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  • 07/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 out of 44 people found this review useful. 1 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Medical Students, Engineering Students, and Art Students

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise all prospective students looking at any university to start early, even as early as their Junior year of highscool if possible. For anyone attending this university I would advise you to go to your counselor or your professors if you have any types of questions about the school. Most of the professors are more than willing to assist you with troubles. I would also advise students to attend SI sessions, because they are extremely helpful and beneficial to you.

    Bang for the buck

    With all of the great education that I am receiving from this institution, I have no doubt that I am definitely receiving my money's worth in that department. With that said, VCU could have a much improved dining plan, and selection, and the campus could be a little more closed off, and cleaner. I can not complain though.

    Am enjoying being here

    The VCU campus is an inner-city melting pot. I definitely fit in as a minority student. I am surrounded by friends, and students who are truly dedicated to succeeding. The positive atmosphere leaves me with nothing but satisfaction once I step foot onto campus, but there is no place like home.

    Am learning a lot

    I currently a student at VCU returning for my sophomore year and I must say that I am excited to get back to Richmond, VA this fall. As an engineering student I can tell that the education that I am receiving from VCU presents me as well as others attending this diverse university, with a chance to master subject areas even with no prior knowledge of any particular subject area. The past two semesters at VCU I mastered programs such as Microsoft Excel and MatLab that I had no prior knowledge of, but would have eventually needed for the real-world. In addition I learned all of the basics, and then some for the program Solidworks, a staple for a large majority of engineering fields, because of the programs' modeling capabilities. The professors here are highly trained, well educated professionals as well. Every professor has office hours, and they are willing to assist every student with their work no matter how large the class is. I never had to hesitate to send an email, or call my professor at their office. In addition, the majority of the professors at VCU have Student Instructors at hand in the class room. These SI's hold their own individual free tutoring sessions at flexible times throughout the semester. I was able to get great help for my chemistry course thanks to my professors SI. Attend VCU, and I assure you that you will receive a high quality education.

  • 07/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 out of 26 people found this review useful. 2 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are open-minded and thrive in diversity.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't judge a book by its cover. VCU is truly a diamond in the rough. Also, take advantage of the fact that you're in a real city, not some college town that only exists because of the college. There is SO much to do in Richmond!

    Bang for the buck

    For a public university, VCU's tuition is very reasonable. Take into account the kind of extensive research facilities available to VCU students and the tuition seems like an even bigger deal. If anything though, the dining hall food is um, somewhat under par.

    Am enjoying being here

    I honestly didn't want to come to VCU initially. I was unsure about the urban environment of the campus and the way it was integrated with the Richmond city. I got no sense of being on a traditional campus at all. When finally got to school though, all my prior assumptions were proven wrong. VCU is a unique campus where you get a diversity that I don't believe you can get at any other university in VA. Richmond is a city that is hard not to love. Trust me, when you're here, you'll develop a deep love for VCU and the city that holds it.

    Am learning a lot

    I don't have to tell you that VCU is quite a large university. Especially within the first few years here, most of one's classes will be larger lecture classes. Even so, all the professors I've had have let it be known to the students that they're open for individual consulting as long the student is willing to make it happen. Like at any university, a VCU student will realize how to learn based mostly on their own capabilities. The professors will provide you with a firm foundation of the material but ultimately, it's in the students hands how far to excel with the material. What I love about the professors at VCU is that they are still there for students, despite the enormity of some of the classes.

  • 12/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 3 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are very open minded, are not homophobic, and are not racist, VCU is the perfect open minded, open belief college for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get the cheap dining plan, you'll never be able to use all 200 swipes in a semester and use your dining dollars. Buy your textbooks from VBC, but sell them back to Barns and Nobel. They're cheaper at VBC, and you get more money back at B&N.

    Bang for the buck

    Welcome to college, and loans, loans, and more loans. College is not cheap, but wouldn't you want to be paying for a good education? You are here. Plus, in state tuition isn't very expensive here. The really expensive thing is the dining plans. Something that is NOT optional if you live in the dorms.

    Am enjoying being here

    The area is so much fun! I am living in one of the dorms on campus, and if you decided that dorm life isn't for you, it's okay. However, it is much easier to live here and go to the midnight breakfasts in Safer Court Dining Center. Or to participate in the Ram Ex-Scream at 9:00PM, when all you have to do is cut through an ally (that's well lit) and you're there.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently a freshman at VCU, I actually have my finals for this semester starting this week. This semester, as my first semester ever of college, has been very educational. As this is VCU, it is a very diverse campus and creates a huge area where you can learn about different cultures and people. As well as those who love to voice their opinions in the compass. The teachers are really down to earth, especially the Focused Inquiry teachers, which is a class you have to take your freshman year, if you do not already have English credits. Those classes will really help you adjust and learn everything you can, and be able to think deeply about it.

  • 12/15/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 4 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're a student interested in the health field, VCU is a jewel! There are many research programs (ex. Massey Cancer Center, just 1 out of 65 cancer centers), and graduate programs for students (medical, nursing, pharmacy, etc..). VCU's Medical School is the best of the best--and I was fortunate enough to rub elbows with their medical students and some members on the Board of Admissions. You can also conveniently volunteer at their very own hospital on the MCV campus to gain more experience, or start shadowing the doctors there. Even though I'm currently an undergraduate freshman at VCU, I find these resources very important and unique--I would not have the benefit of all these places so easily at the reach of my fingertips as I do here. I've already volunteered at the hospital, and networked with graduate students in these health fields, and they've given me a lot of valuable advice in making the most of my undergraduate years.

    Tips for prospective students

    www.ratemyprofessor.com or other sites of the like are SO HELPFUL in picking out your classes for your first semester!! I'm telling you!! If the reviews on the site say the professor is hard and will ruin your life, run away! or just ask around with people who've taken them before.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the reasons why I chose to come here was because of the in-state tuition. With that said, it's not terribly expensive for a public school, and your bill includes activities that help the school help the students (for example, you can get the flu shot or visit the nurse's office for free at Student Health).

    Am enjoying being here

    My parents used to be (very) nervous about sending me to such a large, open campus in a city, but they worry for nothing! It's not that bad, but of course you have to be city-smart and realize why its not to smart to walk by yourself in the middle of the night. VCU has their own police, and there always out and about. The dorms have good security with guards at the front desk, and require card access to get in. Besides that, city life is great, you will never get bored as there are a ton of activities to do for anyone and everyone! You'll meet so many different types of people, and everyone is really friendly.

    Am learning a lot

    Like any college, it forces you to learn how to study, which is hard when there are so many distractions! Nothing is spoon-fed to you, but the professors are very accessible and whenever you feel like you need help, they are there to help. They also really want you to learn, and they will push you. Like the other reviews said, there are a lot of extra support if you feel a little lost-- the school offers free one-on-one tutoring, drop-in tutoring, and SI sessions.

  • 12/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 5 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Art Students, Medical Students, Business Students, Pharmacy Students, Dentristry Students, Nursing Students

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your application in as early as possible, especially if you want to be considered for VCU scholarships. On their website, it lists what the average credentials were for past scholarship recipients. If you fall within these ranges, you probably have a good shot at receiving one of them. Also, visit campus your senior year. I went twice. Once was to meet and talk with an art professor, getting both his suggestions for improvements to my portfolio and his first hand information about the School of the Arts and its programs. That trip I also toured the VCU campus, took the art department tour, and met and talked to students, getting their views on both VCU overall and the art program specifically. The second trip was to one of VCU's prospective student weekends where we even spent the night in one of the dorms. These two trips thus allowed me to choose VCU with my eyes wide open. If you are qualified, check out the Honors College. Although there are many perks given to its students, to me the best one is the fact that you get to register for classes before anybody else. This increases your odds of getting the classes and the specific sections that you want. If admitted to Honors College, be sure to schedule your over the summer required phone conference with your honors advisor as soon as possible. The earlier you are, the earlier your advisor can register you for your honors classes, and the greater the chance of getting them at the times that you would like.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU School of the Arts is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as both the 1st public college art program and the 4th overall in the United States. Since being here, I certainly see why. However, it is still one of the cheapest ones around. VCU's art program has challenged me more than even my AP art class did. I like the curriculum here, too. During freshman year all potential art majors are in Art Foundation and start off running. This semester I had two studio classes, an art projects class, an art history class, and another honors art class. Next semester will again be two studio classes, one art projects class, and an art history class. In March of freshman year we then declare our top three choices for our art concentration. By exposing students to this much art as freshman, we can better see where our interests and strengths lie. By the end of Spring Semester freshman year, we then know in which discipline we will be placed, determining which specific curriculum we will pursue for the rest of our time at VCU. This makes a lot of sense to me, as art is a field in which a person must be passionate and really like what he is doing. The toughness of the curriculum early on allows students to see if this is what one really want to do for the rest of his life. If not, then the switch to another major can be made early in the college career. Since VCU is a large university of over 32,000 students, it offers a wide variety of activities. Finally, with Richmond as one of the cultural centers of Virginia, something happens there all of the time. In short, VCU and Richmond: something for everybody! Just look!

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love it here at VCU! As a freshman art student, I cannot think of any other college where I would want to be. I really feel that I have found my calling in life and the School of the Arts is helping me to reach my potential. I especially loved my Honors Art Worlds course this past semester. Not only did we have class at many of the museums in Richmond, but we also went to New York City one weekend and took in several of the museums there. One of my favorites was the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's such a feeling of awe and inspiration to be surrounded by the actual works of the great masters and the other talented artists whose works are on display there

    Am learning a lot

    I definitely have learned a lot since I have been at VCU. Both of my studio classes have been challenging. Time Studio was the most challenging as I had little experience in this discipline prior to this class. However, I now feel more adept at movie making , with its editing and computer manipulations. Surface was the more familiar of the two since there was a lot of drawing involved. Rhetoric was my least favorite, as writing has always been more difficult for me than other academic things. However, after writing an in-depth research paper, I feel that my writing skills have immensely improved over what they were previously.

  • 12/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 6 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for artist, nursing students, and those who love the cold weather.

    Tips for prospective students

    If anyone is looking to attend this school, you will love it hear, trust me. It is worth the distance, the price, and most of all the experience. I am glad for the choice i made, and if I could re do it all over again, I would've made it my first choice.

    Bang for the buck

    It is more than a bang for the buck. Although out of state tuition is expensive, the price is nothing compared to other art schools. It is well worth it, and i recommend it to any one.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being here. Being in a totally new environment makes the experience greater. I'm glad at the choice i made, and I'm happy that I enrolled here. The administration is great, and very helpful with any problems, from financially to academically. Security looks out for our safety making it easy and safe to travel to and from campus.

    Am learning a lot

    Since i have been here i have learned a lot. Being an art major everything is hands on and you are given the opportunity to advance your skills in many ways. I have learned skills academically as well as artistically, though mainly artistically.

  • 06/10/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 11 people found this review useful. 7 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Math

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in student activities while still in High School

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 8 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    VCU is a great school for people who want to outwardly express themselves. This school is for people who want to experience new things, meet a variety of people, and who want to have a good time while they are in school. However, this school is for anyone and everyone. VCU does not discriminate, so if you are the judgmental type, this school may not be for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are on a tight budget and do not want to live on campus, I suggest you find an apartment or townhouse on the outskirts of the city. I live about 2 miles away from VCU but it is just far enough that it does not count as living downtown. It is much cheaper and the apartments are much nicer. Rent, rent, rent! Renting your books at VCU's Barnes and Noble is a big way to save money. If you know what books you need right from the start then do not wait to get them or they will be gone. Even the used books go fast so get there as soon as you can. Also, take advantage of the events and activities that both the city and VCU has to offer. Do not be afraid to try new things here, this city is great for new opportunities. Lastly, BE CAREFUL! Even the friendliest looking areas can be dangerous. Always lock your car doors, be aware of your surroundings, and try not to go anywhere alone, especially at night.

    Bang for the buck

    The city is great and the school is awesome but sometimes I wish the tuition was not so high. Also, the cost of living in Richmond is a little pricey. This is why I chose to live off campus and not downtown. However, there are so many things to do in the city as well as at VCU. Richmond holds a variety of festivals, there are always concert events, the restaurant choices are endless and the clubs never let me down. VCU offers a large amount of organizations, free activities and events, free access to the gym with your VCU id card, even library access until after midnight! Free movie showings almost every weekend is definitely a plus, too. There is never a day that something is NOT going on. Being a student here at VCU will not let you down because there are so many activities and events you can involve yourself in.

    Am enjoying being here

    I originally applied to both JMU and VCU but VCU was my first choice. I decided that I wanted the chance to live in the city for a change since my hometown is fairly small. The diversity at this college, and in this city, is phenomenal. The people as well as the character of the city are definitely one of a kind. Being here in Richmond and at VCU gives me a new adventure everyday because there are so many things to explore and so much history to take in.

    Am learning a lot

    Though this is my first semester here at VCU, I am enjoying the classes in which I am enrolled in. Some of the classes I am taking are general education classes that I must take and others are prerequisites for my major. I am always open to learning new material because that is how a person acquires knowledge. If I was not open minded then I would not enjoy my classes and I probably would not do so well in my classes as well. The teachers here are exceptional, so far, and have made sure to show their students that they are here to help, even after class hours.

  • 06/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus! People jump to conclusions that it's a city and are scared. It's not scary. Security is tight and the different between on and off campus is clear. Give it a chance and you'll love it!

    Bang for the buck

    I mean if it's a place that allows you to understand how to live in the real world and understand that people are different, while still offering you every opportunity to learn, how can it not be a great bang for the buck?

    Am enjoying being here

    I completely love being at Virginia Commonwealth University. Everyone is so friendly and different. There are many universities out there that seem to only have a certain set of people and are isolated from anything different. But that is not what the real world is like. In the real world, you meet people that are not like you who may believe in completely different ideas, but you adapt and do your best to get along with each of them. That is one of the biggest reasons I love VCU, everyone is different, and we're OK with that. Ask for the other more college life type things: there are plenty of great options for food. On campus housing is the best I've ever seen, especially for honors students. The university is designed uniquely in a bustling city, how could it not be exciting?

    Am learning a lot

    It's true that Virginia Commonwealth University may not be known for its academic potential, but the lack of praise for this school is misleading to all prospective students. Professors are always willing and able to help you inside and outside of class. If you ever feel uncomfortable, or for what ever reason, are unable to seek help from your professor, VCU offers countless resources. First of all, there are plenty of ads for tutors and all over the school, and your professor can often times lead you to a student who is doing well in the class and can help you. The tutoring center offers walk-in and scheduled tutoring for all students at all times of the day. There are also Supplemental Instruction Leaders for certain classes that hold review sessions outside of class likewise with Teaching Assistants. VCU makes it so that if you want to learn, you are presented with every opportunity to do so.

  • 12/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Open Minded

    Tips for prospective students

    One thing I strongly suggest is to join clubs and apply for any programs even before coming to VCU. Clubs will definitely help you with networking and learning more about the organization that you join. The people that you meet in the organization will most likely have the same interest as you. This was a great way for me to meet people during freshman year and get to do the things I liked to do as well. Clubs are also great for different opportunities like working with admissions to planning events at school. Joining programs are a great way to advance in the career you are pursuing. You might have the chance to meet students who are on the same track. There are definitely opportunities if you join a program before you enter school.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that this institution is worth the money. The chance to go to college is one thing, but the additional bonuses that I notice when coming to VCU makes it even better. The classroom seats are definitely comfortable as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    I definitely enjoy the environment because it is different from most other colleges. The school itself is located at the heart of Richmond and there is always something fun to do. The institution being so diverse, always has events going on and there are plenty of places to visit. Basketball games are a big part of VCU as well and they are a great way to enjoy time with friends and show school spirit. The atmosphere with all the students are welcoming. I feel as if everyone is trying to get to know each other, because everyone is always open.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently a second semester VCU sophomore and am enjoying every minute of it. There is so much here at VCU, I am constantly learning about the institution, students, and from professors. The diversity itself is like another class. It is embraced by VCU and I've been exposed to various cultures and religions. Meeting different people from various states and countries who are as open to meet people.

  • 11/10/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for students who are interested in city living, don't care whether there is school spirit or not and who love being around many different types of people.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think my best tip for incoming freshmen, is live in a dorm your first year. Not only will you meet people that will become your friends throughout college but it gives you that college campus-y experience, that I find VCU lacks in some ways.

    Bang for the buck

    Different people will tell you different things about each major here at VCU and from what I know about the arts college, we have some of the best student work coming out of the university in the country (VCU is ranked #1 public university and #4 over all in the entire country according to U.S. News and World Report) This makes it the best bang for your buck, generally speaking.

    Am enjoying being here

    I personally love VCU, based on that I love Richmond. Richmond is full of personality. If you are looking to go into the art school, this is the best place in Virginia because of the art culture. If you are a foodie you will love the small local restaurants that are all over the city. If you're into music there are many different venues that hold bands each week. There is always something going on and you won't get bored.

    Am learning a lot

    This is currently my third year here at VCU. The first thing you will learn about VCU is that the school is intertwined with the city of Richmond. Which means you have the freedom of both being a student while living within a city, on your own. With that said if you want more of a college campus school spirit experience, you probably won't find that here. Since it is a expanding university it's only getting better. As, for the school and the professors, they are qualified. If you are going into the art school you should know that every teacher, is a working artist on the side, and that is a requirement for all teachers in the art departments. It's also nice to know that the teachers aren't there just to teach and be critical of students work without them doing work themselves.

  • 01/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    VCU is great for art students (whether visual or performing), medical students, engineering students, and students who love the city vibe.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get more dining dollars than swipes on your meal plan, I guarantee you'll want food from Subway or Chickfila more than food from the dining halls! Start studying for major tests more than a week before they happen. Do not walk around by yourself at night if you're going off campus. If you're dorm room is on the smaller side, keep it clean! Don't go to Starbucks more than once a day (it is so tempting). Write down how much money you're spending so you never spend too much. Go to the gym, it's awesome!

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is very affordable, and for the quality of education it offers I think it is a wonderful opportunity.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's a lot of work, but if you're dedicated, it is fantastic. I also love Richmond and the variety of things available for me to do off campus. Since it's not a campus in the middle of nowhere, there are things to do aside from partying on the weekends. But, if you're into partying, you can always find one. Academic wise, the classes are great, and every professor I had was more than willing to help outside of class.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm in the Art Foundation program, so I'm learning more about art than I ever knew was possible. Every project involves new mediums and methods, and problems that I have to solve while still yielding a visually pleasing result.

  • 03/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students would be, 1. Stay focused, being in the city of Richmond could seem scary but its not just relax settle down and take time to get use to things. 2. Adjusting your old habits should start as soon as you get here or even before you get here, you need to manage your time wisely and become more responsible 3. VCU is a tremendous school and you are very fortunate to be able to attend this beautiful university so take advantage of it 4. Last but not least enjoy coming here and don't try to party too much And those are my tips.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU does give you the Bang for your buck. The classes challenge you and with the resources we have like the University College, its where you can get free tutoring, help with writing, and any other educational problem you have, you receive all that.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have to say I love it here. The city, the people, the freedom, and the safe atmosphere. I know many people say Richmond is a dangerous place and there are strange people but to be completely honest I have to say I feel completely safe. I haven't been really bothered or frightened. There are plenty of police sirens but 9 times out of 10 those are for drivers not following the rules of the road. Besides that, the people here are amazing. I love how diverse it is, it gives you a chance to learn about others and their cultures. Also I have easily made great friends within my first few weeks of attending school. Last but not least is all the dining locations we have access to with our meal plans. It ranges from subway to chik-fil-a to pizza hut and so on mmmm yum!!!

    Am learning a lot

    I am a current VCU freshmen going in my second Semester. I came to VCU expecting to learn a great deal but not like this. I figured I would have to learn to live on my own and manage myself. Of course at first the transitioning was pretty hard but with the guidance I received from my peers and even residents of Richmond I was able develop more of Independence. I learned to embrace the city and the people of it. I've learned how to become more sociable and outspoken because of so many great people that make this university, VCU.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated and self-driven students to lackadaisical and less-than-motivated students, everyone has a place here. Just turn on your thinking cap, and enjoy the ride!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you know what you want to do with the rest of your life, this is a good place for you: plenty of networking opportunities, a plethora of activities in the city, from night life to nature life, we have it all in Richmond!

    Bang for the buck

    Professors who will take one-on-one time with you, learning help and tutoring centers, new and improving libraries and other facilities. VCU has it all! We have school-sponsored opportunities such as orientation and Chill 'N Grill that allow the students to become more aware of their opportunities!

    Am enjoying being here

    Every day is something new and different. There are things to do, people to see, and new activities to get yourself involved in.

    Am learning a lot

    I have found my niche in this wonderful community! You meet new people everyday, and your opinions are respected. You can look forward to a supportive and safe learning environment accompanying your application here.

  • 07/29/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Art students, medical students, designers, and engineers

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Ask questions, the payoff is invaluable. 2. If a desired course is full - don't give up! Ask your advisor if any openings will become available. 3. Bring a bike. 4. VCU is in a city, so be safe. The campus also has many services to help you stay out of trouble, too. 5. Be active in and out of the class. Extracurricular activities are quite important to VCU. 6. Apply for scholarships, and make sure your FAFSA is done ASAP. 7. Apply for housing as soon as it's available.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the final bill seems a tad steep, it could a lot worse and does have better affordability in comparison to a lot of other colleges. In addition, the school is undergoing many renovations and expansions, so many more features are coming to VCU which will greatly improve the learning and living experience there. Now will costs go up? Time will tell, but as it stands, VCU is a great college, so of course a big bill is involved, but side by side with other schools it does have more affordability.

    Will enjoy being here

    Despite the negative perceptions around the city of Richmond, there's many cool places to go and things do - the only reason Richmond has a bad rep is because it's a city. All cities have crime, but that shouldn't detract from the whole experience. I have also found the faculty to be quite helpful and involved with the students, answering my emails in a timely fashion and giving me good advice. Orientation also introduced me to some of the people I'll be attending VCU with. They were quite friendly and all around good people.

    Will learn a lot

    After visiting VCU the first few times, I felt like I still needed some more info on the schools abilities. After orientation however, I can comfortably say I'm going to get a good education here. The way the freshmen experience is designed revolves around acclimating students to the college experience, building fundamental skills that will see us through the next four years. The only reason I won't give a five star for this category is because I still need to find out first hand when classes start in August.

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are an individual who keeps an open mind, is interested in becoming more social, environmental and politically aware as well as meeting awesome people this is definitely the school for you. I truly believe that after I graduate from VCU I will leave as a truly active educated member of society which will then enable me to bring what I have learned back to my community.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are out of the state of Virginia i HIGHLY advise you to apply for as many scholarships as possible. Keep an open mind, work hard, and you will be fine.

    Bang for the buck

    The only complaint I have about VCU is the cost. I am an out-of-state student, a product of a single parent home and I maintain a GPA above 3.5; although I am actively searching for scholarships to remain at VCU the fiscal stress that paying for this university has put on my mother is overwhelming and I am afraid that I will not be able to attend another year at a school that I have worked hard at and fell in love with. This in my opinion is extremely unfair.

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE VCU!! the campus is beautiful, the social and cultural diversity is prevalent, and the people are amazing. In my opinion VCU has the ideal balance of a work hard- play hard environment. Entertainment is always around and there is always something to do but learning and producing active members of society are at the core of this university and I value that tremendously.

    Am learning a lot

    One of the things that I have learned and truly value at VCU is the opportunities to learn not only inside, but outside of the classroom as well. The diversity of the students and staff permit me to learn about different cultures, and political views as well as the curriculum that is taught in the classroom. This learning experience has been very influential, and although I am entering my second semester of my freshman year, I already feel like I am an individual that has changed for the better.

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 274

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    What to do for fun

    party.

    Food and Dining

    excellent! you won't complain.

    Dorm Life

    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 want to have a back up plan.

    Tips for prospective students

    stay focused, and don't let richmond life get in your way.

    In three sentences

    virginia commonwealth university is a terrific school.i don't recommend this school to someone who isn't use to a big city. also if you don't like big classrooms with 150 plus students, i don't recommend it.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is the only downfall of VCU. We do have a lot of campus police, it is safe on campus. BUT VCU is an open campus and there are local people and homeless people that come on campus and start ruckus. VCU is very good about alerting staff and students about any events that occur. Everyone is always up to date on what is going on on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is not a major thing at VCU like it is a some universities but it is thriving here. We do not have greek housing. But the greeks always host events and are apart of the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is countless clubs at VCU. They are easy to join and they are all very accepting.

    Great for these types of students

    ANYBODY and EVERY BODY ! VCU is the most diverse school. All people are accepted.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are to campuses at VCU. Monroe Park Campus and MCV (Medical Campuse). GO TO THE MEDICAL CAMPUS. They have dining places over there that are worth the 10 minute bus ride.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is worth every dime. There is so many things available to the students that there is no way you would ever want to go to another university once you are here.

