From the School

VCU students arrive ready to turn their ambitions into action. Whether your passion lies in the medical field, the visual or performing arts, social work, engineering, education or life sciences, you'll find the tools to answer your calling. Designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a "Community Engaged" institution with "Very High Research Activity" status, VCU has cemented its reputation as one of the nation's leading research universities with more than $250 million in funded research. As such, you'll find guidance and support from distinguished faculty members always at the forefront of their fields, as well as abundant opportunities to contribute to that constant pursuit of new knowledge through your own research endeavors and creative projects.

Overview

Applicants
15,399
Acceptance Rate
64%
Average HS GPA
3.58

GPA Breakdown

34%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
500 - 610
SAT Math
500 - 600
ACT Composite
21 - 26

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

From The School

At VCU, outstanding academics extend beyond the classroom, and whether your passions cause you to venture out into the city or the far corners of the world, you'll find a wealth of resources to help you on your path.

Our Division of Community Engagement provides students, faculty and staff with opportunities to partner with the community through volunteer work and service-learning courses, and for six straight years, the U.S. Department of Education has admitted VCU to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll the highest federal recognition that colleges and universities can achieve for service learning and civic engagement.

Students can seek added challenges through The Honors College, which provides a unique, academically intense environment (coupled with the opportunity to live in honors-only residence halls) and allows those who complete the program to continue their studies in any VCU professional health science or graduate program without competing for admission.

Our University College can advise and work with you to hone your academic skills, and as you continue your studies, our University Career Center can help augment your classroom experience with internship and experiential learning opportunities, as well as assist with all aspects of the job search, so you can effectively market yourself in the field.

Those interested in studying abroad can count on our Global Education Office to help them find the right fit, and prospective international students interested in VCU can learn more and receive guidance from that office as well.

For students interested in transferring to VCU or who have already transferred here, our Transfer Center can help ensure a smooth, efficient and fulfilling process. To help ease military service members in their transition from soldier to student, the Military Student Services Center offers help in applying for aid, managing benefits and future deployments, and scheduling classes to fit family schedules. Similarly, our Office of Multicultural Student Affairs assists traditionally underserved or underrepresented student populations through advising, mentoring, retention and program development.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
3,313
with Terminal Degree

1,800
Men
1,513
Women
627
Minority
97
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Overview

From The School

Undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2012-13 academic year are $9,885.46 for in-state students and $23,912.46 for out-of-state students.

Room rates for both in-state and out-of-state students are $5,292, and board rates for in-state and out-of-state students are $3,456.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,839

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,446

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,347

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,462

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
62%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,707

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

With more than 500 student organizations (including 30 sororities and fraternities) hosting more than 600 events each year, you're sure to find the social outlet that's right for you. Still, in the event you don’t (or, if you're simply looking for something unique and new) you can start your own with help from the Office for Student Organization Development.

Perhaps the hottest ticket in town is our men's basketball team. Led by coach Shaka Smart, VCU stormed the NCAA Final Four in 2011 and returned to the tournament in 2012. Our 16 NCAA sports teams hold a total of 27 Colonial Athletic Association conference titles over the past 10 years, and, with our recent move to the Atlantic 10 Conference, we're excited to rack up many more against new competition. So, whatever your sports passion, you’ll find reason to don black and gold on game days.

For recreational and outdoor fitness enthusiasts, VCU boasts the Cary Street Gym, which was named one of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association's outstanding facilities in 2012. There, you'll find an 18,000-square-foot fitness center, two indoor swimming pools, a 38-foot rock-climbing wall and much more.

With the James River just a walk away from campus, and the Blue Ridge Mountains just a short drive, there's also plenty to explore, and the VCU Outing Rental Center can equip you with everything you need for a safe and exhilarating day trip.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
23,657
Out of State

International
Foreign Countries Represented
100

Demographics

57% female
43% male
84% are full time
16% are part time

Overview

From The School

Located at the heart of the commonwealth in Richmond, Va., VCU's campus blends into the fabric of the city, offering students a mix of modern amenities, historic buildings and small-town charm. Vibrant cultural districts featuring a variety of galleries, theaters, museums and shops balance the city's thriving business sector, which boasts internship opportunities for students at Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies, as well as local and state agencies. And, just a short walk from campus you'll find the historic James River and more than 550 acres of waterfront parks in which to relax and explore.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
25%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
83%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
84

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
568
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
11
Number of Religious Organizations
36

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Rams)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Rams)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: University of Richmond

Sustainability

Virginia Commonwealth University is Virginia’s premier urban, public research university. Its strategic plan, “Quest for Distinction,” added sustainability as a sixth guiding principle. VCU’s Walter L. Rice Education Building is the first building in Virginia to be awarded the USGBC’s LEED Platinum. With nine LEED-certified buildings and six more planned by 2015, more than 16 percent of the campus square footage will be LEED-certified. VCU successfully secured $3.1 million in federal funds for solar energy projects on campus and installed solar arrays on two parking decks (one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in Virginia), three pole-mounted solar trackers and a 750-gallon solar thermal water heater, which together will eliminate more than 370 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents per year. In an effort to become a greener place to study and work, VCU installed twenty-two solar-powered trash collectors, helping VCU achieve a 41 percent waste-diversion rate. The university launched new bike initiatives including two mobility hubs, consisting of bicycle racks, bike air compressors, ZipCars, proximity to GRTC/VCU Campus Connector bus stops and L2 electric vehicle charging stations, in order to encourage the university community to use alternative transportation. VCU has implemented innovative storm water management techniques, including a vegetated roof, rain garden and bayscaping and community garden on its campuses. The university has pledged to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, with an interim goal of a 30 percent reduction in its carbon emissions by 2025.

