Overall Niche Grade
- Academicsgrade B+
- Valuegrade B+
- Diversitygrade A
- Campusgrade B+
- Athleticsgrade B+
- Party Scenegrade A
- Professorsgrade A
- Locationgrade A
- Dormsgrade B
- Campus Foodgrade B
- Student Lifegrade A
- Safetygrade C+
Virginia Commonwealth is an above-average public university located in Richmond, Virginia. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 19,825 undergraduate students. The Virginia Commonwealth acceptance rate is 87%. Popular majors include Psychology, Business, and Health Teacher Education. Graduating 67% of students, Virginia Commonwealth alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,400.
Virginia Commonwealth University Rankings
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Will You Get In?
$20,968 / year
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$11,035 / year
Students Receiving Financial Aid
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 253 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 326 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 323 responses
Most Popular Majors
- Psychology531 Graduates
- Business387 Graduates
- Health Teacher Education361 Graduates
- Biology350 Graduates
- Communications295 Graduates
- Information Science248 Graduates
- Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration234 Graduates
- Nursing230 Graduates
- Liberal Arts and Humanities211 Graduates
- Political Science and Government191 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 213 responses
- All of the above23%
- Art students5%
Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 355 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life. 415 responses
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 242 responses
- All of the above35%
- Creatively Ambitious4%
- Friendly and welcoming3%
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,000 / year
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 192 responses
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- grade BUniversity of Mary Washington
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- grade BOld Dominion University
- 4 Year
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- 4 Year
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- grade C+Virginia State University
- 4 Year
- Petersburg, VA
- Rating 3.45 out of 5 1,254 reviews
Virginia Commonwealth University Reviews
Rating 3.72 out of 5 4,394 reviews
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A big plus I would say about VCU is the diversity that they have here. They're always making sure to include people from all communities to feel apart of the Ramily! The professors here are amazing for the most part, however I highly recommend checking Rate my Professor first for choosing a professor that would be the best fit for one's learning abilities. As for Campus life, depending on the varying dorm and/or roommates will determine one's housing experience, roommates being a major factor; last year I lived in an amazing suite yet didn't have the best roommate experience yet this year I'm living in a dorm that does have some issues such as choppy WiFi that often kicks me out of my online classes, however overall I have enjoyed my current dorm thus far. The local area does have quite a bit issues such as the crime that often occurs around/in the university. From what I've seen it's very easy to have your belongings stolen, especially if left in a car.
Since transferring to VCU from a Virginia community college, I have meet so many wonderful people who are willing to answer questions and make sure I take the necessary steps to complete my transfer. My academic advisor is one of the many people I am grateful to because they helped prepare my schedule as a VCU student with confidence and assurance. The orientation leaders were phenomenal and informative. I was introduced to many, many different resources and they encouraged me to take advantage of them during my time at VCU. This is my first semester, but I am very excited and proud to earn my Bacherlor's Degree through VCU!
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.