    What to do for fun

    IF you are the club type. There are many clubs that are easy to get to around campus. If you are the house party type there is so many off campus parties to find out about. There are always things to do on campus. Different groups and fraternities are always hosting events. Basketball games are always fun.VCU has a lot of school spirit! GO RAMS! There is always something to do !!

    Food and Dining

    VCU has soooooo many food options. Many that can be used with the dining plan. Since VCU is in the middle of the city there are many places around that you can use your own money and eat for very reasonable prices.

    Dorm Life

    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 that.. dorms. But after that all the upperclassman housing in apartment style.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load differs. If you are taking a 4 credit biology class, expect work. It wont always be a walk in the park.

    Tips for prospective students

    Campus has a lot of tools(ie. writing center) that will help you be a better student and get better grades. Do not be afraid to use the sources available to you! Also make sure to get your bus pass ! It is free to get and you can ride the city bus anywhere for free!

    In three sentences

    It is the most diverse school ever! Everyone is very friendly! There are Class types for every kind of person.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Like I mentioned, since it's in the open city, it gets a little sketchy at night. The good thing is that VCU recognizes this and there's usually police patrolling around campus to ward off any suspicious activity.

    Greek Life

    I didn't really pay attention to any sororities or fraternities, but there's a lot of them on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for everything at VCU. If you come to find that you want to join a club that we don't have, you can always start your own. We have a pancake club, for crying out loud!

    Great for these types of students

    People who are open minded and don't mind diversity. I've met people from all over last year and every last one of them were different in some way. Everyone is really accepting and friendly. VCU is also great for art students. It seemed like everyone was into some form of art, or had some really cool artistic talent.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At our basketball games, everyone goes all out since we don't have a football team. Everyone stands up during the game and participates in chants, jeers, and fun hand motions. Just look us up on youtube to see how hype we get!

    Bang for the buck

    You get a great selection of food to choose from, there's always a fun event happening on campus, and the dorms are great.

    What to do for fun

    There's a river not very called from the school called Belle Isle that me and my friends visited quite often. It's a great place to relax and hang out with friends. If you're into the night life, there's always some event happening at a nearby club. And there's always somebody throwing a party, so you'll never have any time to be bored.

    Food and Dining

    Everyone who knows me knows that I love to eat. When I was searching for a college to attend, great food was number one on my checklist. I'll admit, VCU's dining hall didn't always have good food (I hardly ever went), but there's plenty of other places to eat including Chic Fil A, Subway, and Pizza Hut. All of these places are included in the dining plan, so you won't have to spend any extra money. But if you don't mind shelling out extra money, there's Broad Street, which is basically lined up with restaurants (Five Guys, Tropical Smoothie, Cold Stones').

    Dorm Life

    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 you're allowed to bring guests. Another plus y was that the RA's were very nice and they always planned events in the dorm in order for everyone to get to know each other.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes aren't exactly super easy, but they aren't super hard, either. It really just depends on the class and the teacher. My first semester I was able to assess myself and see that I wasn't putting enough time into studying. I learned that college classes are far different from high school classes in that I had to actually make sure I knew the information in order to get a good grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Though the city is great, I wouldn't suggest hanging around too late at night, even if you're with friends. Some parts aren't exactly friendly. Also, you're bound to see at least one homeless person on every corner. Try your hardest to just avoid them. If you give them even a cent they WILL remember you and beg you for money every time they see you.

    In three sentences

    VCU is in a great location, the lovely capital of Richmond. It's conveniently placed near loads of restaurants and other great attractions. I was immediately drawn to VCU because of this and I intend to stay for my Bachelor's Degree.

  • 05/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    VCU Police are everywhere 27/4 which is awesome especially when you need them. Ram Safe runs from 7 to 7am, so there's no need to be out alone late at night, although they only go so far on campus. There's also VCU alerts where text alerts are sent to students warning them of certain areas where crimes have occurred.

    Great for these types of students

    Medical Students, Engineering Students, Art Students, people who are open minded, love diversity and the city.

    What to do for fun

    On hot days, everyone hangs outside and swinging on hammocks at Monroe Park or at the compass. There's a lot of clubs in the area, if that's what you're into. A lot of parties go on.

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    There's a lot of different housing oppurtunties, it all just depends on the amount you want to pay and what year you are. Brandt has suites so you're living with either 4 or 8 other people. GRC has suites too and apartment style as well. Johnson and Cabiniss is just roomates with community bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of the classes involve participation in class and clickers questions so you're grade depends on you going to class. It all depends on the teachers. Even though it's rigorous like mentioned before they have a lot of tutoring options open to all students.

    Tips for prospective students

    It may seem like a big and scary school but once you get used to the school, it becomes home. There's always something fun going on. Students look out for one another and try to others involved. They have a lot of resources available such as the writing center and the a lot of SI Sessions and tutoring opportunities.

    In three sentences

    I love it here! There is so much diversity and resources available for everyone. There's always something going on.

  • 12/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 274

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    Great for these types of students

    Unsure or hesitant students. A academic counselor stays with you 100% of the time to make certain you don't feel pressured to rush into a major and at the same time helps your realizes options you never thought of.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even if a class seems easy don't slack! Once you do that you start becoming lazy and procrastinating. Also do any extra credit possible!

    Bang for the buck

    I was pretty upset when I found out my meal swipes and money on my student card don't carry into the next semester. I found myself eating 7-10 times a day during the last two weeks just so I wouldn't waste them.

    Am enjoying being here

    The night-life as well as classes provide a great combination of work and play.

    Am learning a lot

    Seeing how it was my first year of college last semester I expected to do horrible in class because I'd be too busy enjoying the college night-life; that wasn't the case at all. I found the classes very interesting and they gave plenty of opportunities to receive extra credit. My academic counselor also helped a lot. She reminded me of due dates and also contacted me on a personal level to make sure all was well when she saw I hadn't registered for classes when I said I would.

  • 01/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 274

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    Great for these types of students

    For Art, Medical, Engineering and Political Science Majors and students who prepared interact and network in one of the most diverse campuses in VA.

    Tips for prospective students

    If there is any doubt that you cannot handle over 16 credits that I would suggest that you just stick to 16-12 credits (which is still full time) and when you talk to your academic advisor make sure that you sign up for 17-19 credits that way you have choices when the semester starts in case you need to drop a course to better handle your course load. I would also have to stress that while it is important to visit every college that you have applied to and consider attending it vital that you visit Virginia Commonwealth University before comparing with other colleges located in rural settings.

    Bang for the buck

    I would have to say while most of my high school friends tell me that they have saved a nice sum of money by shopping online for textbooks I found that stores like Virginia Book Company and Book Holders are excellent low price sources for textbooks on campus. While the staff at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Dining services are warm-hearted and committed to the student community, they’re commitment does not make up for the quality of food being served and they’re ability to service the community. With that said, I believe that Virginia Commonwealth University while having one of the largest Undergraduate populations in the state of VA very much needs another dining hall. Even though the Shafer Dining Hall may not always be serving something appetizing the local restaurants and shops surround the main campus provide plenty quality and efficiently priced dining options to choose from.

    Am enjoying being here

    It was most obvious while in the college application process during my senior year of high school, that the fact that most of Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy’s campus and student life is immersed in the inner city precedes itself in Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy’s overall reputation when described to high seniors interested in attending has tremendous influence in shaping the opinion students prior to visiting the city. Although I would consider myself to be thrown in the same boat when applying to colleges (despite being a legacy); I have found that Virginia Commonwealth University has grow on me and the city is tiring it is also interesting and I have grown to love the supporting area of Richmond around Virginia Commonwealth University.

    Am learning a lot

    My time at Virginia Commonwealth University during my first semester has been a spectrum of excitement, introduction, and action taking. There have been plenty of times where my prior knowledge and experience served me well and other times where I have had to adapt, adhere, and adjust to what I was presented with quickly. I have found that while I’m excelling in courses geared toward my career interest, it is the material that I have come across in my learn leisure reading that I have enjoyed the most this semester.

  • 02/26/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 274

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    Great for these types of students

    Good bargain for those already living in VA, from what I can tell at least.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am concerned that several reviewers have mentioned they do not feel safe at night. As I am looking into applying for a master's program where pretty much all my classes would be at night, obviously, for me walking around campus at night is going to be unavoidable. I grew up in a small town so I'm not used to big cities. Hence, I'm not really what you would call 'street-wise.' Is it really going to be a problem or major concern that I'll have night classes? Should I just expect all the students will park in the same area and all walk out together? I'm not typically in the 'in-group,' but if I have to, I'll be as friendly as I can. Any suggestions/advice are most welcome.

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty good, though I'd be out of state at first and that really sucks. GA really doesn't offer a program like the one I'm looking at with VCU. The closest would be GSU's MBA with an HR emphasis, but it is far less classes in HR than VCU offers. Not really what I'm looking for. If I could get an assistantship with in state rates my first semester that would be great. Otherwise, hmm...we'll see.

    Will enjoy being here

    Not sure. I recently visited Richmond and did not like what I saw. Then again, I was sick the whole time and it was a rushed visit. I'm willing to give it another try. Plus, I do look forward to the benefits of the college, especially the theater events.

    Will learn a lot

    Looks like they have an up and coming business school. I like the HR degree. Looks like a good mix of business classes (about 1/3 to 1/2 of what an MBA takes) with a heavy HR focus and even one required course in the public administration school.

  • 03/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    When going into college, pay attention in class and whatever you do, don't procrastinate. It will catch up to you, even if it is not until your senior year.

    Bang for the buck

    I do know that VCU's tuition rates are cheaper than most colleges, which is great for those of us who really struggle trying to pay our college bills.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy going to VCU because it is close to my house, and it truly is the best college in my area.

    Am learning a lot

    I enjoy VCU for the wide range of classes that they provide. They have a great Psychology program. The professors are outstanding.

  • 05/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 274

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    Great for these types of students

    VCU is great for anyone pursuing any type of art, especially sculpture and photography/film. I also know that it is a great school for any type of science major. VCU also has an amazing music program, especially for vocal performance. I'm not saying that VCU is bad for other majors, it is just a very good school for these in particular.

    Tips for prospective students

    From what I know, VCU is pretty easy to get in to, but very hard to stay in. You have to be in a mindset of studying and working hard to get good grades. VCU is not a school where you can just slack off and get good grades, anyway. Art school is especially difficult. I know personally at least 10 people who have dropped out in the past year. Study hard, work hard, and you'll have a very successful college career.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is one of the cheapest schools for both in and out of state tuition. Last year, though, they raised tuition by about 23% and that really set me back. I don't know why VCU is raising tuition by so much at one time, but I'm hoping they don't do it again. If their tuition raises too much, it could cross the line between cheap and average. In state tuition is $5,000 a semester, and they offer payment plans for each semester.

    Am enjoying being here

    VCU is an urban campus, so there's lots to do all of the time. You don't have to leave campus to go out to eat, go shopping, or anything like that. There is also a seemingly unlimited amount of clubs. There's even a pancake club, which I want to join next year, and a Quidditch team for all of you Harry Potter fans. All of my professors have been extremely kind and helpful, along with being very good at explaining things. My advisor has been good with pushing me into the right direction and giving me the correct answers to things when I needed them. Even the food here is pretty good. At our dining hall, they serve a pretty decent selection of vegetarian and vegan food, which I think is amazing. Some of the academic buildings are a little far apart, especially if you're an art student, but I started to really enjoy the exercise I got from walking class to class. Overall, I really love VCU and I couldn't imagine being on a non-urban campus now.

    Am learning a lot

    I attend VCU for the art school. I've gone through my first year, which was the Foundation Program. The goal of the Art Foundation Program is to turn all of its students into well-rounded artists. I was definitely impressed with all of the things I learned during my Freshman year. I learned: how to paint, how to edit audio and video, how to do sculpture in cardboard, cloth, and various other materials, how to draw in graphite and in charcoal, how to draw still life, figure drawing, what performance art was and how to go about doing it, how to combine mediums successfully, how to critique properly, and much more! As far as the non-art courses go, all I had to take was Focused Inquiry 1 & 2, which is basically English class. I did learn a lot in it though, specifically how to do research and write research papers properly. I know that in high school, it feels like you don't learn very much, but I've learned a lot in college so far.

  • 06/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 274

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are a vegan, or you enjoy historical towns, you will fit right into Richmond, Virginia. The school is extremely diverse, so all types of students can find people they relate to. VCU Arts department is awesome, so if you are pursuing a career in the arts, this school is for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't eat at Shafer (the cafeteria) too much, the food there tends to be pretty unhealthy, although there usually is a wide variety to choose from. Also, learn the bus system pretty quickly if you don't have a car, because the downtown area and places away from campus can be pretty cool. Belle Isle is an island about 10 minutes from campus and is an awesome place to hang out at on hot summer days. Lastly, the campus as a whole is really diverse and there's tons of clubs to get involved in and meet people!

    Bang for the buck

    Unless you are paying in-state tuition this place is expensive! I came here thinking I would be able to get in-state tuition after establishing residency, but VA laws are really tough on residency. Therefore, it is pretty expensive for out of state people like me.

    Am enjoying being here

    Richmond, VA is not a very exciting place if you are used to living in a big city. This town is very historical, vegan-friendly, and quaint. If you enjoy music, the music scene here is pretty awesome (lots of house shows). Also, coffee shops and little boutiques are abundant. You can find stuff to do around campus, but if you don't have a car it will get boring pretty fast. Luckily, D.C. is an 1.5 hour bus ride away, and you can take a quick bus ride to NYC for around $60 round-trip!

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently studying fashion merchandising. If you are hoping to pursue a career in fashion but do not want to start out in NYC or another big city this school is for you. The teachers are amazing and have a wealth of knowledge on your future career in fashion.

  • 06/18/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 274

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    Great for these types of students

    Undeclared, Art, Engineering, Medical

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate on anything from admissions to payments.

    Bang for the buck

    For me it was either here or NOVA. Impressed with the quality of classes and student services. Larger dorms and impressive food quality and quantity.

    Will enjoy being here

    Gorgeous campus in downtown Richmond, VA. You get city life without being smack dab in the middle with all the skyscrapers and etc. Lots of student clubs and organizations and a skating rink in the winter months

    Will learn a lot

    Really excited and can't wait to attend. The undecided program is one of the best in the country and I look forward to the workshops and different classes!

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The university makes every effort to ensure students' safety, but the campuses are mixed into the city and incidents do occur. A combination of common sense and active campus police keep the students safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is an active part of the VCU community and is a great opportunity for networking with others.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for anyone who wants to join. The programs are expanding as well so new clubs are popping up every year. They range from common to extremely obscure. There are also sports clubs and student government.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for art and medical students. These two programs bring VCU most of its attention, but the other majors are just as notable. Our athletics program attracts sports fans (basketball especially). Anybody who loves living in the city would also enjoy VCU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school is located next to the James River and Belle Isle is a popular place for warm sunny days. People lay out on the rocks and swim or they walk the different trails winding through the woods.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a public school, so tuition is less than that of a private institution. However, the school is expanding as far as students and square feet are concerned. This growing community means a growing tuition rate, but it's not exorbitant. If VCU is your dream school, the money is well worth it. If you're not quite in love yet, just wait till you get here and it will be money well spent.

    What to do for fun

    The school has multiple outlets for students to have fun. There are a variety of sports and clubs to choose from. Not only is the school a source of fun, but the city itself is limitless to the possibilities of having a good time.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options when it comes to restaurants in the city. The dining areas included in the student meal plans are varied and with plenty of healthy options, the freshman 15 is easily avoided.

    Dorm Life

    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 people as a freshman. Again, the experience depends on what the student makes of it. Interacting with the community of students in the dorms is simple, and a good way to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty level depends solely on you. You can choose to make it as hard or as easy as you wish. There is no lImit to the academic challenges you will face.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get familiar with the area as soon as possible because the campus is part of the city so learning your way around will help you stay safe and you'll discover all the fun things to do. Keep in mind that school is your first priority and enjoying your new found freedom as an adult comes second. Be responsible and remember the academic side of college can be just as fun as the social side.

    In three sentences

    This university is rapidly expanding, so there are countless opportunities for students to learn as much as they want in whatever field they choose. The changing layout of the campuses is exciting for everyone in the community, but the sudden growth of construction, number of students, and athletic programs has taken a toll on tuition rates. Nevertheless, VCU is a wonderfully stimulating school for anyone who likes adventure and a good challenge.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    VCU is located downtown in a big city which makes it an area susceptible to crime. So, yes, their is crime that happens near campus. But most cases of crime do not happen directly on the campus and we have a very good VCU police department as well as Richmond police department and a security escort service that will pick you up from anywhere around campus. Having two police departments constantly around and on campus and having the escort service definitely makes it to where students are and can be safe.

    Greek Life

    VCU is definitely not a huge greek life school but their is greek life! Since VCU is so diverse I think that's why their isn't such a huge greek life society here. However, their are fraternities and sororities and they are known. They always have lots of activities and things going on on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The gym offers lots of sports activities such as intramural teams and rec sports as well as classes for yoga, swimming, cycling, etc. All of which are always happening and always fun. Their are lots of different clubs, if you can name it there's definitely a club for it. Their is also always fun things going on on campus. A lot of the time their is live performers or music and free food going on.

    Great for these types of students

    VCU is great for anybody! Their is something here for everyone. I have visited many different colleges but none is as diverse as VCU as.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I can think of.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is definitely worth the money. It's about average for a normal in state university tuition, definitely not above average. The money you spend actually goes into new school buildings, new professors, new books, etc. I know this because I have seen several new buildings being built in my time here. Absolutely worth it!

    What to do for fun

    One of the best things about VCU is its location. Located in the heart of a big city there's always something fun to do. There's lots of restaurants, shopping, museums, parks, the river, clubs, events. You can never be bored here like you could in a simple college town.

    Food and Dining

    VCU has added lots of yummy new places recently to add on to the other great choices they had. You name it, you can get it somewhere on campus with your campus money. Plus, their is a separate type of campus money for little restaurants on/right outside of campus that aren't a part of the actual dining plan. So you can use your VCU card to eat at places like Five Guys, Qdoba, Tropical Smoothie etc.

    Dorm Life

    No one wants to live in a small room with a stranger and share a bathroom with an entire hall of people for a year but VCU definitely helps make the best of it. VCU offers lots of suite style dorms that give more personal space and more private bathrooms where you share with 3-4 people as opposed to an entire hall. Dorms in general are a great way to meet new people and learn new things. Looking back on dorm life I'm glad I did it even though I absolutely did not want to when I was going into it.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the classes you take. Obviously if you sign up for a 400 level Biology class it's going to be more challenging than a 100 level art class. The professors are great and incredibly helpful so either way you should do fine!

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the campus as well as the city! Their are so many fun things on and off of campus that I had no idea about until my third year. So many fun things to do in Richmond that will expand on what you learn in your classes.

    In three sentences

    A very diverse, fun, and different school that isn't like your typical college campus as it is placed in the middle of a big city. VCU provides many different opportunities, that are easy to learn about, for all different people. Not only is it a fantastic place academic wise, but it is also a great place for college students to learn to branch out on their own.

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 274

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    Campus Safety

    5 stars- My father is a Law Enforcement Officer and he really checked their safety out. Outstanding.

    Greek Life

    Frats and Sororities

    Clubs and Activities

    4 Stars- You have an option to choose whatever you want to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Smart,witty and all willing to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None at this time.

    Bang for the buck

    5 Stars- So many choices to choose from.You could have a different cuisine everyday.-

    What to do for fun

    Limitless-anything and everything from Museums, Social Life, Art and all the Historical Things Richmond can offer.

    Food and Dining

    5 stars-I love the variety of food available to us.

    Dorm Life

    5 stars- Everyone gets along quite well.

    Academic Rigor

    What you put in is what you get out-plan and simple. I would guve it a 5-Star rating

    Tips for prospective students

    Planning is everything, prepare yourself to be moving a hundred miles a minute. Just sit back and enjoy the ride of your life.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a great school,it gives you a larger school atmosphere but on a smaller scale. Everyone has the ability to just about know everybody.If you get the chance to attend VCU by all means do it.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 274

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Don't walk alone in the city at dark and you should be fine.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not as prevalent at VCU but it is there for those who want it and is not exclusive in the ways some other colleges can be.

    Clubs and Activities

    Literally any club you can think of and if they dont have it they will make one.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a large percentage of International, Virginian, Muslim, Blacks, Whites, Hispanic, and Asians. It is truly one of the most diverse campuses you can find. Art students and academics both find great opportunities in Richmond.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Monroe Campus is always full of people relaxing, playing sports or having snowball fights. Plus, our basketball team is pretty great.

    Bang for the buck

    The experience I have had at VCU is amazing. They offer great financial aid and try an assist every student with their goals and try to help them pay for it along the way.

    What to do for fun

    Parties are always an option but the limitless amount of concerts, shows, festivals and local events not even associated with VCU keep you busy. There is an entire museum district with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Civil War Museum just to name a few. VCU hosts free movies and limitless club options so there is always something to do its just hard finding time to do it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know you are going to be in an urban community and scout out all the nooks and crannies that will appeal to your interest before you get here. For example, map out the route to Belle Isle and actually eat at the local, ethnic restaurants. They are worth it.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a diverse community of students from various backgrounds coming together to enhance their learning. VCU offers one of the widest ranges of degrees in Virgina and is becoming one of the leading research universities. The urban setting offers students opportunities to connect with fast-paced, real-world companies.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    They try, but it's Richmond. Bring pepper spray.

    Great for these types of students

    Art (obviously, what with the best public college art program). Medical, MCV is there for a reason. Engineering (surprisingly). The engineering program is still up and coming but has a lot of potential and GREAT equipment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is almost always interesting things happening at the compass, it really is the heart of VCU. Whether it's a flashmob or a debate, the compass is the place to share your ideas, talents, and weirdness with the rest of the population.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on. It's a big city. There are free museums and art galleries, there's awesome old theaters that play all kinds of movies, there are a few beautiful parks to play in, and the school almost always has some student function, whether it be a dance or movie night or scavenger hunt.

    Food and Dining

    Shaffer Dining Hall is meh but there are tons of other options. Croutons or Jonah's are best if you want fresh health food, Raising Cane's is best if you're craving something fried, and Einstein Bros is best for breakfast food, they have awesome bagels (but beware, they have weird hours).

    Dorm Life

    It really depends on where you room. There are choices to fit anyone. the 'villages' are great for those who want to live, sleep, and breathe their major (no judgement) and the new West Grace dorms are the only ones available for a 12 month lease to underclassmen.

    Academic Rigor

    AP classes help so much. VCU accepts most threes and those will get you out of huge boring freshman classes. There are a few mandatory seminar classes that will be big and impersonal and boring but major related courses are smaller and challenging. The library is well used the study rooms are a great option for groups.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go. To. Open. Houses. The best way to get a feel for a school is to visit it yourself. If you visit you learn that, hey, I hate snow or whatever. It helps to figure out what you're looking for in a school. Do your homework on the school. Know if they have your major. Know if they have good sports teams. Know if you need a laptop or bus pass or whatever.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a great art school but that isn't all it's good for. MCV is a state of the art medical school and VCU's engineering program is very well rounded. The campus is right in the middle of Richmond so it's never boring and their are hundreds of clubs and sports available.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VCU is notorious for being located in a dangerous neighborhood, but I assure you that VCU Police and the Richmond police are constantly patrolling the area. As long as you exercise some common sense (i.e. don't walk around at 2 am in places that are deserted), you will be perfectly safe. VCU also offers free escort services if you find yourself alone at night. All you have to do is call/use an app your phone to let them know where you are! And there are plenty of emergency boxes set up around campus in case you are in immediate danger!

    Greek Life

    Is very active. We have tons of fraternities and sororities on campus, so if you're interested they are there!

    Clubs and Activities

    Name a service organization, and chances are we have it! American Red Cross, United 2 Heal, Emerging Health Care Leaders, and many more. Sports--we have groups for just about every sport (for every skill level!) We also have several cultural groups, that focus on dance, food, fashion, and other themes! And it is SO easy to start your own club here at VCU! The Commons also offers free movies every Friday and Saturday (bring your student ID). These usually air before the movies release on DVD so take advantage! The Commons also has BreakPoint, where you can play all the pool you want or just chill with friends. Cary St Center is our award winning gym that has tons of machines, a pool, track, tennis courts, badminton/volleyball courts, basketball courts...you name it! Trust me, you will never find yourself bored if you want to do something

    Great for these types of students

    Art Students Anyone interested in health-care studies (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy) Forensic Science Nursing

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The compass, which is the intersection point between Shafer Dining court, Hibbs Hall, and Cabell Library, often has a variety of demonstrators and protestors voicing their many opinions. It can get pretty amusing to see how passionate some people can get! There are also some quirky restaurants around town, including some interesting food carts right on campus!

    Bang for the buck

    I have absolutely love my time here. VCU housing, dining, and Richmond have made my stay so enjoyable, and I have made some amazing friends. I am also on the Presidential Scholarship, so I guess you can say VCU offers even more bang for the buck!

