Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University

910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284-2512
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Virginia Commonwealth University Review

A- Excellent
3.9091 Based on 11 Reviews
Career Preparation
B+
Students and Culture
A-
Facilities
A-
Activities and Groups
A-

Degree Overview

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.

1755 Human and Social Sciences Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
African-American/Black Studies
 
7
 
 
 
Anthropology
 
25
 
 
 
Area Studies, Other
 
63
 
 
 
Clinical Psychology
 
 
 
 
5
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
 
 
 
3
 
Counseling Psychology
 
 
 
 
3
Health/Medical Psychology
 
 
 
 
2
Historic Preservation and Conservation
 
 
 
0
 
History, General
 
84
5
 
 
Language Interpretation and Translation
 
 
 
6
 
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
 
 
15
30
 
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
 
181
9
 
6
Philosophy
 
17
 
 
 
Political Science and Government, General
 
191
 
 
 
Psychology, General
 
531
22
 
3
Public Administration
 
 
36
13
11
Religion/Religious Studies
 
26
 
 
 
Social Sciences, Other
 
 
 
10
 
Social Work
 
97
177
 
1
Sociology
 
98
3
0
 
Sustainability Studies
 
 
 
3
 
Urban Studies/Affairs
 
38
17
0
 
Women's Studies
 
13
 
4
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

1419 Healthcare Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Athletic Training/Trainer
 
 
0
 
 
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
 
46
8
 
 
Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling
 
 
14
28
 
Dental Clinical Sciences, General
 
 
15
 
 
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
 
16
 
 
 
Dentistry
 
 
 
 
101
Genetic Counseling/Counselor
 
 
10
 
 
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
 
 
 
 
6
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
 
 
35
 
0
Medicine
 
 
 
 
210
Nurse Anesthetist
 
 
72
 
90
Nursing Practice
 
0
117
0
5
Nursing Science
 
 
 
 
3
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
 
 
1
 
42
Pharmaceutical Sciences
 
 
3
 
11
Pharmacology
 
 
2
 
7
Pharmacy
 
 
 
 
124
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other
 
 
0
 
0
Physical Therapy/Therapist
 
 
 
 
108
Public Health Education and Promotion
 
 
 
2
2
Public Health, General
 
 
12
 
 
Public Health, Other
 
 
 
 
4
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
 
58
 
 
 
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
 
230
 
 
 
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
 
 
13
0
 
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor
 
 
18
6
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

1011 Business Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
 
59
13
23
 
Business Administration and Management, General
 
 
77
4
 
Business/Commerce, General
 
372
137
15
6
Business/Managerial Economics
 
70
2
 
 
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
 
10
 
 
 
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
 
 
 
0
 
International Business/Trade/Commerce
 
 
 
1
 
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
 
 
12
 
 
Management Science
 
 
49
 
 
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
 
126
 
 
 
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
 
 
 
19
 
Real Estate
 
16
 
0
 
Taxation
 
 
0
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

972 Education and Liberal Arts Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
 
 
4
8
 
Adult Development and Aging
 
 
6
9
 
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
 
17
5
 
0
Art Teacher Education
 
19
5
 
 
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
 
 
 
0
 
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
 
 
34
 
 
Creative Writing
 
 
20
 
 
Curriculum and Instruction
 
 
6
 
 
Education, General
 
 
124
0
25
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism
 
 
 
0
 
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
 
 
 
11
 
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
 
 
12
8
23
Educational/Instructional Technology
 
 
 
0
 
English Language and Literature, General
 
128
6
 
 
Exercise Physiology
 
 
 
 
2
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
 
 
24
 
 
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
 
24
 
 
 
Health Teacher Education
 
361
 
 
 
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
 
 
8
 
 
Public/Applied History
 
 
 
3
 
Reading Teacher Education
 
 
6
10
 
Special Education and Teaching, General
 
 
29
 
 
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
 
 
35
 
 
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
 
 
 
0
 
Teaching English As a Second or Foreign Language/Esl Language Instructor
 
 
 
0
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

825 Mathematics and Science Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Anatomy
 
 
6
 
0
Biochemistry
 
 
4
 
8
Bioinformatics
 
28
8
 
 
Biological and Physical Sciences
 
80
 
 
 
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
 
350
10
 
 
Biostatistics
 
 
4
 
14
Chemistry, General
 
131
2
 
15
Chemistry, Other
 
 
 
 
2
Epidemiology
 
 
 
