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Virginia Commonwealth University is a public institution located in Richmond, Virginia. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

212 Undergraduate Degrees
165 Graduate Degrees
$42,281 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
91% Acceptance Rate

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Virginia Commonwealth University Rankings

We have ranked VCU as #131 out of 1,633 colleges and universities in the country in our 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #2 out of 37 schools in Virginia.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

VCU has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#7 Best Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#104 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at VCU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#16 Best Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Most Popular Online Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#97 Most Popular Nursing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards VCU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#17 Best Nursing Science Schools College Factual
#39 Best Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#106 Best Nursing Schools College Factual
#109 Best Registered Nursing Schools College Factual
#171 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search
#239 Best Colleges College Factual

Where Is Virginia Commonwealth University?


Contact details for VCU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 910 W Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23284-2512
Phone: 804-828-0100

How Do I Get Into VCU?

You can apply to VCU online at:

Admission Requirements for VCU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into VCU?

91% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
85% Submit SAT Scores
Since VCU has an acceptance rate of 91%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 89%, and the acceptance rate for women is 91%.

Average Test Scores

About 85% of students accepted to VCU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 640. Math scores were between 520 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University  ( 540 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University  ( 520 to 610 )
VCU received ACT scores from 17% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 30. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University  ( 21 to 30 )
ACT Math Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University  ( 19 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for Virginia Commonwealth University  ( 21 to 28 )

Can I Afford Virginia Commonwealth University?

$42,281 Net Price
52% Take Out Loans
2.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of VCU is $42,281. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At VCU, approximately 52% of students took out student loans averaging $8,195 a year. That adds up to $32,780 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at VCU is 2.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Virginia Commonwealth University Undergraduate Student Diversity

18,734 Full-Time Undergraduates
63% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 21,943 undergraduate students at VCU, with 18,734 being full-time and 3,209 being part-time.


There are also 7,127 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 18,734 full-time undergraduates at VCU, 37% are male and 63% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Virginia Commonwealth University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,831
Black or African American 3,759
Hispanic or Latino 2,122
White 7,754
International Students 435
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,833

Geographic Diversity

Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at Virginia Commonwealth University. At this time, 33 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 103 countries are represented at VCU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, India, and China.

Online Learning at Virginia Commonwealth University

10,467 Took All Classes Online
25,559 Took At Least One Class Online
294.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 25,559 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at VCU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 2nd most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of VCU

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Virginia Commonwealth University was $14,710 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $36,048. The following table shows how VCU is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Nurse Anesthetist #1 #4
Nursing Practice #4 #7

Online Growth Rankings of VCU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Virginia Commonwealth University was 294.9%. This is the #107 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at VCU regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at VCU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at VCU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Nurse Anesthetist #4
Nursing Science #4
Nursing Practice #7
Registered Nursing #18
Nursing #29

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Virginia Commonwealth University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 212 0 0 0 212
Nursing Practice 0 4 103 7 114
Nurse Anesthetist 0 0 0 48 48
Nursing Science 0 0 0 3 3
TOTAL 212 4 103 58 377


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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