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