Overview

Applicants
16,847
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average HS GPA
3.63

GPA Breakdown

40%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
556 - 672
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 620
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17.75:1
Total Faculty
2,152
with Terminal Degree

1,079
Women
1,073
Men
433
Minority
58
International

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
40%
Graduate in 5 years
58%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Majors

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

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

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Anatomy.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Bioinformatics.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biomedical Sciences, General.
  • Biostatistics.
  • Epidemiology.
  • Human/Medical Genetics.
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology.
  • Pathology/Experimental Pathology.
  • Pharmacology.
  • Physiology, General.
  • Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology.

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

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Taxation.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.

  • 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.
  • Information Science/Studies.
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Auditing/Information Assurance.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching.
  • Art Teacher Education.
  • College Student Counseling and Personnel Services.
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services.
  • Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Education, General.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities.
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
  • Educational/Instructional Technology.
  • Health Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Reading Teacher Education.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other.
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

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

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Adult Development and Aging.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

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

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling.
  • Dental Clinical Sciences, General.
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist.
  • Genetic Counseling/Counselor.
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Medicine.
  • Nurse Anesthetist.
  • Nursing Science.
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist.
  • Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other.
  • Pharmacy.
  • Public Health Education and Promotion.
  • Public Health, General.
  • Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor.
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist.

  • 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.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

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

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

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

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Clinical Psychology.
  • Counseling Psychology.
  • Health/Medical Psychology.
  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Administration.
  • Social Work.

  • SCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS.

  • Science Technologies/Technicians, Other.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Urban Studies/Affairs.
  • Anthropology, General.
  • Sociology, General.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry.
  • Dance, General.
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other.
  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fashion/Apparel Design.
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Illustration.
  • Interior Design.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Painting.
  • Photography.
  • Sculpture.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, FITNESS, AND KINESIOLOGY.

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.
  • Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness, General.


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
40%
Graduate in 5 years
58%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

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
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,893

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,758

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,413

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
62%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,919

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$10,205

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
Federal

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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
24,010
Foreign Countries Represented
77

Demographics

13.10%
Asian
19.15%
African-American
9.22%
Hispanic
45.82%
Caucasian
2.64%
Unknown
3.31%
International

59% female
41% male
85% are full time
15% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus

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

ocumentation of ADD or ADHD should be in the form of a letter or report prepared by an appropriate professional (i.e., psychiatrist, physician or psychologist) within the last three years. It should include the following: A clear statement of ADD or ADHD with the DSM–IV diagnosis. A description of the symptoms that meet the criteria for the diagnosis. A summary of the assessment procedures and evaluation instruments that were used to make the diagnosis. Information about current medication(s) used to treat the disability. Possible side effects of any prescribed medication. A statement of the functional limitations of the impairment. Whether the condition is mitigated by medication or any other form of currently prescribed treatment.

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
511
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
18
Number of Religious Organizations
31

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

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)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
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 Virginia Commonwealth University has a military student services dept. on campus

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.

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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
85

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell 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

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.ugrad.vcu.edu/visitvcu/campustours.html 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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