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VCU: Transcending boundaries and encouraging innovation in a fast-paced urban environment

About VCU

Situated in Richmond, Virginia’s capital city since 1779, VCU is a major, urban public research university that continues to grow in scope, stature and achievement. With more than 31,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, the university offers 223 certificate and degree programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-eight of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college.

Students on campus

Propelled by cutting-edge advances in wide-ranging research, the university enjoys national and international rankings in sponsored research — and a faculty dedicated to helping high-achieving students advance their own skills and knowledge.

The university’s health sciences schools combine with the VCU Health System to comprise the VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers and the site of first-rate undergraduate and graduate education and research.

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.

Since its founding, the university has combined the traditional and nontraditional, embracing diversity in our academic programs, campus events, students, faculty and staff. We like to cross boundaries, not erect them. We seek and support students who demonstrate intellectual curiosity, community engagement and out-of-the-box thinking — and enjoy watching them succeed beyond our own high expectations.

A little history

Gov. Mills E. Godwin Jr. signing VCU into existence

VCU takes it founding date of 1838 from the year the Medical College of Virginia was created as the medical department of Hampden-Sydney College. MCV became independent in 1854. In 1968, members of the Virginia General Assembly initiated a bold concept and merged MCV with the Richmond Professional Institute, founded in 1917, to create a new entity named Virginia Commonwealth University.

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