is an urban university with one of the largest enrollments in
Virginia; having over 32,000 students.
It is classified as one of three Virginia research universities
with high research activity by the
VCU recognizes the earlier date on its official
seal and on promotional materials. RPI traces its roots back to
1917, when it began as the Richmond School of Social Work.
VCU has developed a strategic plan for the future known as "VCU
2020." The plan includes concepts for about $1 billion in new
academic, medical, recreation, student housing and parking
facilities on VCU’s Monroe Park and MCV Campuses. Among its major
goals is the creation of a collegiate community promoting student
engagement and the campus environment.
Many VCU buildings are named after influential people in
the school's history or in Richmond history.
- The Pollak Building, is named after Theresa Pollak, who founded the School of the
Arts at VCU when it was the Richmond Professional Institute. Pollak
was one of Virginia's more famous artists and who is often credited
with bringing modern art to Richmond.
- The Ginter House at 901 West Franklin Street,
the main administrative building on the Monroe Park Campus. It is
named for cigarette magnate Major Lewis
Ginter (1824-1897), one of Virginia’s wealthiest men who was
responsible for developing Richmond’s Ginter Park neighborhood and
commissioning the Jefferson
- The "Scott House" at 909 W. Franklin St was originally built
for Frederic and Elisabeth Scott by the Richmond architectural firm
of Noland & Baskervill (1907-11), reflecting the grandeur of
early 20th century Richmond.
VCU has two main campuses
in Richmond: the
Monroe Park Campus and the Medical College of Virginia Campus.
also has a branch campus in Education City, Qatar.
Informally, the campuses are known
respectively as the "academic campus," "medical campus," and
Snead Hall, Monroe Park campus
Monroe Park Campus
most of VCU's general education facilities, the Monroe Park Campus
is located at the eastern end of the Fan district, a historic neighborhood built adjacent to downtown
Richmond in the early 20th century.
The Monroe Park Campus
begins at Monroe Park
on North Belvidere
Street and continues west to Harrison Street. Most buildings are
located on or between West Main Street and West Broad Street.
Originally home to the Richmond Professional
and then the Academic Campus of VCU in 1968, the
Monroe Park Campus took on its current name in June 2004. This
campus blends the old and new; ecompassing over 40 buildings built
before 1900. Monroe Park Campus includes
- Siegel Center - Home of the VCU Rams basketball and volleyball
- VCU School of the Arts
- Snead Hall/ Engineering East Hall - A 260,000 square foot,
state of the art building for the School of Business, the School of
Engineering, and the da Vinci Center
- Cary Street Gym - A 158,000 square foot gym currently under
renovation and construction
VCU Molecular Medicine Research
Building (MMRB), MCV campus.
College of Virginia Campus is home to the VCU Medical Center.
This includes the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Allied
Health, Nursing, a recently established School of Public Health,
and the MCV Hospitals, which is the major component of the VCU
Health System. The Campus is also home to the Massey Cancer Center
(an NCI-designated Cancer
). The MCV Campus is an integral part of Richmond in the
old Court End
district. The neighborhood is
located adjacent to the city’s business and financial district near
MCV campus includes
James Branch Cabell Library, Monroe
The VCU Libraries is the third largest research library in
Virginia. Together the libraries hold more than 1.9 million print
volumes, over 18,000 digital and print serial titles (with access
to an additional 12,250 titles in various databases), 157,000
electronic books, 3.2 million microforms, 190,000 audiovisual
pieces, and 445 electronic databases. The Tompkins-McCaw Library
for the Health Sciences has the largest medical collection in the
state and provides electronic access to the latest in life sciences
information and research.
The James Branch Cabell Library houses one of the largest book art
collections in the Southeast and the fifth largest comic book
collection in the United States.
The VCU Libraries is the only patent and trademark depository in
Virginia and has particular strengths in medicine, science,
engineering and information technology. Both libraries provide
hundreds of computer workstations located throughout the buildings
as well as off-campus access from residence halls and home to all
Brandt Hall, Monroe Park Campus.
