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Undergraduate - Government and Public Affairs

Located blocks from the state capitol and two hours from the nation’s capital, the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs lets students gain relevant experience through hands-on learning that blends theory with practice. The school offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in five areas: criminal justice, homeland security and emergency preparedness, public administration, public policy and administration, and urban and regional studies and planning.


Jumpstart your career in criminal justice, public policy and  administration, government, law and homeland security and emergency preparedness  through the VCU Global Student Success Program, a program designed specifically for international student success.


The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as No. 44 of graduate public affairs programs across the country.


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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
  • No SAT or ACT required for admission
  • Receive academic credits toward your VCU degree
  • Small class sizes and additional student support provided

Progression requirements

  • Overall GPA of 2.0
  • Minimum number of credits: 30

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

Enter year 2 of your VCU undergraduate degree

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

  • Criminal Justice, B.S.
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, B.A.
  • Urban and Regional Studies, B.S.

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