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Virginia Commonwealth University
Snapshot
Status
Public
Acceptance Rate
91%
SAT Range
1060-1250
ACT Range
21-28
Student/Faculty Ratio
23:1
Total Enrollments
29,070
Total Cost
$54,335
Net Average Cost of Attendance
$20,566
Overall Rating
B Good
Main Address
910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284-2512
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Rankings
Overall Rankings
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services
#49 of 992
Health Professions And Related Programs
#59 of 1,754
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
#79 of 1,112
Overall Scores
B+
Admissions & Acceptance
A-
Retention & Graduation
B+
Instructors & Faculty
B
Financial Resources

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Contact Info
Contact & Location
Phone Number
(804) 828-0100
Website
www.vcu.edu
Location
910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284-2512
Setting
Midsized City
Key Info, Costs & Aid
Selectivity
Acceptance Rate (2020)
Completion Rate (2020)
Student Body
Total Enrollments (2020) 29,070
Women 63%
Men 37%
Total Enrollments (2020) 29,070
White 45%
Black or African American 18%
Asian 14%
Hispanic or Latino 9%
Multiracial 7%
Unknown 4%
International (Non-Citizen) 3%
Native American 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Costs
In State Tuition (2020)
$12,094
Out of State Tuition (2020)
$32,742
Books
$1,500
On Campus Room & Board
$11,504

* These statistics utilize the most recently released data from IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System)

Degree Overview
Degrees
Total Awards (2020) 8,033
Bachelor's 67%
Master's 17%
Doctoral 12%
Certificate 4%
Total Awards (2020) 8,033
Human and Social Sciences 20%
Healthcare 17%
Business 12%
Education and Liberal Arts 12%
Mathematics and Science 10%
Legal and Law 8%
Engineering 8%
Art and Design 6%
Computer Technology 5%
Communication and Media 3%
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Sources for school statistics and data include 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.

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Online Programs
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, General
 
 
 
 
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
Accreditation
Accredited By
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Specialized 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
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)

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Facilities
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Questions & Answers
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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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