    What to do for fun

    Richmond is not a big city like New York City, but there is plenty of things to do. If you're into sports, students can get free entry into all VCU home basketball games (GO RAMS!) However, if you are a crazy fan you can sign up for Rowdy Rams for just $20. This will get you VIP entry and choice of seats for every home game, and priority for playoff games! Interested in baseball? Catch a Flying Squirrels game at the Diamond. Tickets are very cheap (only 10 dollars for seats right behind the dugout!) The city of Richmond also sponsors some amazing activities such as First Friday, when major art and entertainment venues set up tents and activities along Broad Street the first of each month. King's Dominion is a short bus ride away, and is a great if you love amusement parks. And we also have Carytown, with its assortment of shops, restaurants, and the historic Byrd Theater ($1 movies). And don't forget to catch a show at the historic Landmark Theater, which is right at the center of the VCU Campus! Short Pump, Shockoe Bottom, Belle Isle...the list goes on and on. Basically, you name it and we have it!

    Food and Dining

    Shafer Dining Court is the major hub for undergraduates that operates on a swipe system. The food is pretty good, and they do have variety throughout the week. However, please keep in mind that after a few years you will get bored of it! There are many many other options on campus, including Subway, Pizza Hut, Commons Grab and Go, Chick Filet, Cary Street Wraps, Bleacker Street, and Jonahs on the MCV Campus. You will definitely find your favorite spots on campus! Also, I have heard that there will be a Taco Bell and Burger King opening in the Fall 2013 semester, if that is something that makes you excited :)

    Dorm Life

    VCU has plenty of student dorms on campus. If you want the traditional atmosphere, you can live in Brandt, Johnson, or GRC with roommates and shared bathrooms. If you would like apartment style living, there are plenty of new VCU operated places around campus as well such as Cary Belvidere, West Grace North, and West Grace South. If you would like a single room with attached bathroom, apply to the Honors College and you are essentially guaranteed housing in the Honors College dorms! I lived in the Honors College dorms the first two years and I absolutely loved it. The privacy was great, but you also get to meet a lot of smart, hard-working individuals on your floor who will become close friends!

    Academic Rigor

    As with any university, rigor depends on the classes and specific teachers. The sciences here are not easy, but they are very manageable. You should have no problem getting good grades as long as you study appropriately. There are some really challenging upper level courses in biomedical engineering and biology that are worthwhile. They really expand your understanding of the fields to a more conceptual framework of mind rather than pure memorization. Arts classes are very challenging, so make sure that you are ready to work!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in the arts, VCU has some of the top programs in the country with some of the brightest students. The university is currently making a new building as well for the arts. If you are interested in medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy then definitely apply for the Guaranteed Admissions Programs in those fields. I am currently in the 8 year BS/MD program and it really takes a lot of stress away from the undergraduate experience here, knowing that you have a spot waiting for you. VCU Hospitals have consistently ranked at the top of U.S News rankings for several different specialties, and is recognized as the best hospital system in Virginia. If you are interested in any of the above programs, apply early and make sure all materials have been submitted on time!

    In three sentences

    VCU is a public university in Richmond, VA that is best known for its arts programs, basketball team, and health care programs. The Honors College provides the opportunity for students to apply for guaranteed admission to several of the VCU Professional Schools on the MCV Campus, including the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and School of Pharmacy. There is also significant merit aid available for those who have scored well on the SAT and have attained an excellent GPA in high school.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We're in the middle of the city, and crimes do happen here, but the campus police is on top of their game, and I've never felt like I was in any kind of danger. You can't go more than a couple blocks without seeing an officer or a security car. When crimes happen on campus, we get text alerts (as long as you remember to sign up for them!) and the details of any serious crimes are sent out in emails because the police and the school want us to know exactly what's happening on our campus and how it's being taken care of.

    Great for these types of students

    Adventurers, art students, undeclared students, party enthusiasts, anybody who owns a bike or enjoys riding bikes (if you don't own one, that's okay! VCU has bikes you can borrow!), people who are serious about getting the most out of college.

    Bang for the buck

    When you first get here, you'll feel like you're bleeding money, but VCU offers so much compared to other schools in the state, I promise it's worth it. First and most important to me, is the RamRide. VCU has two campuses in downtown Richmond, and to make it easier for students, they have a fleet of brand new buses that are free for you to ride anywhere between the two campuses. These aren't run down city buses, they have very nice plush seats and they are sparkling clean with no funny smells. Next, RamSafe. Maybe it's Saturday night and you've had too much to drink, and it's cold, and the RamRide stopped running at 9pm. That's okay! You can call RamSafe anytime between 5pm and 8am, and they will send a shuttle to pick you up and take you back to your dorm. I know your parents want you to go to those old, historic colleges that look the same today as they did when your dad went there... and your gran-dad, and maybe even your great grand-dad. You probably don't though. VCU isn't that school. VCU was founded 175 years ago, but it's constantly changing and growing. In fact, the campus looked radically different when I visited 10 years ago as a 6th grader. The campus has nearly doubled in size since then, and the university's 6 year expansion plan will almost double it again. I guarantee during your four years here you'll see at least one brand new building go up. It's really great when you can see your tuition money being put to use. And did I mention our basketball team is boss?

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls aren't anything to write home about, but there are a lot of retail food places on campus that take swipes at different times of the day, including IHOP, Einstein Bros, Chili's, Subway, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and everyone's favourite, Raisin Canes. The only downfall is, there isn't anywhere that takes swipes after 2am, so if you get hungry in the middle of an all nighter you'll have to wait a few hours.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't really anything special, but they are very liveable and very safe, and there aren't a lot of unnecessary rules.

    Academic Rigor

    It's no Harvard, but VCU is a serious research university with one of the best art programs, and a medical school to be reckoned with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to be distracted by a lot of things. Living and studying in Richmond is great, but you can get caught up and miss out on a great education. Study hard, there's plenty of time for play later.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a great school for students who are driven and passionate about their major, but it's also a really great place for you if you aren't sure what you want to major in. Although you may find out your true calling leads you to transfer to another school, chances are VCU has a major that fits your interests. Academics aside, Richmond is one of the most interesting places to study, and VCU is right in the thick of things.

  • 04/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    This is the best university to go to in Virginia for what you pay! With financial aid, I'm paying less than what some of my friends pay to go to community college.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the urban atmosphere! People are usually friendly, and the professors are as well.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a lot of courses available here to choose from, however, there is not much you can actually take while being undeclared.

  • 05/11/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    When i visited this school, i feel in love with it. It is so many things to do there so you will never get bored. I hope when i apply for this school in the fall they will accept me.

  • 05/16/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    This school is not that expensive, but just as effective.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is unique and very liberal feeling. There is a variety of types of people, and an abundance of things to do.

    Will learn a lot

    From what I heard on the tour, the professors are very knowledgeable on the subjects they teach.

  • 05/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that like an inner city enviornment. Students that like to be envolved. In general the school fits very diverse ranges of people. VCU is a big puzzle where anyone could fit.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students I'd say be aware of the Cabell Library and Chegg.com for books because chegg is very cheap and the library has some of the textbooks necessary for class so you don't have to buy them at all. After the semester is over go to Bookholders to sell your books back. For dining there are so many places to go out and eat just be aware of that and know that the dining plan does not roll over to the next semester so use those swipes. If you are not a freshman housing is not promised but there are various affordable apartments all over campus. Another tip would be to walk in groups for safety at night, it is a city environment so be aware of your surroundings and if you do not feel safe you can always call escort or VCU police. The next tip would be to make a schedule that fits you, if you know you are not a morning person aim for classes in the afternoon. Students should see there advisor at least twice a semester and go to the University College as well for S.I. sessions and tutoring sessions. STUDY STUDY STUDY. My last tip would be to go out and have fun. Be apart of the school. Go to games, talent shows or join a club. Have fun, college goes by fast.

    Bang for the buck

    The money is worth the education and in comparison to other schools that are of the same quality, it is much cheaper to go to VCU. Tuition pays for bus passes for students, an escort service to get students transported safely late at night. It pays for activities like basketball games and other sporting events, the student health clinic, classes. Then there is room and board which is optional along with dining plans which are also optional if you are not staying in a high rise dorm. Financially it is worth it and there are various plans to help pay off fees.

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE VCU. My freshman year at VCU which recently ended was the best school year I have ever had, no exaggeration. I have met so many friends and been exposed to experiences I'll never forget. From welcome week to homecoming week to going to parties and of course making it to the FINAL FOUR this year has been awesome. VCU is a great place to be, it's such a variety of different people of different cultures and walks of life. The college experience is so one of a kind, the school spirit alone cannot be surpassed. RAMNATION!!

    Am learning a lot

    VCU teaches it's students a wide variety of subjects with teachers that are really involved and experts in their specific area. The academics in the university have taught me so much about the world and although you have to study the work is not at all too hard or too overbearing. I can say I am really learning a lot but not only that I enjoy it and being that I was never much of a bookworm that says a lot. VCU isn't just about teaching academics though. VCU has taught me to make a difference in society and to have a voice, which is something that is pushed in the minds of the students there. It's a learning experience like no other.

  • 05/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get your study skills ready if you didn't have to study in high school. College requires a lot more studying and hard work.

    Bang for the buck

    Some of the classes are overcrowded and have way too many people for the course content. The student to teacher ratio is not good.

    Am enjoying being here

    It can definitely be a culture shock if you are not used to being around people from different cultures and religions. Being around people that are different than yourself does make it easy to learn about other people and how they live.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of VCU's instructors are very enthusiastic about what they are teaching and make sure you get a well rounded education.

  • 06/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you love to experience new things and different people, this school is for you. I've met a lot of different people with different experiences and interests. It has made me a better person, in my opinion. There's never a dull moment at VCU for me, in class and outside of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not slack off your first year. It may be hard to adjust to school for the first semester but those grades will stick with you forever. If you feel a class is too hard, drop it. It's way better than getting a low grade and having that stick with you.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is cheaper compared to a lot of schools. I find it worth the money. You get a lot of opportunities that most schools don't provide which makes up for the large amount of money it cost to attend this school.

    Am enjoying being here

    Richmond is definitely a busy place. The VCU campus is never boring and there is always something going on. You'll learn a lot of the local hot spots and fun places to go as you go to VCU. I've been here a year and still haven't seen half of the city.

    Am learning a lot

    The first year at VCU is basically spent on learning basics in general education classes, depending on your major. I enjoyed a lot of the classes I took, especially since I had a lot of options for electives that didn't have to relate directly to my major.

  • 06/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    VCU is great for students who are interested in medical fields, the arts, business and engineering students and many more. Any one who is open to diversity and new experiences.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded. There are a lot of different people here. Don't be afraid to try new things. I have gained lifelong friendships because I put myself out there and got to know different people. VCU is in the middle of the city so don't just stay on campus, venture out!

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is the largest public university in the state. With that being said, its tuition rates are lower than many of the other public institutions in the state. With the tuition, students are able to enjoy to great variety of activities. Free access to the incredible gym, free admission to home basketball games, and free on campus events to name a few.

    Am enjoying being here

    Not only do I truly enjoy attending VCU, I am truly grateful for all of the wonderful connections I have gained while being here. The diversity of the students is incredible. I am the type of person who needs to be stimulated socially as well as academically. There are so many organizations to join and activities to participate in.

    Am learning a lot

    Coming to VCU has taught me a lifetime of lessons in just three short years. I had never been away from home for more than a week before going away to school. Although challenging at times, the independence I have gained living here has prepared me for the real world just by the experience. I don't have my parents with me everyday to cater to my every need. I have had to grow up a lot in a short amount of time, and because of that, I am a much better person for it. I originally came to VCU as a Chemistry major. When I arrived, I discovered that they offered degrees in Forensic Science. I never knew that this was even an option. VCU is the only school in Virgina to offer bachelors and masters degrees in Forensic Science. If I had not come to VCU, I would not have discovered this world of forensics and would still be searching for my future career. Not only have I gained a greater sense of independence and discovered my future career goal, but I have learned the importance of hard work. At VCU, I have grown tremendously as a scholar. This school has so many programs to assist me academically that the only way to fail is not to try!

  • 07/02/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about SAT or ACT as long as you have great concentration in the courses you are taking right now in high school. My scores weren't impressive but my class rigor was outstanding.

    Will enjoy being here

    I didn't really expect to see myself in an urban environment but I'm hopeful that this will be a great experience for me.

    Will learn a lot

    So far, according to the people I have met and the introductions I have seen, I can tell that this University is going to be very promising

  • 07/04/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Is it all worth the money? The environment? The education?

    Will enjoy being here

    I'm trying to transfer after this coming year. How many years would I have to do after three years of community college?

    Will learn a lot

    What kind of education is offered here, as in, what are the main specialty classes offered?

  • 07/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    VCU is great for anyone. I am from the country but there are so many different kinds of people here. VCU will boast Diversity at all their orientations but it is really true. There are people from all parts of the country and world. I am close friends with a guy from Russia. One of the other guys on my dorm floor was from Arizona and came to VCU for art. There are many students from across the globe. VCU fits and accommodates anyone. If you attend VCU you will meet many people and share the love for your university.

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest tip for anyone considering VCU is do not count it out. VCU is a great college! The city campus makes VCU what it is. I encourage you to visit VCU and attend their overnight orientation. Talk to current students. Attend some sports events if possible. My biggest tip is to enroll at VCU and you will love college.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is one of the more easily afforded universities in the state of Virginia. Virginia Commonwealth University offers academic scholarships and athletic scholarships. I actually received a partial academic scholarship. VCU wants you to be a student at their university so don't hesitate to apply for the scholarships. Between scholarships, grants, and financial aid VCU is an affordable university. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else.

    Am enjoying being here

    Simply put I love VCU. What makes VCU so awesome you may ask. The student body is probably the best part of VCU. Everyone at VCU shares this passion for their school. We are all so proud of our school and support it strongly. This is evident at all of VCU's home basketball games. If you happened to watch the NCAA Basketball Tournament then you could not have missed the huge crowds that traveled to Texas to support our team. VCU's campus is well set up and pretty. It takes some time to appreciate the city campus, but it is beautiful. Monroe Park is situated in the middle of campus and provides for a nice place to relax or just hang out. The city campus was a big change for me. I am from a very small rural area. I live in a cabin in the woods and love nature. So the transition from rural countryside to the big city of Richmond was a little scary. I have since then fallen in love with VCU.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a returning student this fall and am in love with VCU. I have learned so much here in two semesters. I was an above average student in high school and could have attended more prestigious universities, but decided to go to VCU because it undoubtedly the school for me and it was the only college in my state with the major that I was looking for. The courses at VCU teach you a lot and prepare you well for the job world and upcoming courses. The classes provide enough difficulty to make it worth the students attention and keeps you interested. Not only have I learned academically but I have also learned how to live on my own (in some sort). The dorm life has helped me prepare to live on my own next year. The R.A. and dorm staff help you out with dorm life and living without your parents and with random people your age. VCU advisers teach what you need to know to sign up for courses for the upcoming years. They also help you plan out your courses so you graduate on time and are prepared for your career. VCU has courses for freshmen that help them get acclimated to school and your major. VCU prepares students to be successful and that is evident during your freshman year.

  • 08/01/2011

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    Will enjoy being here

    In the heart of downtown Richmond, lots to do

    Will learn a lot

    There are research opportunities even for undergrads starting freshman year

  • 09/20/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for artists with first Fridays and everything! Also nursing students, or Medical Students, Business Students, Pharmacy Students, Dentristry Students! Really anyone could go to VCU!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid of the city! There was lots of things to do! Also, Ratemyteacher.com is your best friend.

    Bang for the buck

    The college is a fantastic college! And it's rather cheap since I'm a current VA resident. For top programs in the nation, it's a cheap school with a great learning.

    Will enjoy being here

    I don't entirely know if I'll know anyone so I believe the academics will be great, but I don't know about my friends or not.

    Will learn a lot

    I believe with the environment, VCU will fit me perfectly!

  • 11/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    VCU is so diverse its truly meant for everyone!!

    Tips for prospective students

    To future students all I can say is get involved, there are so many opportunities in sports or clubs to find the right group of people while doing something you enjoy.

    Bang for the buck

    I am at one of the best art school yet I'm paying instate tuition and a small tuition at that. nothing could be better than that.

    Am enjoying being here

    One thing I didn't expect was how easy it was to find a group of friends that I fit perfectly into, and the Dorms was a big part of that. Richmond also has something for you to do at any given time. You could never get bored!

    Am learning a lot

    I have dreamt of coming to VCU since I discovered it is ranked the number 1 public art school in the country, but when I arrived I was blown away by all my classes and teachers. I'm constantly learning something new.

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The school is actually more affordable than others, it is still somewhat expensive but there's worse out there. We do have great professors and have had many academic achievements in our school.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really enjoy being a student here and I'm proud of my university. The people are really cool and you will get a few smiles and hellos as you walk through the campus from random students and faculty. You won't regret going to VCU.

    Am learning a lot

    VCU is a wonderful university. The student advisers and professors I have spoken to( that's many) are extremely attentive and do care for the students. VCU offers many degrees and certificates having different fields of study such as art, school of business, engineering, medical, social studies, and many more. The university is always kept clean and taken care of. Currently, more buildings are getting built and this is one of the largest universities in Virginia. Their are constantly new activities in which any student can participate in to help the environment, the school and the well being of others.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Virginia Commonwealth University is great for students who love or don't mind the city life, who want to be in a diverse community, and succeed and experience new opportunities.!

    Tips for prospective students

    The tips I have for prospective students is too come to VCU and visit, vecause some may not handle the city as well as others. Also if you decide to come to VCU, expect to succeed and learned a lot, but all while having fun doing new things with the new friends you will make.

    Bang for the buck

    It sure is a Bang for the Buck! The dorms are well kept, the food is good, the buildings are in great standing. Broad street offers the University with name brand food shops and privately owned shops. It gives you the best of both worlds all for a good price that a college student can handle. There isn't anything bad that I could say about VCU! I have had a great experience being here at the university and have met so many people through the programs and events that have been put on by VCU. The programs and academic life are well put together with instructors that are serious about there job!

    Am enjoying being here

    At first I was a little spectacle about attending a college that is in a city environment. Little did I know that there is so much and always something to do at VCU! I have had some of the great times here in Richmond, VA already. I have been on a tour of Richmond, seen Broadway play, and have been to a few museums. There is so much more to do such as canoeing, hiking, watch performances by your favorite artist or band at the National. Having so much to do keeps me occupied and relaxed. Lets not forget about the recreational activities that I have done so far since I've been here! There is intramural sports and plenty of other things to do. There are countless organization that you can be involved with. When I say there's something for everyone, there really is! The Basketball and other athletic events are also another prime reason I enjoy being at VCU. The people are great and the school is great couldn't of made a better choice!

    Am learning a lot

    This is my first year at VCU as a Criminal Justice major and let me say for my first semester I have learned a tremendous amount! The professors are very involved and excited about the opportunity to pour their knowledge into the students. When I first came in August 2011 I kept telling myself that there is no way that a professor is going to have time and the patience to meet one on one with a student i needed out of a class of 200 plus students. I was completely wrong! For the first semester I have had the pleasure to meet with each one of my professors to discuss ways that would help me excel in the class. This helped me settle into the academic part of college much easier. I have learned about distant cultures in my human societies and globalization class that I had no idea existed. I have also had the chance to have many open discussions on many great books that have been written in my textual analysis class. I feel as if I have gained a great amount of knowledge in one semester. Virginia Commonwealth University prides itself on being there for the students and faculty and creating a unique learning experience. In VCU doing that I have learned a lot.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Artists, hard workers, those who like being challenged.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are an artist be prepared to pull all nighters. Learn time management before you come.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is the number one public art school and costs far less than any other art school. They also give many scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    This is the first time I feel like I belong.

    Am learning a lot

    The Art Foundation program pushes you to use materials and experiment with styles you have never used or done before.

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Be smart, always walk in groups, don't bike home at 4am and you'll be safe as can be! There is a ton of campus police around campus, although it's in a city it's by no means dangerous.

    Great for these types of students

    Great place for creative minded students and those seeking an urban setting!

    Bang for the buck

    If you have instate tuition it's well worth the experience.

    What to do for fun

    Carytown, $2 movie tickets, clubs and bars not far from campus the options are limitless.

    Food and Dining

    Make your own meals

    Dorm Life

    Live off campus!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, get to know people, get off campus!

    In three sentences

    If you enjoy the atmosphere of a city while still being close to a rural environment VCU is the place for you! It's a creative school, with a ton of diverse students and great basketball team (NCAA Final Four). Be openminded, and you wont regret becoming a RAM!

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    police are always patrolling! the police force for vcu is one of the best in the nation!

    What to do for fun

    so many academic/interest clubs. so much to do you will never be bored!!

    Food and Dining

    so many options!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    dont be worried! its amazing how fast you will feel at home with new friends! professors are very interesting and they do their own thing,

    In three sentences

    diverse, interesting, comfort

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    police everywhere, alert boxes, and emergency boxes to press and call the police.

    Clubs and Activities

    too many to name

    Great for these types of students

    great for opportunity seeking students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    something unusual is the fact that there is a park in the middle of the campus where a lot of homeless people be during the day.

    Bang for the buck

    for the amount of money i'm paying to go here is worth it because i'm surely getting the education that is well needed.

    What to do for fun

    sporting events, student organizations, clubs

    Food and Dining

    there are plenty places for you to choose from to eat at

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are awesome

    Academic Rigor

    the work isn't as bad as you would thinka nd the professors are willing to help as well as special tutors.

    In three sentences

    the college is all around great. i love the opportunities this school offers. i would give this school a 4 and not a 5 only because its so spaced out and that you have to take a bus to the other part of the campus but other than that i love it.

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the city can be rough but vcu police do a very good job at keeping us safe.

    Greek Life

    i am not a part of greek life but my roommate is and she loves it.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many different clubs it is so easy for anyone to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    great for art students and medical students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a really cool spot called geometry park i like to go there to do homework.

    Bang for the buck

    vcu is the cheapest public art school in the united states, and it is the number one public art school.

    What to do for fun

    richmond is full of fun things to do, i love to go running down monument avenue and look at the beautiful houses. i also love attending school basket ball games they are always very school spirited and exciting. riding your bike over to belle isle to hangout at the river is adventurous and exhilarating .

    Food and Dining

    the food overall is decent. there are several places to go off campus that you can use your school dining plan money.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is so much fun. i have met many close friends here, however security can be strict at times because vcu is in the city and our safety and protection comes before anything else.

    Academic Rigor

    vcu is very academically oriented, there are strict gap requirements when applying to your desired major so dedication and determination are a must if you want to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    explore the campus and surroundings before you make your final decision because if you do not feel comfortable in an urban environment vcu may not be the best choice for you.

    In three sentences

    virginia commonwealth university's diversity is a major aspect of the school. overall the university as a whole is very interconnected. i would recommend this school to anyone there is something here for everyone.

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    as a city school, it may not be the safest campus on the earth just by its nature. campus security is always close by, though, and are easy to reach in a pinch if you do need them. there are yellow phones stationed around campus that you are able to use if you need to get in contact with them fast and a shuttle is also available to give you a ride back to your dorm or wherever you need to go when it is dark but you do not feel safe. just be warned it may take a while to arrive so stay inside until it gets there. all in all, use your common sense, do not walk by yourself especially at night, and chances are you will be fine and dandy.

    Clubs and Activities

    as i was saying earlier in my review, jump into the campus life your first semester. you will feel much more involved if you do so and will be less likely to get overwhelmed. the sovo fair that happens at the end of welcome week of each fall semester is a must to attend for anybody trying to get involved. over 50 of the different groups active at vcu have booths set up and are willing to offer any questions you may have.

    Great for these types of students

    if you love the city and are outgoing, it is a no-brainer that this school is for you. however, that is not saying that if you are introverted and prefer the country or suburbs (like me) that you will not do well. there are so many different groups, activities, and areas of study that virtually anybody will fit in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is this event called zombie hunting that happens (i believe) twice a year where any student is welcome to sign up for either the zombie team or the human team. it lasts for a week i think, and every night they will go out and hunt down the other team throughout the streets of richmond. slowly people get eliminated as the game goes on and in the end one side wins.

    Bang for the buck

    i do not honestly believe that i would have gotten such as good fine arts education for the same amount of money anywhere else. vcu has a top-notch fine arts department but also various others such as engineering, medical studies, and journalism. great for the education earned but also easier on the bank!

    What to do for fun

    every first friday of the month there is something called first fridays where many of the galleries around richmond have new opening receptions and invite people to stop by. it is a great to go with a bunch of friends and make a night of gallery-hopping. the student commons also tends to show movies on some of the weekends. the schedule changes every so often i believe but it's cheap if not free to get in and see a relatively new movie on a large screen. again, check out the bulletin boards and read your vcu email for any random opportunities that may pop up. keep and eye and an ear open.

    Food and Dining

    i also do not have a meal plan on campus. i do know, however, that a lot of places around richmond, such as tropical smoothie and starbucks, accept something called rambucks. you can load money onto your student card (that works as your id and a bank card if you want) and use that when you go to get food from select places. it is a good way for you or your parents to control how much money you spend eating out.

