Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (VCU)

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 9 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 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.

Academics

The workload can be beyond average, but this is at the discretion of each professor. Many of the introductory classes are very large- do not expect individual attention from professors unless you reach out to them. Specifically, the History department is much smaller than many, but very informative and conducive for learning. The fewest number of kids in my classes are around 50-90 students; the larger classes have in excess of 400 students.

College Life

The social atmosphere on campus is thriving! There is so much to do in the form of clubs, recreational and collegiate sports, Greek life, etc. The campus itself is very safe due to the constant patrol of VCU police. It's best to avoid unknown areas at night, though since assaults/robberies off-campus are somewhat common. If you are safe, Richmond has a lot to offer in the form of nightclubs, bars, VCU has campus activities through clubs and sponsored events. Also, the Cary Street Gym is open for a good portion of the day.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars

Alumnus - Grad Year 1998

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

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.

Academics

Since these are art and design classes, in a way, you determine the scope of your own projects. If you’re ambitious with your projects, then your workload will obviously be more. I remember a student from another department once said to me while I was up at 4 am working “the only students working all night are the med students and the art students”. I was lucky enough to get to study under Phillip B. Meggs who “has been called the most important historian of design since Nikolaus Pevsner”. I literally got to learn about the history of design from the man who wrote the book on it. The class sizes for lectures were large auditorium sized, but studio classes were small – probably around 10-15 students, so you really got the attention you needed.

College Life

Socially, it was a good school. Friends were made quickly and easily. There were some spots to hang out and grab something to eat at. When I attended VCU, there weren’t as many clubs as I think there are now. The area has been built up and seems like there’s even more to do there than before. Safety wise, I think like any city, you should use common sense and not walk by yourself late at night.


Former Student - Last Attended 2003

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Liked being able to have my car as a freshman, being able to live off campus and walk everywhere. I played soccer there so that took up most of my free time and dictated my social life. Try to get into GRC, the high rise dorms were pretty terrible while I was there.

Academics

I went through Mass Comm and the creative advertising program there. It was a good program run by people who had gone to the VCU Adcenter (now Brandcenter) which is where I went to grad school. It's the type of academic environment that really asks you to take initiative. If you don't, it's going to be mediocre.

College Life

I was an athlete so that really dictated my social life, both in what nights I could go out and in who I went out with. I had a few friends who were Greek and actually had a lot of fun doing that in the city. There's always something to do, especially once you're 21.


Former Student - Last Attended 2006

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I wasn't a part of the whole school because i was in a grad program that was off campus so the actual student life was a little different for me. i really enjoyed my experience however because the people who were also accepted to the program were just as committed to working as i was. The program I in was very very intense but for good reason.

Academics

the work load for the adcenter program was insane but i was warned about it before i started. im glad it was that intense because it got me ready for the job i was going to take. it seemed like i was just doing a long internship while learning instead of going to school. things were great there and i really enjoyed my time

College Life

i didn't spend a ton of time on campus like i said but when i did i felt i was a bit run down. i know in my last year there they were constructing a new recreation center which was good because the old one was very small. you could tell that the school needed more money to re-do the facilities that were getting really run down.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

VCU is an overall great school! I love how diverse it is an all the wonderful programs they have,their dental program to be exact,because I want to go to school to be an orthodontist. They also have an incredible basketball team. VCU is a well rounded school.

Academics

VCU has an excellent variety of programs and classes to take. The class sizes are average and it is easier to have a personal connection with professors unlike some of the larger sized schools. The workload is as expected and depends on the course and the professor.

College Life

VCU has a great on campus experience and it has a homely feeling. Safety is an important thing to everybody. Although grades are important to the VCu family our sports are also incredible, We take pride being the Rams and support all our players to the fullest.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
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