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Virginia Commonwealth University - VCU - SAT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University

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Virginia Commonwealth University Description:

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.

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 31,445 (23,661 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 84% Full-time

Scholarships for VCU (powered by Cappex.com)

Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,886 (in-state); $23,913 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $2,659 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,004
  • Other Expenses: $3,052
  • Total Cost: $25,601 (in-state); $39,628 (out-of-state)

Virginia Commonwealth University Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 84%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 60%
    • Loans: 69%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,793
    • Loans: $6,567

Most Popular Majors:

Biology, Business, Criminal Justice, English, Mass Communication Studies, Nursing, Psychology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 85%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 30%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 56%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Virginia Commonwealth University Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://www.vcu.edu/vcu/mission.php

"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.

The university is dedicated to educating full-time and part-time students of all ages and backgrounds in an atmosphere of free inquiry and scholarship so they may realize their full potential as informed, productive citizens with a lifelong commitment to learning and service.

The university serves the local, state, national and international communities through its scholarly activities, its diverse educational programs and its public service activities. As an institution of higher learning in a metropolitan center that also is the state capital, the university enjoys unique resources that enrich its programs. The university also contributes its intellectual and creative expertise in the development of innovative approaches to meet the changing needs of our society."

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