VCU’s Ink Policy: Tattoos Now Mandatory for Admission and Graduation


Just in from VCU News, Richmond’s largest public university has a new rule for future applicants, so make sure you check your ink before you apply!

Virginia Commonwealth University announced today that, effective immediately, tattoos will be required for admission, making it the first university in the nation to implement such a requirement. University officials also announced that tattoos will be a graduation requirement for all current students.

The university cited its strategic plan, Quest for Distinction, as the impetus behind the new requirement. “Creative expression is an important part of Theme II of our strategic plan,” said Lorna Dwyer, vice president of questiness at VCU. “We pride ourselves on the creativity and artistic nature of our student body – and I mean literally our students’ bodies. The new tattoo requirement is a reflection of our students’ commitment to individuality, to openness, to never being afraid to express themselves or hide who they are.”

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Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner is the former editor of GayRVA and RVAMag from 2013 - 2017. He’s now the Richmond Bureau Chief for Radio IQ, a state-wide NPR outlet based in Roanoke. You can reach him at

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