VCU’s experiential learning initiative — Relevant, Experiential and Applied Learning, or REAL — actualizes VCU’s commitment to providing an educational experience unlike any other.  REAL guarantees all VCU undergraduates opportunities to engage in meaningful, hands-on research, scholarship or creative work directly relevant to realizing their personal goals, finding their professional pathways and addressing social, scientific and economic challenges. The REAL program leverages VCU’s long-standing history and traditions as an engaged, urban public institution to prepare students to make their marks as problem-solvers in a changing world.

Students will be able to track participation in REAL courses and co-curricular experiences as they work toward graduation with distinction. REAL course work or co-curricular activities might include internships, service learning, education abroad, collaborative research, peer leadership, interdisciplinary and independent study with faculty or other initiatives. Students interested in exploring their REAL pathway and contributing to the development of this unique program are encouraged to contact:

Erin Webster Garrett, Ph.D.
Assistant vice provost for REAL
901 W. Franklin St, Suite 310
Richmond, Virginia 23284
(804) 827-3421