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Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University, founded in 1838, is a public, multipurpose university. Students often choose to attend VCU because if its diverse student population, the exciting city atmosphere and the availability of co-op and internship experiences in most majors. Programs are offered through the Centers for Environmental Sciences and Public Policy; the College of Humanities and Sciences; and the Schools of Allied Health Professions, the Arts, Business, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Mass Communications, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work. Two campuses (the academic campus and the Medical College of Virginia) totaling 126 acres, are both located in downtown Richmond. They provide students two distinctive settings in which to live and learn. Recent additions to the campus include a new school of engineering, a fine arts building and a recreation/convocation center.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 24,212
   Women 14,221 (58.7%)
   Men 9,991 (41.3%)
Graduate Students 7,019
Entrance Difficulty  
Overall Admission Rate 75% of 17,176 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.63
SAT Math 490-590 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 490-610 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 21-27 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests     X  
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance In-state: $26,197
Out-of-state: $44,729
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $13,076
Out-of-state: $31,608
  Room and Board $9,919
Average Percent of Need Met 53%
Average Freshman Award $11,333
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 2,264
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 7% of classes
10-19 students: 27% of classes
20-29 students: 30% of classes
30-39 students: 15% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 8% of classes
Richmond Population 210,309
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee  
Students in College Housing 82% of freshmen, 74% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Rams
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
13.2% Asian
19.4% Black/African-American
9.0% Hispanic/Latino
6.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
49.2% White
2.7% Unknown
International Students 3.3% from 79 countries
First-Year Students Returning 86.3%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 35.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported