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Want the scoop on Virginia Commonwealth University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors VCU offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Virginia Commonwealth University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Virginia Commonwealth University was awarded 97 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

Overall Quality

VCU is ranked #322 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when VCU held the #402 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

VCU also holds the #10 spot on the Best Colleges in Virginia ranking.

See all of the rankings for Virginia Commonwealth University.

Is It Hard to Get Into VCU?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Virginia Commonwealth University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 84%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

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 Composite scores ranged between 21 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University  ( 21 to 27 )

Learn more about Virginia Commonwealth University admissions.

Virginia Commonwealth University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Virginia Commonwealth University is about average at 18 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Virginia Commonwealth University is 62%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  62 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Virginia Commonwealth University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 83% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Virginia Commonwealth University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  83 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At VCU this rate is 37%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  37 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Good Overall Diversity at VCU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 23,663 undergraduates at VCU with 20,036 being full-time and 3,627 being part-time.

VCU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for VCU is 79.90 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  79.90 out of 100
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How Much Does Virginia Commonwealth University Cost?

The overall average net price of VCU is $21,313. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for VCU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,264 $18,411 $21,559 $24,597 $27,310

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of VCU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. 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.

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How Much Money Do VCU Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from VCU make around $44,000 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for VCU students since it is 11% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Virginia Commonwealth University make the most money.

Location of Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University is a public institution located in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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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

Virginia Commonwealth University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 99 majors graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. Of these students, 5,372 received undergraduate degrees and 2,180 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 531 $30,200
Teacher Education Subject Specific 380 $31,000
General Business/Commerce 372 $41,600
General Biology 350 $24,900
Communication & Media Studies 295 $31,200
Criminal Justice & Corrections 291 $33,600
Design & Applied Arts 272 $28,000
Nursing 230 $60,100
Political Science & Government 191 $26,900
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 181 $38,900

Learn more about the majors offered at Virginia Commonwealth University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at VCU

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 9,120 students took at least one online class at Virginia Commonwealth University. This is an increase from the 7,925 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 9,120 1,048
2016-2017 7,925 939
2015-2016 7,259 840
2014-2015 7,421 954
2013-2014 6,796 811

Learn more about online learning at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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