Virginia Commonwealth University


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Public

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Virginia


Virginia Commonwealth University is a large public university that occupies two campuses in Richmond: the 88-acre Monroe Park Campus sits in the historic Fan District while the 52-acre MCV Campus, home to the VCU Medical Center, is located in the financial district. The university was founded in 1968 by the merger of two schools, and looking ahead VCU has plans for significant growth and expansion in the future. Students can choose from 60 baccalaureate degree programs, with the arts, sciences, social sciences and humanities all being popular among undergraduates. At the graduate level, VCU's health programs have an excellent national reputation. In athletics, the VCU Rams compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association.

Most Popular Majors

Biology, Business, Criminal Justice, English, Mass Communication Studies, Nursing, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 32044
Total Grad Students: 8561
Undergraduate Students: 23483
Faculty: 2072

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Percent Male: 43%
Percent Female: 57%

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Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 24%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 50%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

910 W Franklin St
Richmond Virginia 23284


Main Email:

Main Phone: 804-828-0100

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:
Henry G. Rhone
Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services , Enrollment Services

International Admissions Contact:
Reuban Rodriguez
Associate Vice Provost and Dean Student Affairs, Enrollment Services

Athletics Contact:
Norwood Teague
Director of Athletics, Athletics Department

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
A cumulative grade-point average of 2.25 .

Minimum Grades for Transfer:

Credits (Min/Max):
No limit to the number of credit hours that VCU will accept from another 4-year school however, students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at VCU in order to earn a degree from VCU. From 2-year colleges, VCU will accept a max of 63 credit hours.

Test Scores for Applying:
Applicants with fewer than 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) must submit SAT or ACT scores.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Enclosed recommendation form(s) (required for School of the Arts and some MCV Campus undergraduate programs)

Essay(s) required:
Enclosed your essay(s) for scholarship consideration (Virginia Community College applicants only) or for admission to the School of Nursing or the School of the Arts film (cinema) program

Application Fee:
Application fee ($55 for School of the Arts; $40 for all other VCU applicants) with the application as instructed, being sure to include your name and date of birth on check or money order. Applicants who apply online should submit a $30 application fee.

Other Requirements:
Transfer students also are required to have a personal computer.

Fall Deadline:
Rolling Admission, Priority Date June 1

Spring Deadline:
Rolling Admission, Priority Date Dec 1

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 20 26
English 20 26
Math 19 25
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 490 610
Math 490 600
Writing 480 580

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 4818

Transfers Accepted: 2976

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 62%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 66%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -4%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 2224

Other Expenses: 2701

Room and Board: 9670

Tuition and Fees: 21949

Total Cost: 36544

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 8817

Total Cost – In-State: 23412

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
It is a needs analysis used to determine how much financial assistance you can get from both state and federal government programs. These come in the form of grants, scholarships, student employment and/or low-interest loans (available at

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Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 6163

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 71%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 48%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 51%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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