We are making it real every day.
Our students don’t only learn; they complete internships, volunteer in the community, graduate and get good jobs. Our faculty members don’t only teach; they collaborate across disciplines and conduct research that impacts lives and human health around the world.
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.
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.
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.
More minority graduates than any other university in Virginia
In a 2015 report, The Education Trust listed VCU among 26 “top-gaining institutions” in the U.S. for boosting graduation rates for underrepresented minority students and for closing the graduation rate gap between minorities and white students.
Nationally recognized for exceptional community engagement
In 2014, VCU won the C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award for the Pharmacist Collaborative Care and Outreach in the Community program in the university’s School of Pharmacy.
Ranked No. 9 in engineering doctoral degrees awarded to women
In 2014, the American Society for Engineering Education ranked VCU’s School of Engineering as the nation’s No. 9 engineering school or university based on the percentage of doctoral degrees awarded to women.
Groundbreaking health care initiatives in Virginia
In 2013, The VCU schools of Nursing and Dentistry opened a nurse practitioner-managed center to address significant health issues among patients receiving dental care at the VCU School of Dentistry – the first of its kind at a university in Virginia.
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.
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.
Early 1900s »
Medical College of Virginia surgery students watch a bandaging demonstration in Memorial Hospital’s surgical amphitheater.
Medical students participate in a pediatric simulation exercise with a mannequin infant in the state-of-the-art McGlothlin Medical Education Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.