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Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA


  • Type
    4-year • Public
  • Campus Life
    Very Large • Urban
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Virginia Commonwealth University is a very large, 4-year, public university. This coed college is located in a city in an urban setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

From the Institution

Located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, an accredited, public, four-year research university. It serves an integral role in the economic health of the city and state, educating the current and future workforce, reaching out to the community, advancing research and enhancing patient care. VCU was founded in 1838 as the medical department of Hampden-Sydney College, becoming the Medical College of Virginia in 1854. In 1968, the General Assembly merged MCV with the Richmond Professional Institute, founded in 1917, to create Virginia Commonwealth University. Today, VCU offers comprehensive undergraduate, master's, doctoral and professional programs and encompasses one of the largest academic health centers in the nation. With more than $405 million in externally funded research awards for the 2022 fiscal year, VCU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an "R1 Doctoral University - Highest Research Activity," the foundation's highest ranking, as well as its prestigious "Community Engagement" status. VCU is also ranked as a top 50 public research university by the National Science Foundation. Its centers and institutes of excellence support the university's research mission and involve faculty from multiple disciplines in the arts, public policy, biotechnology and health care discoveries. VCU is also known for its commitment to access and inclusion and is among the nation's "Top 100 Degree Producers" rankings of institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students, according to a report by the magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. VCU's enrolls a diverse student body with more than 28,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Forty-one of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU's 10 schools and four colleges. VCU has a full-time instructional faculty of nearly 2,500 who are nationally and internationally recognized for excellence in the arts, business, education, engineering, the humanities, the life sciences, social work and all the health care professions.

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