About our name

Virginia Commonwealth University 

About our name 

The university’s official name is Virginia Commonwealth University. On second reference and in headlines, VCU is preferred. For websites, spell out Virginia Commonwealth University on the first reference for each index (or section) page. Virginia Commonwealth University does not require a callout (VCU) following the first reference to be abbreviated in subsequent references. Do not use periods in VCU

When Virginia Commonwealth University is followed by a college, school or department name, Virginia Commonwealth University may or may not take the possessive form. For example, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts or Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts

When Virginia Commonwealth University is followed by the name of a center, institute or program, Virginia Commonwealth University is not possessive. For example, Virginia Commonwealth University Rice Rivers Center or VCU Pauley Heart Center. 

Do not capitalize university when it stands alone and refers to Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Drop university from the beginning of internal names when preceded by Virginia Commonwealth University but keep university when preceded by VCU

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