VCU

Virginia Commonwealth University

907 Floyd Ave, Richmond, United States
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  • Total Documents
    2,540
  • Class Notes
    1,797
  • Textbook Notes
    406
  • Study Guides
    336
  • Currently Enrolled
    2,546
  • Previously Enrolled
    1,579

Overview of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

About this school

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.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:24,010
    • Men:9,751 Men (40.6%)
    • Women:14,259 Women (59.4%)

Location

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Admission Information (VCU)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Not reported

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
3
4
Foreign Language
2
3
Social Studies
1
-
History
2
3
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required for some
February 1
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
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

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
901 West Franklin Street
City, State, Zip
Richmond, VA 23284-9005
Phone
(804) 828-1222
Fax
(804) 828-1899
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission 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

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

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


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


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

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.63
375 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 Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


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

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


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

Tuition & Financial Aid (VCU)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $13,570|Out-of-state: $32,942 (50.22%)
  • Room & Board: - $10,187 (37.7%)
  • Other Expenses: - $1,493 (5.52%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $1,773 (6.56%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Virginia Commonwealth University accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning April 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003735
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


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 with 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

Scholarchips 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
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Not reported

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,397

Academics & Instruction (VCU)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & 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
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

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
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Not reported

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


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 Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Virginia Commonwealth University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


83.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


39.9%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


57.9%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


62.9%

Programs & Majors (VCU)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (60)


  • 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


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Not reported

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


Business/marketing, Visual and performing arts, Psychology

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's 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

Master's Programs of Study (120)


  • 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

Campus Life (VCU)

Location & Geography

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

Available Transportation


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 of College Housing


16% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


84%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


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

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
-

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Virginia Commonwealth University offers 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

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


20,338

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
24,010
Women
14,259
Men
9,751

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

Number of Graduate Students


7,026

Student Resources (VCU)