|Setting:||Mid-size City Setting|
|Size:||Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)|
|On-Campus Housing Available:||Yes|
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
- Film and Photography
- Religious Studies
Virginia Commonwealth’s diverse graduate programs include:
- Clinical Psychology
- Creative Writing
- Physical Therapy
- Social Work
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.
44% of students gave Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond 4 stars overall.
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.
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.
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284
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Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.
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|Full-Time Undergrad Students||26,661|
|Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)||36,714|
- Latino: 6%
- African American: 19%
- Caucasian: 54%
- Asian: 11%
- Unknown and Other: 8%
|Unknown and Other||8%|
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