You'll notice a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Virginia Commonwealth University did not get in. At the same time, note that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades that were below the norm. This is because VCU's admissions process is not entirely quantitative. For one, the admissions officers will want to see that you have taken rigorous high school courses , not courses that get you an easy "A." Also, extracurricular activities , work experiences, and recommendations can strengthen a borderline application.