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The VCU difference

Undergraduate studies

Experience is everything

Our campus is part of the city that surrounds  us, and we don't let the walls of the classroom close students off from learning in the world beyond.

What you learn in class is very important, don’t get us wrong, but we also value the knowledge and experience you gain at internships, or when you study abroad, participate in a service-learning project, launch a startup or conduct independent research. And employers do, too. That’s why at VCU, experiential learning is built into the curriculum no matter what you study.

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Make the most of your education

When you go to college, someone you know is going to give you a version of this advice: Take advantage of all the opportunities you can get your hands on. And guess what? They’re 100 percent right. Here are some ways you can get the most out of your academic experience at VCU.

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VCU Transform

In this two-year living-learning program, students build skills to become leaders and global citizens through a specialized curriculum and outside-the-classroom experiences like community service – all while living together in a supportive community. Added bonus: They earn a certificate to go on their resumes. Learn more about VCU Transform

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Study abroad

Brazil. South Korea. Estonia. For students who want to see the world, VCU offers a range of options from weeklong trips to full-academic-year programs and is part of a study-abroad network of more than 300 universities in more than 50 countries. The best part? Many program fees cost the same as VCU’s in-state tuition, room and board. Learn more about study abroad.

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Honors College

The Honors College offers high-achieving students special opportunities to realize their potential as part of a vibrant community of dedicated scholars. Its innovative curriculum — integrated with experiential learning, including research, service and study abroad — provides the feel of a small, liberal arts college. Honors welcomes students of all majors, and those who are interested in attending VCU’s professional health science programs can apply for the Guaranteed Admission Programs.

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Internships

Internships can lead to jobs after school. But they do more than that. They can help you decide if the career path you’ve chosen is a good fit for you. You’ll meet people who may have an impact on the rest of your life. They give you a chance to get your work out into the world and to make a difference. And they’re increasingly becoming an essential part of the college experience. Learn how VCU can help you land an internship that will make all the difference.

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VCU REAL

Hands-on learning is essential to a VCU education. So much so that students must complete at least one VCU REAL activity before they graduate, whether it’s study abroad, a research project, an internship, volunteering… the list goes on. There are plenty of options and your adviser can help you figure out the best choice for you. Check out what these students had to say about their REAL experiences.

Support when (and how) you need it

VCU is serious about student success. We offer resources to help you graduate on time, even during unprecedented times. Many of the services below offer both in-person and online appointments, and our Keep on Learning website offers guidance on navigating college during the pandemic.

Campus Learning Center 
Offers one-on-one tutoring, academic coaches, supplemental instruction sessions, study groups and drop-in tutoring

Writing Center 
Offers in-person or online writing consultations to help you with your papers and projects

Academic Advising
All students are assigned an advisor who not only helps ease the transition from high school to college, but also helps create a plan focused on successful career outcomes after graduation

Transfer Center
Offers resources and support specifically for transfer students

Military Student Services 
Offers resources and support specifically for servicemembers and their families

TRiO 
Offers enhanced academic advising, tutoring, financial counseling education and more to students who are first-generation, low-income or have a documented disability

You First at VCU
Helps first-generation students connect with other first-gens as well as the academic and social resources they need to achieve their college goals

Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity 
Offers advocacy, adapted materials and alternative testing to students with disabilities

Major Maps
Combines academic planning and career planning to allow students to create individualized success plans based on their major

Facts/Stats

4 majors unique in Virginia

18:1 student-faculty ratio

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Get comfortable, and get to work

Great spaces lead to great scholarship. Sure, you can study in your dorm room and try to ignore your roommate’s ever-growing pile of dirty laundry, but VCU has plenty of cutting-edge yet comfortable facilities with the resources you need to do your best work.

If someone told me at the beginning of my undergraduate studies that I would do as much research as I have done, I wouldn’t have believed them.

Maria Vera
Biology/pre-med
Class of 2017

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