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At VCU, there is no typical student — we thrive because students come from all backgrounds and walks of life.

What brings students together in the School of Social Work is a shared passion for community causes and issues around equity and social justice, and a hunger to make a difference.

Ours is the South’s oldest social work program – founded in 1917 – and consistently ranked among the nation’s best over the past 20 years. With our 40+ faculty members and 500+ community partners, there are ample opportunities for students to learn how to effect the change they want to see by engaging with mentors, participating in field experiences and proactively researching the most important social issues of our time.


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Ranked No. 25 in Best Graduate Schools for Social Work by U.S. News and World Report


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$1 million+ in external sponsored programs *


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One of only 71 universities designated as both “Community Engaged” and with “Very High Research Activity” **

Explore our commitments

Our school is committed to positively impacting both our students and the communities we serve. Learn about our key focuses: stepping up for our communities and pursuing social and racial justice.

Get to know VCU

In our main About VCU section, you'll find student stats, program and school rankings, and tidbits such as VCU's listing in the National Science Foundation's top 100 research universities.

The School of Social Work is committed to the Richmond community [through] engaging in research, service projects and having hundreds of students involved in field placements throughout the region. As a student at the school, you will have the opportunity to be a part of a long-standing tradition of connecting with people and organizations dedicated to improving quality of life in our community.

Maurice Gattis (he/him), Ph.D., associate professor

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Our guiding principles

At VCU's School of Social Work, we commit to:

Upcoming events

You can also view our complete public calendar or our current student calendar.  

How to be an Antiracist researcher

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022
Time: Noon-1:30 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom

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Graduate Studies Open House (M.S.W. & Ph.D.)

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022
Time: 5:30-7 p.m. ET
Location: TBD

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B.S.W. Open House

Date: Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022
Time: 9-11 a.m. ET
LocationAcademic Learning Commons, 1107

The B.S.W. Open House is in conjunction with the VCU Undergraduate Admissions Open House.

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M.S.W. Discovery Day: On-campus Track

Date: Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022
Time: 4-5:30 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom

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