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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  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 20,036 undergraduate students. The Virginia Commonwealth acceptance rate is 84%. Popular majors include Psychology, Biology, and Business. Graduating 63% of students, Virginia Commonwealth alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,400.
About Virginia Commonwealth University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Atlantic 10 Conference
Address
910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284
Website
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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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
84%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1070-1260
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$20,741/ 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
$9,187/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
81%

Academics

Professors
B+
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
47%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.304 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.301 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,036Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,627
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 192 responses
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  • Diverse
    27%
  • All of the above
    22%
  • Hipster
    18%
  • Unique
    15%
  • Average
    5%
  • Art students
    5%
  • 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.333 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.393 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 220 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    47%
  • All of the above
    35%
  • Artsy
    7%
  • Creatively Ambitious
    4%
  • Friendly and welcoming
    3%
  • Collective
    1%
  • Artsy Lazy Collective
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
63%
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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Virginia Commonwealth University Reviews

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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!
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"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.
From what I have seen this is a great place to study, live, and make friends. They have a rec center (free) that has an indoor track on the second floor, a pool with a spa, weight lifting machines for every muscle group and a rock climbing wall! The library is unique in that it has zones of quietness based on what floor you are on; the bottom floor you can talk regularly, the second floor being your standard library experience, third floor nearly the same just quieter, and the fourth floor is total silence. What really hits home for me is the architecture in the city (Richmond city) which gives off this colonial town vibe making you really think about the history there.

Negatives are a small thing in my opinion. Things such as the traffic in the city, but if you are a student staying on campus it really doesn't matter because all your classes are with a ten-minute walking distance. That and the campus cafe is underwhelming; just buy your own groceries and cook in your dorm.