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Richmond, VA, 910 W Franklin St
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Career Preparation B+
Students and Culture A-
Facilities A-
Activities and Groups A-
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Virginia Commonwealth University is a large, public, four-year university enrolling 30,918 students and offering 206 degrees in Richmond, VA.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at Virginia Commonwealth University.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
1
Human and Social Sciences
1,708 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
African-American/black Studies
8
Anthropology
32
Area Studies
66
Clinical Psychology
5
Counseling Psychology
5
Health/medical Psychology
2
Historic Preservation and Conservation
0
History
110
13
Language Interpretation and Translation
3
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
160
34
6
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
40
Philosophy
22
Political Science
149
Psychology
527
22
3
Public Administration
31
6
10
Religion/religious Studies
28
Social Sciences
2
Social Work
80
158
9
Sociology
87
6
1
Urban Studies/affairs
36
18
5
Women's Studies
24
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Healthcare
1,282 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Athletic Training/trainer
0
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist
41
9
Clinical Pastoral Counseling/patient Counseling
8
15
Dental Clinical Sciences
15
Dental Hygiene/hygienist
24
Dentistry
104
Genetic Counseling/counselor
5
Health/health Care Administration/management
47
0
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
9
Medicine
200
Nurse Anesthetist
39
42
Nursing Practice
0
99
6
Nursing Science
0
Occupational Therapy/therapist
44
4
Pharmaceutical Sciences
7
8
Pharmacology
5
4
Pharmacy
128
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration
0
0
Physical Therapy/therapist
57
Public Health
13
Public Health Education and Promotion
3
Radiologic Technology/science - Radiographer
37
Registered Nurse
267
Substance Abuse/addiction Counseling
14
1
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/counselor
18
9
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Business
1,034 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
97
20
30
Business Administration and Management
115
11
Commerce
337
155
10
Business/managerial Economics
77
5
Finance and Financial Management Services
7
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration
5
Marketing/marketing Management
138
Non-Profit/public/organizational Management
11
Real Estate
15
1
Taxation
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Mathematics and Science
843 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Anatomy
2
0
Biochemistry
5
7
Bioinformatics
14
8
Biological and Physical Sciences
107
Biology
365
10
Biostatistics
6
3
Chemistry
137
7
12
Epidemiology
3
Human/medical Genetics
9
2
Mathematics
53
17
Mathematics and Statistics
3
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
10
5
Natural Sciences
12
2
Neuroscience
3
Pathology/experimental Pathology
0
Physics
13
6
Physics
4
Physiology
11
6
Statistics
1
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Education and Liberal Arts
820 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
5
9
Adult Development and Aging
7
7
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
16
4
6
Art Teacher Education
25
5
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
0
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services
42
Creative Writing
13
Curriculum and Instruction
4
Education
129
0
10
Education/teaching of Individuals with Autism
3
Education/teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
11
Educational/instructional Technology
0
Educational Leadership and Administration
12
18
15
English Language and Literature
138
11
Exercise Physiology
2
Fine Arts and Art Studies
24
Foreign Languages and Literatures
57
Health Teacher Education
148
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
8
Reading Teacher Education
3
0
Special Education and Teaching
14
Sport and Fitness Administration/management
43
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
31
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Art and Design
507 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Cinematography and Film/video Production
20
Crafts/craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry
33
Dance
13
Design and Applied Arts
35
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts
47
15
Fashion/apparel Design
88
Graphic Design
52
Interior Design
25
Music Performance
64
3
Painting
41
Photography
36
Sculpture
35
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
7
Legal and Law
464 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Law Enforcement Administration
242
12
2
Forensic Science and Technology
60
16
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
101
20
11
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
8
Engineering
456 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
65
10
4
Biomedical Sciences
4
62
Chemical Engineering
29
Computer Engineering
12
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
37
Engineering
25
17
Environmental Studies
62
21
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
21
Mechanical Engineering
86
Nanotechnology
1
Transportation and Materials Moving
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
9
Computer Technology
360 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer and Information Sciences
66
18
9
Computer and Information Systems Security/information Assurance
5
Illustration
75
Information Science/studies
107
66
14
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
10
Communication and Media
303 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Design and Visual Communications
18
Mass Communication
276
9
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
11
Hospitality
0 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
0
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Adult Development and Aging
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist
Clinical Pastoral Counseling/patient Counseling
Education/teaching of Individuals with Autism
Educational Leadership and Administration
Health/health Care Administration/management
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Nurse Anesthetist
Registered Nurse
Social Work
*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Specialized institution accreditations:
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship (VCU Health System) American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation Post Doctoral - Advanced dental education programs (advanced education in general dentistry and general practice residency) (Advanced Education in General Dentistry 12 Months)
Predoctoral
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 Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (907 Floyd Ave)
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
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 American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission (SCPE) - Clinical pastoral education (CPE) centers offering CPE and supervisory CPE programs Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration 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 National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
Alumni & Student Reviews
B+ Great
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 11 Reviews
Alumni
Bachelor Science in Nursing, Class of 2007

sessions available for meeting other nurses, websites available for use

Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.S., Psychology, Class of 2005

The school is located in an urban center, and many of the courses I took involved local community partners and involved real-world experience.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BFA, Class of 1984

It allowed the professors to work in their field to keep them current and to keep them refreshed.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Master of Science, Class of 2007

Preparation for a job in the IT field with real world experience on current technologies

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Mass Communications, Class of 2013

There's as much opportunity as a student is willing to take advantage of. Programs like the Honors College, internships and student-run organizations are awesome places to get that "real world" experience and make connections with industry professionals.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelors in science, Class of 2005

Labs, social media, online course management. Curriculum was top notch.

Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 11 Reviews
Alumni
B.S., Psychology, Class of 2005

It's a unique campus for unique students who are comfortable stepping outside of their comfort zone and being challenged in ways that their peers at other state schools won't be.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Business Management, Class of 1993

mix of full-time and part-time students, mix of twenty somethings through seniors

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BFA, Class of 1984

I graduated a long time ago but we were a city school without a central area but we gravitated to our school buildings for congregating. There were many who did not live on campus; many professionals getting their masters would take evening classes.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Master of Science, Class of 2007

I was a remote student and did not participate in the on campus culture

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Mass Communications, Class of 2013

VCU is a diverse campus, although your individual major/school may seem less so. Being an urban campus, the culture is very much reflective of the culture of the city and there's always something to do.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelors in science, Class of 2005

Bio-Meds and/or Art students

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Political Science , Class of 2006

Lots of artists and lots of city kids.

Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 11 Reviews
Alumni
Business Administration, Class of 1998

Everything was average at the time of my college career. The school is top notch and advanced now

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS, Class of 1981

moderate. needed updates at the time, but have been since.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.S., Psychology, Class of 2005

The dining hall nearly killed me (it literally sent me to the hospital with food poisoning). That had to be the worst part of it all. My dorm was built in the 1800s and had no AC. It was charming, and even though I melt at 70 degrees, I loved it. The administrative offices were housed in stunningly beautiful victorian rowhouses, and it made me appreciate the history of the city, and the school so much more. The classrooms were a little funky and 70's, but that's all changed now; sadly, they've become kind of generic.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BFA, Class of 1984

I worked in the dining hall; it was ok. Most of my classes were in theater bldg. or art bldg. I spent one year in the dorm; not for me.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Master of Science, Class of 2007

I was a remote student

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Mass Communications, Class of 2013

VCU is building like crazy and making a big effort to improve the resources available to students. Libraries, dorms, classrooms, etc have all undergone major renovations in the last few years and have modern technology and design incorporated throughout.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS in finance, Class of 1987

at the time just fair but it looks great now

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelors in science, Class of 2005

Some are older. All are unique as campus was downtown

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Political Science , Class of 2006

Dining hall was about to be replaced. Dorms were really good.

Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 11 Reviews
Alumni
Bachelor Science in Nursing, Class of 2007

NA - did not participate in any activities - was working FT at the same time

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS, Class of 1981

professional school - not social

Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.S., Psychology, Class of 2005

Most activities happen as a result of the environment (e.g., great jazz shows at an old speakeasy) and not the school itself. Basketball is big here, and we have, by far, the most unique Pep band in the nation.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BFA, Class of 1984

I do not know; I was in theater with not much free time. Basketball games I guess. They did show free films.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Mass Communications, Class of 2013

VCU basketball is a big deal, so naturally you'll want to join the Rowdy Rams for extra perks at games. Although VCU isn't a housed campus, Greek life continues to grow with all types of organizations. There are many religious and cultural groups on campus for students looking for a connection with others who share those backgrounds.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Political Science , Class of 2006

Not sure. We partied mostly.

Rated January 2016
CURRICULUM FOCUS
Virginia Commonwealth University Business Program
UDC Contributor

Are you CEO material? At VCU you can sign up for CEO Class for an in-depth question and answer session with top executives at every class. In fact Brazen Careerist’s President and CEO Edward Barrientos and the Publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch Tom Silvestri have shared their experiences and advice. When you’re not learning from the head honchos, the business program at VCU offers management and entrepreneurship practices taught by award-winning professors and successful business leaders.

Just steps away from classrooms sits the Capital Markets Center student workspace, its authentic Wall Street trading room atmosphere complete with a stock ticker and 30-foot video projection wall. The university has 25 organizations and honor societies associated with business programs but it also encourages students to collaborate across departments. In the VCU da Vinci Center, business students work with their arts, engineering, and humanities peers to come up with innovative products and marketing techniques for major companies, like new guitar case concepts for TKL Products Corp. and health product packaging for Pfizer pharmaceutical company. Students have demonstrated their innovation by winning national competitions like Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, where they took first place in 2005 for developing a tablet that teaches children writing skills.

Featured Alumni Review
Megan
Community Health Education, Class of 2012

U Like many college students I changed my major a few times. I knew I wanted to be in the medical field but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to focus on a clinical role or education and support role. I had the privilege of meeting my academic advisor and professor Dr. Joanne Richardson somewhat early on in my education, and she had a candid discussion with me about my interests, strengths, weaknesses and overall career goals, suggested a few classes to take to see if they peaked my interest (Nutrition, Trends in Modern Diseases, and Ethics and Healthcare), and asked me to research health topics that interested me. With her help and a little exploration I was able to decide that healthcare program planning and development was the path I wanted to pursue.

