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Reviews 3639 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: nightlife is decent but nothing special there are a couple clubs downtown and one near campus.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: The nightlife here is fun but mostly laid back. Ragers are there but not frequently

3 College Junior

Academics: You get what you put into it. The coursework is difficult at this school and it's one of the hardest places to get an A at.

5 College Junior

Diversity: The school i very diverse in every way and offers a lot of people to meet and grow from

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Nobody is going to pressure you to do drugs, but it's there. School is strict on it if you're on school property but otherwise it's not a big deal.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Most of the professors are pretty great. But, like most colleges there are always a few bad ones. RateMyProfessor.com should be man's best friend in college.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: You don't really see enough internship opportunities at VCU. Most students have to go elsewhere to get internships and part-time jobs.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Personally, I feel like VCU Police doesn't do enough to make students feel safe whatsoever. So much more could be done, but just hasn't been.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on-campus isn't too bad. It's kind of an average experience.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life isn't exactly popular at VCU. Only 7% of the school population is involved in Greek life and half of the ones who are involved don't even like it after a while.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit at Virginia Commonwealth is so hype! Everyone is always wearing something that says VCU (including myself) and it's so awesome to see that.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: VCU is so unique and diverse! I would never have changed my decision because the professors are great and the students are so friendly!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Very hard to get As

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: We have career counselors specifically for each major

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Vcu police are very helpful and friendly

5 College Junior

Athletics: Our football team is undefeated

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love the diversity and urban atmosphere

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I spoke about this earlier in one of my more general reviews of the college experience here, but to reiterate: the courses are varied and the professors excellent. All practicing artists themselves, VCU Arts professor have stunning portfolios, and a wealth of no nonsense advice. An hour of studio time with one of our professors is easily worth three with someone who trained to do nothing but teach art.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have met arts graduates from my school who haven't managed to make a life in the arts yet. But at the same time, the vast majority of us will. Richmond is a great place for this school. A metic buttload of businesses and other potential clients rise up or search for new talent every day and it is not a bad place for young artists to start building a base. But it is only one city. I'm confident enough in my own work to look for jobs anywhere, and thats largely thanks to the professors here.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Obviously, there are certain risks associated with going to school in the middle of Richmond, but VCU has put the infrastructure in place to deal with security risks as efficiently as possible. Security phones everywhere, a constant police presence, warning sirens audible from all portions of campus, and a text notification service for all instances of violent crime to warn students out of harm's way combine to keep the risk of crime wisely present in our minds without its becoming something we have to spend our days worrying about.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: On the social level, my freshman experience with on campus housing was great. I made a whole bunch of long lasting friends. Speaking to many of my peers, however, I gather that my experience was not the norm. Many people were vastly more isolated than myself in the dorms.

More importantly than the mixed social experience, I have to comment on the abysmal handling of housing for new students this year. VCU doesn't have the facilities to house all of its new students. Its solution was to deny housing to a huge chunk of incoming freshman, including people (so I have heard) who should have been guaranteed housing.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't know enough about people who pay for their friends to adequately comment on them, however, I don't hold them in high esteem.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Perhaps my perspective on the college experience won't apply to others. Folks often say that the schooling experience depends as much on the student as the teacher. That said, the professorial end of the VCU Arts experience does everything it can to make the student's time and money spent here count. All professionals in the art world themselves, the professors push us to thin and work like professionals ourselves. I spend a crucial amount of my time here cutting through the BS and hokum which seems to surround creative pursuits. We learn to create art here, but crucially, we also receive constant reminders that artwork takes real work.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: some are good, many are not

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: They seem to take away financial assistance after the first year

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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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