Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

910 W Franklin St, Richmond, VA

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is one of the top research universities in the United States.  It is an urban university, with its two campuses located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia.  The two main campuses for VCU are Monroe Park Campus and MCV Campus.  Additionally, the university has the VCU Medical Center, along with its health sciences schools and a Level 1 Trauma Center, providing health care in 200 specialties.

In addition to advancing research and providing health care, VCU offers more than 200 academic degree programs and educates the community work force.

VCU receives more than $200 million in sponsored research funding, and offers academic research in many departments and disciplines including the VCU Center for Clinical & Translational Research, several VCU Centers and Institutes, as well as several VCU Core Laboratories.


Virginia Commonwealth University was founded in 1838 with the creation of the Medical College of Virginia, as a medical department of Hampden-Sydney College.  In 1854 the Medical College of Virginia became independent.  In 1860 it became state affiliated.

In 1939, the university's school of social work and public health became the Richmond Professional Institute, which became an independent state institution in 1962.  In 1968, there was a merging of the Richmond Professional Institute and the Medical College of Virginia to form what is now known as Virginia Commonwealth University.


Virginia Commonwealth University offers fall, spring and summer sessions and students may enroll for classes throughout the year.

Colleges and Schools

Virginia Commonwealth University has many Centers and Institutes that serve as its colleges and schools for study and research, and also provide health care and student resources.

  • Center for the Study of Biological Complexity
  • Brand Center
  • Evans-Haynes Burn Center
  • Campus Learning Center
  • Business and Engineering Career Center
  • University Career Center
  • Center for Biobehavioral Clinical Research
  • Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention
  • Center for Environmental Studies
  • Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety
  • Center for Human-Animal Interaction
  • Center for Public Policy
  • Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Center on Health Disparities
  • Center on Human Needs
  • Child Development Center
  • Clark Hill Institute
  • Center for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Clinical Research Center
  • Clinical Research Center for Periodontal Diseases
  • Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute
  • Commonwealth Poll
  • Center for Corporate Education
  • Center for Craniofacial Care
  • Curriculum Innovation Resource Center (CIRC)
  • Da Vinci Center for Innovation in Product Design and Development
  • Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies
  • Center for Drug Studies
  • Virginia Council for Economic Education
  • Employment Support Institute
  • Goodwin Research Laboratory
  • Virginia Area Health Education Centers Program
  • Pauley Heart Center
  • Inger and Walter Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences
  • Center for Institutional Effectiveness
  • Center for Judaic Studies
  • Mass Spectrometry Resource for the Study of Biological Complexity
  • Massey Cancer Center
  • Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Center
  • Molecular Imaging Center
  • Mood Disorders Institute
  • Department of Neurosurgery
  • Harold F. Young Neurosurgical Center
  • Obesity Surgery Center
  • Philips Institute of Oral and Craniofacial Molecular Biology
  • Partnership for People with Disabilities
  • Center for Psychological Services and Development
  • Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
  • Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences
  • Risk and Insurance Studies Center
  • Center for Sports Leadership
  • Institute for Structural Biology and Drug Discovery
  • Student Media Center
  • Training and Technical Assistance Center
  • Hume-Lee Transplant Center
  • Transportation Safety Training Center
  • Virginia Center for Urban Development
  • VCU Injury & Violence Prevention Program
  • Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center
  • Virginia Center on Aging
  • Virginia Family Business Forum
  • Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics
  • Virginia Institute for Social Services Training Activities
  • C. Kenneth and Dianne Harris Wright Virginia Microelectronics Center
  • Virginia Real Estate Center
  • Virginia Treatment Center for Children
  • Wellness Resource Center
  • Williamson Institute for Health Studies
  • Institute for Women's Health
  • Writing Center

Student Life

There are more than 400 student organizations at VCU, ranging from student government to professional development, leadership, volunteer service opportunities, political involvement, and more. There are many activities and events offered to students throughout the year through the University Student Commons and Activities (USC&A).  The USC&A also accommodates events and meeting planning, among many other student services.  Student Affairs provides many resources and amenities to students on the VCU campuses.

The Break Point is a games room located in the University Student Commons where students can enjoy many recreational activities.

Fraternities and Sororities

There are 35 different chapters of fraternities and sororities offered at VCU, all governed by four governing councils.  The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at VCU provides overall direction of the Greek community.


Many "Rams" athletes who studied and trained at VCU have gone on to play professional sports. The VCU "Rams" teams compete in several intercollegiate sports to include:

Men's Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

The VCU Department of Residential Life & Housing assists students in finding on-campus housing or off-campus accommodations.

There are many ways to become involved in community programs at VCU, as well as many ways to enjoy arts, culture and local attractions.  The Anderson Gallery has many art shows throughout the year, and the Singleton Center offers musical and theatrical performances.  The annual international festivals held on campus provide intercultural experiences to VCU students.

There are also many things to do in and around Richmond, the capital city of Virginia, which is listed as one of the "best places to live and work in America."  There are many parks around the city, some along the James River.

The city is rich in arts and culture, and one of its most popular attractions is the "First Fridays Art Walk."  This program showcases more than 40 art galleries and venues in the downtown Richmond area on the first Friday of each month.  The downtown area also boasts many top restaurants and venues for shopping and entertainment.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the candidates VCU accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Virginia Commonwealth University is around 31,000 students, where graduate students make up roughly 13% of the student body.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $19,900. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $65 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State: $11,000-$13,000
    • Out-of-State: $29,000-$34,480
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $370-$440 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $990-$1,200 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid79%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships62%$10,592
Receiving Student Loans58%$7,607

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Virginia Commonwealth University may offer services to students like those listed below:

  • Distance learning
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Work study style employment
  • Assistance to find work
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Virginia Commonwealth University is around 57%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years30%
Graduating in 5 Years21%
Graduating in 6 Years6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) & Supervisory CPE Program
  • Art and Design Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dance Program (more info)
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
  • Endodontics Program
  • Health Services Administration Program
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Music Program
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program
  • Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Program
  • Pediatric Dentistry Program
  • Periodontics Program
  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program (more info)
  • Prosthodontics Program
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
  • Radiology Technician Program
  • Radiation Therapist Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

Virginia Commonwealth University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AAA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Atlantic 10 Conference)
  • Basketball (Atlantic 10 Conference)
  • Track and Field (Atlantic 10 Conference)
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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