We are a premier urban, public research university focused on academic success.

We take pride in our nationally ranked academic programs and academic medical center, research and scholarly productivity, and engagement with the communities we serve and change.

  • #1 public graduate arts program in the country

    Ten VCU School of the Arts professors and alumni have received Guggenheim Fellowships since 2002, including two faculty recipients in 2012 — one of the highest totals of any university in the nation.

  • $270 million in sponsored research in FY15

    The VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research, funded by a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, is part of an elite consortium of 60 nationally prominent research institutions that focus on translating research into real-world applications.

  • #1 hospital in Virginia

    In 2015, U.S. News & World Report named VCU Medical Center the No. 1 hospital in the state, with three programs – nephrology, orthopaedics, and cardiology and heart surgery – ranking in the top 50 nationally.

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We are current, ever-changing, ever-growing.

VCU Cabell Library

Cabell Library:
1970 »

The James Branch Cabell Library opened in 1970 on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus, and was one of the first buildings constructed for the newly formed university.

Cabell Library:
2016 »

The expanded library, completed in 2016, boasts 93,000 square feet of new construction, 1,500 new seats, a makerspace, a reading porch and more than 2 million visitors per year.

VCU medical education

Medical education:
Early 1900s »

Medical College of Virginia surgery students watch a bandaging demonstration in Memorial Hospital’s surgical amphitheater.

Medical education:
2013 »

Medical students participate in a pediatric simulation exercise with a mannequin infant in the state-of-the-art McGlothlin Medical Education Center.

VCU women's basketball

Women’s basketball:
1920s »

Students at the Richmond Division of The College of William and Mary, one of VCU’s predecessor schools, wear blouses and bloomers as they play basketball in the 1920s.

Women’s basketball:
2015 »

Keira Robinson races down the court of the Siegel Center, VCU’s 7,500-seat arena. Women’s basketball is one of the university’s 17 NCAA Division I sports teams.

VCU social work

Social Work:
1920 »

A graduate of the Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health (now the VCU School of Social Work) serves at a hospital camp in Wythe County, Va., that was established to provide health care to impoverished children.

Social Work:
2015 »

A School of Social Work graduate student works with a child as part of her internship with local nonprofit Childsavers. The almost-100- year-old school features more than 500 field partnerships throughout Virginia.