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Founded in 1838, Virginia Commonwealth University. is a Public college. Located in Virginia, which is a city setting in Virginia, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 23,865 full time undergraduate students, and 7,007 full time graduate students.
The Virginia Commonwealth University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 18:1. There are 1233 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Virginia Commonwealth University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at VCU are considered Less Selective, with ,208% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 27 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
88% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 48% were in the top quarter, and 18% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Virginia Commonwealth University.
422 Students rated on-campus housing 3.4 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.
368 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
466 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.
479 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.
480 Students rated class size 3.7 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.
479 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.
481 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.
480 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.
240 Students rated Virginia Commonwealth University
The experience was pretty good. The schools environment and energy was nice as well. I liked there facilities a lot and they kept them in shape. Everyone I met or noticed were nice and respectable. Most people see m to get along very well. I definitely would recommend this college to many other to come.
I think the school is amazing. all of my friends that have taken visits to VCU liked it and I haven’t seen any bad things that happen within the campus and I feel like VCU is like a big family and it’s easy to find your own group of people. There’s so many resources for anything that anyone could need.
During my time at Virginia Commonwealth University, they were known to welcome diversity, community, and philanthropy. The student body is welcoming and well-involved in on-campus activities. They are politically involved and love to support causes that matter to others. Professors are pro-active and open to providing opportunities to student that allow them to excel. Student housing and meal plan options could use some improvements (especially for students with dietary restrictions). The campus can also make improvements on handicap accessibilities.
I think VCU is an amazing college with an amazing vibe and feel to it. The students are incredibly friendly and as I've heard so are the teachers. Not only that the sports are all activities which makes it a really fun experience. Overall I really enjoyed VCU and hope I will be a Ram one day.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Virginia Commonwealth University is 81%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Assuming I could go back in time and speak to Katie the High School Senior, I would discuss two important points with her. First, I would tell her that college is not going to be easy. I would assure her that while college seems like fun and games with a bit of work mixed in, it is quite the opposite. “High remarks are imperative to college success.” I would state. Katie will look at me with sad eyes, afraid she will fail. I will then tell her with undoubted seriousness that she is capable of incredible things. I will tell her to always be confident in her abilities and to never doubt herself. I will say, “It will be tough, but you are strong and you can do anything.” Next, I will tell her to close her eyes and feel the burning in her soul. I would say, “Katie, that fire inside you is your passion.” I would tell her to embrace that passion whole-heartedly, and to never let it go. Her gaze will change, focused on the goal. Strength, courage, and passion radiate from her soul. She is ready. She will succeed.
There are so many different types of people at VCU. You will encounter so many different walks of life everyday,
Our school is very artistic. We have a wide variety of people on our campus. This is not the campus that has everyone dressing and looking the same.
the cultural diversity and the accepting "be who you are" attitude towards people
The worst thing about Virgina Commonwealth University would probably the cross walks around school. Many students have to cross busy and dangerous intersections in order to get to their classes. Sometimes I really don't feel safe or comfortable crossing the street .
Virginia Commonwealth University is possibly the best decision I have ever made. Walking through the streets of Richmond is so interesting because of the amount of diversity I experience. It is not only diverse with race but also with gender, age, cultures and even how people carry their selves. Nothing appears to be strange or out of the ordinary because there are so many types of people that judging them would be pointless. It is such a friendly and welcoming environment to where anyone can fit in and should not have to feel stressed about being different. Don't even think I forgot about the party life style. Frats aren't always welcoming to other guys who aren't affiliated but once you actually get in, it is the wildest thing you can imagine. I feel like I am at a rave 24/7 because of the props and hype music they play. Don't get me started about their food system. You begin as a freshman with the certain amount of swipes and dining dollars that you chosen from, and can swipe 6 times an hour. They have an all you can eat dining hall named Shafer and a Shafer-to-go downstairs if you can't stay. Right next door is Einstein Bagels. In the commons, they have subway, an express pizza hut, a chinese place called nao and zen, taco bell, chick fila, and a place called the POD that is equivalent to a 7/11. We also have a place called bleaker that has the DANKEST sandwiches and just opened a new Panda Express on Shafer street. VCU is overall a quality school and definitely needs more credit. Although, I like the fact that people underestimate the qualities of VCU because if they were to ever visit then their minds would be blown.
Virginia Commonwealth University is a school where students from diverse backgrounds can find exceptance all throughout the campus environment.
Academics are a mixed bag depending on your department and educational leanings, but my experiences were largely positive. I majored in Biology and found most professors to be very nice and gave an excellent lecture. Basically as long as you're not an idiot about attendance or notetaking you'll be fine in most cases. I don't want to name names here, but the obvious exception was a rather condescending professor I had for cell bio (which you WILL take if you major in biology). The chem department, conversely, seemed to offer the opposite experience. I did well in the labs but my lecturers ranged from a half deaf guy, to a mousy little guy with no stage presence and little clarity on how his curve worked, to a psychotic englishman. While I'm sure they do excellent research it seems no one in that department can lecture to save their lives. Exceptions were the lab instructors who were quite good at making it clear what you should be doing and what was happening chemically. In the interest of disclosure, chemistry is one of the areas where I'm naturally weak anyway so take all this with as much salt as is necessary. My classes in the other departments (cheifly english and politics) were also very good and the professors were as entertaining as they were informative (especially english 101 and Poli 105).
I wish I would have seen the whole campus, it's a busy place and city.
Apparently we aren't that smart? I hear it's pretty easy to get into VCU but we do occasionally work hard. We just prefer to play first.
The art community is pretty diverse with a wide spectrum of bathing schedules. Kidding aside you literally can't fit all of them in one category. Same for almost every other student at VCU. While its true the acceptance rate is quite high, the dropout rate is only slightly lower. VCU's tougher academically than people would be willing to admit: they'll give you a shot but staying in is easier said than done.
People who are open to new, different and quirky experiences, who understand the importance of learning but don't underestimate the value of injecting fun and personality into the classroom, are a really good fit for this school. There's always something to do and always something to see and those who don't take advantage of these opportunities will miss out on what it means to be a part of the diversity of VCU.
The kind of people that should attend this University are the ones with Liberal points of views, who enbrace diversity, and would like an urban setting for their college campus.
the dining hall and how they make us steaks.
Virginia Commonwealth University is very well known for their School of Art, but being a Biomedical Engineering major on the pre-med track, I would rather focus on their rising popularity in the department of Biomedical Engineering in the VCU School of Engineering. The program is relatively new but is growing very fast to accomodate for the rising demand in biomedical engineers all over the nation. Also, with the BioTech park and MCV very nearby, not only can BMEs gain medical and research experience, but also learn how to apply it to what they learn in class.
The two most frustrating things about my school would have to be the financial aid department and the bus. Our financial aid department SUCKS! Itt's like they don't really care about what's going on in our lives. It's very frustrating going in multiple times and they do nothing but give you the run around.
I hear a lot about how VCU is too Liberal and that all the students that go there are 'hippies' or social extremist, but there is a variety of opinions and types of students.
I think people on campus are always discussing the employers that work for our dining services. Don't get me wrong, the food on campus is great we have so many options but I think often where are they hiring their employees from?
A freshman shows his dorm room and view from his window.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
82% of students
attending Virginia Commonwealth University receive some sort of financial aid.
32% were awarded federal grants.
While 55% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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Room and Board
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