Richmond, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$23,913 ($9,886)
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Reviews 2450 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus is great and it's free! Theres also a nightime shuttle service to make people feel more safe

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: VCU basketball is very popular and all but the rest of the varsity sports are underplayed a bit

4 College Freshman

Academics: The teachers are mostly really great and even if a class is big, there's always help and you can always see your teacher after or outside of class.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: In the beginning of the year, almost all the parties are greek. But after the first couple weeks, being greek isn't really a big deal at all.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: VCU is like a melting pot of students and no matter how different someone is, the tolerance and acceptance levels are high and people are very nice.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are security and police everywhere but they don't intrude on the students unless necessary.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Based on my calculated need vs. the charges and cost of school, I was expecting to receive more than I did.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love my dorm. I decided to live on an alternative campus at MCV and take the bus to the Monroe Park campus. The commute doesn't bother me and both campuses have great dorms and nearby activities/food/gyms.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: The city has a a ton of night-life opportunities in addition to the typical college parties all around

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computers are very up to date and the internet is fast. The printing program is also very user-friendly.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Richmond is amazing. Its a booming city but there's also fun parks in walking distance for when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle. The atmosphere is very accepting and tolerant.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The teachers are great and keep up with the students regularly

College Freshman

Majors: I've never had an internship. I might eventually have one. VCU has great programs for helping students find them.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It all depends on where you live. Lots of variety for on campus housing, some are great for the money, some are not.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's a wide variety around the school, and if you go a little further there's more. It's all a matter of getting there but there are many things to do.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's off-campus housing available, a lot are close and a lot are expensive. It helps to have a big group so you can rent out a house for cheap.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There's strict policy, you get kicked out of the dorms if they find any/possibly kicked out of school, but it's a college, it still happens.

College Senior

Athletics: I do not pay attention to anything athletic at this school.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The neighborhoods surrounding the Monroe Park campus vary. Oregon Hill can have pretty fair prices, and even though it used to be a dangerous area in the 80s, it's mostly students, young families, and a few professors. OHill is close to campus and Belle Isle, but during the summer parking can get difficult because of people trying to get to the Isle.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Drug and alcohol strictness can be overbearing at times. This applies specifically to parties on and around campus. They get broken up very quickly and often. However, in certain dorms, the security guards are pretty lenient on students coming and going while being drunk or stoned.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: The few times I have dealt with the Financial Aid office it went OK...but I wasn't able to receive any financial aid for a study abroad I wanted to participate in.

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4 College Senior

Academics: My major is Graphic Design. The majority of the professors are very helpful and creative. The workload can get overwhelming, but it's not impossible. I've went through my program having the same 4 or 5 professors.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: i love the diversity on campus because you get to learn different things about everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: living on campus is convenient because your are close to everything, but i would not live on campus because the dorms are so expensive and i dont like to live in community dorms because i dont like to share showers and bathrooms.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: i don't see any students use any type of drug on campus


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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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