Location
Richmond, VA
Undergrads
20,010
Tuition (in-state)
$23,913 ($9,886)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Senior

Diversity: VCU is very diverse and very accepting of others differences.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Academics: Professors can either be extremely great at what they teach or it is a part-time job for them and it reflects in the students average/poor grades.

3 College Senior

Academics: There are many internship opportunities that professors are always posting onto their blackboard pages, along with the availability of an internship coordinator.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing rates vary dramatically. It all depends on how students are willing/wanting to live. From a room for $420 a month with nothing included to a suite for $750 a month.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Health & Safety: VCU is located in the middle of Richmond. The most typical crime that occurs is robbery or assault. The school has VCU police along with police with the city of Richmond. It's not an enclosed campus, making it difficult to differentiate students and faculty from others.

1 person found this useful Report
College Senior

Nightlife: I'm under 21 so I do not know much about the night life.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: It's an art school. There are many people here with unique looks and personalities.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am a homeland security major. The department has many adjunct professors that teach students. These professors have worked in various fields across homeland security and emergency management. VCU is one of the only schools that offers it as a major.

College Senior

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Campus is not that strict. For the most part, everyone keeps to themselves and teachers put the responsibility of attendance onto the students. Underage drinking is common off campus. Visitation if fairly strict; visitors, limited to two per student, need to bring a valid ID.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorm life rate depends on how you view it. If you don't like being around people and enjoy your own space, it is a definite struggle. Also, hygiene is also a problem because the dorms have private bathrooms that many students do not clean.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: My financial aid for my sophomore/junior year of college was excellent. However, my junior/senior was barely enough money to cover tuition. I kept my GPA high to try to receive grants, especially a VGAP, which they did not provide me with which is causing a major problem with paying for school.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There's so much variety ranging from fast food to family owned restaurants.

College Sophomore

Majors: I am not sure about internships.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: I got into the the pre nursing program very easily, it depends on your grades in high school and application.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is great. I am a member of a sorority because it is so prevalent.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options and cheap prices, but the safety and parking off campus can be hard.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: The school is academically challenging, and students learn based on how much work they are willing to put into school.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The classes are ok, but the workload can be overwhelming at times.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Sometime the school is a little too strict. It gets annoying.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are occasionally sexual assault occurences, but VCU is a pretty safe school.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities are great, but VCU does not have a lot of lawn space. The city is mostly brick.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: VCU has a great basketball team that many students go out to support.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are restaurants all over the city and campus.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is always something to do because it is in the city of Richmond.

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Carrie Lefler
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Communications
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Students who attend VCU either love it or hate it. If they hate it, they most likely transfer or don't stay around campus on the weekends to find out everything the city has to offer. VCU has several nationally ranked academic programs and is continuing to grow and expand the classes offered to students. There are so many different fields that a student can major in that there's no need to decide right way on a major. More and more students are enrolling at VCU, and instead of being a backup school, it's becoming the first choice for a majority of the incoming freshmen. While outsiders may consider it an art school, VCU students know that it is too diverse to label as any one type of school. Although VCU is in a city and some consider that a danger, the VCU security and police systems are arguably some of the best in the state. 

VCU offers several opportunities for students to join clubs, fraternities, and sororities and even to travel abroad for a semester. They strive to give students the best opportunities knowing that once they leave college they may never be given them again. There are many different ways to socialize with fellow students, from going to athletic events to attending a house party down the street. The city has many different bars and clubs for people to let go of the stress of class and work. VCU has more than 32,000 students, which may seem crazy, but spread throughout the city, it's not an insane amount. It is not uncommon to see someone who may have gone to your high school or someone you randomly met once at a party. Students who love and support VCU the most are active in some aspect and are happy with the decision they made in choosing their major. VCU has a lot to offer, but it's up to each student to take advantage of it and make his or her experience here unique.

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