Green Rating
94
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
85

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
60

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo, Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Sybil Halloran
Assist Vice Provost Stud. Recruit & Admi

Address
Box 842526
Richmond, VA 23284-2526

Phone
804-828-6125

Email
ugrad@vcu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Commons
Cabell Library
Siegel Center
Anderson Gallery
Shafer Court Dining Facility
Cary Street Recreation Complex, Starbucks in the Cabell Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
State Capital
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Science Museum
Carytown/shopping/Rest. District
Malls - Stony Point, Short Pump Town Ctr., VA Ctr. Commons, Willow Lawn
Shockoe Bottom Area

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Please go to http://www.ugrad.vcu.edu/visitvcu/campustours.html for info

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Richmond City Buses, VCU shuttles, taxis, Richmond International Airport, Amtrak and Greyhound Bus Station.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Monroe Park Campus Directions: Arriving from the East by Interstate 64 West - coming from Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, etc. 1.Take Exit 190 for Fifth Street and Downtown/Coliseum. 2.Turn right at the eighth traffic light, onto West Main Street. 3.Follow West Main Street for 11 blocks to Belvidere Street (turn right). 4.Go three blocks to West Broad Street (turn left). 5.Drive three blocks to Shafer Street (turn left); the entrance to the VCU West Broad Parking Deck/Welcome Center is on the right. Arriving from the North by Interstate 95 South - coming from Washington, Fredericksburg, Kings Dominion, etc. 1.Take Exit 76B for Belvidere Street (U.S. 1 and 301). 2.Turn left onto West Leigh Street. 3.Turn right onto Belvidere Street. 4.Turn right onto West Broad Street. 5.Drive three blocks to Shafer Street (turn left); the entrance to the VCU West Broad Parking Deck/Welcome Center is on the right. Arriving from the South by Interstate 95 North - coming from Petersburg, North Carolina, etc. 1.Take Exit 74A onto Downtown Expressway, I-195 (The exit ramp is actually on the James River Bridge). 2.Drive 1/2 mile, take exit for Belvidere Street (U.S. 1 and 301). 3.Drive two blocks along Canal Street to North Belvidere Street. 4.Turn right on North Belvidere Street. 5.Go three blocks to West Broad Street (turn left). 6.Drive three blocks to Shafer Street (turn left); the entrance to the VCU West Broad Parking Deck/Welcome Center is on the right. Arriving from the West by Interstate 64 East - coming from Charlottesville, etc. 1.Take Exit 76B for Belvidere Street (U.S. 1 and 301). 2.Turn left onto West Leigh Street. 3.Turn right onto Belvidere Street. 4.Turn right onto West Broad Street. 5.Drive three blocks to Shafer Street (turn left); the entrance to the VCU West Broad Parking Deck/Welcome Center is on the right. MCV Campus Directions: Arriving by I-64 West - coming from Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, etc. 1.Take Exit 190 for 5th Street and Downtown/Coliseum. 2.Turn left at the 4th traffic light onto Marshall Street. 3.Drive six blocks and turn left onto 11th Street. 4.Turn right onto East Leigh Street. 5.Turn right onto 12th Street. 6.Turn left into the Patient and Visitor Parking Decks. Arriving by I-64 East - coming from Charlottesville, I-81, etc. 1.Follow I-64 East which merges with I-95 South. 2.Take I-95 south to Exit 74C for West Broad Street. 3.Turn right onto 11th Street. 4.Turn right onto East Leigh Street. 5.Turn right onto 12th Street. 6.Turn left into the Patient & Visitor Parking Deck. Arriving by I-95 North - coming from Petersburg, North Carolina, etc. 1.Take Exit 74C for West Broad Street. 2.Turn right onto 11th Street. 3.Turn right onto East Leigh Street. 4.Turn right onto 12th Street. 5.Turn left into the Patient & Visitor Parking Decks. Arriving by I-95 South - coming from Washington, Fredericksburg, etc. 1.Take Exit 74C to West Broad Street. 2.Turn right onto 11th Street. 3.Turn right onto East Leigh Street. 4.Turn right onto 12th Street. 5.Turn left into the Patient & Visitor Parking Decks. Arriving by U.S. Route 60 - coming from Lexington, etc. 1.Follow U.S. Route 60 East, cross over the Manchester Bridge and merge onto 9th Street. 2.Remain on 9th Street and go one block past East Broad Street to Marshall Street and turn right. 3.Continue for about 2 miles and turn left onto East Leigh Street. 4.Turn right onto 12th Street. 5.Turn left into the Patient & Visitor Parking Decks.

Local Accommodations
Please go to: http://www.ugrad.vcu.edu/experience/visit/index.html
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Key Stats

15,399
Applicants
23,657
Size
64%
Acceptance Rate
1100
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists