At VCU, service-learning is an intentional teaching strategy that engages students in organized service activities and guided reflection. It is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in organized service activities that meet community-identified needs.
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72% of undergraduate service-learning students graduate in five years or less.
37% of undergraduate service-learning students are from underrepresented minority groups.
“Service-learning has been one of the most significant parts of my college career.” - Tucker Smith, '20
4,000 VCU students take part in 250 service-learning classes across the disciplines. Learn more about the impact of service-learning.
A variety of resources are available to help support high-quality service-learning courses, to deepen community partnerships and to facilitate scholarly engagement.
Service-learning provides an ideal, civically engaged platform to prepare students for the demands of later coursework and their future careers. They put themselves in others' shoes, see their needs and understand their communities.