Virginia Commonwealth University

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School Overview

Virginia Commonwealth University is a public university in Richmond, Virginia. Abbreviated VCU, it is a research institution with a classification of “very high activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning. Among other fields, VCU is known for active research in health care, medicine and biotechnology. It is also home to VCU Medical Center, which includes multiple hospitals and five schools.

With 13 total schools, as well as VCU Health System and the College of Humanities and Sciences, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in over 200 degree and certification programs. U.S. News & World Report has named 28 of VCU’s graduate and first-professional programs among the highest rated in the nation.

Virginia Commonwealth offers various online, hybrid, and distance learning (via video conferencing) degree, course and certificate programs for students looking to complete their degree remotely. Not all degrees and certificates are offered online so you’ll need to consult with a school enrollment counselor to determine if an online learning option is available in your field of study.

What is now Virginia Commonwealth was first established as the medical department of Hampden-Sydney College in 1838. In 1854 it became the Medical College of Virginia, and finally adopted its current name in 1968, when it combined with the Richmond Professional Institute.

Virginia Commonwealth’s athletic mascot is the Ram. The VCU Rams compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference in the NCAA’s Division 1.

General Information

Admission Office

Box 842526

821 West Franklin Street

Richmond, VA 23284-2526

(804) 828-1222

(800) 841-3638

Fax: (804) 828-1899

Contact: Sybil Halloran

Director of Admissions
Main Address

821 West Franklin Street

Richmond, VA 23284

(804) 828-0100

Total undergrads: 22,792

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,724

Degree-seeking undergrads: 20,993

Graduate enrollment: 7,869


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: Reduced fee (not specified)
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 58%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 85%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $6,196 $6,779 $7,117 $8,817 +23.89%
Books and Supplies $2,240 $2,400 $2,474 $2,224 -10.11%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,162 $9,430 $10,960 $9,670 -11.77%
Other $2,700 $3,200 $3,180 $2,701 -15.06%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $8,162 $9,430 $10,960 $9,670 -11.77%
Other $2,700 $3,200 $3,180 $2,701 -15.06%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $19,298 $21,809 $23,731 $23,412 -1.34%
In-state Off Campus $19,298 $21,809 $23,731 $23,412 -1.34%
In-state with Family $8,436 $9,179 $9,591 $11,041 +15.12%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $8,684
In-state Student Fees $1,830
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $17,951
Out-of-state Fees $2,243

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,574 71%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,760 48% $10,115,255 $5,747
• Federal grants 782 21% $3,324,034 $4,251
• Pell grants 764 21% $2,572,073 $3,367
• Other federal grants 576 16% $751,961 $1,305
State/local government grant or scholarships 892 24% $2,867,768 $3,215
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,060 29% $3,923,453 $3,701
Student loan aid 1,868 51% $11,513,340 $6,163
• Federal student loans 1,824 50% $9,108,968 $4,994
Other student loans 227 6% $2,404,372 $10,592

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 4035 1721 687 303
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 117
African-American/Black Studies 7
Area Studies, Other 88
Women’s Studies 22
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 265 71 51 78
Anatomy 4 5 2
Biochemistry 9 5 2
Bioinformatics 21 7
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 69
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 244 18
Biostatistics 7 3
Epidemiology 1
Exercise Physiology 4
Human/Medical Genetics 6 8 1
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 1 10
Pathology/Experimental Pathology 4
Pharmacology 2 7
Physiology 17 4 4
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 615 190 56
Accounting 95 24 37
Business Administration and Management 134 5
Business/Commerce 354 18
Business/Managerial Economics 46 12
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other 4
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration 4
Marketing/Marketing Management 98
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 9
Real Estate 18 1
Taxation 2
Communication and Journalism Programs 222 120
Mass Communication/Media Studies 222 120
Computing and Information Sciences 84 53 12
Computer and Information Sciences 28 15
Information Science/Studies 56 38 12
Education 102 354 29 70
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 10
Art Teacher Education 14 4
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 35
Curriculum and Instruction 18
Education 130 29
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 2
Educational Leadership and Administration 106 60
Educational/Instructional Technology 4
Health Teacher Education 88
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 9
Reading Teacher Education 12 4
Special Education and Teaching 30
Engineering 171 36 19
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 33 11 4
Chemical Engineering 19
Computer Engineering 9
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 40
Engineering 24 15
Engineering, Other 1
Mechanical Engineering 70
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 125 25
Creative Writing 8
English Language and Literature 125 17
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 46 2
Foreign Languages and Literatures 46
Language Interpretation and Translation 2
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 323 306 543 6
Athletic Training/Trainer 2
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 24 4
Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling 7
Dental Clinical Sciences 14
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 22
Dentistry 90
Genetic Counseling/Counselor 5
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 5
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 47 5
Medicine 187
Nurse Anesthetist 35 25
Nursing Science 7
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 35 1
Pharmacy 130
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other 9 11
Physical Therapy/Therapist 82
Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants, Other 86 3
Public Health 25
Radiologic Technology/Science – Radiographer 34
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 243
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 7
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 30 3
History 90 8
History 90 8
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 344 58 15
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 224 26 5
Forensic Science and Technology 57 20
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 63 12 10
Human Services 60 265 18 6
Public Administration 37 13 6
Social Work 60 228 5
Mathematics and Statistics 29 14
Mathematics 29 14
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 175 29 4 7
Biological and Physical Sciences 41
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 134 29 1
Natural Sciences 3 7
Natural Resources and Conservation 33 13
Environmental Studies 33 13
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 4 42
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 4 22
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 20
Physical Sciences 99 11 5
Chemistry 80 2 4
Physics 19 5
Physics, Other 4 1
Psychology 380 14 14
Clinical Psychology 2 2
Counseling Psychology 2 8
Psychology 380 10 4
Social Sciences 205 38 46
Anthropology 11
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 25
Political Science and Government 108
Social Sciences, Other 14
Sociology 58 12 2
Urban Studies/Affairs 28 26 5
Visual and Performing Arts 546 66 4
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 30 6 4
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry 41
Dance 12
Design and Applied Arts, Other 38
Design and Visual Communications 18
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 56 13
Fashion/Apparel Design 77
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 21
Graphic Design 50
Illustration 48
Interior Design 36
Music Performance 48 8
Painting 45
Photography 43
Sculpture 22
Work and Family Studies 8 5
Adult Development and Aging 8 5

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
International studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Crafts/Folk Art/Artisanry B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fashion Design B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Graphic Design B
Illustration B
Interior Design B
Music – General Performance B
Painting B
Photography B
Sculpture B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Bioinformatics B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Financial Technology B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B


Art Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B


Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B
Sign Language Interpretation C

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Dental Hygiene B
Nursing (RN) B
Radiologic Technology/Medical Imaging B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Interdisciplinary studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Emergency Management/Homeland Security B
Forensic Technologies B
Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Virginia Commonwealth University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(804) 828-0100
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:910 W Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23284-2512
Setting:Rural: Remote
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:30,872
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):57%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:23,613 (76% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$13,130
Out-of-state Tuition:$32,287
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:82%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$9,207

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Virginia Commonwealth University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies13
Biological and Biomedical Sciences121012
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services6661
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services223
English Language and Literature/Letters12
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics11
Health Professions and Related Programs451410
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service233
Mathematics and Statistics1111
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies3222
Natural Resources and Conservation11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies12
Philosophy and Religious Studies2
Physical Sciences233
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1122
Social Sciences442
Transportation and Materials Moving1
Visual and Performing Arts1451
Grand total37617242

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences11
Health Professions and Related Programs1252
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Grand total42112

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Virginia Commonwealth University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$2,804

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid3,28582%
Grant or scholarship aid2,76069%$9,207
Student loan aid2,27357%$7,696

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid13,01655%$8,996
Federal student loans11,96950%$7,150

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Virginia Commonwealth University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Virginia Commonwealth University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants15,6295,9539,676
Percent admitted100%80%82%
Percent admitted who enrolled27%26%27%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Virginia Commonwealth University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment30,872
Undergraduate enrollment23,865
Graduate enrollment7,007

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Virginia Commonwealth University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
    • Endodontics
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)
    • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
    • Pediatric Dentistry
    • Periodontics
    • Prosthodontics (including maxillofacial prosthetics and combined prosthodontics/maxillofacial prosthetics)
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission
    • (SCPE) - Clinical pastoral education (CPE) centers offering CPE and supervisory CPE programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language (English Language Program)
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
    • Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
    • Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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