 
1
Human/Medical Genetics
 
 
4
 
2
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
 
 
 
 
4
Mathematics, General
 
54
16
 
 
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
 
 
5
 
5
Natural Sciences
 
 
 
7
3
Neuroscience
 
 
 
 
6
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
 
 
 
 
0
Physics, General
 
24
9
 
 
Physics, Other
 
 
1
0
4
Physiology, General
 
 
14
 
3
Statistics, General
 
 
 
1
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

519 Engineering Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
 
90
10
 
4
Biomedical Sciences, General
 
 
0
78
3
Chemical Engineering
 
41
 
 
 
Computer Engineering, General
 
20
 
 
 
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
 
27
 
 
 
Engineering, General
 
 
12
 
16
Engineering, Other
 
 
20
 
8
Environmental Studies
 
58
5
 
 
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
 
 
 
14
 
Mechanical Engineering
 
109
 
 
 
Nanotechnology
 
 
 
 
4
Transportation and Materials Moving, Other
 
 
 
0
 

516 Art and Design Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
 
32
 
 
 
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry
 
35
 
 
 
Dance, General
 
22
 
 
 
Design and Applied Arts, Other
 
28
 
 
 
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
 
60
11
 
 
Fashion/Apparel Design
 
79
 
 
 
Graphic Design
 
53
 
 
 
Interior Design
 
24
 
 
 
Music Performance, General
 
51
6
 
 
Painting
 
44
 
 
 
Photography
 
43
 
 
 
Sculpture
 
28
 
 
 

378 Computer Technology Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
 
 
 
4
 
Computer and Information Sciences, General
 
82
9
9
 
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
 
 
7
 
 
Illustration
 
88
 
 
 
Information Science/Studies
 
166
9
4
 

315 Communication and Media Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Design and Visual Communications, General
 
 
13
 
 
Mass Communication/Media Studies
 
295
7
 
 

0 Hospitality Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
 
0
0
 
 

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Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Program
Associate's
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, General
 
 
 
 
Engineering, Other
 
 
 
 
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
 
 
 
 
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
 
 
 
 
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other
 
 
 
Nurse Anesthetist
 
 
 
Nursing Practice
 
 
Nursing Science
 
 
 
 
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
 
 
 
Reading Teacher Education
 
 
 
 
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
 
 
 
 
Social Work
 
 
 
 
Sociology
 
 
 
 
Special Education and Teaching, General
 
 
 
 
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
 
 
 
 
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
 
 
 
 
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
 
 
 
 
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor
 
 
 
 

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)
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
  • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Dental Hygiene (DH)
  • Predoctoral
  • Post Doctoral - Advanced dental education programs (advanced education in general dentistry and general practice residency) (Advanced Education in General Dentistry 12 Months/Optional 2nd Year)
  • 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 (OTD) - Programs leading to a Doctoral Degree
  • Occupational Therapy (OTD) - Programs leading to a Doctoral 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
  • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (907 Floyd Ave)
  • Professional Psychology (RPSY) - Postdoctoral residency programs
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 Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate 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 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?

3.6363636363636 Based on 11 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Bachelor Science in Nursing, Class of 2007

    sessions available for meeting other nurses, websites available for use

    3 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.

    4 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.

    4 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

    5 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.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Bachelors in science, Class of 2005

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

    5 Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Students and Culture

What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?

4.1818181818182 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.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Business Management, Class of 1993

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

    4 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.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Master of Science, Class of 2007

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

    4 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.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Bachelors in science, Class of 2005

    Bio-Meds and/or Art students

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Political Science , Class of 2006

    Lots of artists and lots of city kids.

    4 Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Facilities

What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.

4.0909090909091 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

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BS, Class of 1981

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

    3 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.

    4 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.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Master of Science, Class of 2007

    I was a remote student

    4 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.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BS in finance, Class of 1987

    at the time just fair but it looks great now

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Bachelors in science, Class of 2005

    Some are older. All are unique as campus was downtown

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Political Science , Class of 2006

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

    5 Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Activities and Groups

What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?

3.7272727272727 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

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BS, Class of 1981

    professional school - not social

    1 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.

    4 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.

    3 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.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Political Science , Class of 2006

    Not sure. We partied mostly.

    4 Rated January 2016
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Questions & Answers

Who are the notable alumni?
1 Answer
  • 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?
1 Answer
  • 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?
1 Answer
  • 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?
1 Answer
  • 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?
1 Answer
  • 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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