Featured Alumni Review
Chutima
Bachelor's in Psychology, Class of 2012

U A big part of my VCU experience came in my junior year when I joined Phi Sigma Sigma sorority. Instead of being about image, which is how TV and movies often portray sororities, this one was all about connection and blooming friendships… or as they say, building a sisterhood. I was able to meet more people, develop better communication skills and build relationships, and I carried these skills beyond VCU into my jobs and further education.

Featured Alumni Review
Tyler
Criminal Justice and Psychology, Class of 2015

U My favorite thing about Virginia Commonwealth University would have to be the diversity. From the students to the professors, there are a wide variety of individuals from various places around the world. I transferred to VCU after my freshman year at another university and thought I would have a hard time meeting people, but the amount of diversity makes it so easy to find groups of people you share interests with.

Questions and Answers about Virginia Commonwealth University

Do you have questions about furthering your education with Virginia Commonwealth University? People are listening and are ready to help. Plus, we're pretty sure others have the same question you do!

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Who are the notable alumni?
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If you’ve heard of Dave Matthews Band then you are familiar with one Virginia Commonwealth University graduate– Bassist Stefan Lessard. Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams who was subject of the blockbuster movie Patch Adams received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the university. Several famous television personalities are also alumni including 27-time Emmy Award-Winning Director/Producer Jessie Vaughan, ABC 7 Eyewitness News Co-Anchor and former CBS News Correspondent Terrell Brown, Actor/Director Stephen Furst (known for his role as Flounder in National Lampoon’s Animal House), and The View Co-Host Debbie Matenopoulos. Professional sports players include Washington Nationals Third Baseman Scott Sizemore, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Women’s Soccer Player Hayley Moorwood, former Cincinatti Reds Relief Pitcher Sean Marshall, and Golfer John Rollins. Other notable alumni include New York Times Bestselling Author David Baldacci, United States Congressman Rob Wittman, and President/CEO of Wells Fargo Advisors Danny Ludeman.

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What is the campus setting like?
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Virginia Commonwealth University is located in the heart of the city of Richmond, the state’s capital. Both campuses are located in walking distance from city hotspots such as shops, eateries, capitol buildings and event centers. The Monroe Park Campus houses business, education, art and humanities programs while the MCV Campus houses medical and allied health programs. When you step into the center of the Monroe Park campus the first thing you’ll see is VCU’s signature sidewalk compass. From this spot you are only seconds from your first-year classes in Hibbs Hall as well as the full-service Starbucks in the library. It’s the perfect place to be if you need a caffeine boost before that 8 a.m. English class. Over at the MCV campus you’ll find the VCU Medical Center, a teaching hospital that exposes medical students to a real world clinical setting and provides all students with convenient access to healthcare services.

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What are the online learning and extension/adult learning opportunities?
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As an undergrad you have three online program options including the nursing completion program (for full-time practicing nurses who possess an associate’s degree or equivalent), clinical laboratory sciences distance education program, and bachelor’s in clinical laboratory sciences completion program (for those with 40 credits previously earned). But if you’re a soon-to-be graduate student you’ll have no shortage of options at your fingertips. Master’s and doctoral level degrees and certificates are offered in counseling, social work, education, paralegal, sports leadership, occupational therapy, aging studies, mechanical/nuclear engineering and more. Looking to take a class to learn a new skill or pick up new techniques and trends in your industry? The Office of Continuing and Professional Education offers dozens of for-credit and non-credit courses that are open to the general public as well as continuing education courses for professionals in healthcare, counseling, and education.

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What are the athletic highlights?
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Men’s tennis is one of the university’s most successful sports teams, winning 13 Colonial Athletic Association conference titles and participating in 20 NCAA tournaments. Students from all over the world flock to VCU to join this top-notch tennis team. In fact, check out the 2015-2016 roster and you’ll find the players hail from places like Brazil, Sweden, Romania, Slovakia, and France. If you see yourself as a future Ram, then try out for one of VCU’s 17 varsity sports like baseball, tennis, cross-country, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, and basketball. Speaking of basketball, The men’s team is making a name for itself in recent years. They made it to the NCAA Final Four tournament in 2011 and took the Atlantic 10 championship title in 2015.

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What are the school's academic highlights?
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Virginia Commonwealth University is a public research university that received over 270 million dollars in sponsored research funding in 2015, the highest amount in the institution’s history. In the Massey Cancer Center, one of the university’s 21 research centers and institutes, faculty physician-scientists have made notable breakthroughs, including Paul Dent, Ph. D. and Paul B. Fisher, Ph. D.’s development of a virus-based gene therapy that kills kidney cancer cells. In 2015 a team of VCU researchers in collaboration with scientists at other institutions invented a way to more cost-effectively produce a major AIDS drug, therefore making it more easily accessible to the public. Professor John B. Fenn received the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2002 for inventing a more effective method to analyze biological macromolecules.

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