    Dorm Life

    i have not had the experience of living in the dorms as i commute every day. that being said, i rated it a 3 as it as neutral as i could get.

    Academic Rigor

    having taken several campus at my local community college during high school, i can honestly say that vcu is much more rigorous academically speaking. however, if you stay on top of your assignments and don't put off studying until the week of or the night before a test, you should be fine. however, as a fine arts major, i spend most of my time in the fine arts building. the studio classes are very demanding but have made me challenge myself and push my boundaries on every assignment. it is tough, but it is definitely worth the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be afraid to dive right into the midst of campus life your first semester. by surrounding myself with like-minded people and exploring different activities that i had not even contemplated before i really managed to open my eyes to everything vcu had to offer. there are tons of opportunities that aren't heavily publicized as well. check out the bulletin boards, student commons, and ask around for interesting events going on around campus. also, i highly recommend visiting the writing center whenever you are working on a paper. the people are very friendly and know exactly what you need to do to make that paper its very best.

    In three sentences

    the urban campus provides students with many opportunities to enrich their education outside of the classroom. i have found myself challenged and encouraged in my pursuit of a fine arts degree and am very glad that i have had such amazing professors and classes. i did not think this city school was going to be for me at first but it has become a home away from home, and i can honestly say i enjoy going to school and learning every day.

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus is really safe

    Greek Life

    unsure

    Clubs and Activities

    there are lots of great clubs to partake in

    Great for these types of students

    eclectic, open minded, liberal

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    unsure

    Food and Dining

    lots of food choices/italian eatery around the corner is great

    Dorm Life

    i don't live in the dorm can't rate what i don't know

    Academic Rigor

    academically rigorous

    Tips for prospective students

    come with an open mind and vcu will fill it

    In three sentences

    virginia commonwealth university is a jewel in the center of richmond, virginia. vcu offers arrange of rigorous real life applicable study and real life experiences fostering an enviornment of independence amongst its students.

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    go out in the fan.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't get a car. it's a pain to park.

    In three sentences

    vcu is an awesome school that is just getting better every year. the depth of programs that is offered is very comprehensive. the campus life is also very diverse.

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    even though it is in the city i feel extremely safe. there are gps phone boxes to call for police. we also have our own police that stay right on campus in case anything happens they can get their in a hurry. they are always roaming and updating everyone via email or text about anything that happens. the school also offers a transportation service to take you around campus or 1 mile outside of campus from dusk to dawn.

    Greek Life

    i am not personally in one but it is apparent that we have a strong greek life. they are always holding events, you see them representing themselves, their flags are hung up, and they have tables for interested students and an office.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are over 400 student organizations and is so easy to find one that you would like. they also hold a sovo fair so that students can see what is out there. the recreational side of the school is also amazing because they have an amazing gym with club sports and they also have an outdoor adventure program for people who like to hike or canoe for example.

    Great for these types of students

    it's a great place for students you love the city and diversity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    their is a tradition that the incoming freshman have to rub and make a wish on the ram horns.

    Bang for the buck

    it is definitely worth going into debt because of my major choice, it is one of the only colleges that offers the bs degree. the living situation and food could be enhanced because i'd like more healthy options and i would also like a longer questionnaire to find a good roommate.

    What to do for fun

    there's movies on friday saturday nights, sports events are always fun, there is a bus to take you downtown that is free, and if you have a car you can pretty much do anything.

    Food and Dining

    the main dining court isn't that great because i don't like golden corral and that's what it is. the other places to eat on campus are great though.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms aren't luxurious but aren't horrible. i had a great roommate, the ras are very friendly and are here to help.

    Academic Rigor

    classes get more challenging as you get more into your major, as expected.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you like a wide variety of people then this is the school. also look into their honors college because it is great, you can apply as an incoming freshman or apply your freshman year here.

    In three sentences

    it is a great school that has professors that care. they also challenge you to do your best. there is always a way to find help or get help in a subject.

  • 03/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    safety at this university is a big thing. we have police phones located throughout the main campus and we even have an escort service on campus that will take where you need to go during late hours.

    Great for these types of students

    - this university is great for all kinds of students. the students that never felt like they belonged, the cool kids and the chill kids. you can walk around the campus here and see a little bit of everything and they are all accepted for who they are.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    when you do enroll as a freshman at virginia commonwealth university you get to touch the ram horns that are located by the student commons during your new student orientation which symbolizes you becoming a part of the university.

    What to do for fun

    the city offers a lot of historical sites and cultural events that can spark just about anyone's interest. the city its self opens many doors for college students that are just looking to have some fun.

    Food and Dining

    on campus dining is great the first couple of months. when you want to try something different the city offers many different cuisines and they are just a short 5-10 minute walk from the main campus.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life at virginia commonwealth university is great. the resdential asstiants (ras) help make the transitioning into dorm living fun. there are so many options of dorm living on campus for example, we have village living where students live amongst other students that have the same major.

    Academic Rigor

    the professors here at virginia commonwealth university definitely challenge you in the classroom and make themselves available outside the classroom if you ever need the extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    - make sure you take a tour of the campus

    In three sentences

    the university is filled with so much diversity. the students are school spirited but, how can we not be after winning the caa basketball tournament. the city of richmond is full of history and culture which can make anyday seem like a new adventure.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is not as great as it should be. But most of the crimes that happen here are robberies. Just be aware of your surroundings.

    Clubs and Activities

    VCU has a lot of clubs and activities to the point that everyone belongs to something.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone is welcome, we don't discriminate.

    Bang for the buck

    You will be definitely getting your money's worth over here

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do in downtown Richmond. For one, our basketball games are always on point and they are a lot of fun. Other than that you can go to the movies, go partying, or just chill and meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    The food is AMAZING... enough said.

    Dorm Life

    I live at Cabaniss Hall and to be honest as much as people down talk it, it's really not that bad... Well except for having to take the bus every day. But despite Cabaniss, all the other dorm are pretty nice and very secure.

    Academic Rigor

    I loved all my professors so far! They are very outgoing and very approachable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Getting ready to study your hardest. VCU has the toughest professors who grade the hardest. If you're up for the challenge come on down.

    In three sentences

    Coming to Virginia Commonwealth University has to one of the best decisions I've made in my life. It's a great school filled with great people in a great environment. I recommend everyone to come here.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Richmond is full of unique shops and restaurants. It has a couple of nice music and movie venues. The parks and river are amazing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and make goals for yourself. You can get a good education to set you up in life but it helps if you know what you want and what you need to get there.

    In three sentences

    VCU is situated on a beautiful campus in downtown Richmond. It has diverse students, degree offerings, and enrichment programs. Plus, it has rallied around its basketball team's success to create a palpable feeling of school spirit all over campus.

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The has rarely been any serious crimes commited on or near campus. VCU Police are spotted everywhere and there are emergency phone stations in every place you could think of.

    Greek Life

    There are a about 25 Chapters on campus all diverse and all helping the university by giving back to the community and working and interacting with the student body. One of the quickest ways to make friends and meet new people.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs downtown start as early as Wednesday (College Night) at the Hat Fatory 18+ and Thursday-Saturday 18+ to 21+ anywhere else. Drinks are cheap at the Tobacco Company and nights usually end at Off The Hookah a must see club! Other Activities involve the James River like Bellse Isle Park and Kayaking. There is also Regency Mall and Short Pump, Bow Tie Theater, if you like indoors and Maymount if you prefer outdoors.

    Great for these types of students

    Who don't want a traditional campus setting (rural). Who don't mind living near the city, who enjoy scenic structures and parks and wildlife near the river. Who like to have everything just a block away from them. Who really want to be surrounded by a diverse culture or people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The 10K is run all around campus and in the streets of the Monroe Park Campus. There are concerts held on the James River at Brown Isle. Also, the weekend basketball games at the Verizon Seigel Center. Welcome Week, Greek and Alumni week, residencel hall step shows, the SOVO Fair, and lots more!

    Bang for the buck

    Capital Ale has $1 Burgers! Mojos's does the same. There are thrift stores on Cary St. and Short Pump just 20 min. away, beautiful outdoor mall!

    What to do for fun

    There is Belle Isle at the James River and Brown Isle just next to it. There are the clubs, shops, and restaurants downtown Richmond. There is Maymount Park a must see! and then Cary St. with more bars, shops, and restaurants to eat your heart out. Don't forget to visit the the Byrd Theater and the Capitol Building while you are here!

    Food and Dining

    The food is best at Jonah's Culinary Emporium!

    Dorm Life

    Conditions are not as bad but the experience is definitley worth while.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough but if you write everything down and do you're work before deadlines/due dates and study at least an 1hr a-day for each subject you should do good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Master the practice of time management. Attend every class and get involved with the campus, students, and the community!

    In three sentences

    It's culturally diverse. It urban setting is breath taking. It's students humble and united.

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The one major issue that VCU has is safety. VCU is located in the middle of Richmond and right beside Broad Street. It is definitely not safe to walk around alone at night. Lately (Spring of 2012), there have been a few robberies that have occurred during the day. When at all possible, do not walk around alone. However, VCU does have ERTS phones spread throughout the campus and has a Security Escort Service, which will safely drive you to points around campus (the only problem with this is that it sometimes takes a really long time to get to you, especially if you are going between campuses).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a new tradition that started in 2010 where during orientation, the new students touch the Ram Horns outside of Commons. After doing so, they make a wish.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs at VCU. There is also a huge gym on campus. The best thing to do for fun is to go to basketball games. They allow you to cheer your team on and to connect with your fellow Rams.

    Food and Dining

    VCU's food and dining services are great. There is a wide variety of places to eat on campus. My personal favorites are ihop and Zoca. The only place to watch out for is Shafer. I have heard many people complain of getting sick after eating there.

    Dorm Life

    The quality of the dorms depends a lot on which one you are discussing. The ones that I have dealt with personally are Johnson, Cabaniss, and GRC Phase I. Unless you absolutely cannot avoid it, do not live in Johnson. The rooms are way too small, the steps are way too steep, and the stalls in the bathrooms are very short. Cabaniss is my personal favorite. Even though it is on MCV's campus, it is still worth the money. There is only a very short bus ride between campuses and you are only steps away from Jonah's. The best part of Cabaniss is the basement, which has a pool table. GRC Phase I is an alright dorm. However, you may want to buy mouse traps before you come. Several people (including me) have had mice problems.

    Academic Rigor

    Overall, VCU's classes are very average when it comes to academic rigor. It all depends on what you are taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to visit the school before applying. Many people do not realize the size of the school. Coming to visit will allow you to see what life as a VCU student is like. It will also help you if you get accepted. The more you come to visit, the less you will get lost during your first weeks, which will keep you from annoying the upperclassmen.

    In three sentences

    VCU is huge, which will allow you to meet a wide variety of people from different social backgrounds. The size also allows you to choose more classes that are interesting to you. The whole atmosphere of the school is fun and exciting: especially the basketball games!

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police posted at every corner, and technology provides phones and alarm systems throughout campus. Avoid certain areas at night. The campus is spread throughout the city of Richmond, so you are never alone.

    Greek Life

    Sororities and fraternities thrive here. Get involved!

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of sports clubs, even a ski club (ironic). Athletic teams in Div 1: great sports are Field Hockey and Basketball. Art clubs, language clubs... about nay club you can think of exists.

    Great for these types of students

    Urban, open-minded, artistic, expressive, homosexual or African American, younger (not a lot of adults), and involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    MCV is a wonderful medical campus that has a good history as being cutting edge and I recommend that new students and prospective students take a tour- it is inspiring.

    Bang for the buck

    SUPER affordable! Great way to start your career without debt! I am not sure if people/business outside of Virginia will care or know about a degree from VCU, if your concerned about name dropping and prestige-than you will probably want to pay lots of money for a different school. But if your on a budget looking to go to graduate school, this works great for you.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of dining, and lots of local bands play at local venues. There is a huge music scene here, that many are unaware of! There are also many clubs and bars downtown, and they provide a free bus to bring you down and back. There is shopping and boutiques in Cary Town and many historical sites, along with art museums and history museums. Local artwork is featured throughout the city. And if your an outdoor fan, parks are great for biking and skiing is 4 hours away. The basketball games are always fun as well.

    Food and Dining

    They have a large vegetarian and vegan population, and therefore have many food options to choose from. The campus is surrounded by restaurants (Chili's on campus) and fast food chains and food marts if your unhappy with campus cafeteria-oh, and there are Starbucks on campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are many living options, both co-ed and even sororities and fraternities. They are very flexible and allow changes if your unhappy with your roomie.

    Academic Rigor

    Not very challenging, but you have to be open minded. Don't attend if your easily offended. This college meets the basic requirements and pumps out degrees- it gets the job done. You spend little money with a degree, and can do well enough to be granted into graduate college. But, don't expect a challenge or any deep intellectual stimulation.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should have a clear goal of what you want to pursue; know what major you want to declare. You also need to like urban living and a large college/student body. You will enjoy the Richmond area and there are lots of opportunities to become involved in many aspects of the community and college.

    In three sentences

    It is easy to transfer and the process is fair. It is affordable. It offers a wide variety of degree options.

  • 03/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a fair amount of crime because it is in a city. Just be smart.

    Greek Life

    Wasn't a part of it

    Clubs and Activities

    I was in my major club which was really awesome. I got to meet my teachers and fellow students on a more personal level.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not quite sure.

    Bang for the buck

    Great price. You won't find a better price in Virginia.

    What to do for fun

    Byrd theater is only $2. Belle Isle is fun and beautiful. The clubs downtown are fun.

    Food and Dining

    Didn't eat in cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Didn't live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The class is as hard as you make it. Each teacher has their own style.

    Tips for prospective students

    Declare a major and get an adviser in your major. The school advisers and the department advisers often have conflicting information.

    In three sentences

    It is a good school but currently has too many students. They need to hire more staff and make the campus more secure. It is a great price.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    They are many areas around VCU to do various exciting activities.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is very nice.

    Dorm Life

    Seen the dorms, looked very nice compared to many other colleges.

    Academic Rigor

    With the research I have done, VCU is capable of testing any individuals limits.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do well on your SAT's

    In three sentences

    Visited the campus, and I love it! I love the openness and the enviroment around VCU. I plan to attend here soon.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt threatened or anything. Yes, it's in the middle of Richmond. As long as you have common sense and a group of people to walk with when it gets pretty late, you'll be perfectly fine. Just don't be stupid, and you'll be safe.

    What to do for fun

    Whew, anything. VCU sends out a TelegRam out with things that happen on campus that are funded by the different clubs and associations. There are posters and people handing out things on every street corner. There's also just people to talk to and to learn about. They'll tell you interesting places to go as well. The river's only a mile away, and I've heard it's a gorgeous place to spend a Spring day.

    Food and Dining

    Shaffer is. . . okay for the first semester. By semester two, you're a little tired of the same thing every day. It's nice for vegetarians though (has a lot of options) and can get busy sometimes. You'll definitely be missing home cooked meals soon though.

    Dorm Life

    They're located right on a busy intersection. You'll turn into a fairly heavy sleeper soon enough. Community bathrooms in Johnson are eh, most people have problems because one person's term of clean is another person's nightmare. There is a sense of community with each floor though. It's okay, good for a freshman not quite ready to leave the feeling of family and no privacy behind.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the School of the Arts. The first year visual art department is basically set up to weed people who think they're interested in art, but aren't really, out. Don't be discouraged though. Sleep's manageable, even when you have three or four huge projects due at once. Trust me, I did it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management, especially for those art majors. You're going to think that sleep's just a dream, but if you get off Facebook for a couple hours, you'll find that sleep's actually quite manageable.

    In three sentences

    I know Richmond can be scary, but I've never felt unsafe or threatened anywhere on campus. Don't be afraid to explore and talk to everyone and go everywhere! You never know what treasures you may find.

  • 04/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police are 5 numbers away because we have our own police staff and there are plenty of emergency phones posted around in arms reach at times of emergencies. Each dorm has security once you walk in checking for residents,making sure not just anyone is entering.

    Greek Life

    Phi Mu,Delta,Q's,Alpha, the list continues to increases every year.

    Clubs and Activities

    NAACP,PHI MU,ICK, INVISIBLE CHILDREN;the list goes on and on.TOO MANY TO NAME! We also have a game room that includes board games and plenty of pool tables.

    Great for these types of students

    Different cultures, slackers, energetic students, and those not too far from home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VCU host an Intercultural Festival every year and variuos other activities; such as block parties and step shows in which all other schools attend.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive but I promise it's worth it.You will get alot out of your college career here at VCU.

    What to do for fun

    The are many group activities sponsored by frats or sororities. The gym is huge and includes an inside pool.Our basketball team went to the final four last year and the first 2,000 students get to get into the games for free.There are also alot of volunteer projects.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but if your a Mcdonalds lover forget it because Mcdonalds is a tweenty minute walk.

    Dorm Life

    It all depends on where you live but Brandt Hall is a great place to meet new people and is a great space for Freshmen.

    Academic Rigor

    There are plenty of resources to help you along the way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend class regularly and grasp all opportunities available.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a very diverse college.It has various career opportunities to apply to.It is a great place to learn because of it's many resources.

  • 04/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although Richmond has a dangerous reputation, VCU does a great job at making you feel secure on and around campus. As long as you don't travel alone, things are always okay.

    Greek Life

    I personally am not involved in Greek Life, but my friends who are completely adore it. It's a great idea, I'm just trying to balance out everything else before I get into an organization like that.

    Clubs and Activities

    VCU has an overwhelming amount of clubs, if you don't like any of them - all you have to do is find five people, write a constitution, and get it approved. Then, you've created a new club. There is certainly something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Since VCU is so diverse, it has countless events for everyone to get involved in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You never really know what to expect from VCU since it's so diverse. It honestly just depends on the day. You might even run into a camel just hanging out on the lawn of campus during the VCU Qatar festival.

    Bang for the buck

    While VCU can be a little pricey for some people, they offer a lot of scholarships and grants. Apply for as many scholarships as you can and you'll be surprised. It's worth all the time to try to get the money.

    What to do for fun

    There are numerous activities that are always available for students around VCU. There is always something going on around campus, as well as around campus. My personal favorite is to go to the beautiful river and enjoy the sun.

    Food and Dining

    Virginia Commonwealth University has some delicious food. Whether you're snacking on something from Shafer dining court, or whether you rode the bus over to Jonas - you'll never be disappointed.

    Dorm Life

    I personally live in the only freshman dorm that is location on VCU's Medical Center Campus and the only downfall to this is that I have to commute to my classes. Otherwise, the dorms are great. The people are phenomenal and the residential assistants are so amazing. I'll never forget the people I've met here.

    Academic Rigor

    Virginia Commonwealth University is challenging and will continue to make you work for your future.

    Tips for prospective students

    As long as you figure out how to balance your busy schedules, things fall into place. Make sure to attend class and actually be aware of your surroundings. If you can figure out your study habits first semester, things will be a lot easier for you in the future.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is the most diverse, eventful and life-changing university. VCU is a beautiful school filled with beautiful people. I couldn't have imagined going anywhere else, VCU is my perfect fit.

  • 04/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for everyone!

    Bang for the buck

    Great athletics program, great academics, great facilities.

    What to do for fun

    It's in the middle of a city, you can find anything.

    Food and Dining

    Shafer is delicious!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are crazy fun, highly recommended for first years.

    Academic Rigor

    Just the right amount of work for your money.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay informed about applications and Finacial Aid.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a great school for many different programs. It is very diverse. You will love it!

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Even though the campus is in the city, it's pretty safe. I've never felt threatened on campus even when I walk around at night. Just be smart and you should be fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a whole lot of organizations that you can get involved in, it's up to you to seize the opportunity though

    Food and Dining

    Shafer food is a bit bland, edible but nothing special. The nice thing though is that there are a bunch of restaurants just off campus so if you need a change of pace, it's really not that hard to some good food.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know really because I live off campus but the facilities are decent and security is good.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes aren't too challenging freshmen year if you keep up with your work and attend classes

    Tips for prospective students

    Going to VCU there are a lot of changes for you to get involved in clubs, research, school traditions etc. It's just up to you to take advantage of them

    In three sentences

    I love the diversity and constant activity of VCU. There is always something to do so you'll never get bored.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You must be aware of your surroundings at VCU. We do have a very large campus police force, but you must know how to keep yourself safe. As long as you are smart, you will be alright.

    Greek Life

    There are tons of sororities and fraternities on campus. There are even some that do not require a large amount of dues.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs to name at VCU. From fraternities and sororities, to international culture clubs, even chess clubs. There is definitely something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    VCU is great for students who are very good at balancing work and play. Since there is so much to do around the city, it is easy to get sidetracked from studies if you don't keep yourself on schedule.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Something unusual that I like about the campus has to do with the compass outside of the dining hall. If you stand in the middle and clap your hands, you will hear a strange noise.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is definitely worth the price. There are so many activities and so many opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun? There is so much happening at VCU and in Richmond, that you will not know where to start! There are museums, concerts, shows, parks, art galleries, and countless stores and restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    Along with the dining hall, Shafer, there are numerous restaurants and stores at VCU and around Richmond that accept VCU dining dollars.

    Dorm Life

    There are always activities at VCU. Living in a dorm as a freshman offers so many new opportunities you may have never had before.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is extremely class dependent. Like most other schools, some teachers are easy graders while others are more militant.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to get to know your professor as well as other students. At such a large school, it is very easy to get lost and confused. Also, pay attention to the academic calender. You do not want to be the student trying to get overrides for a full class.

    In three sentences

    VCU is in the heart of Richmond, and is therefore extremely populated. There are 34,000 Students here so the teacher to student ratio is quite large. Even though it is crowded, the school is wonderful with amazing programs and good professors.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Gym is newly built. I love going there on weekends. There are also beautiful parks around such as Belle Isle.

    Food and Dining

    Food in the Common center is not good. However, there are a lot of good places to dine outside the campuses.

    Dorm Life

    It is pretty convenient living here because stores are around the campuses. However, it is a little complicated at night.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not too bad if the students prepare themselves. If they try hard, they will survive.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school is in downtown. It is a good idea to have your own bicycle.

    In three sentences

    This is a good school, especially in Chemistry, medical, and Pharmacy. I plan on taking a master degree in Pharmacology here.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The dining plan is just a little too expensive and off-campus housing could be a little cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    You can go downtown or walk around campus to enjoy the city life. Cary Town is also fairly close.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work hard and especially learn to live on your own.

    In three sentences

    I think it's an excellent school with a diverse population of students. I definitely enjoy going to school in the city. It's the perfect school for my major.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is a safe place to be. VCU police as well as the Richmond City Police patrol constantly. You must be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to those around you as in any large city.

    Greek Life

    Fraternities and Sororities are available to those whose wish to participate in Greek life. Lots of fun activities and friends to be made.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs of all sorts as well as intramural sports are available. Activities are always available and a lot of fun, from bowling, pool,movie nights are exciting activities to attend.

    Great for these types of students

    Art majors Music majors Business and Engineering majors Psychology majors Pre-med Medical Dental School

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Monroe Park is centrally located in the middle of campus. It was amazing to find a huge block park right in the middle of campus filled with trees and grass,especially since this is an inner city university. Please come and visit, you'll find yourself right at home!

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is an awesome school! The gyms are state of the art and you can meet many people at the gym. We have the best gym facilities pf any school in Virginia. The aquatics program is great, providing both exercise and work opportunities. The library is a great place to locate a quiet place to study and to work in groups as well. The arts are extreme here. You will love any of the arts programs as they are very strong. VCU is a great place to meet new friends that will be life long friends, including the professors. VCU is a terrific school to attend.

    What to do for fun

    We have pool,bowling, and movie nights. The James River is also within walking distance and is lots of fun to explore. There is also a Civil War site close by which has displays and tours for those History buffs. Amazing opportunities!

    Food and Dining

    Schafer dining hall is centrally located and provided a wealth of food choices. The food was almost as good as being home.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was great. I lived In GRC. It was quiet ,making study time beneficial and had we had things to do with or suite mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Virginia Commonwealth University's academics are rigorous. Success can be gained with faithful study habits and applying yourself in each class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school and stay overnight with a current student. Visit the library and the dining hall. You will love VCU! The professors enjoy getting to know their students!

    In three sentences

    VCU is an awesome school! It has a great business school with terrific professors. It is an honor to attend Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    With the campus having its own police force as well as the ability to call for a ride from the police from anywhere on campus to anywhere else on campus I never felt unsafe here. That being said there are some bad areas around the school that you want to be in a group to go through.

    Greek Life

    VCU has one of the fastest growing Greek Life populations which make the weekends a lot of fun and rush week very exciting.

    Clubs and Activities

    Could always find something to do though I never went to any clubs I was always at house parties on the weekend there are some clubs in the bottom( an area of Richmond) which a bus will take you to so you don't have to drive. During the day if it is nice a trip to Belle Isle is usually a great way to spend your time.

