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.

Website: www.vcu.edu/

Public
Co-ed
24,010
Undergraduate
Students
(59.4%) 14,259 Women
(40.6%) 9,751 Men
7,026
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Not reported
Overall Admission Rate
77% of 16,847 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.63
SAT Math
520-620 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
556-672 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
21-28 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $27,023
Out-of-state: $46,395
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $13,570
Out-of-state: $32,942
Room and Board
$10,187
Average Percent of Need Met
55%
Average Freshman Award
$12,175
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$31,919
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,242
Regular Class Size
2-9 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
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Campus Life

Richmond Population
210,309
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
16% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Rams
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
13.5% Asian
19.8% Black/African-American
9.5% Hispanic/Latino
6.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
47.4% White
2.7% Unknown
International Students
3.1% from 77 countries
First-Year Students Returning
83.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
39.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
12%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Not reported

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies 1  
History 2 3
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required for some February 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
901 West Franklin Street
City, State, Zip
Richmond, VA 23284-9005
Phone
(804) 828-1222
Fax
(804) 828-1899
E-mail
ugrad@vcu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$70
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
November 1
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
 
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
77% of 16,847 applicants were admitted
Women
78% of 10,435 applicants were admitted
Men
75% of 6,412 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
4,752 (37%) of 12,901 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,921 (36%) of 8,106 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,831 (38%) of 4,795 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
386
Students Accepting Wait List Position
382
Students Admitted From Wait List
195

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.63
3.75 and Above
39%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
520-620 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
7%
Score of 600 - 700
28%
Score of 500 - 600
53%
Score of 400 - 500
12%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
556-672 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
9%
Score of 600 - 700
41%
Score of 500 - 600
44%
Score of 400 - 500
6%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
21-28 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
15%
Score of 24 - 29
39%
Score of 18 - 23
42%
Score of 12 - 17
4%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 17%
Top quarter: 29%
Top half: 46%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $27,023
Out-of-state: $46,395
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $13,570
Out-of-state: $32,942
Room and Board
$10,187
Books and Supplies
$1,493
Other Expenses
$1,773
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003735
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
3,443 (81.8%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
2,742 (79.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,647 (96.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
199 (7.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
55%
Average Award
$12,175
Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,480 (93.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $9,893
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,032 (76.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,434
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 124 (4.7%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
368 (8.7%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $6,564

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
14,387 (70.9%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
12,053 (83.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
11,655 (96.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
728 (6.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
53%
Average Award
$11,623
Need-Based Gift
Received by 10,086 (86.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,758
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 9,888 (84.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,552
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 344 (3.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
1,339 (6.6%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $7,245

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
62%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$31,919
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
8.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans, Federal Nursing loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,397
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Dance, General
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Forensic Science and Technology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other
  • Illustration
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Interior Design
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Performance, General
  • Painting
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
  • Real Estate
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Sculpture
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Visual and performing arts, Psychology
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
1,242
Part-Time Faculty
910
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
Not reported
Regular Class Size
2-9 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
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 19% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 27% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 31% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 19% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not reported
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
3,451,559
Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
2500
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Fine Arts, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Master of Science in Athletic Training, Master of Art Education, Master of Science, Master of Bioinformatics, Master of Music, Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia, Master of Health Administration, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Master of Accountancy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Social Work, Master of Teaching, Master of Interdisciplinary Studies, Master of Product Innovation, Master of Education, Master of Arts, Master of Public Administration, Master of Environmental Science, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Health Administration

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Adult Education
  • Adult Nursing
  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Applied Arts and Design--General
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Social Research
  • Architectural History
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Athletic Training and Sports Medicine
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biostatistics
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences/Medical Technology
  • Community Health
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Dentistry
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Emergency Management
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Epidemiology
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Finance and Banking
  • Forensic Sciences
  • Genetics
  • Gerontology
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • History
  • Homeland Security
  • Human Genetics
  • Human Resources Development
  • Humanities
  • Immunology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Management
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Insurance
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Interior Design
  • Internet and Interactive Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management Strategy and Policy
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Physics
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Molecular Biology
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nanotechnology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Operations Research
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Pharmaceutical Administration
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacology
  • Photography
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Public Administration
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Health--General
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Reading Education
  • Real Estate
  • Recreation and Park Management
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Rhetoric
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • Statistics
  • Student Affairs
  • Theater
  • Toxicology
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Women's Health Nursing
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Adult Nursing
  • Allied Health--General
  • Allopathic Medicine
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Anatomy
  • Architectural History
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biopsychology
  • Biostatistics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences/Medical Technology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication--General
  • Community Health
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Dentistry
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Policy
  • Educational Psychology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Gerontology
  • Health Physics/Radiological Health
  • Health Psychology
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Health Services Research
  • History
  • Human Genetics
  • Humanities
  • Immunology
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Management Information Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Physics
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Molecular Biology
  • Museum Studies
  • Nanotechnology
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Operations Research
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pathology
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Pharmaceutical Administration
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Photography
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Health--General
  • Public Policy
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Statistics
  • Systems Biology
  • Toxicology
  • Urban Education
  • Women's Health Nursing

Location and Setting


Boston Population
210,309
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
172 acres

Weather

Temperature
25.7 average low in January, 85.1 average high in September
Rain
114 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Richmond
Nearest Train Station
10 mile(s) from campus in Richmond

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing
Students in College Housing
16% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
84%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
security personnel in residence halls, RAD classes/special event coverage, more than 90 sworn officers and 200 security personnel

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Rams
School Colors
Black and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Field Hockey x x    
Golf     x x
Soccer x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Field Hockey x x
Golf    
Soccer x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Field Hockey    
Golf x x
Soccer x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
 

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
24,010
Women
14,259 (59.4%)
Men
9,751 (40.6%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
20,338
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
13.5% Asian
19.8% Black/African-American
9.5% Hispanic/Latino
6.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
47.4% White
2.7% Unknown
International Students.
3.1% from 77 countries
Average Age
22
All Graduate Students
7,026

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
83.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
39.9%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
57.9%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
62.9%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
12%
Average Starting Salary
12%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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