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Virginia Commonwealth University is a public institution situated in Richmond, Virginia. The city atmosphere of Richmond makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

380 Undergraduate Degrees
313 Graduate Degrees
$42,056 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
84% Acceptance Rate

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Virginia Commonwealth University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

VCU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#30 Most Popular Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Most Popular Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#167 Most Popular Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at VCU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Most Popular Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Most Popular General Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards VCU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#34 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual

Where Is Virginia Commonwealth University?

Location of Virginia Commonwealth University

Contact details for VCU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 910 W Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23284-2512
Phone: 804-828-0100

How Do I Get Into VCU?

You can apply to VCU online at:

Admission Requirements for VCU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into VCU?

84% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
85% Submit SAT Scores
VCU has an acceptance rate of 84%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 83%, and the acceptance rate for women is 85%.

Average Test Scores

About 85% of students accepted to VCU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 640. Math scores were between 520 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University  ( 550 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University  ( 520 to 620 )
VCU received ACT scores from 25% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 28. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University  ( 21 to 28 )
ACT Math Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University  ( 19 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University  ( 21 to 27 )

Can I Afford Virginia Commonwealth University?

$42,056 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
4.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of VCU is $42,056. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At VCU, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $7,715 a year. That adds up to $30,860 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at VCU is 4.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Virginia Commonwealth University Undergraduate Student Diversity

19,825 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 22,837 undergraduate students at VCU, with 19,825 being full-time and 3,012 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  VCU

There are also 6,920 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 19,825 full-time undergraduates at VCU, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  VCU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Virginia Commonwealth University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of VCU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,879
Black or African American 3,901
Hispanic or Latino 2,180
White 8,452
International Students 588
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,825

Geographic Diversity

Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at Virginia Commonwealth University. At this time, 33 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 103 countries are represented at VCU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, India, and China.

Online Learning at Virginia Commonwealth University

1,048 Took All Classes Online
9,120 Took At Least One Class Online
7.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 16 master’s degree programs available online at VCU. In 2017-2018, 9,120 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at VCU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 9th most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of VCU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Virginia Commonwealth University was 7.3%. This is the #1,070 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at VCU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of VCU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Educational Administration 26%
General Educational Leadership & Administration 26%
Reading Teacher Education 31%
Special Education 2%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 20%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at VCU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at VCU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism #22
General Special Education #80
Special Education #124
General Educational Leadership & Administration #141
Educational Administration #174

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Virginia Commonwealth University Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Health Education 361 0 0 0 361
General Education 0 0 124 25 149
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 8 12 23 43
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0 0 34 0 34
General Special Education 0 0 29 0 29
Art Education 19 0 5 0 24
Reading Teacher Education 0 10 6 0 16
Adult & Continuing Education 0 8 4 0 12
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities 0 11 0 0 11
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 0 0 8 0 8
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 6 0 6
Educational/Instructional Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 0 0 0 0 0
College Student Counseling & Personnel Services 0 0 0 0 0
Teacher Development & Methodology 0 0 0 0 0
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 380 37 228 48 693


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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