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Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 4 Year
  • RICHMOND, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University Campus Life

Housing

Dorms
grade B
Based on housing cost, capacity, student reviews and additional factors.
On-Campus Housing Available
Yes
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus
No
Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Undergrads in College Housing
74%
Average Housing Cost
$6,555 / year
Poll
53%
of students say overall dorm quality is great. 220 responses
Poll
61%
of students say the dorms' social atmosphere is great. 395 responses

Food

Campus Food
grade B
Based on meal plan cost and student reviews on the food.
Meal Plan Available
Yes
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4,850 / year
Poll
What are the best food options on campus?
Based on 763 responses
  • Bleeker St.
    15%
  • Also, The Village Cafe (local place) is awesome!
    13%
  • Student Commons
    11%
  • Canes
    10%
  • Panda Express
    9%
  • Jonah's
    9%
  • Cary st deli
    7%
50%
of students highly rate the dining facilities. 276 responses

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Campus Quality

Campus
grade B+
Based on quality of housing, food services, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Life
grade A
Based on campus diversity, social scene, student reviews, and additional factors.
Poll
What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?
Based on 226 responses
  • I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
    38%
  • I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
    54%
  • The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
    6%
  • I hate my school and have no school spirit.
    2%

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Safety

Safety
grade C+
Based on crimes on campus, local area crime rates, and student reviews.
Poll
64%
of students say they feel extremely safe and secure on campus. 273 responses
Poll
How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?
Based on 174 responses
  • You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
    47%
  • Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
    44%
  • You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
    7%
  • If you don't partake, you're left out.
    2%
Poll
How visible are the campus police on campus?
Based on 209 responses
  • Extremely present and willing to assist students.
    49%
  • There if you need them but not overbearing.
    41%
  • Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
    6%
  • Not very visible.
    2%
  • We have campus police?
    1%

Sports

Poll
How popular are varsity sports on campus?
Based on 415 responses
  • Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
    11%
  • Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
    65%
  • Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
    22%
  • No one pays attention to varsity sports.
    2%
Men's Varsity Sports
All Track Combined, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
All Track Combined, Basketball, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Clubs & Activities

Clubs Offered
Campus Ministries, Dance, Drama/Theater, International Student Organizations, Literary Magazine, Model UN, Radio Station, Student Government, Newspaper, Film Society
Music
Choral Groups, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Music Ensembles, Musical Theater, Opera, Pep Band, Symphony Orchestra
Poll
What are your favorite campus events or traditions?
Based on 339 responses
  • Welcome week
    25%
  • Midnight breakfast during exam week
    15%
  • Fall Block
    14%
  • Intercultural Festival
    12%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • VCU Chill and Grill
    7%
  • VCU Field Day
    6%

Scholarship

Party Scene

Party Scene
grade A
Based on access to bars and student reviews on the party scene.
Poll
What is the party scene like on campus?
Based on 274 responses
  • Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
    7%
  • Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
    45%
  • Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
    28%
  • Good parties are few and far between.
    11%
  • Parties? What parties?
    9%
Poll
What is the biggest party event of the year?
Based on 147 responses
  • Welcome Week
    37%
  • Homecoming
    17%
  • When the Basketball team plays
    16%
  • Varies every weekend
    11%
  • Halloween
    10%
  • Homecoming
    5%
  • Graduation
    1%

Greek Life

Men in Fraternities
No data available  
Women in Sororities
No data available  
59%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 355 responses

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