    Great for these types of students

    Art students have a large community here as VCU is the top public art school in the country. However the school of business is expanding as well as the engineering department. VCU is a very diverse school in both the people who attend as well as the programs offered.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I didn't really encounter many traditions here as I am just a freshman, but a good location to go just off campus is Belle Isle if its a nice day.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is in the $20,000 range if you are living on campus and paying in state tuition. Here you can experience the whole college experience for a modest price however the greek life lacks the housing it need for large mansions so the parties here are smaller but there are more of them.

    What to do for fun

    Belle Isle and the gym are a few places to meet up with friends and have fun. There is also the commons with food places as well as a pool hall in the basement and a movie theatre on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of different places to eat on campus with a wide variety of menu items. Explore the campus and you will find more places that you didn't know were on your dining plan such as the Chilis or Starbucks. Shafer is the main dining hall and all of the food there is pretty good but the desserts are amazing especially when you get a fresh batch of anything.

    Dorm Life

    I loved my dorm Brant Hall lets you have many different room mates not just one or two. There are four rooms connected by one common-room. Each room has two people in it. Make sure to take advantage of the common-room space do this by putting a tv out there or by making sure that you do things with all of your room mates. They can help you with homework as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes themselves weren't to difficult; however, I have had some difficulties with my professors posting that I failed my final because they said I hadn't taken it when I did. I resolved the issues but it caused me quite a lot of stress.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to all events during welcome week and meet people this will serve to expand your group of friends throughout the year. Join an organization such as greek life or any other group it will also expand your circle of friends. This will make your experience at VCU much better. Also make sure to take advantage of the amazing gym and the classes that are offered there its a good way to stay in shape, get big, or a place to go with friends for pick up games.

    In three sentences

    VCU is spread out over a large are; however, there is much to do both on and off campus from the gym and all of the activities you can do there to the different dorms and the river where you can go with friends when you're out of class. The class sizes here are large when you are taking the university-required classes, but as you pick your major the class sizes get smaller and some class, such as math and English have a very small class size. The thing I most enjoy about the school is the fact that there was always something going on or something to do, even if it was only going to hang out with my friends any time I wasn’t in class I could always find something to occupy myself.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is in full bloom at VCU. Full of Pride.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs at VCU, the SOVO fair at the beginning of each semester will introduce new students to many different types of clubs for any culture, hobby, etc.

    What to do for fun

    Belle Isle, Maymont Park, Carytown, Concerts at The National, Trying out all of the restaurants, and so much more.

    Food and Dining

    There's so much FOOD at VCU with the dining plan that VCU offers for freshman. You have tons of swipes that would swipe you into Shafer (All you can eat buffet) or to restaurants like Chik-fil-a, Subway, or IHOP. There's also Dining Dollars or RAMBUCKS that let you buy off-the-swipe-menu food at Chili's or late night IHOP menu. But there are over 20 places where you can eat at VCU the dining plan.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. Living with students that are in the same situation as you help build friendships quick. Dorm life is like a big party at VCU, or a big study group.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers here are determined to help any student that is willing to learn and earn good or great grades. The students that attend must have a great work ethic as distractions can sometimes be overbearing. But overall the teachers and staff at VCU are willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    VCU is for the student that wants to live in a urbanized and diverse environment, but at the same time have the traditional college campus experience. There's a best friend for everyone when you attend this school as every student here has open minds, and open arms. The advising program at the University College will definitely guide any prospective towards goals that they did not even know existed.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is the most dedicated school in Virginia when it comes to education for the average student. VCU is unified by its incredibly diverse and innovating student body and staff. Without a doubt, VCU is changing the lives of many by accepting the fact that everyone really wants to succeed or is trying to succeed.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own unit of police officers like most colleges. They patrol around on foot, in car or bike.

    Greek Life

    Yes Greek life is available on campus!

    Clubs and Activities

    Get involved. We have 300 plus organizations to fit your interest.

    What to do for fun

    Exploring Richmond is one way to have fun. Go to the many areas around VCU, eat at different restaurants, go to Maymont Park, visit Belle Isle and just try to have fun. Whether it is solo or with a group of friends.

    Food and Dining

    While the food on campus is delicious and there are a variety of options. Sometimes it is nice to have something new and VCU will offer that with the multiple restaurants in Richmond.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University has a very diverse student body. It has a very open gated community that makes it accessible to explore the community. You will meet a lot of different people that will make your college experience a blast.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Vcu being located in Richmond is sometimes scary to most. We have amazing City Police Officers and Campus police officers that work EXTREMELY hard on our safety here on campus.

    Greek Life

    Our Greek Life is amazing. All though I am not a part of the Greek Life, I enjoy going to the probates.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am a part of SAVES. We have amazing clubs here at VCU. There are so many to join!

    Great for these types of students

    VCU is great for students that love diversity. Some colleges are very predictable. That will never be an issue at VCU!

    What to do for fun

    Get involved! Organizations are so much fun. We have a great time planning events and spreading our knowledge on a specific issue.

    Food and Dining

    We have so many options here on campus. I love the food variety. Shafer has the best college cafeteria food I have ever eaten.

    Dorm Life

    I will be living in a dorm this year. My friends absolutely loved it and living in an apartment can be very stressful. My future dorm is very nice and my room mates are really sweet.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here come from a great background of education! They are extremely intelligent and are GREAT at passing this information down to students. I truly believe we have the best professors here at VCU.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to VCU with an open mind! Be sure to study hard! The teachers are great, therefore, if you do the work you will gain more knowledge then you expected.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love VCU! It has amazing opportunities. The diversity helps many get used to different races, religions, and cultures.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantages of the unlimited college resources from free tutoring to free gym membership.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is an outstanding college because it is very strong in academics. It has unlimited resources for students. In addition, it is a college of diversity.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VCU Police are on every corner and they assist you with open arms.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for every student on campus. Whether it is academic or social.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Career center, Broad Street Festivals, Art festivals

    Bang for the buck

    VCU offers everything, and I believe that you get your money worth.

    What to do for fun

    VMFA (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) Nightlife scene is Shockoe Bottom.

    Food and Dining

    We have everything on campus and around campus.

    Dorm Life

    VCU dorm like is the best. It feels as if you are in your own apartment off of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    VCU challenges you to prove that you want to be apart of their great academic program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions if you do not know something. Go to the career center, they have endless opportunities.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a very diverse college. VCU shows their students that they care. VCU goes above and beyond for their students.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Living in an apartment was a good choice because I had my own kitchen to cook in versus eating at Shafer Dining Court, where the food is not the healthiest nor satisfying. Although the dining court is not that great, meal plans allow you to purchase food from other vendors such as Pizza Hut, Chick Fil A, Einstein Bagel, IHOP, etc.

    Dorm Life

    The great thing about VCU is that they don't require you to stay on campus as a first year and there are various housing accommodations that are within walking distance. Several of the dorms are older and not in the best condition but Brandt Hall is the most recent dorm building and is quite up to date and very clean in comparison to the other dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Majority of students don't take this university seriously and rank it one step up from community college. Even though the admission requirements may not be as competitive as other universities, the programs at VCU are academically quite rigorous, especially if you're a pre-health student. It may be easy to gain entrance into the school but it's not as easy to stay in as most people may think.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe at VCU, as long as you are aware of your surroundings.

    Bang for the buck

    In my opinion, the tuition for VCU is very affordable.

    What to do for fun

    I do everything for fun. Since I attended VCU I have been involved in so many different activities. I attended festivals, parades, homecomings, concerts, sport events and plenty more. VCU is basically close to anything. With the amazing bus service, students are able to go anywhere in the city of Richmond. Including restaurants, shopping places, and even dance clubs.

    Food and Dining

    VCU dining plans are the greatest idea anyone could have invented. The food at VCU is above spectacular. Great service and a wide variety of food choices every single day.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at VCU is amazing. Eash dorm on campus is different from the next. Wonderful setting, safely secure, and awesome activities almost every day.

    Academic Rigor

    VCU academic program is fantastic. Not only do VCU provide students with awesome professors, the academic rigor is far from difficult as long as you apply yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan ahead for everything, planning will keep you organized and up-to-date with just about anything. Also, check your email and blackboard daily.

    In three sentences

    VCU is the most incredible college any student would feel comfortable attending. VCU offers the most substantial courses, sports, activities, accommodation and plenty more. VCU is also a very diverse university when anyone is accepted.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    It's an all you can eat buffet. They have sushi there!!!!!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty, have small rooms, and tall buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    My friend says that it's hard to because you basically teach yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a bike.

    In three sentences

    VCU is the most laid back, diverse, and exciting college I have ever visited. Everyone looks different. Everyone always has something to do.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus will give you a ride to your dorm if your feeling unsafe.

    What to do for fun

    Many things to do in the city of Richmond

    Food and Dining

    Many different food choices, and almost all take the dining plan.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a nice size.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus during both the winter and spring.

    In three sentences

    Very fun, lively campus. Diverse population. Lots like lots of fun

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    As I said before, not great.

    Food and Dining

    The food was actually pretty decent. There wasn't much variety though, and the meals repeated a lot.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were actually very clean and the overall look of the city from the highest windows was very pretty during the nighttime.

    Academic Rigor

    Not good. I knew a girl that used to be a straight A student and was completely sweet and quiet. After attending, she constantly curses and is known for copying exams. Not a good academic program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Run.

    In three sentences

    I have been to the school and was not pleased with the safety of the school. People were stealing EVERYTHING, from bike tires on locked bike racks to attempting to steal drugs from a drug dealer. Not the safest campus.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you get a free bus pass from GRTC, you can travel to basically anywhere you want to in the Greater Richmond area. But if you don't want to do that, you can go visit Belle Isle, which is a lovely place to go to when it's warm outside. There are also a bunch of nightclubs that are open for 18+ which are a lot of fun as well! If that's not your type of thing, most people make their own fun in Monroe Park with frisbees or footballs or you can visit Cary Street Gym and play a game of basketball with your friends or get a good workout!!

    Food and Dining

    There are so many food choices on campus. If you want the traditional cafeteria experience, feel free to visit Shafer Dining Center. For other options there is Pizza Hut, Subway, Chick Fil A, and my personal favorite Nao & Zen. There is also an Ihop and Raising Cane's on campus! Can't forget about Croutons which is a salad and wrap restaurant that is also on campus! The food choices are endless!!

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are nicer than others. The dorm I stayed in was one of the older ones and having to share a bathroom with 50 other girls didn't sound too appealing to me. If you are lucky enough to get into Brandt Hall and have suites where you just share a bathroom with one other person, I would say hold on to that with everything you have! That is a complete luxury! I lived in a triple with two other girls I didn't know but it ended up turning out well because we became best friends in the end!! Living in a dorm with people you have never met before might actually be a good thing. It helped me become a more outgoing person.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say that the classes are difficult but they are not hard if you study and spend time in the library. Stay away from having a lot of social time. If you are a good judge when it comes to time management you might just be able to handle having a full course load and having time for your friends and fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have done your housing assignment early so that you have somewhere to live. Don't use your Dining Dollars on just Chili's! VCU is a school full of school spirit!! Be prepared to learn a lot about yourself and becoming independent and growing up.

    In three sentences

    VCU is full of life and diversity. VCU is accepting of everyone no matter what color, race, religion, or sexual orientation they are. I think it's an amazing school to meet more people who are just like you.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Shaffer is a heaven buffet

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are cleaned daily and are in great condition

    Academic Rigor

    Aside from amazing teachers, this school offers many tutoring programs at no cost.

    In three sentences

    I find VCU to be a great school for education and awareness of different cultures. This school is extremely diverse and gives you an appreciation for all cultures. The professors i have came across are all dedicated to their job.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The school offers a lot of free activities like movies block parties and has cheap concert tickets. And their are theaters everywhere around campus

    Food and Dining

    Talk about freshman 15 I had so many tasty food options I gained a lot of weight by the summer

    Dorm Life

    To be honest it is different for everyone

    Academic Rigor

    The academic is very rigorous, but they do put out the best doctors and engineers.

    Tips for prospective students

    The big classes are hard to get use to at first so private SI (it is like tutoring for a class) and the learning center will become your best friend when you are having a hard time in a big class

    In three sentences

    I love love love this school. I it is very diverse and the open campus make the school open for all kinds of life changing experiences needed in life. The school also has plenty of helpful resources so you can pass you classes, and they are all free.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Being honest, Richmond can be a rough city and it has a high crime rate, however our VCU police staff are excellent and they tend to stay on top of things. We have many safety mechanisms set up to keep our campus safe.

    Greek Life

    There's a sorority or fraternity for everyone as well, and our school does not condone hazing if you were worried.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally over 1000 clubs here, we have clubs for absolutely everything it will blow your mind. We even have a Quidditch club, you know from Harry Potter? Lol honestly, there's something here for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    If your the kind of person that can balance fun, and your work..no problem..then this is definitely the place for you! If your looking for a diverse, fast-paced, university then you've found the right one.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of my favorite traditions, is during Finals weeks each semester near the end of finals the entire student body shows up to The Compass to Scream their hearts out in order to release all the pent of stress of finals.

    Bang for the buck

    Its a little on the pricey side, however I definetly feel as if I'm recieving my money's worth!

    What to do for fun

    Their are huge perks when it comes to having a campus right in the heart of Richmond, where literally near everything!! The nightlife here is crazy! We also have hookah, movie theaters, malls, bowling, and a lot of other fun stuff to do. You won't even need to venture outside of campus though, we have activities on campus weekly. Your bound to always have a good time.

    Food and Dining

    The food at VCU is delish!! We have such a large array of choices from Chipotle to Thai cuisine. Not to mention with our campus being so outspread you'll never have to dine at the same place twice! We even have a Pizza Hut, Chik-fil-a, Subway, Ihop, Qdoba, Panera Bread and a canes located on campus!!

    Dorm Life

    I've met some of my best friends, from my past year living in a dorm. I was apprehensive at first, but it was sooo worth it. My dorm sisters, and brothers really made being away from home that much more comfortable. Don't get me wrong though, dorm life does have some cons but the pros definitely out weigh them.

    Academic Rigor

    To stay on top of your course work it takes a great deal studying, and the occasional overnight-er. The work is not easy, however, you'll feel so elated when you received the grade you wanted due to your hard work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Brace yourselves, if your from a small place like me, it'll be an initial shock. But the campus is created to get you to mingle and meet different folk outside of your vigorous studying time.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a fast paced, artsy, fun, vigorous university. It's extremely diverse, from the people to the food. You'll receive a quality education, and a new outlook on life.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Cop/DJ 5-0 is so cool

    Greek Life

    Dunnno?

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything you could imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    Hipsters, Partiers, Artists, Engineers. Everyone else.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The compass, stand in the middle and clab ... it squeaks.

    Bang for the buck

    The Bangest

    What to do for fun

    Everything, Richmond is awesome

    Food and Dining

    Shafer is awesome, all of Johnny Giavos' restaurants are sweet, and there are plenty of options for struggling college students.

    Dorm Life

    Nice, just wish they had carpeted floors.

    In three sentences

    Awesome. Fun. Educational.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not too safe to go around at night. There are much criminal

    Clubs and Activities

    Many kinds of clubs

    What to do for fun

    Take a walk outside and enjoy the atmosphere of urban life.

    Food and Dining

    There are many kinds of food and diversity in the cultural food.

    Dorm Life

    Too much crime around the neighbor

    Academic Rigor

    Teacher are too easy on students

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to school and learn. Do not spend your time around the cities. It is not good.

    In three sentences

    Good school, but there are too much entertainment here

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything in carytown is a fun experience. Especially going to catch a movie at the Byrd Theater.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus! It will make the year more enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a very diverse school so it makes it more comfortable to talk and meet other students. That atmosphere and environment is comfortable and enjoyable.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have the VCU escort service which pick you up at night if you don't want to walk home. He also have a pretty active campus police system.

    Greek Life

    I was not involve in Greek life but you can learn about it here: http://www.usca.vcu.edu/student_involvement/greek_life.html

    Clubs and Activities

    According to http://vcu.collegiatelink.net/organizations VCU has over 500 organizations. VCU is very community oriented so there is always something going on.

    Great for these types of students

    Arts students, Medical students, Social work students, Criminal Justice students, Mass communication Students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Belle Isle!!!! It's a nice area by the river where most go to chill out when the weather is nice or Hot!! :)

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely Bang for your buck especially during basketball season! ;)

    What to do for fun

    Chill out with friends, go to events and meet new people! Also since the University is in the Heart of Richmond, there are many shows that come to theaters around the area. Overall, if you need something to do, you can find it with ease!

    Food and Dining

    VCU has many fine dining facilities around campus. The central dining hall is Shafer Dining Hall, but there is also Jonah's Dining hall on the MCV campus (which most say is has better quality food than shafer) and other dining areas like Wendy's, Ihop, Canes, Croutons and Einstein bagel.

    Dorm Life

    We don't have really fancy dorms but VCU's dorm are pretty comfortable. I lived on the MCV campus and honest I enjoyed the dorm and those I lived with.

    Academic Rigor

    I have only gone through my first year and to be honest, it was not that hard. The only thing I think that withheld me was the transition from High school work to College work, but once you have the mindset for college work, you are good to go.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are considering a college in Virginia, VCU should be definitely on the top of your list. No matter what major you are going into, VCU has a lot to offer! People planning on going into the medical school or school of Arts should really consider coming here as VCU is a top competitor in those areas.

    In three sentences

    VCU is one of the best public colleges in Virginia. I believe that it is a great mixture of a social and an academic atmosphere. If you are considering a college in Virginia, VCU should be definitely on the top of your list

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police are on patrol 24/7 and on-call

    Greek Life

    There is a soro or frat for everyone who is interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a horizon full of different clubs. For example, pancake club

    What to do for fun

    When the weather is up to par the students head down to the James River and enjoy the sun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great.

    Dorm Life

    Some are old and have minimal problems.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to stay on top of things.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University typically known to be diverse and in fact it upholds to this standard. I am very satisfied with the city lifestyle and atmosphere being that I am from a suburban area. What else is a plus is having so many food options.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus life is more fun when you get out of the dorms (at least it was for me). You don't have to be around anyone you don't want to be around. The city always has this upbeat and lively feeling, even when it rains. Richmond has great local eats everywhere, so you'll never go without good food (but Richmond is a little pricy when it comes to food and groceries). Everything is within walking distance or just a bus ride away (by the way, bus passes are free for students). Even though its in a city, the campus is pretty safe and their are always cops around (good and bad news), just don't go walking around by yourself at 2:00am in the morning. When it comes to safety at VCU, just use common sense. VCU also has an escort service that drives you around like a free taxi that starts up at 6:00pm (they cam be really slow sometimes though). VCU's campus is just an energetic and charismatic place to be with and I can't help but love where I'm in right now.

    Greek Life

    I don't really know anything about greek life. I'm not a sorority girl. But I hear you should definitely do your research before joining a frat or a sorority. Some are more fun to be in than others and some of the sororities can be catty and drama filled. But I'm pretty sure most are more fun than frustrating.

    Clubs and Activities

    VCU has a great dance team, but they have a rigorous tryout (I'd like to say I made it, but then I'd be a liar). Their are a ton of clubs available to student. Their is a salsa dancing club (and a salsa dancing class at the Cray Street Gym). They have alot of martial arts clubs like capoeira classes at the gym (its a brazilian martial arts, but they also have tai chi and judo). If you like fashion, their is an annual RAW fashion show hosted by the VCU fashion department (of which I am a proud student of). They have activities going on in Monroe Park all the time and in the Student Commons I know they have pool (its fun to go and play with friends). You don't really go too long without something to do, unless it is near exam week (The campus is like a ghost town near exam week because everybody is in their rooms studying).

    Great for these types of students

    If your an art student go. If your an engineering student go. If you want to become a nurse some day, definitely go (they have an amazing nursing program). If your fun, wacky, and just plain awesome, go. If you like the city go. If your a closed minded bigot, go somewhere else.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When I go clubing, I love to go to the hat factory. They have an event a certain day of the month called brain drain where DJ's come in from around the country and spin a few records. Its tasty. Rumors is a great thrift shop, especially for a college budget. Whenever I have som extra cash to spend (which is rare) I'll go to rumors boutique (it's on Broad street) and pick out a few clothes I like (you can get 5 articles of clothing for around $15 and the owner is really nice).

    Bang for the buck

    I think you get a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to VCU's art school. The art institution is ridiculously overpriced and, to be honest, I don't think their programs are as good as VCU's. At VCU, you get more for less, plus you have the added benefit of clubs, sports teams, city life, campus activities (the institute doesn't have any of that stuff). Plus, I like the people here. They're not snobby or act like they know it all (at least not the sophomores and up, you might get some of that attitude from the freshman, but they'll grow out of it)

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do in Richmond. Every first friday of the month, me and my art friends like to go down east for first friday which is an art gallery showing of local artist exhibits. Of course their are tons of parties every weekend (they get busted pretty quickly though, so just get out of their around 1:00am). The school itself host a couple of functions a year, like the annual cultural festival in Monroe Park. Speaking of parks, I love to go to Maymont Park. They have gorgeous flowers everywhere, a petting zoo, a greek and japanese garden (my two favorite places), and a lot of other fun stuff. I usually hear about things through word of mouth, but their are always flyers everywhere advertising a music festival or some party at a club.

    Food and Dining

    Shafer court isn't half bad at all. Their food is pretty good, especially their chilly (they made it just the way I like it). It can be pretty gross sometimes though. I see flies buzzing around the dessert counter all the time and I've heard plenty of horror stories of giant cockroaches roaming around the cafeteria floor. And at the end of freshman year, when you've been eating Shafer for three weeks in a row, you get so sick of the same menu week after week. But that's more of a with time thing. The food court's menu is pretty tasty, although they could use more healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms where the only thing that I did not like about VCU. It wasn't that they were inadequate or dirty (Brandt by the way,in my opinion, is the best dorm that will give you more bang for your buck) it was just that, by the end of the year, I grew sick of the immaturity of the people that I was forced to live around because they were still stuck in that high school mind set. I especially hated walking across the patios every day and having to hear the whispered snickers of some snobby freshman brat. But after freshman year, people chill out and it is soooooo much more fun to hang out with my fellow college peers because they aren't so self conscious or immature.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at VCU challenge you intellectually. It is not an education system based on how many insignificant and seemingly random facts you can memorize, bubble in on a test sheet, and then forget about two weeks later. The professors make you think and develop on what matters to you and challenge you to expand on your ideas so that when you graduate college your self-made ideas can stand on their own and they have more solidity because they are values and philosophies that you really believe in and have come to understand.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come to VCU with a closed, one track mind. Open up to people and let them see who the real you is. When you attend VCU, you will meet so many people from different walks of life, you can't help but be enlightened and. Your previous philosophies, interpretations, and pre-concieved notions will be shattered as you meet and experience the exciting, new personalities that you can't help but fall in love with . . . Oh, and don't go out at night by yourself, especially through Monroe Park (sorry for the randomness)

    In three sentences

    This is the best college in the entire state of Virginia. There is so much diversity and the Richmond area always has something fun going on. It also has an amazing art program (of which I am currently enrolled) that is affordable and hires actual professionals who know what their doing and challenge you to do and be more than you ever thought possible

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It seems like a lot of crimes has been happening lately, specifically robberies on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who really want to learn and meet different types of people.

    What to do for fun

    Attending a VCU's men basketball game, hanging with some friends, or working out at the gym is enough fun for me. A lot of students hit the club on thursdays and on the weekend though.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great around campus but watch it... you may find yourself weighing 10-20pounds more at the end of the school year.

    Dorm Life

    Your roommate could be the worst or best friend at times. Choose wisely.

    Academic Rigor

    Receiving an A in 3 or 4 credit classes is hard at VCU but not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on attending VCU you need to balance your schedule wisely and not party or eat too much. A lot of students mess up because downtown Richmond has most of the clubs and restaurants on about every street.

    In three sentences

    VCU classes are hard to get an A in. The (Monroe) campus food and gym are one of the best in the state. There are a lot of students from different countries.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You live in the city. You have to be smart! However, VCU escort isn't the best to rely on.

    Greek Life

    I'm not into Greek Life so I have no input here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The stress relievers were a lot of fun! Right before exams the university puts together fun ways to relieve stress. My favorite was the Water ExScream event in the spring!

    Dorm Life

    I didn't enjoy living with the obnoxious other freshman who couldn't handle living away from their parents. Other than that the dorm life wasn't bad at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take time before classes start to find the classrooms, nothing feels worse than sitting in the wrong class.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is a diverse school. Many students attend this school, so you will always see new faces! VCU is in the middle of the city so you'll never be bored with things to do around/near campus!

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is in the middle of a city, but it is not terribly dangerous if you are cautious and take certain precaustions. The VCU Police Dept and the Health and Wellness Center both make sure to do a bunch of education and outreach at the beginning of every semester to help students navigate city life. There's also a free security escort service to make sure no student has to walk outside at night if they feel uncomfortable in the area.

