Get Matched With Online Colleges

As a new student at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), you’ll be entering into a new and exciting time of your life. You’ll want to read as much information as you can find out about your new home for the next four years; the more you know, the better you’ll be able to get through the early, confusing time of entering college and get on to enjoying your classes and your new friends.

Overview of Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University is a large school surrounded by Richmond, a mid-size city. The campus is spread out, allowing for room to roam between each building, but it’s not so large that you’ll have trouble finding your classes.

VCU is a public state university. You won’t have to worry about finding an apartment; VCU provides campus housing for any student who prefers to live in the dorms.

As you get used to the campus, you’ll see plenty of other students. There are nearly 30,000 students enrolled most years. The student-to-faculty ratio is 18 to 1, which means that there may be small class sizes on average, but you may have to schedule office hours with your professor if you have any issues with a class or need assistance with a project.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 18 to 1
Graduation Rate 67%
Year Founded 1838

Student Enrollment

Total Students29,757


Undergraduate Student

Male 8,906
Female 13,931

Graduate Student

Male 2,699
Female 4,221

Explore Map



Male 6,197
Female 10,891


Male 5,329
Female 9,584

Acceptance Rate87%

Male 86%
Female 88%

Enrollment 4,460

Male 1,565
Female 2,895
Application Fee $70
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considrerd But Not Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline January 16
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

No college is free. With tuition, room and board, and other various expenses, the total cost of attending Virginia Commonwealth University is $32,722. This is the same for both in- and out-of-state tuition.

However, all students have the option to apply for financial aid. After financial aid has been applied to the total cost, what’s left is called the average net price. In a recent school year, this remaining cost was around $20,968. This net price is affected by a family’s income because that is how financial aid is distributed. Families earning up to $30,000 paid around $16,768. Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 paid around $20,868. Families earning more than $110,001 paid around $28,155.

The number of freshmen who received financial aid was around 3,675 in recent years; 3,050 received grants and scholarships averaging $11,035 and 2,697 received an average of $5,731 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $20,968
Average Total Aid $11,035
Students Receiving Financial Aid 81%
Room & Board $11,506

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $14,596
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $35,904
  • Books and Supplies - $2,860
  • Room & Board - $11,506
  • Other - $3,760


With a student population of almost 29,757, you’re going to face some situations where you’ll need to make hard choices; when two classes conflict with each other, for instance. Or if a class has too many students signed up, someone may have to drop the class and take it in another semester. However, VCU offers both evening classes and distance or online learning. So, some of these situations will be easily dealt with as long as you are willing to take courses in a different format.

While needing to challenge students, universities also want to see them return in following semesters. For freshmen such as yourself, if you return for your second year, this will be recorded in the school’s retention rate. VCU’s retention rate is 83%, which is higher than average and shows that students here generally appreciate their classes, professors, and the culture of the school.

The 4-year graduation rate at VCU is 45% and some students stay for two more years; the 6-year graduation rate is 67%.

The five most popular degree programs (by number of conferred awards) are: business, management, marketing and related services; visual and performing arts; psychology; education; and biological and biomedical sciences.

Student Population Total

Student Population 29,757

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 648 Total Graduates / 12%
Business/Commerce, General 371 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 126 Graduates
Business/Managerial Economics 67 Graduates
Accounting 58 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 595 Total Graduates / 11%
Illustration 88 Graduates
Fashion/Apparel Design 79 Graduates
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 59 Graduates
Graphic Design 53 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 499 Total Graduates / 10%
Psychology, General 499 Graduates
All Education Majors 379 Total Graduates / 7%
Health Teacher Education 360 Graduates
Art Teacher Education 19 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 375 Total Graduates / 5%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 347 Graduates
Bioinformatics 28 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 52%

Outcome & Salary

After you graduate you’ll be ready to begin your professional life. VCU’s graduate’s early salaries are around $49,900. Their average salaries overall are a little higher at $63,393 and their mid-career salaries are slightly higher again at $88,300.

Your 4-year cost of education is important. That figure is $83,872 on average and this is how a graduate can measure their return on investment (ROI). As a VCU graduate, your 10-year salary earnings potential is $633,930 and your 20-year salary earnings potential is $1,515,930. After you deduct the 4-year cost of education, your 10-year projected ROI is $550,058 and your 20-year projected ROI is $1,432,058.

High school graduates not going to college earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $49,900
College Grads Average Salary $63,393
College Grads Mid Career Salary $88,200
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $633,930
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,515,930
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $83,872
10 Year Projected ROI $550,058
20 Year Projected ROI $1,432,058
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

Search All Programs