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.

Student housing:
1970s »

Until 1968, when Rhoads Hall opened, students at the then-Richmond Professional Institute lived off campus. VCU’s first modern dorm initially housed only women in its 366 rooms.

Student housing:
2012 »

VCU offers a vibrant residential campus environment, with housing for 5,670 students. West Grace Street Student Housing – South, one of two brand-new living-learning residence halls, is home to ASPiRE, a program for students with a focus on community engagement.

Chemistry lab:
1980s »

VCU students work on coal gasification in a Department of Chemistry research lab in Oliver Hall.

Chemistry lab:
2010 »

Newly constructed labs in Oliver Hall allow the VCU Department of Chemistry to enroll 1,000 additional students per semester in the general chemistry program.

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:
2012 »

VCU School of Social Work students participate in an after-school program for children in a local resource center. The almost-100-year-old school features more than 500 field partnerships throughout Virginia.