VCU's residential hall capacity is 4,986 students
Rhoads, Johnson Hall
halls are the largest freshman communities on campus. Together they
house approximately 1,870 students. These halls are set up for
coeducational living with each floor designated for female or male
students, except for Brandt hall which is comprised completely of
suites allowing for coeducational floors. Brandt Hall is the newest
residence hall facility on campus and houses 640 students, with
floors reserved for freshmen and selected suites reserved for
honors students. The West Grace Street Honors Residential College
is adjacent to Rhoads and Johnson. It houses male and female
freshman honors students in single rooms. The Gladding Residence
Center suites offer a more independent living option for freshmen
in a community with upper-level students. Cabaniss Hall at the VCU
Medical Center is a freshman community especially of interest to
students in the life and health sciences.
Upper-class students may choose to live in Ackell Residence Center,
GRC Apartments, Broad and Belvidere, RAMZ Hall or the Cary &
Belvidere apartments(the last of which are primarily reserved for
Arts, Engineering, and Business majors), finished in August,
Residence Hall Security
In every VCU dormitory there are Residence Hall Security Officers
that enforce VCU residence hall policies and help to ensure the
safety of the residents. Their main job is to check the ID of every
person that walks through the door and deny admittance to guests,
residents, and any other person that does not have a valid ID.
However, they do have many other duties that they attend to as
well. These security officers work 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Shafer Court Dining Center, Monroe
Undergraduate students living in a university residence hall (not
students living in university apartments), are required to choose a
residential dining plan. VCU Dining Services offers block plans at
200-, 250- and 300- meal levels with additional Dining
added. Block plans allow a specific number of meals to
be used over an entire semester. All unused block meal swipes and
dining credits are forfeited at the end of each semester. These
unlimited-serving meals are served in the Shafer Court Dining
Center and the Larrick Dining Center. A wide variety of foods are
offered for every type of diet, including vegetarian options, vegan
foods, and low-fat foods. Fruits(apple and occasional banana) and
vegetables are fresh daily. Dining Dollars
the opportunity to purchase tax-free meals at any VCU retail
restaurant. Commuter students and students living off campus have
the option of purchasing a nonresidential dining plan.
VCUQatar, also known as VCUQ offers students the opportunity to
earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design, Fashion
Design or Interior Design, through a comprehensive four-year
curriculum. The only fully accredited design program in the Middle
East, VCUQatar is a branch campus of the prestigious VCU School of
the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Through its programs VCUQatar
prepares graduates to become productive citizens who are able to
contribute to the professional and cultural growth of Qatar and the
Persian Gulf area.
Schools and departments
VCU Engineering West Hall, Monroe Park
VCU offers Baccalaureate
and Doctoral degrees
as well as Professional and Certificate courses.
Over 40 of VCU's programs are unique to Virginia, such as the
Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness major in the L.
Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, as well as
the Real Estate and Urban Land Development degree in VCU's School
of Business. The university also offers a wide range of study
options with more than 170 certificate, undergraduate, graduate,
professional and doctoral degrees in the arts, sciences and
humanities in fifteen different schools of discipline.
In addition to its undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as
well as its honors program, VCU now hosts the Illustration
The university's medical campus provides students with several
opportunities for postgraduate study at VCU. This has led to the
development of "guaranteed admission programs," where under select
incoming undergraduates are guaranteed a spot in a variety of
professional schools so long as a high academic standard is
maintained throughout their undergraduate studies. Schools with
such a program include medicine, physical therapy, dentistry,
pharmacy and others.
An accelerated program in the School of Education offers a combined
undergraduate, teaching certificate and master's degree in five
VCU da Vinci Center
VCU schools of the Arts, Business, and Engineering have
collaborated to create the VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation in
Product Design and Development. Student teams from these schools
take on a product development or design challenge posed by on of
the Center's industry partners. Such cross-disciplinary educational
opportunities prepare students for management roles in the global,
technology-driven workplace of the 21st century.
