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About VCU

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At Virginia Commonwealth University, we believe that world-class academics extend far beyond the classroom.

Our students are immersed in experiences that can only be found at one of the nation’s top research universities — with more than $250 million in funded research — located in a capital city that is teeming with diverse culture and real-world opportunities.

VCU offers internships with Fortune 500 and 1000 companies and more than 100 service-learning courses, and each of our 222 undergraduate, graduate and first-professional degree and certificate programs transform their curricula into life-changing events.

Whether it’s a student of the performing arts feeling the warm glow of stage lights, a student of social work teaming up with state agencies, a student of life sciences discovering the impact of climate change on a species or a student of education meeting the needs of an underserved population — our future graduates are constantly inspired by their own success.

City living

VCU lies at the heart of the commonwealth in Richmond, Va. The university’s campus reflects the character of its host city by mixing modern, high-tech amenities with historical buildings and small-town charm. Our students enjoy the excitement of downtown living as they learn. Amidst its vibrant arts scene, Richmond bustles with employment prospects, boasting six Fortune 500 and 10 Fortune 1000 companies, state and local government agencies, and more than 23 corporations that welcome co-op students. When it’s time to rejuvenate, the city offers more than 550 acres of parks bordering the historic James River, just steps from VCU’s campus. Theaters, galleries, restaurants, shops, historic and sports attractions, as well as a steady stream of annual events, bring the region to life.