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.


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Richmond, Va.

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School colors
Black and gold

Rodney the ram (VCU's mascot)

Rodney the Ram

Our graduate schools ranked in the top 50 nationally

2nd School of the Arts (1st among public institutions)
17th School of Pharmacy
22nd School of Social Work
41st School of Education
48th School of Nursing


Our top 50 graduate and professional programs

1st Nurse anesthesia
1st Sculpture
3rd Health administration
3rd Glass
4th Rehabilitation counseling
7th Graphic design
7th Painting/drawing
9th Ceramics
10th Printmaking
17th Occupational therapy
17th Pharmacy
20th Physical therapy
22nd Social work
41st Education
48th Nursing

These rankings are based on the most recent U.S. News & World Report information. Find more rankings.

We add to Richmond’s coolness factor.

$6 billion economic impact as Richmond’s largest employer
1.5 million hours of service by students equaling $32 million in volunteer work
83% of alumni either employed or enrolled in graduate school in Virginia
$1 million+ revenue, grants and investments garnered by student startups in one year

Our students

31,231 students
82% full time
85% Virginia residents
46% underrepresented populations*
25% enrolled in STEM majors
24,212 undergraduates
5,259 graduates
1,760 first professionals
Representing 102 countries
Top four: Saudi Arabia, China, India and Kuwait.
5,157 students live on campus.

* Of the 46 percent of students who are of underrepresented populations, 16 percent are African American, 12 percent are Asian, 7 percent are Hispanic-Latino, 5 percent are two races or more and 5 percent are international.


Undergraduate tuition, fees and financial aid*

Virginia resident: $13,624
Nonresident: $33,656
Room and board: $10,187

Average financial aid awarded to full-time undergraduates seeking assistance: $15,203

More than one-third of VCU’s more than 24,000 undergraduates are Pell eligible, and we make sure these students graduate at the same rate as students who do not receive Pell grants.

* Based on 15 credit hours per semester and 30 credit hours for the 2016-17 year.

Our research and innovation

  • Ranked 32 out of 760 nationally for NIH neuroscience funding with nearly $27 million in 2016
  • Significant research strengths include cancer; drug and alcohol abuse; heart, lung and blood;
    diabetes; and child health development
  • Only academic health center in Virginia represented in the national Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • One of only 54 universities nationwide to be designated by the Carnegie Foundation
    as “Community Engaged” with “Very High Research Activity”


Largest employer in Richmond

22,473 employees at VCU and VCU Health System
2,648 full-time classified staff members
2,274 full-time faculty members
949 part-time adjunct faculty members


No. 1 hospital in Richmond

  • VCU Medical Center is the only Level I trauma center in Central Virginia.
  • 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 Virginia that is verified in burn, pediatric and adult trauma care.
  • VCU Medical Center earned the American Hospital Association’s prestigious AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize for leadership and innovation in quality and safety.


Just how big is our campus?

158 acres in downtown Richmond

Branch campuses and satellite locations:


Looking for even more facts about VCU? 

Check out our fact card with all the latest facts and stats.




VCU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral and first-professional degrees. For more information, visit sacs.vcu.edu.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges 
1866 Southern Lane 
Decatur, Georgia 30033 
(404) 679-4500 

Additional accreditations

For information on specialized university program accreditations or certifications, please visit the department or office website of which the program is a part.

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.

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