VCU holds a number of national rankings, US News & World Report
graduate rankings include:
- 1st - Sculpture
- 1st - Nurse Anesthesia
- 4th - Interior Design
- 4th - Fiber Arts
- 4th - Fine Arts
- 4th - Graphic Design
- 4th - Health Services Administration
- 5th - Glass
- 8th - Painting and Drawing
- 9th - Multimedia/Visual Communications
- 12th - Ceramics
- 13th - Dentistry
- 13th - Occupational Therapy
- 13th - Rehabilitation Counseling
- 14th - Social Work
- 17th - Printmaking
- 18th - Community Health
- 18th - Women's Health
- 21st - Pharmacy
- 25th - Physical Therapy
- 39th - Secondary education
- 40th - Education
- 47th - Nursing
- 50th - Creative Writing
- 57th - Clinical Psychology
- 57th - Public Affairs
- 67th - Medical School (Research)
- Top 50 - Teacher Preparation
The Fine Arts Building, Monroe Park
- Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts)
is ranked the #1 public university school of arts and design in the
country (#4 among public & private institutions) by U.S. News
& World Report (2009). VCUarts is the only public university
arts and design school in the country to ever be ranked this high
in overall ranking.
VCU Medical Center
- VCUarts Department of interior design graduate program was
ranked as the #4 Interior Design graduate program in the South and
#6 nationally by the journal DesignIntelligence in its
2008 edition of "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools".
The undergraduate program was ranked #5 regionally.
- VCU’s Masters of Health Administration program was ranked
second by Modern Healthcare. The University's Health System earned
national Magnet nursing designation by the American Nurses
Credentialing Center, and has twice been named one of the Solucient
Top 100 Hospitals in the U.S. by Solucient Corporation. In research
the school has been ranked as a top American university by Lombardi
Program on Measuring University Performance and a top 100
university by the National
- VCU Engineering, started in 1996 has seen tremendous growth and
completely new facilities. William F. Goodwin, Chairman of the VCU
School of Engineering Foundation Board of Trustees, has set an
ambitious objective for the engineering program. He's aiming for
"25 in 25"- a top 25 engineering-school rank within 25 years.
- The VCU SportsCenter is a graduate program offering a Master's
Degree in Sports Leadership. David
Maraghy co-founded and served as Executive Director of the
program until 2002. It is currently directed by Nathan Tomasini.
One of the program's elite events is known as Villa 7 which began
as a forum where athletic directors could share ideas and meet with
the country’s elite assistant basketball coaches.
VCU Student Commons, Monroe Park
VCU has an acceptance rate of 58%.
The average GPA for the incoming class in the fall of 2008
The average SAT score for the incoming class in the fall of 2008
Freshman retention rate is 85%.
77% of First-year students live in college housing, while 22% of
all undergraduates live in college housing.
The student body consists of 59% female students and 41% male
students. Out-of-state students have increased to 14% as of the
fall of 2008, with 86% of students from Virginia.
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student body in America.
Outside Shafer Court Dining Center,
Monroe Park Campus.
Notable faculty members include analytical chemist Dr. John B. Fenn
, who in 2002 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
contributions to the field of mass
, and Religious Studies professor Amina Wadud
, who caused controversy in 2005 by
leading an Islamic prayer service of men and women.
medical field, VCU has had four professors elected to the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences' Institute of
Medicine, most recently Dr. Steven Woolf in 2001.
Historically, notable faculty members include Charles-Édouard
, M.D., for whom Brown-Séquard syndrome
, M.D., was the
for General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson before he founded the
"University College of Medicine", which later merged with Medical
College of Virginia where he became the Chairman of Surgery.
Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans
Administration Medical Center is named in his honor.
Dr. Jennifer Johnson's (Professor of Sociology) work at the
Department of Defense in the area of Social Network Analysis won
her the 2006 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint
Distinguished Civilian Service Award, which is the highest-ranking
civilian service award given by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff. Dr. Johnson was also awarded the 2004 Analyst of the Quarter
by the Joint Warfare Analysis Center for her work on the Social
Network Analysis Methodology Team.
Faculty Scholarly Productivity
- The VCU Counseling Psychology Graduate Program was ranked
3rd in the nation in the Faculty Scholarly Productivity
Index in 2007.
- The VCU Public Administration program in the L. Douglas Wilder
School for Government and Public Affairs was ranked 9th in the
nation by the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index in 2007.
