Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University, or VCU, is a large, public research university located in downtown Richmond, Virginia, United States. It was founded in 1968 as a result of a merger between Richmond Professional Institute and Medical College of Virginia. VCU is one of the Virginia universities rated RU/ H (Research Universities (high research activity) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. It is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Humanities & Sciences
  • L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • School of Allied Health Professions
  • School of Business
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Mass Communications
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Social Work
  • School of the Arts
  • School of World Studies

Virginia Commonwealth University's sports teams are nicknamed the Rams. They compete in the NCAA Division I sports.

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Virginia Commonwealth University
910 W Franklin St
Richmond , VA 23284-2512
General Phone: (804) 828-0100

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Virginia Commonwealth University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts691area studies, African-American studies, women's studies, foreign language and literature, language translation, English, creative writing, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, ...
Business and Management686business, business management, non-profit management, accounting, managerial economics, financial management, human resources, marketing, taxation ...
Therapy and Counseling525psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, patient counseling, genetic counseling, physical therapy
Education and Teaching519education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, instructional media design, special ed, school counseling, adult education, art education, health teaching, ...
Science453biology, biochemistry, anatomy, bacteriology, human genetics, physiology, exercise physiology, pharmacology, biostatistics, ...
Medicine443dentistry, dental clinical sciences, medicine, pharmacy, public health, health professions
Nursing and Emergency Medicine395registered nursing, nurse anesthetist, nursing science, various nursing
Security and Law Enforcement358criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety, forensic science, security and protective services
Family and Social Work318adult development and aging, public administration, social work
Media296mass communication
Design279design and visual communication, fashion design, interior design, graphic design, illustration, design and applied arts
Engineering186engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Fine Arts156crafts and folk art, art history and criticism, painting, sculpture, fine arts studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy145parks and recreation studies, occupational therapy, vocational counseling
Computer Science and Engineering141computer and info science, information science, computer engineering
Medical Support and Technology99dental hygienist, radiographer, clinical lab tech
Drama and Performing Arts69dance, drama
Religion and Philosophy56philosophy, religion
Music56music performance
Medical Administration55health care administration, pharmacy courses
Photography and Commercial Art33photography
Conservation and Resource Management28environmental studies
Real Estate and Construction Management2real estate

Number of programs and degrees for Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,54461
Master's degree1,54165
Postbaccalaureate certificate20526
Doctor's degree25226
Post-master's certificate905
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years21
First-professional degree3973

Virginia Commonwealth University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Virginia Commonwealth University had a total enrollment of 31,700 students (24,897 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 68%
Graduate 28%
First Professional 4%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 54%
Black 17%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 8%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 21%
20-21 21%
22-24 21%
25-29 15%
30-34 7%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown2%
Washington, DC1%
New York1%
North Carolina1%
New Jersey1%

Virginia Commonwealth University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %
Part-Time 45 %

Virginia Commonwealth University Room and Board (2007)

Virginia Commonwealth University offers campus housing for 4,986 of its 24,897 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Richmond, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Virginia Commonwealth University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal490600
SAT Math480590
SAT Writing480580
ACT Verbal1925
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite1925

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT94%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT19%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Virginia Commonwealth University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,779
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 19,724
Room and board $ 9,430
Room charge $ 4,734
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,180
Books and supplies $ 2,400
Other expenses $ 3,260

Financial Aid:
Virginia Commonwealth University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 373500)

Virginia Commonwealth University Faculty

Virginia Commonwealth University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year64$142,62328$134,728
Associate professorcalendar year61$101,46343$96,183
Assistant professorcalendar year50$84,74795$81,951
Instructorcalendar year26$66,25788$62,062
All faculty totalcalendar year201$105,856254$83,287

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year102$107,35129$94,361
Associate professoracademic year128$82,00187$77,079
Assistant professoracademic year109$63,140114$58,650
Instructoracademic year34$45,27361$44,882
All faculty totalacademic year373$80,074291$64,832

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Virginia Commonwealth University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Colonial Athletic Association
Baseball Colonial Athletic Association
Track Colonial Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports254974

Virginia Commonwealth University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Design and Applied Arts, Other
Design and Visual Communications, General
Fashion/Apparel Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Health Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Adult Development and Aging
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Area Studies, Other
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
Language Interpretation and Translation
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer

Dental Clinical Sciences, General (MS, PhD)
Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Medicine (MD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Performance, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Photography And Commercial Art

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Exercise Physiology
Human/Medical Genetics
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Natural Sciences
Physics, General
Physics, Other
Physiology, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology
Security and Protective Services, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Genetic Counseling/Counselor
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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