    Greek Life

    Because this is such a large school, Greek life can be as big as you want it to be, depending on the crowd you roll with. I know many members of sororities and fraternities who absolutely love it, but as a non-Greek student the culture is not overwhelming.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities are the best way to make friends at college! And VCU hosts a huge club fair at the start of every semester. There is a huge assortment of clubs and societies here, ranging from professional, to activism, to just social societies. There are also a lot of peculiar ones, like the pancake eating club and also a thriving quidditch team. It is easy to start a club as well, if you can find a few similar-minded friends. There is no football team, but our basketball team is superb and we have many club sports available as well. Additionally, there is a great Outdoor Adventure Program with super cheap equipment rentals for any kind of outdoorsy activity. VCU has a large, very new gym with a saltwater swimming pool, water-slide, rock climbing wall, and practically anything you could imagine. If nothing on-campus strikes you, there is always plenty to do and explore in the city of Richmond.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for almost anyone! The university is exciting and large, but still manages to feel very small-town, if you start to get involved on campus. It can feel overwhelming at first, but this school is great for those with ambition and drive, who want to surround themselves with a totally diverse community of academics and artists.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As an urban school with a large art program, VCU is predictably a little bit weird. There's great art everywhere and the surrounding cafes and restaurants are absolutely charming. One popular location that's not on campus but a tradition nonetheless is Belle Isle, and island in the middle of the James River that is walking distance from campus. A huge hangout, especially in the warmer months as Richmonders love to swim in the James and scramble on the rocks.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is one of the most affordable institutions in Virginia, yet it is still a top-notch research institution! Living expenses in Richmond are also very reasonable for off-campus students.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs and activities during the day can keep one occupied. Also, the gym has a bunch of things to try out. How about some rock-climibing or racquetball between classes? Nightlife in Richmond is great as well, with places for students over 18 to dance and relax.

    Food and Dining

    There is really only one dining hall on campus, and that is Shafer. It's a huge complex with a giant selection, and great vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free fares. However, it can get a little repetitive. There are also a number of restaurants on campus that take 'dining dollars' and, sometimes, meal swipes.

    Dorm Life

    Because most students live off campus in the surrounding neighborhoods, most students only stay in the dorms for Freshman year. Dorm life really depends on which building you live in, the roommate luck-of-the-draw, and how social you are. It can be totally fun or totally isolating. Be sure to join some clubs.

    Academic Rigor

    VCU can be extremely challenging if you want it to be. The Honors College has some of the most rigorous, and rewarding, classes available. If you can keep above a 3.5 GPA, absolutely consider joining.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice is to be sure to keep close to your advisor, and get to know your professors. This is a large school and so it is easy to 'just get by,' but to really make your time spent here worth it, it is important to make connections and learn outside of the classroom as well.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is a very large, very diverse institution in the heart of Richmond. In fact, Richmond pretty much is VCU. It is most famous for it's superb medical college and high-ranking art program.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can go to the movies, the mall, parties, etc. There are a lot of things to do in Richmond besides staying on campus and in your room!

    Food and Dining

    You really have to watch what you eat. We have great selection and different places around campus but you must remember to watch your carb intake and go to the gym as well!

    Dorm Life

    It depends on where you live. But wherever that may be make the most of it and try to keep a positive attitude. You many not always live with the nicest or cleanest people, but try to do your part and what you can.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to stay on top of your work. It is not like High School Once you get to college you will develop a new style of studying. Be prepared!

    Tips for prospective students

    Stays focused and try not to get distracted (which is easy for anyone at any school). Watch what you eat because those pounds will sneak up on you. Budget your money wisely. And remember to stay true to yourself and your beliefs. STUDY HARD! It pays off.

    In three sentences

    With the student body being big you have a great opportunity to meet other students from different countries and ethnicities. There are a lot of student programs that can help you with what you need. The faculty and staff are also very helpful.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Artist types of scientific types, so many in between.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The tradition of the basketball team has the campus life on fire, especially during tournament season.

    Bang for the buck

    Not expensive in the least, for a college that is.

    In three sentences

    Great life, especially with getting the students involved during welcome week, something i am very looking forward to.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VCU does have crime and it is always best to carry pepper sprays. However, VCU police does a great job for students to feel safe at night time if students have night classes.

    Greek Life

    VCU has a lot of great sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    VCU offers many clubs and activities for students to take part in. Check out myorgs for all the organizations VCU has.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love diversity will love VCU. Also, students looking forward to get accepted to nursing programs or medical programs will definitely benefit if they have gotten accepted.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is a great college for those who like diversity and is considering to go into the healthcare field! Also, if you love the city life, you will love this college.

    What to do for fun

    VCU offers so many organizations students can get involved in. Students should checkout myorgs for all the ways they can get involved!

    Food and Dining

    Food is great but it is easy to get bored of the food offered at the food court.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was great! Participate on floor activities and just be yourself!

    Academic Rigor

    VCU has great professors and great programs to help students who are struggling.

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip is to be yourself. Always look for organizations to get involved. Study well and have fun at the same time.

    In three sentences

    This university has such a great variety of students. The professors are also great and helpful. The environment is very positive and uplifting.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Because of the urban campus setting of Virginia Commonwealth University there is a lot of VCU Police and security. VCU offers their own escort service, Police call boxes on most blocks, along with locked entry to all the dorms. Theres also alert text messages that are sent to you in any kind of emergency.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't as big on VCU's campus compared to other campuses but theres definitely still a lot. With 39 different Greek chapters of the sororities and fraternities there's sure to be one that best fits you!

    Clubs and Activities

    VCU has more than 400 clubs and organizations one campus from sports, to Larping. There is even a Quidditch club for Harry Potter Fans and a Pancake Eating club for those who would like to gather and eat breakfast.

    Great for these types of students

    I think VCU is great for pretty much all students because of the variety of things to do. The one down fall would be the location being in the city which most of the students seem to enjoy. If you're not a city person, VCU might not be the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ram Madness is a tradition to start of Men and Women's Baksetball. Fall fest is held during family weekend at VCU and is usually filled with free concerts and family activities. There are also First Fridays Art Walks held in Richmond close to campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Because of college being so expensive Virginia Commonwealth University is always offering free activities throughout the campus. The university being set in a city offers many more things to do off of campus and the bus system provides a free way of getting to them. The university also offers studies that you can participate in to earn some extra money while at school.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is often holding free concerts in Monroe Park and even between classes outside of The Commons. In the spring they usually have a water festival set up before finals, and there's plenty of things to do close to campus. The national is a venue just down Broad Street that has plenty of music artists playing all the time. Carytown is also very close to VCU and offers two dollar movies at The Byrd Theatre and homemade ice cream across the street at Bev'.

    Food and Dining

    There are many dining options at Virginia Commonwealth University outside of the dining halls and even many more at the MCV campus. The commons and other places around campus offer swipes and dining dollars at Pizza Hut, Chikfila, Subway, Quiznos, Extreme Pizza, Chipotle, Panera Bread, Tropical Smoothie,Canes, Croutons, IHOP and many more.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm Life at VCU is just about the same as anywhere else, they're constantly building more and more to keep up with the rising enrollment at the university. The new dorms are even being built with classrooms below them to make it even more convenient for the students.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically I think that Virginia Commonwealth University is doing a great job. The class sizes are a lot bigger but that just takes some getting use to. The university is the only one that offers a class for incoming freshman called Focused Inquiry to help with the college transfer. This is one of the best classes I have ever taken. It helps you with your writing and study habits while also learning things such as synthesizing.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're considering to become a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, I suggest that you take a tour. The campus is right in the middle of Richmond City so it might not be for everyone. Biking and walking is usually preferred because of all the traffic in the city.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University currently has over 32,000 students enrolled and is one of the largest universities in Richmond, Virginia. The campus life is very diverse and has a little something for everyone. Although the university lacks a football team, don't let that discourage you, the students are crazy about the VCU Basketball team!

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    People get robbed weekly. The projects are five miles away.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is lacking. There are no frat houses or sorority houses as the price of real estate is outrageous and the space is minimal.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 500 clubs and extracurricular activities exist on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Hipsters, art students, thinkers, urban dwellers, adventurous people. It is not for conservative republicans. You will not fit in with many people and you probably won't enjoy your stay.

    What to do for fun

    There is a river a mile from campus that during the summer and early fall semester is fun to swim at. We have an amazing gym that includes a rock climbing wall and pool.

    Food and Dining

    There is a plethora of dining opportunities on campus and within walking distance of campus. It is in the heart of the city. You have fast food, chain restaurants and fine dining establishments all within a few miles of each other.

    Dorm Life

    I've never lived in the dorms, but everyone I know loved it.

    Academic Rigor

    You get what you take out of your classes. The testing format is pretty consistent across the university where you have 3 to 4 tests and then a final. You might have some papers, but that is rare. The tests are pretty easy, but all of the faculty are extremely knowledgeable in their given departments.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is liberal arts college and a significant majority of students and professors are politically liberal. Prepare to approach life from a different perspective after going here. Attending this university will change your whole outlook on life and how you view it.

    In three sentences

    I had the opportunity to attend UVA and Virginia Tech, but made the decision to come here and is was the best decision I've ever made. You will learn so much as this has got to be one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse universities in the nation. It is the number one art school in the country which unique kooky characters from around the globe, I love it.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who love a community full of diversity and respect of all types of people. Students who are interested in Art, Pre-Health, Engineering, and Business

    What to do for fun

    Since VCU is right in the heart of Richmond there is so many opportunities and events going on every day. Emails are sent everyday discussing events happening that day on campus. Going to the Men's and Women's Basketball Games are a MUST!! Carytown has lots of boutiques and restaurants. There is always something going on, that it is pretty hard to get bored

    Food and Dining

    The main dining area is Shafer Court. Shafer has okay food, but I wouldn't suggest going every day. While Shafer isn't the greatest, the other places to get food makes up for the cafeteria. Options such as Subway, Pizza Hut, Bleecker St., Canes, Croutons and Wraps, and Starbucks where you can use dining dollars and swipes from a meal plan

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is decent overall. The experience might be if you get the suite style dorms since they are the newer dorms and you don't have communal bathrooms. Most of the RAs are pretty nice and decent.

    Academic Rigor

    VCU does have a pretty rigorous academics but it is manageable with lots of resources if help is needed. Time management and taking advantage of all of VCU's resources is the key to success.

    Tips for prospective students

    A visit to the college is a must since it is a university right in the middle of the city. It gives you a chance to see if the type of atmosphere VCU has is the right for you.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love VCU. The school is so diverse in every aspect of the word and the university has a huge sense of unity among its students and faculty.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety at VCU is great. You have the option to get emails and even text messages straight to your phone if anything is to go wrong. They also have this great campus alarm that is tested once a month and is sounded every time a major safety issue arrises. This school is on point with their safety.

    Greek Life

    I wasn't involved in Greek Life, but a few of my friends were and they said that they loved it. Of course you stay true to your brothers and sisters, but I've heard that theres no bad blood between houses and such and everyone interacts well with one another. Also, Greek Life is very accepting. I had a few gay friends in Frats, and they very very open.

    Clubs and Activities

    The diversity of clubs and activities is great. Theres pretty much one for every person and if there isn't one that suits your interest you have the option to make your own and take it up with the council for approval!

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students, of course!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the student Commons/Compass there are usually plenty of protests and displays going on for all students to participate and view. Also, no unusual, but Welcome Week is loads of fun with plenty to do and is offered to all student coming back to school in the fall.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is highly affordable, and the best part is that the education is spot on. Your getting what you pay for, and you're not overpaying at all. Especially if you're a Virginia Resident.

    What to do for fun

    A little way away from campus theres Cary Town which has local vintage shops, restaurants, salons, and even high end stores and boutiques. There's also Shockoe Bottom, Church Hill, Hollywood Cemetery, and the James River! On campus there's plenty of places to eat and to go, plenty of clubs surrounding campus, plus free wireless anywhere there is a school owned building.

    Food and Dining

    There is such a variety of places to eat from vegetarian to meat lovers. Theres fine dining all over the city, as well as fast-food and local cafes. And if all else fails, theres the famous Shafer Court at the VCU commons! You'll rarely get bored with food options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are okay. There's a variety of places to live, and even some brand new dorms built fresh last year for up and coming students. The prices range and the leases do as well. If you can afford living off campus I recommend it, because that's my current living situation and I love it.

    Academic Rigor

    If you don't try, don't expect a good grade. The level of demand from classes is good, because it keeps you on your toes and requires you to do the work if you want to pass. I like that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come to school to party, come to school to learn. If you have time management down pat, you'll prosper and succeed in school. VCU is a very welcome, very safe, and fun place to be! Anyone is sure to find their place here.

    In three sentences

    The location of campus is perfect seeing as it's in the spread out in the middle of downtown. The diversity makes the schooling experience a lot of fun an easy to get used to. And the plus side is that there's always something to do and new people to meet.

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I'm not lying when I say there are hundreds of clubs that you can get involved in. Not to mention there are also places outside of campus that you can volunteer at, such as the Science Museum of Virginia.

    Great for these types of students

    Theres a lot of talented art students, and by the looks of there work as I walk by them, the Art Program is amazing.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU offers a lot to its students, they also give out a lot of free things but you have to be aware and go to the events that go on. However, as an out of state student, I am paying more and to be honest, it is a struggle. In state students also are struggling to.

    What to do for fun

    There's plenty to do for fun. As a student you receive a free bus pass and can get transportation to the local mall, shopping centers, and restaurants. On campus there's much to do as well. VCU has amazing athletes, you could go enjoy a basket ball game or a soccer game. Our gym is beautiful, you could go work out. There's a club located right next to two of the resident halls, you could even go partying at night.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat around and on campus. Like many other universities, VCU has dining plans. As a freshman you must pay for a more expensive plan which includes about 200 swipes and I think $300 dining dollars. Pretty much, you will never be hungry.

    Dorm Life

    VCU keeps growing yearly. Just this year alone they built about three new buildings, two being residence halls. Though freshman year, the dorms may be a little old and there not be a lot of space; the next year you can live in various other places.

    Academic Rigor

    VCU has a great staff. They have made it so easy to get help. There is a Writing Center that helps students with their academic papers. We have tutors for every subject. Freshman and Transfer students have to take a class which there counselor teaches. It helps the students learn about VCU and it helps them develop a relationship with their counselor. Though I did not like the class at first, I realized how much it really helped. I was not afraid to go to my counselor and I could go to her for anything. She helped me when some of the classes I need were full. She generally made my first year easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused do not let the excitement of college distract you from the reason why you are in college or even why you got accepted. Remember that excessive partying will get you nowhere. Better yourself by studying and getting involved in clubs. Stay positive, be determined, do the best that you can, get help when you need it, and have a little bit of fun on the side.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a very diverse university. It keeps growing every year and there's plenty to get into. Not to mention, all the staff are very willing to help and make it extremely easy to contact them.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The VCU police are amazing but traveling dark allies at night is taboo.

    Greek Life

    Greek life does not dominate but it is a big part of campus life for some.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a plethora of clubs and activities on and around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    primarily VCU is great for extroverted independent students, who are not afraid to take charge of their life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is nothing that could be considered unusual in a city known as the melting pot.

    Bang for the buck

    I certainly wish it was cheaper, but VCU's tuition rates are lower than most colleges.

    What to do for fun

    There is much to do from shopping, eating with friends, movie and music theaters, bars, and the infamous bell isle.

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of places on and around campus for students. The food is amazing here.

    Dorm Life

    The variety of dorms around campus from oldest to the newest depends on a students dorm allocated to them. overall the dorm life is a huge part of acclimating oneself to the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of VCU can be more strenuous for students who are obligated to work/or have a job, and those with a disability such as epilepsy will have to work a lot harder to keep up with the rest of the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Decide on your major early. If you study hard and and learn to prioritize your life college should be easy.

    In three sentences

    VCU operates like a large nation state. it feels to be completely seperate from the rest of Richmond. The university is a melting pot full of diversity.

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VCU has its own police force, but be careful at night as nighttime robberies are not uncommon in the area.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous activities and clubs on campus, so one can probably find something to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Nursing/Med students science majors students who live nearby

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VCU does not have a football team for some reason, thus there's a joke on campus that the team is undefeated. However, we have a fantastic basketball team and a dedicated fanbase known as the Rowdy Rams.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is on par with many other schools, but it's possible to get a scholarship or other financial aid to offset costs.

    What to do for fun

    There is a room in the commons where you can play pool, board games and arcade games; they also have a Wii and a Xbox 360 there. There's a lot of sport teams and clubs on campus.

    Food and Dining

    VCU has a large number of locations and options in its dining program, including vegetarian options. There are also plenty of other restaurants on and off-campus.

    Dorm Life

    I commute to college, so I haven't actually been in a dorm and thus don't know much about dorm life. However, if you live in one, you are required to buy a dining plan.

    Academic Rigor

    Most courses aren't incredibly difficult, but you still have to put effort into your coursework. A few classes are writing intensive as well, so be prepared for that. If you maintain at least a 3.5 GPA, you can apply for the Honors College which has its perks as well as unique, more hands-on classes. If you get stuck, they have SI sessions and tutoring available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school and take the SAT and/or ACT. Make sure you apply early. Also, you should apply for VCU's scholarships and file your FAFSA; you never know what may happen, as I got a scholarship covering my tuition in full.

    In three sentences

    VCU is not perfect, but it is still a great school. There's plenty to do on campus and in the surrounding area. The classes are interesting, and the professors are great for the most part.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities that a done within in the VCU community. You just have to find ones that interest you!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any student! Students who want to commute, who want to live on campus, who want to move out but not into a dorm! Medical students to, international studies students, to education majors!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VCU has very diverse school population, and because of that there are many days designated to a particular country for one or two days. During these days they have food, music and culture from these countries that allows students to experience it.

    Food and Dining

    I also have yet to experience the food and dining services that are offered through VCU. But there are PLENTY of food and dining places throughout the city of Richmond. Being in such a populated area gives a lot of opportunity for trying new cuisine.

    Dorm Life

    I have not experienced the dorm life at VCU. I am a commuter student, I live about thirty minutes away from the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that the academic work at Virginia Commonwealth University meets the same standards as most four year colleges. But I do know that VCU is a difficult school to get A's at, because of the grade inflation, that does not exist. But that should not stop one, it it possible!

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    It's a city, so there is more crime that goes on, but the campus stays on top of it and has a great procedure in place for notifying students of any incidents or safety concerns.

    Bang for the buck

    This school provides a top notch education at a standard public school price.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved!!

    Food and Dining

    The food is on par with other colleges.

    Dorm Life

    My friends have stayed in the dorms -- it was a change to be living alone in the city, but they all adjusted and enjoyed living there.

    Academic Rigor

    VCU is very academically rigorous! A top school!

    Tips for prospective students

    In terms of the application process, be sure to follow the instructions. For the essay questions, there is a link to more information -- check out the more information in order to see what they really want in your answers.

    In three sentences

    VCU provides a competitive, competent, and strong education to its students. The faculty provide useful resources, feedback, and academic information. VCU it a top rated university, and rightfully so. I am proud to be a student at VCU!

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are the most police at VCU than any other campus in the state. There are also about 200 telephones attached to walls that are for emergencies. They also have an escort car that will drive you anywhere on campus if you decide not to walk home. I would say the campus is very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    At VCU there are about 500 clubs to join. If you can not find a club that you want to join, you could also decide to start one.

    Great for these types of students

    I would say that VCU is a great school for medical, and art students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As a freshman at orientation, you have to go in front of the cafeteria and touch the horns and make a wish.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is expensive and they have added a lot of fees this year. I would say that VCU's bang for the buck is average.

    What to do for fun

    I like to go to the gym and stay fit. At the gym they have a pool, a rock climbing wall, basketball courts, a track, and equipment to work out.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining in the cafeteria are average for having to cook for 32,000 people, although I would say to go to Canes because they have wonderful food there.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms can be a little cramped with the little storage space it supplies. The rooms are plain, which allows you to bring plenty of stuff to personalize it. Also Brandt has sweet style rooms so you only share a bathroom with 3 people rather than a whole floor.

    Academic Rigor

    VCU has wonderful academic programs. They also help you keep on track for your school year and major you want to purse.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend going to a early orientation so you can be put into all the classes you need for your freshman year.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is an extremely great school for many people all different types of majors. VCU tries to go above and beyond the expectations of the students dealing with activities and ways to get connected with the school. VCU also has plenty of places to go, and things to do to be busy and stay social.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Things to do for fun around campus would be going to games and just enjoying the friends you do make.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is another thing I didn't experience at school because I always drove back home, but the food I did get from school wasn't bad at all.

    Dorm Life

    I can't really say how dorm life is here because I didn't stay on campus, but it must have been fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes and school work isn't that bad, but if you procrastinate that is when things can become overwhelming. The teachers I have had so far were all nice. The work for the most part was easy just don't get lazy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be on time to classes and make sure you are prepared. I know it is said many times that college is not like high school, but it really isn't. Another thing to remember is to get involved. Your time at this school will be much more fun if you are involved around school.

    In three sentences

    I think VCU is a good school to go to. There are a lot of things to do around campus and there are people there willing to help you when you need help. If you like being around people this is the school for you.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't walk around at night by yourself, ever.

    Greek Life

    Not too big/popular on campus, but they like to think they are.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm President of the Men's Volleyball Club Team at VCU. Come try out if you're interested! There's a bunch of clubs, just go to VCU's website and check out their page.

    What to do for fun

    Definitely go to the river, there's a bunch of clubs to join depending on your interests, make some day trips to the beach, and go to Maymont.

    Food and Dining

    Shafer is nice, but it gets old after a while. A bunch of good restaurants in Cary town or Downtown so if you have transportation then you have a good variety.

    Dorm Life

    Didn't actually live in the dorms, but from what my friends tell me it was fun and they were able to meet a lot of new people and make some good connections and friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Your major will determine the amount of coursework you have. Anything in Bio or Chem or Engineering will be very course heavy and hard, but if you like it you'll make it work.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't know anyone, definitely live in the dorms the first and maybe second year.

    In three sentences

    Diverse, yet segregated. Watch out for hipsters. Learn to like PBR.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There's soooooooo many clubs on-campus! And there's a bunch of gyms with a lot of exercise opportunities, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Urban, city lovers

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, parties, etc...

    Food and Dining

    Fantastic, tasty, different and there's TVs in the dining halls :-)

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't know, I transferred here...

    Academic Rigor

    You'll definitely earn your degree so be prepared to work hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up! Make sure you're vaccinated! Start the application process early! Take a tour around the campus to get better acquainted with the locations of all the buildings!

    In three sentences

    It's a great university for people who like living in the city. It's a great university for people who want to go to a school that prides itself on diversity. It's a great university for people who want a plethora of options for a major and a minor or a double major and multiple minors.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You here about stuff happening here and there but if you move in a group and dont get caught at night, your gonna be fine. Its not as bad as people make it seem.

    Greek Life

    Not the best. The don't have there own buildings so there isn't much of a benefit aside from getting to know people and parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much to do here you wont ever get bored or catch yourself just hanging out, unless you want to of course.

    Great for these types of students

    Its a diverse campus due to not just the different kind of people but the location. Its great for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you pay close attention, on the compass-a location on VCU- stand directly in the center of i and you can hear a whistling sound.

    Bang for the buck

    Sometimes it feels like your over paying a lot for a dorm room but its nice to be able to relax between classes when your not in the library.

    What to do for fun

    Play a sport. Rock Climb. Go clubbing in shockoe bottom or college parties.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good. You rarely have to wait in a line.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are usually a decent sized room. Brandt gets a bit noisy, its like a metal box. you hear things from one end to the other.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what major your in, the academic rigor will be harder. For engineering it is very difficult but expect to have some very easy classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get a bed comforter, beds are not firm. Also don't forget the simple stuff like bed sheets and pillows. Walk around in groups.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a great campus that is known for its diversity. Its in the city so it is close to many stores. You can never run out of things to do

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VCU is a city afterall, and VCU has a great escort system at night though it runs slow. There are many commuters and people with cars, so there are many options of staying safe at all times. The police does well in patrolling the areas everywhere.

    Greek Life

    There are so many greek groups! You can never miss them on the street.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a gorgeous amount of activities students can join. The amount continues to grow as students create more clubs for the greater interest.

    Great for these types of students

    There are many work study jobs available on campus! The living conditions are highly variable and is a good option for those who do not like dorming.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many festivities that happen on campus like marathons or musicals.

    Bang for the buck

    As for an in-state payer, I would agree that it is affordable, and it is worth going to VCU considering all the resources and majors to choose from.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of groups and organizations that are socially entertaining. There is a dancing community called Blank Canvas for dancers. There are many other fellowships on campus for religious and non-religious types who want to make friends.

