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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.
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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.
|Campus Setting||City: Midsize|
|Student Faculty Ratio||18 to 1|
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Considrerd But Not Required|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|Formal demonstration of competencies||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|
|Average Total Aid||$11,035|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||81%|
|Room & Board||$11,506|
- 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
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|
|Visual and Performing Arts||595 Total Graduates / 11%|
|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|
|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.
|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|
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