Overview

Applicants
17,244
Acceptance Rate
87%
Average HS GPA
3.68

GPA Breakdown

18%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 620
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

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Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17.24:1
Total Faculty
2,133
with Terminal Degree
1,183

1,107
Women
1,026
Men
480
Minority
58
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
45%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agricultural Business and Management.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • Area Studies, Other.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Chinese Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Bioinformatics.
  • Biology, General.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other.
  • Biomedical Sciences, General.
  • Exercise Physiology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations.
  • Fashion Merchandising.
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other.
  • Human Resources Management and Services.
  • Insurance.
  • International Marketing.
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Real Estate.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Advertising.
  • Journalism.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication.

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other.
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.
  • Computer Science.
  • Data Processing.
  • Information Science/Studies.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Health Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other.
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Engineering, Other.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Nuclear Engineering.
  • Operations Research.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • Language Interpretation and Translation.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist.
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology/Technician.
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist.
  • Nurse Anesthetist.
  • Nursing Science.
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist.
  • Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HEALTH-RELATED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS.

  • Addiction Prevention and Treatment.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other.
  • Law Enforcement Record-Keeping and Evidence Management.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Pre-Law Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences.
  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Natural Sciences.
  • Sustainability Studies.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Ethics.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.
  • Physics, Other.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Administration.
  • Public Policy Analysis, General.
  • Public Policy Analysis, Other.
  • Social Work.

  • RESIDENCY PROGRAMS.

  • Nuclear Medicine.

  • SCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS.

  • Chemical Technology/Technician.
  • Science Technologies/Technicians, Other.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • International Relations and National Security Studies, Other.
  • International Relations and National Security Studies.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Political Science and Government.
  • Sociology.
  • Urban Studies/Affairs.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Brass Instruments.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Costume Design.
  • Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry.
  • Dance, General.
  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other.
  • Fashion/Apparel Design.
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Illustration.
  • Interior Design.
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies.
  • Keyboard Instruments.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Painting.
  • Percussion Instruments.
  • Photography.
  • Printmaking.
  • Sculpture.
  • Stringed Instruments.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.
  • Voice and Opera.
  • Woodwind Instruments.


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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


David Baldacci
International bestselling author; published 40 novels for adults in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales

Boris Kodjoe
TV and screen actor, known for roles in ?House of Cards,? ?Grey?s Anatomy,? ?Code Black? and others; named "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" by People magazine in 2002

Matthew Ramsey
Singer/songwriter and lead vocalist for country band Old Dominion

Rodney Robinson
Named National Teacher of the Year in 2019

Tara Donovan
Sculptor and MacArthur Fellowship recipient with installations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Eduardo Rodriguez, M.D., D.D.S.
Performed the first face transplant in 2012 at University of Maryland

Dick Robertson
President of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for 17 years where he launched hundreds of TV series and specialis, including ?Friends? and ?The People?s Court?

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
45%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,740

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,512

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,205

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
64%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,163

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$11,198

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 Methodology

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
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
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
22,837
Foreign Countries Represented
81

Demographics

13.97%
Asian
19.72%
African-American
10.95%
Hispanic
43.38%
Caucasian
1.82%
Unknown
2.51%
International

61% female
39% male
87% are full time
13% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
27%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
84%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Ian Kunkes

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Including Reading, Writing, and Math Disabilities In order to accurately determine the appropriate accommodations for students with learning disabilities, documentation should be current. To be current, the evaluation must have been completed When the student was an adult (usually older than 15) so that adult scales and instruments were used, or Within the last three years Please go to http://www.students.vcu.edu/dss/registration/documentation-guidelines/learning-disabilities/ for details about the comprehensive assessment requirements. This assessment should include a diagnostic interview to determine medical, developmental, psychosocial, family, academic, and employment history (if applicable).

Documentation Required for ADHD

Documentation to support an ADHD diagnosis should be in the form of a written report based on a current and comprehensive psychological, neuropsychological or psycho-educational evaluation, comprehensive medical report, detailed letter from a treating professional, and/or by having a treating professional complete a copy of our Psychological/Psychiatric Disability Verification Form. While there are no official cutoffs for how recent documentation must be, ideally it should be within the past 3-5 years and reflect the student?s level of functioning as an adult. Updated documentation may be requested if it is determined that what is submitted is too dated to still be considered relevant. The following should be addressed: ? Clear statement of the diagnosis. ? Description of current and past ADHD symptoms across multiple settings, including academic. ? Formal evaluations and testing should include standardized measures of attention, IQ, achievement, and other forms of cognitive functioning. Actual test scores should be provided. ? Treatment information including current medication. ? Potential impact of condition in a college environment.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
432
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
23
Number of Religious Organizations
32

7% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

11% participate in intramural sports
1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Rams)
8 Sports

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

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered 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.

97/99
AASHE STARS® rating
SILVER
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
2%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2019.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Cisco, and Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Box 842526
Richmond, VA 23284-2526

Phone
(800)841-3638

Email
ugrad@vcu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Commons
Cabell Library
Siegel Center
Anderson Gallery
Shafer Court
Cary Street Recreation Complex, Starbucks in the Cabell Library, Institute for Contemporary Art

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., Willow Lawn
Shockoe Bottom Area

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday thru Saturday
10:30am and 2:00pm
(800)841-3638

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Please go to http://www.vcu.edu/admissions/visit-vcu/ for info

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

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
https://www.vcu.edu/life-at-vcu/all-about-richmond/


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