    Food and Dining

    The shaffer court could do better with their dining options. There seems to be more fattening foods rather than healthy options. Their healthy options are also less open to the students than the other foods are.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many people at Virginia Commonwealth University that it is never quiet until you fall asleep. There has been terrible control of keeping men out of the women's bathroom, and I hope this issue is taken more seriously.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes all differ in diffuclty. The professors seem to have very favorable personalities, but there are those who are more serious on the matter. Depending on the professor, most classes can be ranging from easy to difficult, but even the easy classes are easy only if you study.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is always wise to be organized with schedules, meetings and work. Sleep is needed to perform better in school and in work. There is always time to hang out with friends, but there is always seem to be less time to study for a one-time test, so I recommend studying first before hanging out.

    In three sentences

    There is enough resource to go around for a whole variety of people. The faculty and professors are worthy intellects ready to teach any type of student. The facilities are being highly noted every year as the improvements continue.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    Available.

    Great for these types of students

    Art students.

    Bang for the buck

    A little pricey for my budget but advisors are willing to work with you. Great resources though and solid area to find work.

    What to do for fun

    Concerts, movies, parties, school wide events, thrift store shopping, social gatherings, rock climbing, indoor dodgeball, swimming, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to diversity. Stay focused because you can get sidetracked by all the fun. Be yourself.

    In three sentences

    Very Diverse. Extremely helpful staff. Amazing campus.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do ? Even going to the library is fun

    Food and Dining

    Wonderful food choices! Other colleges are not as lucky as VCU

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. You will not have fun if you stay inside your dorm.

    In three sentences

    Very diverse. Great school! You'll meet a lot of wonderful people.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is where the school really shines. Being in the middle of a city, we're exposed to much more potential threats to the campus. The University does everything it can to keep it's students safe. The campus police are constantly, yet unobtrusively patrolling the campus, and there's several options to transportation late at night. the Shuttles have a pretty nice radius outside of campus to come get you if you live in an apartment.

    Clubs and Activities

    We really take pride in our clubs and rec sports. We pull out all the stops and theres ALWAYS a great turn out to almost anything.

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, Diverse, Multicultural, Business, Engineering, Medical

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VCU Basketball is the only real tradition here. Its our pride and joy and has always been since 1985.

    Bang for the buck

    Reasonably priced especially for commuters. Great education and constantly excelling to be one of the top research institutions in the Nation.

    What to do for fun

    Being in the middle of a city, there's always things to do around campus. Several sports teams, many concerts every week. A river not too far away

    Food and Dining

    Food is okay at best. The employees are rude and the main Cafeteria's food is literally hit or miss theres no in between.

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen dorms aren't the greatest in the world, unless you live in Brandt Hall. We are building 2 new dorms right in the heart of campus. Upperclassmen student apartments are wonderful. Safety is top priority here at VCU

    Academic Rigor

    Not an easy school, especially the higher level Fresh. Soph. classes, but once you get into your major, and learning things you actually want to learn it gets much better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take a campus tour FIRST, try to no listen to your friends that tell you that VCU is spread out or too big...because its not If you live close by, its better to commute, but there isn't really any advantages to commuting rather than staying on campus. On campus living is definitely the way to go

    In three sentences

    Very diverse campus with great experiences and wonderful teachers. The campus life is usually quite vibrant and lively, but can get a little dull at time around the winter. The urban campus can take a little getting used to, but after a while you don't even notice it.

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do at VCU. Basketball games are huge here at VCU. Everyone usually tries to attend. There are also a lot of clubs and intramurals that anyone can participate in. The great thing about VCU is that anyone at anytime can create a new club and it will be approved. For instance there's a pancake eating club, and a quidditch club, and even a Gwyneth Paltrow appreciation club.

    Food and Dining

    VCU probably has one of the best Dining Halls that will suite anyone. They have a vegetarian section, sushi bar, vegan and gluten-free section, grill, salad bar, dessert bar, and plenty more. There are also plenty of places you can go to eat besides the Dining hall. There's IHOP, Panera Bread, Chipotle, Diners, Raising Canes, Coffee Shops, etc.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life at VCU is a great way to meet new people. The RA's are always helpful and communication is key when living in a dorm like area. Dorms at VCU also provide study environments, common areas, and places that a big group could hang out.

    Academic Rigor

    VCU academics are insightful, unique, and always push you to be the best student you can be. Each academic program is fitted to provide the needed knowledge it takes to go further in each career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Put effort into all that you do here at VCU. If any staff member sees that you are trying and pushing to the best of your ability then they will do everything in their power to see that you succeed. Be prepared to meet people from all around the world.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is a college filled with diversity, friendly people, and staff willing to help you achieve your goals. This is a place filled with a lot of school spirit and plenty of activities for any individual to participate. VCU strives to help each student push toward an outstanding future.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police police are visible and accessible.

    Clubs and Activities

    Choices are limitless

    Great for these types of students

    Diverse student population

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every freshman has to rub the horns for the VCU ram (mascot) for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    Excellent education for money.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and attend sponsored activities. Also, make new friends and see what Richmond has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent choices and accessibility at all hours.

    Dorm Life

    Provides exposure to others from all over the country. It also is a safe environment when away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    Top rated in rigor in the state of Virginia

    Tips for prospective students

    Manage time Don't procrastinate Get plenty of rest Join clubs or organizations

    In three sentences

    VCU is excellent university that provides rigor through academic course work but also exposes students to cultural diversity. It has allowed me to narrow down my choice of major. I took several courses in the last year that were interesting and challenging.

  • 08/19/2012

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    Tips for prospective students

    Great school! Must apply to experience it!

    In three sentences

    This is a great university located in the city of Richmond, VA. I have attended here since 2006 and its is been a great experience. I am currently working on my master degree.

  • 08/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a number one priority for VCU police officials. They are continually doing test-calls in response to controlled scenarios to help improve safety conditions in the city. The police officials have always been helpful and effective in keeping the study body aware of any dangerous conditions and providing solutions to any crime instances.

    What to do for fun

    When it comes to fun, Richmond is the perfect place to explore. Whether you are looking to explore the canal walk, grab a bite to eat at a one of a kind bistro, go water rafting, grab some sun rays, hit up a variety of dance clubs with friends, or have a picnic in the park, Richmond has so much to offer. You will certainly find many things to do in this city and will never live the same day twice.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining experience is definitely a step above any other schools in the area. The local food court and dining hall offer many extensive nutritional options for students. Also, many fun quaint coffee shops and vegan/vegetarian places make up the corners of cozy Richmond streets.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at VCU can be compared to that of living in an upscale city seeing that the dorms are located in beautiful 17 story buildings. The dorms are clean, spacious and RA's come up with fun activities to help get students connected. Dorms are located in close proximity to food court, library, and a number of restaurants.

    Academic Rigor

    This university is nationally ranked for its academic merit. The professors are highly qualified for the courses being taught and the education gained is of high caliber. MCV has recently been ranked as the number one hospital in virginia and that is certainly an academic merit to be honored to be affiliated with.

    Tips for prospective students

    First step in showing interest is making sure to get in contact with an advisor who can be of assistance during enrollment and acceptance process. Once accepted, read up on academic materials mailed when acceptance package is received seeing that many questions are answered. Request to take a day tour and meet up with future advisor and talk about details of the university to see if it is the right fit for you.

    In three sentences

    The quaint and historical landmarks that make up the city of downtown Richmond make this a legendary place to attend school. Students not only receive an impeccable education but also are able to attain many life changing experiences. Whether you are a city life or suburbia individual, you will certainly love the charming city of Richmond and all that VCU has to offer.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    VCU is a great fit for any student. However, it is perfect for art students.

    Bang for the buck

    Very affordable public university.

    What to do for fun

    There is a huge variety of on-campus activities as well as plenty to do in the city of Richmond. There are always good concerts at The National, famous art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and lots of hip shops, restaurants and bars on Cary Street and in The Fan.

    Food and Dining

    The dining plans are reasonably priced and there are a variety of dining options to keep your palate from being too bored.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms myself, but everyone I know who has lived on campus loved it. There is an eclectic mix of students and lots of fun and cultural things to do in the Richmond area.

    Academic Rigor

    The course work is not unusually difficult, but it is challenging. This is a good thing if you care about really learning about what you're studying and preparing for a future career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do visit the campus first and make sure the downtown Richmond lifestyle is a comfortable fit for you. Also, take advantage of the security escort service when roaming the campus area after dark---you can never be too safe! There are tons of student services and organizations available to make your VCU experience the best one possible.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a hip, urban campus in downtown Richmond, VA. There are so many majors to choose from---there is a discipline to meet any student's academic interests. VCU is continually growing and striving to become the premier urban research school in the U.S.

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is security everywhere and police usually respond to incidents quickly. There is of course crime because the school is in a city, but if you are smart and responsible for yourself you will be fine.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in greek life. What's nice is that we have greek life, but that is not the only thing people get involved with here. About half my friends are involved in it and the other half are not.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs to choose. There are a lot of sports and other activities to do as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone fits in here. There are preppy people and goths all in the same place. Its a very inviting community. People are different but everyone gets along.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a lot that goes on the compass. The Hollywood Cemetery is a really pretty place. There are also a ton of museums like the VMFA here.

    Bang for the buck

    AS an in state student at the best public art school in America I feel very fortunate. I am getting so much out of my education.

    What to do for fun

    I like to go explore Richmond. I've visited a lot of historic places here like the Hollywood cemetery and Maymont Estate. I also make art because it is part of my major but also for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food could be improved. The cafeteria food gets boring quickly. I am not a fan of eating fast food everyday, and most of the other options are fast food places.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all pretty nice. Most of them are brand new so they are modern and the furniture is all fairly nice.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many hard working students here. People are always studying in the library and with study groups. The atmosphere embraces all types of people, so if you work had you will go far and succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Embrace the community and try to get involved as much as possible. Visit other places in the city, there is so much to see in the city of Richmond. Take a variety of classes and study hard!

    In three sentences

    I love VCU because it offers so many opportunities and is unlike any other college I have visited. It's in the middle of a city which provides students with many resources. It has a diverse community and you can learn so much from the other students.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    Very great dorm life. The students are ivery interactive.

    Academic Rigor

    Very great school. The diversity keeps the school fresh.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your GPA up.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a great school. It has everything that i need in a college. I can be close to home and enjoy my education living on campus.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Logically, in a large city, crime happens, but there are many ways VCU protects its students.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 500 clubs, and if you want to start one all it takes is five people!

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student can succeed at VCU. I think the students who like learning about new perspectives and hearing others' ideas really benefit from being here.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is one of the cheaper Virginia colleges, the classes are very enriching, and with activity fees and everything, students have a lot to do.

    What to do for fun

    EVERYTHING! Anything you could want to do happens in Richmond.

    Food and Dining

    There is so much variety for food here, it really lends to anyone's taste.

    Dorm Life

    It all really depends on whIere you are, but I am in Cabaniss which is actually a few miles off of VCU's Monroe Park Campus, even though we are cut off a litlle bit from the main campus, we have our own little community, and your hallmates quickly become some of your best friends.

    Academic Rigor

    I am on the Biomedical Engineering track, which is one of the more competitive programs at VCU, the classes aren't too hard, but you definitely can't allow yourself to fall behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Campus visits are truly tell-tale in choosing a college, visit!

    In three sentences

    VCU is truly a great choice for multitudes of people; VCU has a very diverse population, so not only does everyone have their own niche, but most of the students here are very accepting and non-judgemental. VCU's location is also very helpful, not only are there multiple job possibilities for students to earn a little extra cash, but there is a very cultural experience here. The large campus also fosters many new friendships!

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is really good compared to my undergrad.

    Dorm Life

    DO NOT STAY IN THE GRADUATE DORMS!

    Tips for prospective students

    Understand that it is a stressful time of your life, but you can do it!

    In three sentences

    I am in the Graduate Program at VCU and I would have to say that the application process is very easy and they inform you along the way, which is nice. The classes and professors are amazing, they are there to help and support you in any way.

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is really the only big problem I have with VCU. I defiantly dont mean that it is a dangerous campus, you just really have to be aware when walking at night and avoid walking alone and always lock windows and doors. I really think safety needs big improvements.

    Great for these types of students

    VCU is great for people who are not looking for the traditional campus life. VCU has a much different atmosphere than a lot of other schools because it is located in downtown Richmond. People who love a good night life will have a lot of fun at VCU.

    What to do for fun

    One of the best things about going to VCU is that fact that there is so much to do. There are resturants and bars everywhere. Also carey town is awesome. There are tons of shops and places to eat and there is also the Byrd Theater which has 2 dollar movies and its very old and beautiful.

    Food and Dining

    I think the food could be improved. I wish there were more places to use swipes. Shafer dining hall is alright and you can use swipes there but sometimes the food isnt that great. I think there needs to be more options available to students.

    Dorm Life

    I transferred here as a junior and I live in an apartment so I have never had to live in VCU dorms but I do know that they are all conviently located to the center of campus and I have heard good things about them.

    Academic Rigor

    I dont think that the academic rigor is any worse than any other school. You defiantly have to work hard and keep up with your school work but it isnt anything that isnt completely do able.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would reccomend that you take into account that you are living in a city and the campus is not closed off to outsiders so there is crime. When out at night be sure to have someone with you. Also parking is difficult so make sure you are aware of where you can park and of street cleaning days to avoid tickets.

    In three sentences

    VCU has a lot of good things going for it including, good professors, a great downtown atmosphere, and a nice campus life. The only thing I would complain about is campus safety. I defiantly feel like there is too much crime occurring on and around campus.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I haven't been yet, but I've researched it a lot.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't been yet, but I've researched it a lot.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't been yet, but I've researched it a lot.

    In three sentences

    I am visiting VCU this Saturday for Open House, and I can't wait! Everything about the school excites me, especially the Photography program and the Honors College. I'm so excited to see if all for myself!

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is really good, there are call boxes wherever you look, and there's always police patrolling the area, since VCU is an urban campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Clubs and Activities are very active around campus and in the Richmond area. VCU has so many it can be overwhelming.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is definitely a good investment. Students are getting a top education, and being exposed to a variety of opportunities.

    Food and Dining

    I love the food here. The dining hall always has a variety of foods, from home-style foods to pizza, and anything else you can think of.

    Dorm Life

    I like my dorm life a lot. My dorm hosts many different activities for the residents so they can get to know one another.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes offered at VCU can be challenging, but the school has an amazing support system to help all their students.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Well... This campus isn't the worst, and I don't mean to scare anyone, but just the other day there were six robberies on or near the campus from7-9pm (The assailant was caught.) During the day, it is safe, but at night, just as in Minecraft, I advise you get in your hidey-hole to fool-proof yourself from the creepers.

    Greek Life

    It is there! There is no Greek row, but don't be fooled when I say there are a lot of hipsters here, there is definitely so much diversity on this campus. The Greek Life here doesn't tend to be stereotypically nasty to anyone else either, they generally care about their philanthropic objectives.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a wide variety of clubs, from sports to community engagement-based clubs. There are other clubs like Model UN and our SGA is also really active. We do have a Quidditch Club, if that means anything to you.

    Great for these types of students

    People who like diversity, art students and hipsters.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the beginning of the year we did this tradition called the Ram Walk where we went to convocation then we walked down the main street of Richmond (the cops blocked off traffic,) then went to a cookout. Each year there are fun things to do, like go to the Richmond Folk Festival, or walk in the Halloween parade. There's an old Catholic cathedral right on campus (it's worth checking out even if you're not Catholic; they have a crypt.) There is also a renown thrift store right on campus called Rumors. It has cheap, but quality clothes and accessories.

    Bang for the buck

    It's rather nice. According to the federal loan website, I'll be leaving college with a low debt burden. It's a few thousand cheaper than VTech and UVA, and it's certainly a bargain if you're a Virginia resident and you're looking to go into the #1 Public School for Art and Design. it worked out very well for me.

    What to do for fun

    Let's see. Well there's Carytown which is a unique little shopping district a bus ride away, there are many galleries, thrift stores, and other interesting places down Broad Street, there are clubs and hookah bars (If you're into that,) there are two movie theaters close by, there's Short Pump Mall (Good for a high-end shopping spree,) and the university and city of Richmond will host annual events and festivals. Lastly, let's face it, every school is a party school.

    Food and Dining

    The Shafer Dining Court is actually rather nice. They have many vegan options, as well as some Halal, fries/burgers, very good desserts, and they tend to like New Orleans-style food. They also have freshly made sushi and other good options for an additional price. There is a Chipotle, Qdoba, Extreme Pizza, Smoothie King, and many other restaurants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    It's alright. Some dorms are nicer than others. GRC is one of the nicer, more expensive dorms which is an apartment style suite with private courtyards. Johnson is the least expensive (because it is the oldest building,) but the rooms are normally larger than those in the more expensive halls and it is the place to be if you are an art major. Brandt is suite style as well, in which there are private bathrooms for you and your suit-mates. Rhoads is traditional style with a communal bathroom.

    Academic Rigor

    For any art majors, I would say 5 stars, though the general education courses (english, sociology, psychology, maths, etc.) are bearable.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you'd like to get into the art program, I would say to aspire for a 3.5 GPA or higher, and make sure your portfolio is a strong one which represents your technical skill rather than your creative skill.

    In three sentences

    The school of the arts here is wonderful and I highly recommend it. The food here is actually good and inexpensive. The area is a booming art community but it is not always safe on campus on night.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The cary st gym offers a lot of things to do Rock climbing, swimming, soccer, track, flag football, ext. Also on the weekends there a lot of house parties.

    Food and Dining

    there a lot great local restaurants around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great as it allows you to meet a lot of people and also gives you the opportunity to socialize with others

    Academic Rigor

    the academics will challenge you but if you apply good time management you'll pull through.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind and come ready to meet people

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University offers a learning environment in which a student can become independent. Also there is much too do around campus to keep a student active and socialize with others. The classroom environment is excellent as the professor encourage open debate and opinion

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Lately, there have been numerous crimes but none have been on campus. The campus police are very serious about protecting the students and there is a campus escort if you ever do not feel safe walking to your dorm, parking deck, another building, etc. at night.

    Great for these types of students

    Any science major and/or pre-health; arts

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Upon entering the campus, freshmen must rub the Ram Horn sculpture located on the Commons Plaza and make a wish and it is supposed to come true by time they graduate.

    What to do for fun

    You're in the city! There's so much to do for fun. There's a very active nightlife because there are a lot of clubs around the area, but not on campus. The University Student Commons has a game room in the basement which is extremely nice. The Cary Street Gym also offers numerous activities.

    Food and Dining

    Since I do not live on campus, I also do not have a meal plan. The different restaurants around campus are pretty nice but I have heard many complaints about the food at Shafer Court Dining Hall. Personally, I don't find the food bad but there seems to be many people who'd rather eat elsewhere.

    Dorm Life

    I commute for this year so I only know what my friends have told me about dorm life. They honestly do not like it too much but that is because of the suitemates they were given. The dorms on campus are extremely nice though. But as I also mentioned above, they are extremely pricey so I recommend commuting if that's an option.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your professor, the classes could be difficult or extremely easy. You have to be dedicated to learning the material and doing well or you may not get the grade you want. Like I mentioned above, professors expect you to take charge of your education and come to them if you need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class as often as possible, even if attendance is not required. If you can commute, choose to do so because room and board is ridiculously expensive unless you are given enough financial aid or scholarships; a good number of students commute there anyway. Know what you want before hand because professors and advisers expect you to take charge of your education and not follow behind them.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a good school for people majoring in science or art. Most of the student body are actually biology or chemistry majors with a concentration in Pre-Health because of the medical campus located in downtown Richmond. If you plan on going for art, be warned that it is extremely competitive and very hard to get in.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I have not participated in anything of this nature

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are open minded and willing to work hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the Monroe park its almost in the center of the campus

    What to do for fun

    you can go out to parties with friends, watch movies at the commons or go to the game room. You can also go to the either one of the gyms which has a full size pool and rock climbing wall

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply Early and come open minded. Also don't wait to maximize all the resources

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is a great school. One thing I like most about the school is the resources they offer students. For example campus connecter, free counseling, and the writing system. I feel like this is a University that really puts effort into student success

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus itself is extremely safe, we have our own police force and emergency call stations all over, buses that pick you up and take you where you need to go. Be careful further out from campus, not walk alone after dark and don't wear headphones there are occasionally robberies. This is a city.

    Greek Life

    we have 'em, they host some stuff, and wear matching shirts.

    Clubs and Activities

    clubs for everything and everyone including quidditch and pancakes.

    Great for these types of students

    art students heaven, great for health career awesome medical school. Anyone looking for diversity!

    Bang for the buck

    worth it

    What to do for fun

    Lots of campus activities and clubs, movie nights, guest speakers and game rooms. Off campus there is a huge music scene always shows for all types, lots of clubs, bars, and special discount nights at local restaurants!

    Food and Dining

    On campus dining is not all that exciting, however living in the city there are tons of unique and delicious restaurants all over. Part of the fun is discovering them!

    Dorm Life

    wide variety of dorm style living, suites with 3 others, 2 person dorms, or you can even live by yourself. Some have kitchens, some have community kitchens, some of no kitchens. Some dorms have private bathrooms others you share with the whole floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major. Science, prehealth, engineering are all very competitive so they can extremely difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, attend class, don't stay out late alone

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth is an awesome urban campus full of diversity.

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    This is an great university. I have found my major which I am having a huge interest. I really like this university, because have found whatever I need through my education.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Since VCU is located in Richmond, there is so much the city offers. You can go to the mall, go the Science Museum, the Art Museum, the different parks. Richmond is a great city for exploring.

    Food and Dining

    Since I live close to home, I haven't had any of the food there yet. However, during orientation I did ate at Shafer and it wasn't that bad.

    Dorm Life

    Since I live close to campus, instead of living in a dorm, I commute to school. Some of my friends do live in the dorms and they told me that they really enjoy it.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be challenging , but if you put enough effort you will do fine. For me, some of the classes were hard and I had trouble getting good grades, but after studying more with other people from my class, I started to do better. Studying in groups is helpful and I would recommend it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a prospective student, I would recommend visiting the campus and seeing if you like the campus or not. Furthermore, you should talk to people who attend the college ans see what they think of it. I would also recommend visiting the website if you can not visit the campus and browse around.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is a great college in general. At first, I wasn't sure if I would like it here or not because I grew up next it and I thought that I would want to attend a college further away. However, once I visited it, I saw how beautiful the campus was and saw the great things that VCU has to offer me.

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VCU Police sends you text to alert you of any safety hazards or threats you should know about, they also send detailed e-mails out to let every student know exactly what happened. The VCU Police, and the new security they added this year, are always riding around campus. I feel so much safer this year than last.

    Great for these types of students

    ANY AND ALL!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I love going to Geometry Park (it's not even really called that, and it's not even really a park) because you can sit there at night and see all the stars and be in peace which you can't do at the dorms really.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth every penny I pay!

    What to do for fun

    There are ENDLESS things to do around VCU for fun! You can go to shows at Strange Matter or The National, lots of night clubs around, First Friday Art Walk down Broad Street, Belle Isle or Texas Beach, and SO much more! PLUS VCU always makes sure things are going on around campus! There is always something to do here! No excuse to be bored!

    Food and Dining

    SO many choices for food! I love their use of Dining Dollars! A GREAT idea!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Johnson Hall last year and it was AWESOME! I did random roommate and loved both of my roommates! I am still friends with everyone I met that lived in Johnson last year! The RA's always set up events and fun things to do. Overall, a great experience!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, you just have to put in the work and show you are willing to get your degree!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to be yourself! Everyone is accepted and loved here! Don't walk around alone after dark!

    In three sentences

    VCU is a wonderfully unique and diverse school. You can be yourself and don't have to hide who you really are. I love everything about VCU and Richmond.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Due to the unique location of the university being intergrated throughout downtown richmond safety is a major movement on campus. There are many options and ways to keep yourself safe no matter what position you find yourself in.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everything on campus,

    What to do for fun

    Its Richmond. No matter what your into, everyone will find something fun, new, and exciting to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    For any student considering VCU I would suggest making multipul visits, speaking with current students about their experiences, and do research of your own on majors you may be interested in and how VCU can help you reach your goals.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a diverse campus that has much more than an education to offer its students. There are many opportunities to become involved in organizations that will benefit a student post graduation. The school is constructed to allow students access to all resources that would possible prove helpful.

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    VCU's main campus is located at the heart of Richmond so find food is easy. But MCV campus is not too shabby either. The dining hall there is more gourmet-like compared to the other dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm mates are usually chosen at random. But there hasn't been much complaints so it has worked out pretty well.

    Academic Rigor

    Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center is one of the country�s leading academic medical centers with five health sciences schools, the VCU Health System and the Massey Cancer Center.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try not to stay out too late, that is for the well being of students. Of course, there are times when students do stay in the library and cram for their exams the next morning. If this happens, consider using VCU's escort service.

    In three sentences

    VCU is located at the heart of Richmond, so don't expect it to have a quiet and peaceful surrounding. If you are looking for a school that has wide diversity, this is a great place to look into. Another interesting thing about VCU: nearly 60 to 70% of the population is females, a rather overwhelming number.

  • 11/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Most of the teacher's here are amazing. I actually enjoy going to class because they don't just teach out of the book, they teach you life lesson. Things you will use for the rest of your school career

    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do. School sports related events, the museum district, and Belle Isle.

