Skip to Main Content
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  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 $32,800.
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
Work Here? Claim Your College

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

Test Prep

SAT and ACT Prep Options
Learn More
  • Affordable, effective, and enjoyable online test prep
  • Guaranteed score improvement with smart feedback and progress tracking

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.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $14,233/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,394/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,307/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,528/ year
  • $110k+
    $26,858/ year
Student Loan Options from Lenders
Learn More
  • Apply online in just 3 minutes
  • No origination, application and processing fees, no fees for early repayment
Niche may be compensated by the third party lenders and others who place ads on the website. Niche is not a lender and does not endorse the products of these advertisers. Fees that Niche receives for ads do not affect the terms you may be offered by the lender you choose. There are many additional borrowing options available.

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
46%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.292 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.289 responses
Do You Work at Virginia Commonwealth University? Claim Your College Today!
Claim your free account to keep your college's data up-to-date and get insights on user activity for your profile.

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,036Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 180 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    24%
  • All of the above
    22%
  • Hipster
    19%
  • Unique
    16%
  • Average
    5%
  • Art students
    5%
  • Ambitious
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.321 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.381 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 208 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    48%
  • All of the above
    37%
  • Artsy
    7%
  • Creatively Ambitious
    4%
  • Collective
    1%
  • Friendly and welcoming
    1%
  • Artsy Lazy Collective
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,200/ 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
Colleges like Virginia Commonwealth University
More

Virginia Commonwealth University Reviews

4,018 reviews
All Categories
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.
Start Your Review of Virginia Commonwealth University
Rate It!
My experience at VCU has been adventurous. This school, along with the city, is enormous! I have explored so much of it. However, it is not just the environment, the people are diverse where I learned different cultures, the classes are different giving me a change once in a while, and the professors are helpful and super nice. Around this campus, there are events that happen daily where anyone can join as well as around the city. I would love for this campus to put up more holiday decorations!
Prior to attending VCU I was not all in because I didn’t like the fact that it was in the city and very fast paced. I have family that lives in New York City and it reminded me of that experience. I’m a relaxed person who is easy going so my first day here I was lost and thought about transferring but I waited a week and I instantly fell in love. It’s not as city like as it seems and everything is at your fingertips. There’s literally everything here, even a Walmart! The advisors and professors are really here for your benefit and it shows.