Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), located on a 143 acre urban campus in Richmond, VA, is a public research institution that was established in 1838. VCU was originally established as Hampton-Sydney College’s medical department, and in 1854 it became the Medical College of Virginia. The Medical College of Virginia merged with the Richmond Professional Institute to form VCU in 1968.
VCU has two campus locations in Richmond, which are the Monroe Park campus, and the MCV campus. The VCU medical school, which is located on the MCV campus houses the university’s health science schools, and offers care in over 200 specialty areas. The medical center is the only Level I Trauma Center in the region.
Over 31,000 students are enrolled at VCU, and the school offers more than 200 bachelor, master, doctoral and first-professional degree and certificate programs. VCU has 13 schools and one college, which are the School of Allied Health Professions, College of Humanities and Sciences, School of Arts, School of Dentistry, School of Business, School of Education, School of Medicine, School of Engineering, School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, University College, VCU Life Sciences and the VCU Graduate School. VCU’s student to faculty ration is 19 to 1, and the most popular academic majors are visual and performing arts, business, health professions, psychology and homeland security preparedness. VCU is committed to the academic and intellectual success of its student body, discovery and research, and increases knowledge, enhances creativity, and the improvement of human health.
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has designated VCU as a research institution with very high research activity, and in 2011, VCU received $256 million in sponsored research funding. VCU houses a wide range of research centers and institutes that involve faculty from a variety of disciplines, including biotechnology, public policy and health care discoveries, which supports the research mission of VCU. Some of the centers and institutes that are located at VCU include the Virginia Center for Urban Development, Virginia Center on Aging, Commonwealth Policy Institute, Clinical Research Center, Center for Drug Studies, and Center for Teaching Excellence.
VCU is the state of Virginia’s premier public research university, and has a mission of being an engaged, learner-centered environment that fosters inquiry and discovery. Undergraduate and graduate students participate in research activities with faculty members that offer rewarding, exciting experiences for everyone involved. Research experiences provide students with the opportunity for hands on learning, and they develop skills that include data collection, study design, computation, findings analysis and communication of results. Students participating in research opportunities develop positive habits, attitudes and intentions, and career development opportunities become available through professional networking and resume building.
Students that are interested in participating in activities outside of the classroom can join a variety of clubs and organizations. VCU has an outdoor adventure program that coordinates backpacking, kayaking and whitewater rafting trips as well as other activities. VCU has 30 sororities and fraternities and approximately five percent of students are involved in the Greek system. The VCU Rams are a division I sports team, and athletic events are well attended by VCU students. Students can participate in intramural and fitness programs.
VCU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Specific programs hold specialized program accreditations and certifications.
Tuition for in state residents is $9,517 per year and $22,949 per year for out of state residents.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:N/A
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