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Study at Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University, or VCU, is a large, public research university located in downtown Richmond, Virginia, United States. It was founded in 1968 as a result of a merger between Richmond Professional Institute and Medical College of Virginia. VCU is one of the Virginia universities rated RU/ H (Research Universities (high research activity) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. It is organized into the following academic divisions:
  • College of Humanities and Sciences
  • L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • School of Allied Health Professions
  • School of Business
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Mass Communications
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Social Work
  • School of the Arts
  • School of World Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University's sports teams are nicknamed the Rams. They compete in the NCAA Division I sports.

Profile of Virginia Commonwealth UniversityVirginia Commonwealth University is in a medium-sized city, in Richmond, VA. The school is classified as a public college. Students at Virginia Commonwealth University earn degrees up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The most common major fields study at the school include design and fine arts.

Virginia Commonwealth University Selectivity

Virginia Commonwealth University does not admit all applicants. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007 was 480 to 580 for students at the school. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 480 and 580.

Some professors at Virginia Commonwealth University are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members. Faculty salaries at the school are higher than most.

Student Enrolment

Virginia Commonwealth University, in 2007, had 31, 700 students (25, 890 full-time equivalent).

Student Life
Athletic teams at the school belong to the Colonial Athletic Association for major sports. Virginia Commonwealth University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management675business management, accounting, marketing, managerial economics, non-profit management, business, taxation, human resources, . . .
Liberal Arts632English, history, interdisciplinary studies, sociology, political science, urban studies, foreign language and literature, area studies, . . .
Education and Teaching509educational administration, education, health teaching, art education, special ed, school Counselling, instructional media design, curriculum and instruction, . . .
Therapy and Counselling491psychology, physical therapy, patient Counselling, genetic Counselling
Medicine404medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, dental clinical sciences, public health, health professions
Science388biology, chemistry, biological and physical sciences, physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, physics, bacteriology, . . .
Nursing and Emergency Medicine335registered nursing, various nursing, nurse anesthetist, nursing science
Family and Social Work331social work, public administration, adult development and aging
Security and Law Enforcement308criminal justice and administration, forensic science, criminal justice and safety, security and protective services
Media276mass communication
Design230fashion design, graphic design, illustration, design and applied arts, interior design, design and visual communication
Fine Arts173crafts and folk art, sculpture, painting, fine arts studies, art history and criticism
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy156parks and recreation studies, vocational Counselling, occupational therapy
Engineering149mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, engineering, chemical engineering
Computer Science and Engineering130information science, computer and info science, computer engineering
Medical Support and Technology87radiographer, clinical lab tech, dental hygienist
Drama and Performing Arts63drama, dance
Medical administration59health care administration, pharmacy courses
Music58music performance
Religion and Philosophy43religion, philosophy
Photography and Commercial Art29photography
Conservation and Resource Management23environmental studies
Real Estate and Construction Management3real estate
Contact: Virginia Commonwealth UniversityVirginia Commonwealth University

910 W Franklin St

Richmond, VA 23284-2512

General Phone: (804) 828-0100


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