Virginia Commonwealth University

  • 50%
  • of students are from minority backgrounds
  • 28,594
  • students

UNCOMMON by design

We aren’t here to conform. Instead, we are prepared to undo the status quo in higher education and health care in order to pursue a future built by us. There is nowhere like this and no one like us.

UNLEASHING innovation

U.S. News ranks VCU as one of the 20 “most innovative” public universities in the country.
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VCU Medicines4All scientist working in the lab featuring the US News & World Report badge for Most Innovative in 2024

UNLIMITED opportunity

Our vibrant urban location, and everything it offers, is woven into the fabric of the VCU experience.
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A wide aerial view of Richmond Virginia in the daytime


VCU turns access into excellence by connecting different perspectives and experiences to prepare students for a global world.
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A VCU parade of students walking down Franklin Street


Student well-being starts on day one and empowers our graduates to take on challenges that others can’t or won’t.
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Students riding a tandem bicycle in front of VCU Cabell Library


Experiential learning is built into our curriculum and prepares our graduates to lead industries — or disrupt them.
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VCU students kayaking as they do research for the Footprints on the James program


The VCU Medical Center is the region’s No. 1 hospital 13 years in a row.
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A first responder vehicle pulling into VCU Medical Center at night
  • 85.6%
  • first-year retention rate
  • 37%
  • of freshman are first-generation college students

UNEQUALED in excellence

Driven by inclusion and creativity. Inspired by our city and community. We are unlike any university you’ve ever seen.

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