Facts and rankings
Get to know VCU
We believe discovery and creativity go hand in hand. We believe in creating good ideas that really help people. We believe in the students we educate and the more than 200 programs we offer them. And we believe our grit, our relationship with the city, and our commitment to diversity and access set us apart from your average college. Here are some stats and facts that tell you who we are.
Black and gold
Rodney the Ram
- 28,919 students enrolled
- 17:1 student-faculty ratio
- 2,441 full-time faculty
- 211,101 alums
Our graduate schools and programs ranked in the top 50
1st Fine Arts — Sculpture
1st Nurse Anesthesia
2nd Fine Arts — Printmaking
3rd Fine Arts — Glass
4th Fine Arts
4th Fine Arts — Graphic Design
4th Rehabilitation Counseling
5th Health Care Management
5th Time-based New Media
9th Nursing Administration — Online
12th Fine Arts — Painting/Drawing
15th Occupational Therapy
20th Nuclear Engineering
20th Nursing — Online
20th Physical Therapy
23rd Nursing (undergraduate)*
25th Best Education Schools
25th Social Work
29th Public Management and Leadership
34th Best Nursing Schools: Master's
35th Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
35th Public Affairs
43rd Clinical Psychology
44th Biostatistics: Doctoral
48th Best Medical Schools — Primary Care
These rankings are based on the most recent U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School rankings and Best Online Colleges rankings, unless marked with an asterisk.
*Ranking is based on the most recent U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.
We add to Richmond’s coolness factor.
$6 billion economic impact as Richmond’s largest employer
1.3 million hours of service by students equaling $30 million in volunteer work
40% of alums live in Richmond
$2 million+ raised in investment and revenue by student startups
82% full time
86% Virginia residents
1,517 first professionals
1,594 transfer students
1,174 Honors students
1,033 international students, representing 102 countries
5,955 residence hall capacity
Undergraduate tuition and fees* and financial aid
Virginia resident: $15,642**
Room and board: $12,239
Average financial aid awarded to full-time undergraduates seeking assistance in 2020-21: $18,887
About one-third of VCU’s undergraduates are Pell eligible, and we make sure these students succeed, graduating at nearly the same rate as students who do not receive Pell grants.
* Based on 15 credit hours per semester and 30 credit hours for the 2022-23 year. This does not include program fees, which vary based on a student’s major.
** All in-state undergraduates will receive a scholarship to offset the 3% tuition increase for the 2022-23 academic year. Learn more about the Virginia resident tuition scholarship.
- Top 100 National Science Foundation research university
- Top 3 Virginia research university
- $363 million in sponsored research in fiscal year 2021
Our research and innovation
- The Stravitz-Sanyal Institute for Liver and Metabolic Health is radically expanding treatment options thanks to a $104 million gift, the largest publicly shared gift to support liver research in U.S. history.
- The Medicines for All Institute at VCU drives down manufacturing costs for essential medicines, making them increasingly affordable worldwide. It’s working with a major partner that received a federal four-year contract for $354 million to reduce U.S. dependency on overseas drug manufacturers.
- Leads a $50 million federally funded collaboration to study traumatic brain injury on service members and veterans.
- A $27.7 million contract from the U.S. Social Security Administration helps the School of Education’s National Training and Data Center train thousands of counselors across the country to provide disability beneficiaries with the guidance and support they need to achieve their employment and self-sufficiency goals.
- Interdisciplinary research strengths include neuroscience; cancer; substance abuse and addiction; the human microbiome; and nanoscience, nanomedicine and nanotechnology.
- One of only 67 universities nationwide classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an “R1 Doctoral University – Highest Research Activity,” as well as its prestigious “Community Engagement” status.
- Our pharmacology program ranks 13th and our addiction studies program ranks 16th in terms of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with several of our schools ranking in the top 50: School of Dentistry (No. 17), School of Pharmacy (No. 25) and School of Nursing (No. 32).
- No. 58 of 415 public research universities per National Science Foundation rankings that track federally funded research expenditures, including:
- No. 12 in liberal arts and other non-science disciplines
- No. 32 in psychology
- No. 33 in health sciences
- No. 38 in Department of Health and Human Services funding
- No. 44 in life sciences
- No. 50 in biological and biomedical sciences
Largest employer in Richmond
23,208 employees at VCU and VCU Health System
593 full-time classified staff members
3,006 full-time university and academic professionals
2,441 full-time faculty members
837 part-time adjunct faculty members
No. 1 hospital in Richmond
- VCU Medical Center is both the region’s safety net hospital and its No. 1-ranked hospital. It is the only Level I trauma center in the region that is verified in burn, pediatric and adult trauma care.
- More than 12,000 employees
- More than 78,000 Emergency Department visits in FY21
- More than 934,000 outpatient clinic visits in FY21
- More than 36,000 inpatient discharges in FY21
Just how big is our campus?
198 acres in downtown Richmond. And it earned a Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Branch campuses and satellite locations:
- Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
- VCUarts Qatar
- VCU Health satellite locations
- VCU Rice Rivers Center
- VCU School of Medicine Inova Fairfax Campus
- VCU School of Pharmacy Inova Campus
- VCU School of Pharmacy University of Virginia Division
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VCU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of VCU may be directed in writing to SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
For more information, visit provost.vcu.edu/academics/accreditation.
For information on specialized university program accreditations or certifications, please visit the department or office website of which the program is a part, or view this list of specialized accreditations by college or school.
Student consumer information
Students and prospective students may find the information resources of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia of use in planning for college and careers. SCHEV has created an institutional profile for each Virginia public college and university, and for each independent college or university participating in the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program.