Our tenacity. Our love of the city. Our commitment to diversity and access.
These are the things that drive us and make us one of America’s premier research universities. They are what set us apart from your average college. They are how we make it real.
When you’re a Ram, you know you are part of something big.
You’re part of a culture that values hard work, stick-to-it-ness and even — dare we say it? — grit. You are part of a community that loves its city, serves its city and learns from its city. As a Ram, you also love a good Cinderella story — like the time VCU surprised the country and made it to the NCAA Final Four. These are the success stories that make you cheer, make you proud, make you #RamProud.
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We are urban, and we love that Richmond is our home.
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The National Science Foundation ranks us among the top 100 U.S. schools.
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1.3+ million hours
Our students perform over a million community service hours in a year.
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VCU student entrepreneurs earned more than $2 million in revenue, grants and investments.
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It’s one reason students say they choose VCU and U.S. News & World Report ranked VCU No. 38 in Campus Ethnic Diversity.
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VCU is the only Virginia school to offer health professions, dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy.
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VCU Medical Center is the top hospital in the Richmond region and one of the top in Virginia.
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We have one of the most celebrated pep bands in the country.
Discovery and creativity go hand in hand.
We’re ranked a top 100 research university by the National Science Foundation. And we’re home to the nation’s No. 1 public graduate arts school.
What does that mean for you? Research and creativity are two of our greatest strengths, and they will be part of your VCU education, no matter what field you pursue.
So bring us your boldest ideas, your most unconventional ideas, your best ideas. And we'll help make them real.
Location: Richmond, Va.
Faculty (full time): 2,551
A word from President Michael Rao
“Our students are the center of our mission and the spirit of our institution. We are now in the midst of our $750 million Make It Real comprehensive capital campaign. This campaign reaffirms — and catalyzes — our commitments to student success, innovation and entrepreneurship, clinical care and enriching our community.”