3,746 reviews
  1. Richmond, VA
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    C+
Virginia Commonwealth University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conference
Atlantic 10 Conference
Address
910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284
Website

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
75%
SAT Scores Range
1000-1210
ACT Scores Range
21-27
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for Virginia Commonwealth University

Cost

Net Price
$19,335/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,187/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,675/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,387/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,424/ year
  • $110k+
    $25,659/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.253 responses
45%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.271 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.268 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,056Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 159 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    25%
  • Hipster
    21%
  • All of the above
    19%
  • Unique
    14%
  • Art students
    6%
  • Average
    6%
  • Ambitious
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.300 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.360 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 187 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    48%
  • All of the above
    37%
  • Artsy
    8%
  • Creatively Ambitious
    4%
  • Collective
    2%
  • Artsy Lazy Collective
    1%
  • Friendly and welcoming
    1%

After Virginia Commonwealth University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
59%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.192 responses

Virginia Commonwealth University Reviews

3,746 reviews
All Categories
VCU is wonderful! Everyone is super friendly and its very diverse. Nearly all of my teachers and classes I've had have been outstanding. I'm in the Art's Foundation program and I've learned so much and the work that comes out of it is phenomenal. The athletics are top, yet the student body lacks in school spirit. The party scene is amazing. Nearly all parties are off campus and the only downside is that its very selective. If you aren't in a frat there's a good chance you won't be let in. The school in general needs more of a reputation, especially out of state. The on campus dorms aren't the best either. The walls aren't soundproof, but the living space is average despite the small spaces we are given. Monroe Park, which initially was extremely sketchy and filled with homeless people, is being renovated. Most of the homeless have been relocated since construction started. For an urban school, its very safe. VCUs food is the worst and overpriced but the gym is outstanding.
I think my favorite thing is the diversity. Walking around the campus, you see people of different races, ethnicities, religions, and nationalities. You hear people speaking languages other than English such as Arabic or Chinese. A lot of my friends I actually met at LGBTQ+ mixers during the first week here. I love that there is a whole department and office for multicultural student affairs. The office is even a safe space for anyone who needs it!
I went on a campus tour and it was a really great experience; the tour guide answered questions I didn't even know I had! The campus is beautiful, it is really obvious that it is in the heart of the city, and it's great, although it isn't for people who like a more rural setting: it's BUSY. I got to meet with a professor in my intended area and he was absolutely great to work with: he answered all of my questions, informed me on future prospective events, and even gave sat with me one-on-one to discuss my potential to succeed at VCU. I would definitely recommend this school.