Virginia Commonwealth University

3,718 reviews
  1. Richmond, VA
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    C+
Virginia Commonwealth University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conference
Atlantic 10 Conference
Address
910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284
Website

Virginia Commonwealth University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
75%
SAT Range
1000-1210
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$19,335/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,187/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,675/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,387/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,424/ year
  • $110k+
    $25,659/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.253 responses
45%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.271 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.268 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,056Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 159 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    25%
  • Hipster
    21%
  • All of the above
    19%
  • Unique
    14%
  • Art students
    6%
  • Average
    6%
  • Ambitious
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.300 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.360 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 187 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    48%
  • All of the above
    37%
  • Artsy
    8%
  • Creatively Ambitious
    4%
  • Collective
    2%
  • Artsy Lazy Collective
    1%
  • Friendly and welcoming
    1%

After Virginia Commonwealth University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
59%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.192 responses

Reviews

3,718 reviews
  • Excellent
    665
  • Very Good
    1368
  • Average
    1400
  • Poor
    206
  • Terrible
    79
Virginia Commonwealth University is the most diverse, artsy school I have ever encountered. Which is why it was so important that I became a student here. I love the campus setting, downtown Richmond provides a very city-like atmosphere. Our campus is surrounded by great thrifting store, tattoo shops, the BEST food options, and just an all around great community. So far Ive become very involved with the homeless community in Richmond through the service learning course I was in during Fall Semester. I gained a great sense of community and an appreciation for the people of Richmond as well as a great interest in improving the food desert epidemic and quality of life for the less fortunate. I have been accepted into VCU's Aspire program. While participating in this program during my Sophomore and Junior year I will complete several hours of community service and gain skills in community engagement. This will result in a certificate of completion upon my graduation. I'm so excited to return to VCU and grow as a student and a human being!
  • College Freshman
  • 11 months ago
Virginia Commonwealth University is very diverse with their athletic facilities and serve a wide variety of activities to all people on campus. We have a great Basketball team (GO RAMS!) with a fantastic fan base. School spirit and representation is big on campus and gives off a superb positive aspect of the university! The university also provides recreational sports clubs, which are great for getting into physical active activities and creates a great social network. The Carry Street Gym is one of the best gyms I have personally set foot in that sever the student base, faculty, and anyone in the surrounding area.
  • College Sophomore
  • 10 months ago
I have overall enjoyed my experience at Virginia Commonwealth University. I feel as though I am receiving a good education all while being exposed to a diverse population. The university caters not only to the my educational needs, but also to the needs of my fellow peers. Most of the professors I have had the pleasure to learn from are experts within their field of study and are passionate about their work. I've matured during my three years at VCU, becoming independent and more confident as an adult. I definitely do not regret my decision to attend this university and would recommend any potential college candidate to apply!
  • College Junior
  • 11 months ago