Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (VCU)

Richmond, VA

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Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Student Essentials

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Student Essentials
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Setting: Mid-size City Setting
Type: Public
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Rams
Nickname: VCU
Website: www.vcu.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Selective
In-State Tuition: $9,886
Out-of-State Tuition: $23,913
Retention Rate: 85%
Enrollment: 36,714
Year Established: 1838

About VCU

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia, is a high-ranking research university that offers comprehensive academics in the liberal and fine arts, sciences and professional fields. VCU’s campus life is also comprehensive and offers many opportunities.

Virginia Commonwealth University has more than 10 distinctive schools that award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Students may earn undergraduate degrees in such fields as:

  • African American Studies
  • Art Education
  • Bioinformatics
  • Business
  • Film and Photography
  • Nursing
  • Religious Studies

Virginia Commonwealth’s diverse graduate programs include:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Creative Writing
  • Engineering
  • Physical Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Theatre

Virginia Commonwealth has consistently received high rankings. U.S. News and World Report rated it as a Tier 1 University and ranked the School of the Arts as one of the best nationally. Other programs that have received high rankings are business and education.

Student life activities also abound and include more than 200 organizations, several student publications and a student radio station. VCU also hosts one of the nation’s largest university film festivals.

Admissions requirements include submission of an online application, along with transcripts or GED scores and ACT or SAT scores. The average SAT score of admitted students is generally between 1010 and 1220. The average GPA of accepted students is usually between 3.2 and 3.9. VCU awards full and partial tuition scholarships. Criteria for scholarships include GPA and test scores. Students may also apply for need-based federal aid by submitting a FAFSA. Federal aid awards include loans and grants.

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VCU Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 9 Reviews

44% of students gave Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond 4 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

I like the diversity of the school and the dynamic communities surrounding it. Finding your niche within VCU can be difficult at first given the size of the school, but there is a place for everyone.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1998

Overall Rating

The Communication Arts and Design department of VCU is one of the best in the country. Even when I attended it was top-notch. The instructors were strong in all areas, including design and typography, drawing and interactive media. The work is very challenging and it’s really up to the student how much they want to put into it. If you slack off, you may not last…but if you put the effort in you will come away with one of the best educations in arts and design fields you can get.


VCU Map & Location

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284


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Getting Around VCU

Walkability

Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.

10/10
walk

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Richmond, VA

Winter
Dec
51
31
Jan
47
28
Feb
52
31
Spring
Mar
60
37
Apr
70
46
May
78
55
Summer
Jun
86
65
Jul
90
69
Aug
88
67
Fall
Sep
81
60
Oct
71
48
Nov
61
39

VCU Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 26,661
Freshman Class 4,201
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 36,714

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 6%
  • African American: 19%
  • Caucasian: 54%
  • Asian: 11%
  • Unknown and Other: 8%
Latino 6%
African American 19%
Caucasian 54%
Asian 11%
Unknown and Other 8%

Undergraduate 73%
Graduate 27%
Full-Time 84%
Part-Time 16%
Women 59%
Men 41%
International 5%
Domestic 95%

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