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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    C+
Virginia Commonwealth is an above-average public university located in Richmond, Virginia. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 20,207 undergraduate students. The Virginia Commonwealth acceptance rate is 86%. Popular majors include Psychology, Business, and Biology. Graduating 67% of students, Virginia Commonwealth alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,400.
910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Atlantic 10 Conference

Virginia Commonwealth University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

VCU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
86%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1070-1260
ACT Range
21-28
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$20,897/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,203/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
81%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.253 responses
48%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.324 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.321 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
3
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
3
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    31%
  • On Campus
    67%
  • Online
    2%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,207Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,486
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 210 responses
  • Diverse
    28%
  • All of the above
    23%
  • Hipster
    17%
  • Unique
    15%
  • Average
    4%
  • Art students
    4%
  • Ambitious
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.353 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.413 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 240 responses
  • Diverse
    46%
  • All of the above
    35%
  • Artsy
    7%
  • Creatively Ambitious
    4%
  • Friendly and welcoming
    3%
  • Excellent
    2%
  • Collective
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
67%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.192 responses
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I really love VCU's diversity and ability to grow here! You meet so many people from all walks of life, getting a feel for how to interact with people in the real world. They have many resources at students disposal to achieve the success they desire. However, as a computer science major it is difficult to get out of class tutoring. They recently started offering tutoring classes for coding, which I really appreciate as the curriculum can be difficult to learn at times. One area I really find lacking is with advisors. Talking with friends and other classmates, the most their able to do is enroll you in classes, give advice on life difficulties, and point your questions to another department to ask. I find this quite unhelpful as that department normally tells me to go to another department and I end up going in circles. It would be much more helpful for them to be able to call or email someone right then and there to get a direct answer on what actions to take.
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The city of Richmond is absolutely wonderful in every facet and VCU is the heart of it all. The Monroe Park campus integrated right into the city and that makes it easy to experience not just the school, but also the places around it.
The Professors are fun and open minded, not to mention incredibly available and helpful.
The Campus itself feels state of the art despite the age of some of the buildings. Cabell Library in particular stands out as the most beautiful and up to date part of the school.
The students defiantly feel enthusiastic to learn and are friendly and have an incredible amount of pride for our magnificent basketball team. Go Rams!
"A city that never sleeps"! That famous catchphrase is often used to describe New York City. Always bustling, moving, diverse, with so many great opportunities. Take those traits and a little more sleep time and you have Virginia Commonwealth University. This is school is an up and coming university that first and foremost prides itself on diversity and inclusion. There are over 500 different clubs and activities that vary from faith,sports, coloring book clubs, modeling, dance; you name it; we most likely have it. Yet aside from that with a staggering amount of students (over 30,000) it might be scary to think that you won't have any personal relationships here. Oddly enough, once you are on campus it shrinks down to a warm comfy size. Even to the point where your professors make it a duty to know you by name.