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Virginia Commonwealth University Overview

Located in Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University is a public institution. Richmond is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Virginia Commonwealth University Known For?

5,427 Undergraduate Awards
$42,056 Avg Cost After Aid
84% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at VCU is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at VCU.
  • In 2017-2018, 62% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from VCU makes roughly $44,000 a year. This is 8% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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Virginia Commonwealth University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

VCU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#44 Most Popular Online Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at VCU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Interdisciplinary Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Natural Sciences Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Other Health Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Online Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Mental & Social Health Services Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Most Popular Online Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Most Popular Online Health Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards VCU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#7 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#12 Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce College Factual
#16 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#23 Best Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools Nursing Degree Search
#51 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#77 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual

Where Is Virginia Commonwealth University?

Location of Virginia Commonwealth University

Contact details for VCU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 910 W Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23284-2512
Phone: 804-828-0100
Website: https://www.vcu.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/virginiacommonwealthuniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VCU

How Do I Get Into VCU?

You can apply to VCU online at: https://www.vcu.edu/admissions/apply

Admission Requirements for VCU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into VCU?

84% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
85% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Virginia Commonwealth University is 84%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 83%, and the acceptance rate for women is 85%.

Average Test Scores

About 85% of students accepted to VCU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 640. Math scores were between 520 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University  ( 550 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University  ( 520 to 620 )
200
800
VCU received ACT scores from 25% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 28. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University  ( 21 to 28 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University  ( 19 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Virginia Commonwealth University?

$42,056 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
4.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of VCU is $42,056. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At VCU, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $7,715 a year. That adds up to $30,860 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at VCU is 4.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Virginia Commonwealth University Undergraduate Student Diversity

20,207 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 23,693 undergraduate students at VCU, with 20,207 being full-time and 3,486 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  VCU

There are also 7,004 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 20,207 full-time undergraduates at VCU, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  VCU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Virginia Commonwealth University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of VCU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,912
Black or African American 3,953
Hispanic or Latino 2,043
White 8,829
International Students 738
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,732

Geographic Diversity

Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at Virginia Commonwealth University. At this time, 33 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 103 countries are represented at VCU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, India, and China.

Online Learning at Virginia Commonwealth University

1,048 Took All Classes Online
9,120 Took At Least One Class Online
7.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 16 master’s degree programs available online at VCU. In 2017-2018, 9,120 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at VCU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 12th most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of VCU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Virginia Commonwealth University was 7.3%. This is the #1,497 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at VCU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of VCU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 2%
Education 16%
Educational Administration 26%
Engineering 1%
Health Professions 4%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 6%
Mental & Social Health Services 32%
Nursing 11%
Other Engineering 61%
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 2%
Social Sciences 7%
Sociology 6%
Special Education 2%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 20%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at VCU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at VCU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Homeland Security #12
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #22
Other Health Professions #22
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #34
Mental & Social Health Services #42
Social Work #47
Health & Physical Education #66
Human Development & Family Studies #73
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #77
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #93
Special Education #124
Public Administration & Social Service #135
Educational Administration #174
Health & Medical Administrative Services #200
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #287
Nursing #329
Education #415

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Virginia Commonwealth University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Psychology 0 531 0 22 3 556
General Business/Commerce 15 372 0 137 6 530
General Biology 0 350 78 10 3 441
Nursing 0 230 0 153 53 436
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 380 10 19 0 409
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 291 4 26 0 321
Communication & Media Studies 0 295 0 7 0 302
Design & Applied Arts 0 272 0 13 0 285
Social Work 0 97 0 177 1 275
Medicine 0 0 0 0 210 210
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 181 0 9 6 196
Political Science & Government 0 191 0 0 0 191
Information Science 0 166 4 9 0 179
Chemistry 0 131 0 2 17 150
General Education 0 0 0 124 25 149
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 3 135 138
General English Literature 0 128 0 6 0 134
Marketing 0 126 0 0 0 126
Other Homeland Security 0 103 3 18 0 124
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 6 19 96 121
Fine & Studio Arts 0 89 0 29 0 118
Business Administration & Management 0 0 23 89 0 112
Mechanical Engineering 0 109 0 0 0 109
Dentistry 0 0 0 0 101 101
Sociology 0 98 0 3 0 101
Computer Information Systems 0 82 9 9 0 100
Accounting 0 59 23 13 0 95
History 0 84 3 5 0 92
Biological & Physical Science 0 80 0 0 0 80
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 75 0 0 0 75
Business/Managerial Economics 0 70 0 2 0 72
Drama & Theater Arts 0 60 0 11 0 71
Mathematics 0 54 0 16 0 70
Area Studies 0 63 0 0 0 63
Natural Resources Conservation 0 58 0 5 0 63
Public Administration 0 0 13 36 11 60
Music 0 51 0 6 0 57
Urban Studies 0 38 0 17 0 55
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 46 0 8 0 54
Biomedical Engineering 0 45 0 5 2 52
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 49 0 49
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 17 30 0 47
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 28 0 10 7 45
Interdisciplinary Studies 30 0 0 15 0 45
Educational Administration 0 0 8 12 23 43
Chemical Engineering 0 41 0 0 0 41
Special Education 0 0 11 29 0 40
Physics 0 24 0 10 4 38
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 35 0 35
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 35 0 35
Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry 0 35 0 0 0 35
Student Counseling 0 0 0 34 0 34
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 6 24 0 0 0 30
Allied Health Professions 0 29 0 0 0 29
General Engineering 0 0 0 12 16 28
Other Engineering 0 0 0 20 8 28
Electrical Engineering 0 27 0 0 0 27
Anthropology 0 25 0 0 0 25
Ethnic Studies 0 20 4 0 0 24
Dance 0 22 0 0 0 22
Computer Engineering 0 20 0 0 0 20
Public Health 0 0 2 12 6 20
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 14 5 19
Philosophy 0 17 0 0 0 17
Real Estate 0 16 0 0 0 16
Dental Support Services 0 16 0 0 0 16
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 9 6 0 15
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 0 15 0 15
Geography & Cartography 0 0 14 0 0 14
Religious Studies 0 13 0 0 0 13
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 8 4 0 12
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 5 5 10
Finance & Financial Management 0 10 0 0 0 10
Writing Studies 0 0 0 10 0 10
Natural Sciences 0 0 7 0 3 10
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 10 10
Other Social Sciences 0 0 10 0 0 10
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 2 7 9
Information Technology 0 0 0 7 0 7
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 2 4 6
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 6 0 6
Genetics 0 0 0 4 2 6
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 0 6 6
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 6 0 6
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0 6 6
Graphic Communications 0 0 4 0 0 4
Other Statistics 0 0 0 0 4 4
Sustainability Science 3 0 0 0 0 3
Nanotechnology 0 0 0 0 2 2
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 1 1
International Business 1 0 0 0 0 1
Statistics 0 0 1 0 0 1
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Taxation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 0 0
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Transportation & Materials Moving 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 55 5,372 271 1,392 788 7,878

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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