- Dr. John Bennett Fenn, the
winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize
- Dr. Gevork Minaskanian, cofounder of Aderis Pharmaceuticals,
developers of Rotigotine, a dopamine agonist for treatment of Parkinson's disease
- Dr. Everett L. Worthington Jr., a leading Physchologist on
forgiveness; marriage and marital interventions; and religious
- Dr. George E. Hoffer, a professor of economics that has
researched the automobile industry for more than 40 years and is
one of the country’s top industry experts
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Having competed at the NCAA Division I level for little more than
30 years, Virginia Commonwealth University has built a rather
notable list of athletic accomplishments. Priding itself on
sponsorship of a broad-based program of intercollegiate athletics,
VCU has won in excess of 30 conference championships, participated
in numerous NCAA post-season championship events, and fostered an
impressive number of All-Americans---both academic and athletic.
VCU currently sponsors sixteen varsity teams in NCAA
play through the Colonial
VCU Rams Men's Basketball
VCU Rams Men's Basketball
VCU Rams Basketball (men's)
Without a football team, VCU men's basketball is the most popular
sport on campus. The team has won a total of 7 conference
championships with the most recent coming in 2009. The VCU Rams
currently play at the Stuart C. Siegel Center where they hold the 16th highest Home Court winning
percentage in Division I basketball with a winning percentage of
The Rams were coached by Anthony Grant, who on March 27, 2009 took
the vacant head coach position for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Following a national search, on March 31, 2009, VCU picked Florida
Assistant, Shaka Smart, to replace Grant as the VCU Men's
Basketball Head Coach.
The 2008-2009 season was another successful one for the VCU
program. The Rams finished the season with a mark of 24–10 overall,
going 14–4 in a hotly contested CAA and sealing the deal on a
three-peat as CAA regular season champions for only the second time
in CAA conference history and the second time in school history,
the first coming during the Rams time in the Sun Belt Conference.
VCU captured the CAA Conference Tournament Championship for the
fourth time since joining the conference, capped by a 71–50 rout of
rival George Mason in the final. The Rams headed to the NCAA
Tournament as a #11 seed in the East region, where the #6 seeded
UCLA Bruins eliminated them by 1 point, in a 65–64 loss when a last
second shot by Maynor bounced off the front of the rim.
VCU Rams Basketball (women's)
Former WNBA player and Notre Dame’s all-time leading scorer Beth
Cunningham coaches the VCU Rams women's team.
The VCU Rams Women's team enjoyed the most successful season in
their history in the 2008-2009 season. The team finished the season
with a mark of 26-7 overall and a 15-3 conference record. Notably
the team was a perfect 16-0 at home. After finishing second in
their conference the team headed to their first ever NCAA
tournament game as the 10th seed, where the #7 seeded Rutgers
eliminated them 57-51 on their home court.
Other VCU athletic teams
VCU Men's tennis is one of the school's most successful programs.
The team is coached by Paul Kostin who is one of five Division I
coaches to reach the 800-victory mark. The Men's tennis team holds
11 CAA Championships, 16 NCAA tournament appearances, and 17 years
of finishing in the top 25 rankings in the country.In 2000, VCU
men's tennis had its most successful season, finishing runner up to
Stanford in the NCAA Finals Championship match. The team finished
with a #9 ranking in the country.
Under leadership from Paul Kostin, VCU's women's tennis team has 2
CAA championships, 9 NCAA appearances, and 6 years in the top 25.In
2006 the women's team enjoyed their most successful season by
making it to the NCAA sweet sixteen and an overall ranking of 12 in
VCU Baseball has won a total of 3 CAA Championships and has been to
a total of 8 NCAA Regionals. VCU Baseball's head coach is Paul
- Men and Women's Cross Country
- Field Hockey
- Men and Women's Soccer
- Men and Women's Track and Field
VCU also has many student run club teams. These sports not
sponsored by the university include coed & allgirl
cheerleading, baseball, men's and women's rugby union
, and cycling. Previous
club sports have also included rowing, wrestling, and tennis.VCU
does not support a football team. The current university president,
Eugene P. Trani, has been quoted as saying that he will not allow
football to come to VCU under his watch due to the extra incurred
cost. However, with the announcement of Trani's resignation VCU
officials are once again revisiting the possibility of starting a
Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart
C. Siegel Center
The interior of the Verizon Wireless
Arena, within the Siegel Center, home court of the VCU basketball
Cary Street Field
Thalhimer Tennis CenterLeigh Street Field
VCU has numerous student organizations, including the Black
Awakening Choir which won first place in the 2005 Baptist Student
Union National Choir Competition in Atlanta, GA. Also, 2007 is the
first year that STRUT has become an official organization at VCU.
