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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
    C
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
Virginia Commonwealth University is ...
Public
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
81%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
980-1200
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$20,544/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,593/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,606/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,089/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,358/ year
  • $110k+
    $26,432/ year
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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
46%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.281 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.278 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,264Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
31%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 169 responses
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  • Diverse
    25%
  • All of the above
    21%
  • Hipster
    20%
  • Unique
    15%
  • Art students
    5%
  • Average
    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.310 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.370 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 197 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    46%
  • All of the above
    38%
  • Artsy
    8%
  • Creatively Ambitious
    4%
  • Collective
    2%
  • Friendly and welcoming
    2%
  • Artsy Lazy Collective
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
62%
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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I attended VCU 2008-2012 and don't regret it at all! It is not a typical college campus with brick buildings and grassy fields. It's nestled in the city of Richmond where you have a diverse and dynamic mix of students, city dwellers, artists, and everything you can imagine! I would never trade this for another "typical" school. In terms of academics, everything is accessible through student tutoring sessions, group review sessions (highly advisable). It's challenging (especially if you do the Honors College), but worth your while. THe study abroad programs are EXCELLENT. I did 2 of them myself, and definitely recommend it-- they find a way to finance whatever study abroad you want to do, through their scholarship office.
I only take 1 star away because I was a commuter and did not enjoy VCU as much as the residential students. However, the commute is also highly doable and there is a lot of parking available to students. Honestly, VCU is the way to go.
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VCU was actually a really great experience for me! The only thing that I and most people hate about it is that the campus isn't very connected, but that's because it's a university that is in the middle of Richmond, a big city. However, we do have the Campus Connector Bus that runs to and from the main campus. Also, VCU is very diverse and that's what we're known for! I came from a predominately black high school but my door hall was mostly Asian and Hispanic people so it was interesting to see how different yet similar our cultures are. Lastly, being in the big city comes in handy in regards to all the different restaurants and museums that Richmond has, including Belle Isle - the hiking area near the James River!
VCU is located right in downtown Richmond Virginia! It has the #2 public art education program in the country and it shows through the students attending! VCU is integrated into the city of Richmond and offers plenty of fun night life and campus activities, as well as plenty of nature to explore! My professors have all been polite, accessible, and compassionate. The only thing I would say is a downside to VCU is their dining hall food, but there are plenty of other restaurants that serve delicious food and accept student meal plans!