Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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Are you interested in attending Virginia Commonwealth University? They accept more than three-quarters of all applicants. See more about their admissions requirements.

About VCU

Virginia Commonwealth University is a large public university that occupies two campuses in Richmond: the 88-acre Monroe Park Campus sits in the historic Fan District while the 52-acre MCV Campus, home to the VCU Medical Center, is located in the financial district. The university was founded in 1968 by the merger of two schools, and looking ahead VCU has plans for significant growth and expansion in the future.

Students can choose from 60 baccalaureate degree programs, with the arts, sciences, social sciences and humanities all being popular among undergraduates. At the graduate level, VCU's health programs have an excellent national reputation. In athletics, the VCU Rams compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 30,872 (23,865 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42 percent male / 58 percent female
  • 85 percent Full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,130 (in-state); $32,287 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $2,804 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,280
  • Other Expenses: $3,120
  • Total Cost: $30,334 (in-state); $49,491 (out-of-state)

Virginia Commonwealth University Financial Aid (2015-16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 82 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 69 percent
    • Loans: 57 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,207
    • Loans: $7,696

Academic Programs

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86 percent
  • Transfer-out Rate: 22 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 36 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 62 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Basketball, Track and Field, Volleyball, Soccer, Tennis

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Virginia Commonwealth University Mission Statement

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"Virginia Commonwealth University is a public, metropolitan, research university, supported by Virginia to serve the people of the state and the nation. The university provides a fertile and stimulating environment for learning, teaching, research, creative expression and public service. Essential to the life of the university is the faculty — actively engaged in scholarship and creative exploration activities that increase knowledge and understanding of the world and inspire and enrich teaching."

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics