Virginia Commonwealth University
901 West Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23284
Admission: Tel (804) 828-1222 or
(800) 841-3638
Fax (804) 828-1899

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Virginia Commonwealth University
901 West Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23284

Virginia Commonwealth University
Cabell Library and Ritter-Hickok House.

College Description
Virginia Commonwealth University is a public, research university located in the capital of the state, Richmond, Virginia. It is composed of two campuses: the Medical College of Virginia Campus located near the financial, governmental, and retail district in downtown Richmond, and the Academic Campus situated two miles west in the historic fan district. It is ranked as a Carnegie 1 Research University, one of only three in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 1968, MCV and Richmond Professional Institute (RPI) merged to become Virginia Commonwealth University, the most comprehensive urban university in Virginia, offering 52 undergraduate majors. VCU students enjoy the benefits of living and learning in the capital city of Richmond, which is the focal point for Virginia's cultural, political, and social events. Founded in 1607, Richmond is home to many historic sites. It is a true cultural center, offering theater, concerts, museums, shopping, sporting events, symphony performances, and the ballet among its recreational opportunities. It is within a 1-hour drive of Williamsburg and within a 2-hour drive of Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. While 9% of VCU's students come from 48 states and 68 foreign countries, the majority (91%) are Virginia residents. Students often choose to attend VCU because of its location, superior academic programs, internship and co-op opportunities, and the diversity of the students and faculty. VCU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Academic Life
VCU operates on a semester system. The university offers 52 undergraduate degree programs; 12 are unique in Virginia. Major divisions include the College of Humanities and Sciences, School of Arts, School of Business, School of Education, School of Mass Communications, School of Engineering, School of Social Work, School of Allied Health Professions, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Pharmacy. Popular majors include psychology, biology, mass communications, criminal justice, English, nursing, medicine, business, arts, and education. There is a special five-year teacher education program (bachelor's plus master's degree). New programs are offered in chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Study abroad programs are also available.

Campus Life
Prominent VCU organizations include the Student Government Association, Greek Council, and Black Caucus. There are 120 social, professional, service, political, and religious student organizations in all, and 21 fraternities and sororities. VCU also offers an Outdoor Adventure Program; films, lectures, concerts, and jazz hours; and Founders Day, Kwanzaa, Black History Month, and Women's History Month celebrations. There two freshman dormitories, and 65% of freshmen live on campus. One housing residence complex with apartments and suites is available for upperclassmen; there are accessible apartments for persons with disabilities. Students may also live off campus.

Facilities and Resources/Campus Maps
Fifty-four of 151 university buildings are historic landmarks, and libraries are available on each campus. University Student Commons offers restaurants, art galleries, meeting rooms, lounges, postal service, Career Center, Counseling Center, and computer store. Also available are the Siegel Convocation & Recreation Center, and the Franklin Street Gym, Cary Street Gym, and MCV Gym. There are computer labs in each dormitory and in every major academic building on campus.

Sports/Varsity Athletics
VCU is a member of NCAA Division I and the Colonial Athletic Association, fielding sixteen intercollegiate sports teams. Men's sports are basketball, soccer, baseball, tennis, track, golf, and cross country, and women's are basketball, field hockey, soccer, tennis, cross country, track and field, and volleyball. Club teams and intramural sports are available also. There are two gyms on the Academic Campus and one on the MCV campus.

Financial Aid/Scholarships
Approximately 65% of undergraduates receive financial aid in the form of grants, work-study programs, or loans. VCU participates in all federal and state grant, loan, and work-study programs. Part-time employment is available on campus and in the Richmond community. To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The recommended deadline is March 15. Further information may be obtained from VCU's Financial Aid Office at (804) 828-MONY. The University also sponsors a major undergraduate scholarship program; scholarships are awarded based on merit rather than financial need. Approximately 185 scholarships are awarded each fall to outstanding freshmen and transfer students. Students who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by January 1. An essay, described on the application, is required.

Admission Requirements/Application
Admission decisions are based on high school grade point average, class rank, and SAT I or ACT scores. Admission to programs on the Academic Campus requires graduation from an accredited secondary school (or a high school equivalency diploma) with a minimum of 20 unit requirements. Freshman applicants must submit official high school transcripts indicating GPA and class rank (if available), official SAT I or ACT scores, and the VCU application for admission. There is a $25 application fee. The advanced studies diploma is preferred (23 units): 4 years of English; 3 years of history, social sciences, or government; 3 years of science (2 with lab); 3 years of math; and 3 years of 1 foreign language or 2 years of 2 foreign languages. Deadlines are as follows: early decision, November 1; scholarship consideration, January 1; admission for fall, February 1. School of Arts applicants must submit an Art Admissions Packet and/or participate in an interview or audition. For School of Engineering applicants, an interview and essay are required. Admission to programs on the Medical College Campus requires two to four years of undergraduate study. Each school and program has specific academic requirements. Transfer students must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended and be in good standing at the last institution attended. Applicants who have completed fewer than 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours at the college level must also meet freshman guidelines. Deadlines are December 1 for spring semester and June 1 for fall semester.

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