We are the UNcommon.
At VCU, you'll find PIONEERING research,
and UNPARALLELED creativity.
In an (Un)WORD
VCU students are one-of-a-kind
VCU is the ONLY urban university to be named:
One of 64 public R1 universities with the Carnegie Classification’s community engagement designation
A top 50 public research institution
A Diversity Champion by INSIGHT Into Diversity
A top 20 most innovative public university
We’re not interested in outdated traditions or conventional thinking. Together, we’re pursuing a future that’s built by us.
VCU offers GUARANTEED UNIVERSITY ADMISSION to first-year applicants who are among the top 10% of their class or have a GPA of 3.5 or above.
That means an admissions process without the stress and uncertainty that comes with the typical college selection process.
At the da Vinci Center’s Shift Retail Lab, students and alumni are testing products, services and ideas with real-world customers. The first-of-its-kind storefront was recognized as a World Changing Idea by Fast Company.
Explore our programs
200+ degrees and certificates to choose from.
Your future is unlimited.
A UNIQUE combination
Take our groundbreaking research, top-ranked arts programs, and world-class VCU Health System and what do you get? A place where patients from across Virginia and the nation come for care, and where students of all disciplines can solve some of the toughest problems in previously unthinkable ways.
VCU is a mix of styles, stories and attitude. Our students come from different places, backgrounds and lived experiences – and they’re all embraced for who they are and the perspective they bring.
Champion of DIVERSITY
Where you go to college matters
VCU is at the center of a vibrant community of 1.2 million people that is a top destination for creative thinkers and entrepreneurs, foodies and artists, and nonprofit and government leaders. Did you know? Richmond is:
- a culinary powerhouse
- No. 9 of U.S. cities with highest hiring rates and open jobs
- One of the best U.S. cities for creatives
Leading the pack
With the highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies of any urban area in Virginia, Richmond is a great place to work. Here are some well-known companies where our students have found employment.
- From campus,
- 5-minute bike ride to the river
- 2-hour drive to D.C.
- There’s so much to do in Richmond and beyond…
- 2-hour drive to the Mountains
- 2-hour drive to the beach
- Getting there
Whether you need help mapping out your path, feedback on your latest paper, guidance on paying for college, or learning accommodations, we’re here to help every step of the way. It’s why our graduates go on to be game changers.
Dollars and Sense
VCU provides holistic support to students, and we know how much finances matter. From 2019 to 2022:
- 24% Increase in scholarship funding for students
- 12% Increase in grant funding
- 7% Decrease in student loan borrowing
We’ve got your back
Programs to help you navigate college life
Provides additional support services to first-generation college students, students who are low-income and students with disabilities.
Men of Color Initiative
The MOC Initiative investigates the climate, experiences and non-cognitive and motivational needs of Black male and Latino students at VCU.
YouFirst at VCU
Provides mentorship, resources and events to first-generation college students and connects them with other first-gen students and faculty.
A VCU education will set you apart,
whether your future takes you to graduate school, a rewarding career or starting your own business. Get ready to blaze new trails and uplift your community.
We know that hands-on learning leads to job offers and opportunities — in 2022, more than 25% of students told us it happened to them. That’s why we now require an experiential learning opportunity for every undergraduate.
Chief marketing officer, NBA (retired)
President/CEO, America’s Health Insurance Plans
Indianapolis Colts player
VCU generates nearly $9.5 BILLION in economic activity in Virginia
VCU is in the TOP 20% of universities worldwide.