STRUT is an annual fashion show that has grown into a week long
celebration on campus. In addition, VCU boasts a well-established
net of ethnic and cultural organizations such as the African
Student Union (ASU), Afghani Student Association (ASA), Ethiopian
students Union (ESU),Latino Student Association, Queer Action and
the Vietnamese Student
, among many others. Similarly, VCU offers a variety
of religious organizations, such as Aletheia Campus Organization,
Muslim Students' Association, InterVarsity Christian
, Catholic Campus
, Chi Alpha
Fellowship house, BSU
@ VCU, Sikh Student Association and
Lotus Buddhist Group. VCU also offers many different special
interest organizations such as the (S.H.H.O.) Student Hip-Hop
Organization, which allows students to network with VCU’s thriving
hip-hop community and to utilize hip-hop as a tool for creating
unity within this vibrant culture on campus.
Student government associations
There are two
student government associations at VCU, one for each campus.
According to the Monroe Park Campus SGA Web site, it "serves as the
unifying voice for all students to members of Virginia Commonwealth
University administration, faculty, staff, and the Board of
Visitors as well as to the City of Richmond." It is the stated goal
of the SGA "to represent the concerns and interests of all students
to the various groups that have an influence on student life," and
it "oversees more than 200 student organizations."
VCU's media organizations fall under the jurisdiction of the VCU
Student Media Commission. Organizations include news journals
The Commonwealth Times
and Ink Magazine
station WVCW, and literary journals Amendment
French Film Festival
The Rowdy Rams
VCU is home to the largest
French Film Festival in the United States. Founded in 1993, the
total participation in 2008 has grown to more than 21,000 entries
for the 25 films.
VCU's basketball fans are known as the Rowdy Rams. The Rowdies have
enjoyed one of the best home court winning percentages in men's
basketball partially due to their loud and intimidating
For the 2008-2009 season, VCU started the Student Ram Athletic Fund
(SRAF). For 25 dollars a student received early admission to all
men's basketball games and discounts at the local restaurants. The
initiative helps fund other VCU Ram's sports while establishing a
relationship between the student fans and the VCU basketball
Virginia Commonwealth University hosts 32 inter/national
fraternities and sororities across four governing councils with
almost 1000 students. VCU's Greek system has grown particularly
rapidly in the last few years. Plans for a Greek row on Grace
Street in the VCU 2020 Masterplan is just one of the many steps VCU
is taking to create a stronger Greek life community.
List of VCU's Greek Chapters
Improperly awarded bachelor's degree
In May 2008, an anonymous email led to an investigation that
discovered VCU awarded an undergraduate degree to former Richmond
Police Chief Rodney Monroe improperly after he enrolled to receive
just 6 credits from the University, with the bulk of his credits
taken through the online University of Phoenix and the FBI
VCU officials announced they had taken personnel actions in
response to the improper degree but did not indicate what actions
were taken or who was held responsible. In the wake of the internal
investigation, five high-ranking administrative officials resigned
, some vocally in protest of the investigation itself due to
threats made against the tenure status of one professor if she did
not cooperate and other high-pressure tactics.
The University submitted a report about the improperly awarded
degree and the subsequent investigation to its accrediting body,
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which at its
annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Dec. 8-9, concluded that VCU
"had taken adequate steps to ensure that this was indeed a one-time
phenomenon." SACS concluded that no warnings or sanctions would
result and complimented VCU on the professional way it handled the
In the report, VCU admitted to making 37 exceptions to university
policy in granting an undergraduate degree to Monroe, who had
satisfied only 15 of 28 requirements for his bachelor’s degree in
interdisciplinary studies. Unlike other cases of improperly awarded
degrees, VCU did not rescind the degree. The Virginia General
Assembly is looking into the University's actions both in
improperly awarding the degree and in conducting the
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- A complete degree inventory is available from the
Web site of the State Council of
Higher Education for Virginia.
- The most recent ranking of dental schools was completed by U.S.
News and World Report in 1993. To see the position of the ADA and
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- The most recent ranking of graduate programs in creative
writing was completed by U.S. News and World Report in 1997.
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