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Virginia Commonwealth University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 3,821 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 21 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

57% Women
43% Men


NCAA Division I-AAA

Colonial Athletic Association

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $200,412)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $85,618)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 41 39 - -
Baseball 31 - Yes -
Basketball 14 13 Yes -
Field Hockey - 20 Yes -
Golf 7 - Yes -
Soccer 29 24 - Yes
Tennis 8 8 - Yes
Volleyball - 14 - Yes
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Gymnastics - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Softball - - Yes Yes
Swimming and Diving - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 9.6%
Black/non-Hispanic 16.4%
Hispanic 3.3%
Non-resident alien 5.2%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 12.4%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 52.5%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • Hospital on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 2
Drug Law Violation 68
Liquor Law Violation 53
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 0
Property Crime 73
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Christa from Lynchburg, VA
  • 3
  • you are guaranteed housing as a freshman, but after your first year you can enter the lottery, which is a random system they use to choose housing. so you might…

  • Jan-25-2012 Read More
  • Alexis from Chantilly, VA
  • 4
  • VCU is in the process of building many new Residence Halls They are good about answering maintenance request. You will have no problem adjusting. Freshman year the dorms are exactly…

  • May-31-2012 Read More
  • Shakola from Portsmouth, VA
  • 5
  • I lived in Brandt, a freshman dorm, last year. I liked it because not just anyone from off the streets was allowed to enter. Only residents are allowed in, but…

  • Jul-03-2012 Read More
  • Wendy from Virginia Beach, VA
  • 4
  • Basically, the more expensive the dorm, the nicer it will be. However, cheaper dorms usually entail more roommates which can be a good thing when it comes to meeting new…

  • Jul-04-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Alyssa Sims
  • Jul-01-2014 I am a current student here

    The dining services offered on campus come in a wide variety, from bigger-brand restaurants to smaller eateries and the student dining cafeteria. The dining hall offered at VCU is really great with it's bigger selection of different food items, as well as choices for vegan and vegetarian.

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  • 4
  • Alex from Virginia Beach, VA
  • Jun-09-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The food isn't bad. There is definitely a lot of food in the cafeteria. It's certainly enough to fit anyone's desires.

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  • 4
  • Ariana from Richmond, VA
  • May-26-2014 I am a current student here

    VCU dining is iffy. The dining hall is buffet style but the quality of food definitely isn't like home. Other than the dining hall there is an IHOP, Taco-Bell, Pizza-Hut, Chick-Fil-A, a stir-fry spot, and a couple others. Utilizing that dining plan freshman year is crucial because more than likely the dorms will not have a kitchen. However, if you have a kitchen, skip the large dining plan, buy some cookbooks and make your own meals--its a lot easier than eating based on set menus. Overall, I give the food and dining four stars because of how many places there are to eat. Once you find the places that really are you, its easy. Try everything at least once and when in doubt, just go to the dining hall.

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  • 3
  • Nivializ from Virginia Beach, VA
  • May-09-2014 I am a current student here

    There's a lot of variety around. Swipes can be used all the time at Shafer dinning hall ( prettty much like the cafeteria of VCU, buffet style) and used on certain days for Chickfila, Taco Bell, Subway and Pizza Hut. If you're gonna used your money Broad St had ALOT of food places like Chipotle, Panera, Tropical Smoothies, Bodillaz, Five Guys, Cold Stone etc and most are open late.

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  • 3
  • Eric from Forest, VA
  • Apr-03-2014 I am a current student here

    Dining isn't that great but your in Richmond. There are tons of local food restaurants that welcome students with some discounts.

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  • 5
  • K
  • Mar-27-2014 I am a current student here

    As far as food, there are so many options at VCU. You can use your meal plan at IHOP, Cane's, Chick-fil-a, etc. and the two cafeterias that we have serve pretty good food.

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  • 3
  • Austin from Chesapeake, VA
  • Mar-15-2014 I am a current student here

    VCU has a few food options at the moment but they're constantly growing. The main dining hall is okay, but they don't update their online menu very often so it's not unusual to walk in without having any idea if they have what you want. Other dining areas include Subway, Chic-fil-a, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Nao and Zen, Raising Cane's Chicken, Croutons, Chili's, and IHOP. Fortunately, there are some great local places that aren't owned by VCU but are really close and have good food.

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  • 3
  • Jazmeen from Fairfax, VA
  • Feb-25-2014 I am a current student here

    The food at VCU is ok. I dont care for it too much, but they do change the menu in the cafeteria up quite often. Its a subway, Taco Bell, Chik Fila, Pizza Hut, Eisensteins, Starbucks, and a Chinese place right on campus. We also have a Chillis, a deli Market and another cafeteria on the Medical Campus of VCU. Oh yea, and we have a Wendys but its located on the Medical Campus.

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  • 4
  • Anonymous
  • Feb-05-2014 I am a current student here

    There is a wide variety of food on campus.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Austin from Chesapeake, VA
  • Mar-15-2014 I am a current student here

    There are a few cool frats and sororities on campus. During the first few weeks of school, it'll be easy to get involved.

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  • 0
  • Jazmeen from Fairfax, VA
  • Feb-25-2014 I am a current student here

    Its many Greek organizations that you can join if you chose to. You have you traditional geek organizations to your all black organizations and even organizations that dont have a preference and just wants you to join in order to be apart of a brotherhood or sisterhood.

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  • 0
  • Alexandra from Zion Crossroads, VA
  • Jan-09-2014 I am a current student here

    I'm about to become a part of it, so i guess we will see! But from my friends that are involved, they love it. All the Greeks i've met are some of the nicest and most fun people to be around. Great environment

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  • 0
  • Kiana from VA
  • Jan-05-2014 I am a current student here

    We aren't too big on Greek Life here. There isn't a Greek Row like most traditional colleges. The frats and sororities are spread out all over campus and other parts of the city. (Don't worry, there are still good parties) But they do have a great sense of community, and if you want to be a part of something, that's a good place to start!

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  • 0
  • Alicia from Richmond, VA
  • Jan-05-2014 I am a current student here

    Since I started school at VCU in September of 2012, the greek life has increased immensely. Especially this school year (2013-2014), I have noticed a lot more sorority and fraternity merchandise on campus.

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  • 0
  • Sarah
  • Dec-12-2013 I am a current student here

    Many sorority and fraternity options here at VCU. Great way to meet people and have friends for life. Definitely recommend doing it. My roommate is a sister of Phi Mu and boyfriend of Delta Chi and they absolutely love it.

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  • 0
  • Nicole from Richmond, VA
  • Oct-23-2013 I am a current student here

    Only about 4% of VCU is Greek. I am a member of Alpha Omicron Pi and it has been a great experience and has given me the opportunity to make friendships I would have never discovered on my own.

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  • 0
  • Brynn from Richmond, VA
  • Oct-23-2013 I am a current student here

    I am not a part of greek life, but I know a lot of people who are, and they seem to have a lot of fun. Pretty much anyone can get into a fraternity/sorority here.

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  • 0
  • anonymous
  • Oct-19-2013 I am a current student here

    I don't know much, if anything about Greek Life. I do know two girls who are in Sororities and they always talk about their Littles and Bigs. You will see Sororities and Fraternities out in the central area promoting their group or doing fundraising. They have a presence, but are definitely not in your face about it.

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