number of credits: 30
  • Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Nuclear Engineering require SAT score with minimum of 1120

If students do not place into the math or writing course (based on the university's assessment scores), an additional semester may be necessary. Courses also subject to change.

Enter year 2 of your VCU undergraduate degree in engineering


  • Biomedical Engineering, B.S.
  • Chemical and Life Science Engineering, B.S.
  • Computer Engineering, B.S.
  • Computer Science, B.S.
  • Electrical Engineering, B.S.
  • Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
  • Mechanical Engineering, B.S with a concentration in Nuclear Engineering


Career opportunities

VCU engineering graduates are in high demand in a wide range of activities, whether it be the workforce or further education. Alumni may pursue graduate degrees in engineering, computer science, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law.

Those entering the workforce will find challenging, high-paying jobs in the fields of computer programming, network development, engineering design, manufacturing, chip design and manufacturing, micro-/nano-electronics, and more.

VCU students have been employed by:

  • Amazon
  • CoStar
  • Dupont
  • GE
  • Honeywell
  • Intel Corp
  • Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Revlon
  • Uber
  • WestRock

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