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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.

Web Sitewww.vcu.edu/
Institution TypePublic
CoeducationalYes
Undergraduate Students24,212
   Women14,221 (58.7%)
   Men9,991 (41.3%)
Graduate Students7,019

ADMISSION

Entrance Difficulty 
Overall Admission Rate75% of 17,176 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineRolling
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
EssayX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.63
SAT Math490-590 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading490-610 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing470-580 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite21-27 range of middle 50%

MONEY MATTERS

Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $28,361
Out-of-state: $47,733
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $13,570
Out-of-state: $32,942
Room and Board
$10,187
Average Percent of Need Met53%
Average Freshman Award$11,333
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
$31,512

ACADEMICS

Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
1,209
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 6% of classes
10-19 students: 25% of classes
20-29 students: 31% of classes
30-39 students: 14% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 9% of classes
Over 100 students: 9% of classes

CAMPUS LIFE

Richmond Population210,309
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing Guarantee 
Students in College Housing 
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
MascotRams
Sororities 
Fraternities 

STUDENTS

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 Students3.3% from 79 countries
First-Year Students Returning86.3%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
35.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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CLASS OF 2022 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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UW W M ERW  
Average 3.43 3.74 613 624 27
Low 1.00 2.50 350 460 14
High 4.00 5.00 790 800 36
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DID YOU KNOW?

• VCU's student events offer such entertaining activities as Poker Basics, lunch with live music and the "International School of Strut" Fashion Show.

• VCU has over 40,000 alumni living in the Richmond metropolitan area.

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