    Food and Dining

    Everything is in walking distance!

    Dorm Life

    If you have a random roommate make sure you guys meet eye to eye. I regret going for random. But you will meet amazing friends!

    Academic Rigor

    Every class is some how connected. You learn more life lessons than anything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't go overboard with classes as a freshman. Take it easy.

    In three sentences

    VCU is an amazing college. It's so diverse and offers so much to everyone. VCU also has amazing professors, they help students with everything.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Lot of ethnicity

    What to do for fun

    Go to the river Go to Schackoe Slip Ride the bus and go to the westend

    Tips for prospective students

    Walk in groups Take advantage of tutoring Be proud to be at VCU

    In three sentences

    Good School Good Teachers Not so safe

  • 11/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    DIVERSITY! I love this school. I feel as if they challenge me to my fullest potential, and I am learning so much as I go.

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel completely safe here. We have campus security and email alerts of crimes or potential danger. Safety is a priority here.

    Greek Life

    VCU offers a variety of sororities and fraternities. Greek life is alive and well here.

    Clubs and Activities

    VCU offers clubs and activities related to culture, interests, and majors. I have looked into many and am a member in two. Everyone can find a place to fit in.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone can find a place here at VCU. It seems everyone is accepted and nothing is strange or unusual because of the diversity here. This is a place to explore, learn, grow. I certainly have.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It may not be unusual, but welcome week is great and new students can really get a good feel for college life with all the activities at different locations on campus. I do work study and part of my job is to set up for and participate in Open House. It's an opportunity to meet new people. Everyday here gives me that and I have grown from being here.

    Bang for the buck

    I had never been away for home before but I chose a school out of state. VCU and Richmond welcomed me and I now feel like I am at home. The atmosphere and people at the school make me feel cared about. Unfortunately, I may have to leave due to out of state tuition and the out of pocket amount is too much for my mother to carry. I love this school and this city. My mom and I are working to find a way for me to stay and I sure hope I get to stay.

    What to do for fun

    Richmond and VCU have a lot to offer. The city and campus are diverse and there is never a moment to bored. There are great restaurants, museums, parks, and festivals year round.

    Food and Dining

    This is the best part. The meal plan is great and there is diverse choice of foods on campus and in the surrounding area. With all this great food, one must be careful with the dining dollars and blocks in the mean plan.

    Dorm Life

    This is another area where discipline is key. You are on your own and must make good decisions. The dorm is great and I feel safe and well looked after.

    Academic Rigor

    Finding and setting your pace is key to keeping up with your studies. The courses and classes are interesting. It's not high school, for sure.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is a lot to take in here and with the two campuses, it can be a bit overwhelming at first. Take your time and take it in little by little. Get off to a good start with your studies and don't get distracted.

    In three sentences

    What I appreciate most about VCU is the feeling of home since I've been here. Everyone is helpful and seem to care. I also appreciate the diversity in the students and faculty here.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    To make the college experience fun is to join an orginazation or group to meet new people and be interactive or you could also come up with your own orginazation. Join a sport club for fun or get together with a couple of friends and do your favorite hobby. There is also movies that play in the theater every weekend as well as a game room in the underground located in the commons.

    Food and Dining

    Be wise with how you spend your money. Know in advance at what time and what places take dining dollars or swipes. Managing this becomes very important especially when it comes to the end of the semester and you might not have any money left and have to come out of pocket.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on where you decide to live. I live in a community Hall and I absolutely love it. It gives you an opportunity to meet a lot of people and make new friends. The biggest thing is common courtesy because there are other people in the same room as well as the same floor as you.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very competitive, so always put school first. Time managemet is the biggest key to success. Use all your sources wisely and don't be afriad to ask quesions.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's very compettitive here, so make your decisions are made as quickly as possible and get on your grin. It is very diverse and feeled with many different personalities therefore come with an open-mind.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is an overall excellent school. Academically to diversity VCU has it all, as in over 300 organizations leaving no one person out and has a wonderful student learning center that is very helpful and shows that VCU really does care about our education. The city life is a good experience and enjoyable anyone would love it here!

  • 11/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VCU Police are always roaming the streets and the campus. Every corner, every alley, everywhere you look you will see a VCU Police officer.

    Greek Life

    The Greek organizations are always active, usually a fundraiser or event, but there is not a day that goes by you don't hear about something going on.

    Clubs and Activities

    VCU offers an unbelievably large variety of clubs and activities suitable to everybody's tastes or interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Virginia Commonwealth University has an amazing art school and engineering program. Any prospective student interested in pursuing a major in the arts or engineering, VCU would be a great place to look into.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Belle Isle. Many students go there to chill out with friends to study or just to experience the many beauties it has.

    What to do for fun

    Well Kings Dominion is not too far from Richmond, short pump down on Broad Street there are restaurants and shops. Monroe Park is a beautiful sight in the spring time and when its warm, its nice to sit out in the grass with friends.

    Food and Dining

    We have popular places such as Pizza Hut, Subway, and Chick-fil-A. that accept the meal plans dining dollars and swipes. The campus also features Mexican, stir fry, buffets, and so much more. It is quite enjoyable.

    Dorm Life

    The experience of having a roommate is a new experience, but a fun one. You may not get along with your roommate but you you get to learn what its like to live with someone other than your parents.

    Academic Rigor

    Any university is going to be hard, but VCU will prepare you for what will come ahead.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend study groups, and look into extra help. Going off to college for the first time can be exciting, but do not get too distracted. You will want to go out and party and have fun, but focus on what you have to do first and foremost.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is a great school. The professors are great, the facilities are nice, and the academics and reputation the university holds is impeccable. Despite the location, the city can be an amazing experience everyone should experience.

  • 11/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There's a lot of club sports you can try out for! The gym is gorgeous, so finding a club or activity to do is not a let down.

    What to do for fun

    We are in the city! There's so much you can do! There's club located 5 minutes away, there's art galleries all around the town, there's a movie theater, mall, gym, etc. You can always find something to do around here!

    Food and Dining

    The main dining hall is Shafer court. The food isn't too great. There are other places you can eat as well, but I get tired of all this food easily. Especially if you are trying to not gain weight or be healthy, I find it hard to do that with all the extra swipes I have.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm. I created a small little family here. My roommate and our neighbors are the 3 best friends I can ever ask for. (We all came in not knowing each other by the way). You get to meet so many new people as well and I really made friends that I know will always be there for me.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the teacher you get, some are very easy and some are very hard. But majority most of the teachers will open up your mind to a lot of new things and most of my courses are fast pace. I can definitely tell you that VCU had change my way of thinking.

    Tips for prospective students

    At first, VCU is scary driving in, I didn't even fall in love with it the first time I went. Honestly, the campus scared me when I toured. But when I actually attend this school, it is not so bad after all. So don't judge a book by it's cover. I am beginning to fall in love with the campus and it continues everyday.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a great diverse environment, it is a school that you definitely will never be bored at. The people and the culture that surrounds the city is always live. You will learn everyday, whether it's from the classroom to the lovely campus of VCU.

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The VCU police definitley bring a sense of safety to everyone.

    Greek Life

    There are a ton of frat's and sororities, but there are no houses for them, the members instead choose to get a house together. VCU does not fund fraternity or sorority houses.

    Great for these types of students

    everyone! unless you don't like diversity

    Bang for the buck

    out of state tuition......

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in Richmond it's ridiculous.

    Dorm Life

    I love my floor! everyone is so friendly and we all get along so well!

    Academic Rigor

    Im a freshman and none of my classes are very challenging, just the right amount of work too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitley visit the school before you enroll!

    In three sentences

    I think Virginia Commonweatlh University is a fabulous place to attend college. I love the atmosphere, the diversity and the education i am getting. I am so glad i chose to attend this college!

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There is greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Very hard to find out about clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for creative artistic students.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs and bars in the Richmond area. However, unless you are greek life- affiliated, there's a very mixed crowd and not a plethora of social events.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not see your academic advisers about your scheduling interests. Make appointments to meet with the dean or assistant dean of the departments you're interested in. This school provides very little help for you as a student.

    In three sentences

    This is a very modern university in a city setting. It doesn't have a very campus-y feel. The academic advising is incredibly poor and frustrating.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VCU offers RamSafe in which you can make a request to go anywhere on campus as you like at no extra cost. Also, VCU sends out VCU Alerts either via e-mail or text messages. Let's us know where the crime is taking place and know which area to stay away from.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life at VCU is a very big part in the student body. We even have a multicultural Greek organization as well as the Divine Nine or historically black greek organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    The organizations here at VCU are wonderful and they welcome everyone with open arms.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are an arts student or just someone that is interested in learning how Wall Street operates, VCU is the best school for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VCU is very well known for having the best student section when it comes to our Men's Basketball team. Our Men's Basketball team has made Final Four in 2011.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU's diversity gives you great opportunity to join multicultural organizations.

    What to do for fun

    I love to help with local fashion shows and also networking with different types of people on campus

    Food and Dining

    Campus food can be a lot better, but it is something to experience during college life.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is amazing, it's also amazing to be able to cook your own food and to also share it with your roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that the department of my major is very close knit with their students, the teachers are willing to help with you to achieve yourself at the highest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always strive for the best while attending college, try your best to stay focused and to also enjoy college life at its fullest.

    In three sentences

    VCU has a great diversity of students different walks of life. This school has made it to the Final Four. Also, this school has a great student body.

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I attend the basketball games. Dorms sometime have game nights, so you should attend those to get to know the students living in those residence.

    Food and Dining

    Well the food is okay.

    Dorm Life

    I like the Dorm life experience. I wish the rooms were a little bigger but it's bearable.

    Academic Rigor

    Just come in and work hard. There are plenty of tutors on the campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to this University with the mind set of hard work first. There are alot of parties, but you must learn time management. Get involved in some activities.

    In three sentences

    I'm very impressed with the diversity of this University. I highly recommend this University to any student interested in the Arts. It was very easy to get to know some of my fellow students.

  • 12/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Party!!! Just kidding, but there is a lot of that. There are a numerous amount of clubs for people of different interest. Pretty much everything you would find interesting is here at VCU.

    Food and Dining

    Shafer is great it's very diverse, and it gives you a numerous amount of choices daily. You have to catch it a at a certain time to be good though. The surrounding food places are amazing too!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life has it pros and cons. I recommend staying in a dorm for only your first year. Dorm life helps you meet a lot of new people, but after a while you just want your own space.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on your major, but I am pretty sure no college classes are easy A's study constantly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused. and try balancing school with partying in a very smart manor.

    In three sentences

    VCU is an amazing school. I absolutely love the teachers, and the environment in general. I wouldn't choose to go to any other school even if they offered me a full ride.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Richmond used to be at the top of the list for murder capitals and VCU is surrounded with some rough neighborhoods. There are constantly alerts of crime near campus but I always feel safe. Just be smart. If its nighttime, walk with someone you know. Dont go down any alleys. Use your common sense.

    Greek Life

    Pretty popular, although if you are affiliated, some people may look down upon you. But not the typical Greek life, everybody is pretty open and accepting, at least thats my experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many of them and its easy to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    If youre coming to VCU, be open-minded. There are alot of creative and interesting students. Its definitely an artsy school with very unique individuals.

    What to do for fun

    Everything, so many parks and venues to have a good time.

    Food and Dining

    Advantage to living in upperclassman dorm is I dont have a meal plan which benefits me because there are so many places to eat around richmond and im not the biggest fan of the dining hall, Shafer. Although, I do enjoy when they get local restaurants to cater for a day or more. However, there are other places to eat that are really good on campus.

    Dorm Life

    If youre a freshman, dont apply to live in upperclassman dorms because they suck. Live in a freshman dorm so you can interact and meet with lots of people.

    Academic Rigor

    Only finished one semester and so far, so good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great programs, its definitely an up-and-coming school so its something to look out for!

    In three sentences

    VCU is such a diverse and huge school. Wasnt my first choice but im enjoying my time here.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VCU has the most police and safety measures than any other campus! I truly feel safe no matter the time, as there are always other students walking back and forth to dining centers and the library until 12 or 1 am.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely!

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything. Vcu constantly has events going on, there's never a weekend where i sit in my room doing nothing!

    Food and Dining

    Bleeker and commons have the best food. I eat there atleast 4 times a week. Shafer has lots of room for improvement.

    Dorm Life

    Brandt hall is by far the best. Clean and convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    My major-Biology is known to be one of the hardest offered by VCU, so there is great rigor depending on major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit and make sure you love the always busy/noisy environment.

    In three sentences

    It is a very lively school where you get real life experiences. It is smack down in the middle of downtown richmond which is always bustling with people no matter the time. Great education and great location, what's not to love?

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I don't know how I feel about the safety, it's an issue with me.

    Greek Life

    Not yet.

    Clubs and Activities

    Haven't really joined any.

    Great for these types of students

    I thought diversity would be more of an option but it wasn't.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus has the weirdest things going on everyday. There will be people dressed up as random things!

    Bang for the buck

    Just please research and visit the school first. I made that mistake by not doing that so some surprises VCU has , I didn't know.

    What to do for fun

    Be sure to have a computer and a tv for entertainment. Just a break from school life.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good but you'll get tired of is really quick.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were way too small for what we pay. I learned don't room with friends either.

    Academic Rigor

    Be sure to pick good professor, I did, and I don't regret any classes I took.

    Tips for prospective students

    PLEASE study properly. If they save 6 hours every credit hour, they mean it!

    In three sentences

    VCU has wonderful classes. Though I'm a freshman, my experience here has been great so far. Though I would like more class opening, I'm not going to let that get in the way of a great school.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VCU is located in a very urban community, and the VCU police and Richmond police work very hard to ensure a safe enviroment for the students.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a pretty popular aspect of VCU for many students. There are a very wide range and diverse amount of sororities and fraternities, who also host quite a few interesting events on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    VCU has a countless number of clubs offered to it's students. From a pancake eating club, to the student government association, there are a many opportunities for students to find a club that suits their likes and interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Art, Nursing Program, Business, Engineering

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is very much worth the time, money and energy. It's a great school and offers so much to it's students to ensure a successful future. It's up to you to take advantage of those opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    There's plenty of fun events that take place on and off campus. VCU has a great community of people who get together just to plan some really good activities for students. Laser tag at the schools arena, and ice skating in the commons are just a few of the kind of events provided here at VCU.

    Food and Dining

    The main dining all is more of a love hate kind of thing. Either students enjoy dining in at Shafer, or prefer to eat elsewhere. The good thing about VCU's food is that it is not limited to just the main dining hall. There are many different smaller restaurants that are apart of the meal plan, and serve some pretty great food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life as a freshman is one of the best experiences at VCU. The resident assistants make it their duty to ensure all a students an amazing first year. Yea a few of the dorms are a bit old, but you quickly forget about that once you realize all the great people surrounding you. Currently, VCU is working renovating and building brand new dorms for campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Being an art student, most of my classes are within the School of Arts and do create a positive challenge for it's students. In the end, that challenge is what helps us become better artists. As far as other classes, it often depends on the professor when it comes to which courses are more difficult than others. Everyclass is different.

    In three sentences

    I would rate VCU overall with four stars. It's a great living experience for those who enjoy the city and faculty and students create a very welcoming community for all.

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very good, be careful and be smart at night and you probably won't have any problems.

    Greek Life

    not big Greek life here, there are sororities/fraternities but they're not a big deal on campus, just a close-knit group that sometimes have parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    Art therapy, religious society, anthropology, French, Black Caucus, Chi Alpha (a Christian ministry group), there are several and there's something for you no matter what.

    What to do for fun

    There are thrift shops for clothes, restaurants in Carytown, the fine arts museum, the Richmond Library, the Capitol building. There aren't only many stores around the school but given the area there are a lot of events to attend which VCU will tell you about by email everyday, not to mention on-campus events.

    Food and Dining

    It's really good, the city provides many options for eating off-campus.

    Dorm Life

    Overall, there aren't many issues unless you/your roommate disobey the rules. There are many places off-campus nearby to live so if the dorms aren't for you but the school is then you're not out of luck.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on how much you want to challenge yourself. The school is not difficult to get into but if you want a challenge you can always apply to the Honors College or the Globe or Aspire programs. These are all beneficial and depending on your interest and work ethic are a great idea.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn about the installment payment plan and make arrangements to make payments by the deadlines. Visit the school's websites and check out the majors they offer (there are TONS!). Do not be afraid to enter undeclared because you will get a lot of help here with coming to a final decision on a major.

    In three sentences

    It is very diverse in ethnicity and languages spoken on campus. There are clubs for literally, everything such as art therapy or religious studies society. There's always something to do because you're in the city and the crime or violence that people sometimes associate with the school is not serious because the officers actually do their job.

  • 12/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Things can be a little overpriced but it is still affordable.

    What to do for fun

    They are many places to have fun like the Cary Street Gym of the Breakout room.

    Food and Dining

    Many places to choose from on campus. Shafer changes it's food often.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be fun to have friends around all the time but it can't affect one's mindset on studying. Also the living conditions can be a little cramped like all dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors give a good amount of work that can be done. It will only help students learn the material as exams come.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should always stay on top of their work to experience a good college life. They should also join clubs in order to meet new people. Students should also go to study sessions that help tremendously.

    In three sentences

    A place full of diversity and people willing to help anyone. A nice environment for students to social and also study. A place where you'll experience a good college life.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I know that a lot of crime happened last semester but VCU has taken crucial steps to help make everyone safer. There are more officers on campus and lights have been added to dark areas. In fact, the amount of crime has dramatically decreased in the last few months. Also, VCU is in the middle of the city, but if you remember to stay in groups at night and not walk around by yourself at 3am then you will be safe.

    Greek Life

    I am not a Greek person but I do know some students that are in fraternities at VCU and they all love it. However, you do not have to be involved in Greek life to feel involved or make friends at VCU.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs and activities at VCU.

    Great for these types of students

    VCU is great for any type of student. I am confident that VCU's diverse and welcoming atmosphere will fit any student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    RAM-X Scream. During exams, students get together in large groups to scream, dance, and jump around. VCU sets up times and areas where this occurs and also hands out 'study equipment' such as snacks, t-shirts, and pencils. It's a great way to relieve and release any stress that exams may cause.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU has a smaller tuition rate compared to other four year universities in the state of Virginia, and I feel that for all VCU has to offer, students get a good deal. VCU not only has great teachers and courses but also tons of activities and things to do. VCU also offers great diversity and culture that is lacking in many other universities and therefore, in my opinion, has a lot to offer.

    What to do for fun

    Try out everything! There is a ton of things to do at VCU and in the city of Richmond. Go rafting, canoeing, climbing, volunteer, to a concert, to Belle Isle. Go walk around MVC or the historic district. There are more than enough things to do and explore to fill up your 4 plus years at VCU.

    Food and Dining

    There is food everywhere! Shaffer is decent and Jonah's is amazing!

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms at VCU are fairly nice. Also, most students in the dorms are fun and nice to talk to.

    Academic Rigor

    Not all of the courses at VCU are difficult, in fact, most of the 'freshmen' courses are quite simple. However, there are some difficult courses especially the 400 level classes. Despite the difficulty of some of the subjects, most teachers are able to put the information in an understandable way or work with you to help you understand.

    Tips for prospective students

    VCU may be considered an 'easy' school to get into but keep in mind that teachers do expect a lot of their students (but not in an overwhelming way- more of a no more spoon feeding kind of way). Also, take advantage of what VCU and the city of Richmond has to offer! Go hiking, use the gym, go study abroad, EXPLORE! There will never be an easier or more fulfilling time in your life to do these things as in college, and VCU makes them all possible!

    In three sentences

    VCU is a great university located in the heart Richmond, VA. The student and staff population is very diverse in both cultures and interests, and there are plenty of groups and organizations to fit every student. VCU is also a top rated teaching hospital with tons of opportunities for hands-on learning for its students.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do for fun such as meeting new people, hanging out at Breakpoint which is the room where they have games there for people, and there's even a place called Belle Isle where you can go if the weather's nice.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options and selections to choose from when dining at VCU. They have many selections across campus, and they even have a school cafeteria which has a wide variety of foods.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing. There are so many people there, but mostly freshmen since all freshmen usually stay on-campus at first. You can easily meet new people just about anywhere on-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes there are just like any other classes. They do not expect you to show up to class, but just like any other college, you probably should show up as you are paying for your tuition.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is always better to first move on-campus, and then after your first year, you could always get an apartment with a couple of new friends you made so that the cost of living near VCU is not so bad.

    In three sentences

    VCU is definitely the place to be at! It is a great school if you intend to shoot for something in the medical field. I could not imagine going to any other university or college.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's a game room in the student commons... I remember during orientation playing board games with a new friend I made that day, and during the first semester my friends and I met there to eat and we would watch some television or listen to music playing in the background.

    Food and Dining

    I know during orientation we were in Shafer... it has a variety, but sometimes the food wasn't really the best... other than that, I didn't really spend a lot of time dining on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't really know since I'm a commuter....

    Academic Rigor

    Classes really provide you with the best knowledge regarding the subjects, and you have to work hard to get the grades, although there are some classes that are less vigorous and are easy courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just don't panic... it can be a bit overwhelming at first, but once you develop a schedule, it becomes a simple routine. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help... people are pretty nice and help you out if you're lost.

    In three sentences

    It is a very diverse college, which shows that it is culturally different. Classes are pretty big, which doesn't really give you a chance to get to know your professors, but the professors really seem to care about your academics. It's easy to get around campus, and it's become a familiar place, a sanctuary.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and activities to choose from. Every semester there is a SoVo fair at the Siegel Center which introduces all the clubs and activities to students.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different places to go such as Shafer (not as popular w/ freshmen due to reputation), Caine's Chicken Tenders and Fries, IHOP, Crutons Salads and Wraps, Pizza Hut, Subway, Jonah's etc. You might not like everything but there is such a wide variety of things to choose from. You'll never get tired of the food here!

    Dorm Life

    If you like sharing, this is for you. I stay in Rhoads and it's about 40 girls on my floor. You could either become very close with your floor or be complete strangers. Some of my close friends are my floormates, so it really depends on you. It gives off a community/family like environment and is great for a first-year student! Plus the RA's are AMAZING no matter what building youre in!

    Academic Rigor

    It's easy to get a low B but you need to really put in effort to get an A. They make you work for it and you actually learn at the same time.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a freshman, it's normal for you to not do as well as you wanted so don't be discouraged! Second semester is always a second chance if you don't do as well in the first one. It's hard to transition and to get used to the flow but you'll get the hang of it in no time. There are many services such as advisors that help with things like time management, tutoring, and so much more. I encourage you to take advantage of it because it can do no harm!

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VCU has one of the largest police forces of any school in the state, due to its location in a city. Walking on campus most students agree they feel safe, however the reality of an urban university is that you are going to be at a higher risk for being robbed than a university in the middle of nowhere. This risk is greatest if you are off campus, at night, and of course certain neighborhoods will be more dangerous than others.

    Clubs and Activities

    The university loves students to get involved, and there are plenty of clubs, even the most picky of students should be able to find at least one club that catches their interest.

    Great for these types of students

    Being an urban university, the city itself as well as the student body have many black students. The city also attracts what some may see as hipsters however VCU is an insanely diverse school, probably the most diverse student body in the state. No matter who you are you will find kindred spirits here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Near the dining center and the library there is an area called the compass due to its star shape with N S E and W pointing in their respective locations. If you stand in the middle of the compass and clap you can hear a strange squeaking sound you will not hear anywhere else but in that exact spot.

    What to do for fun

    On campus it is always nice to take a walk around the city park, i also enjoy visiting famous historical sites such as the Hollywood cemetery where you can visit the grave site of several presidents as well as generals in the civil war. There is also a hookah bar very close to the dorms on the monroe park campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the actual university run dining hall is not the most popular on campus, however it is not totally off-putting and disgusting. The other locations on campus are well varied and all good, from an IHOP to a chic fil a and many others including chinese food, mexican, bagels chicken fingers etc. you will make it through each semester without getting completely sick of all food on campus

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is good fun, and is a fantastic way to meet people. There are different styles of dorms however, some are suite style, while some are formatted for an entire floor to share a bathroom. The location of all dorms aside from cabiniss (which is located on the medical campus) are close to classes, and you can walk to them in about 15-20 minutes.

    Academic Rigor

    VCU is a good school, however the rigor and difficulty really depend on your major. Being one of the best art schools in the country, art majors are a common sight and are clearly not going to face the same work load a pre-med student will face.

    Tips for prospective students

    As they told us during orientation, if you don't like diversity this is the wrong school for you. If you are a person who holds any prejudices towards any group of people you will probably not fit in well here. Academically, just doing your best is the best tip i can give if you are prospective and want to attend.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a very cool school with an incredibly diverse student body. The city of Richmond is extremely awesome, you can feel the history as you walk down the street. The students themselves all seem to be very nice and accepting due to the very diverse range of students.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always carry a knife and mace with me on and off campus just in case.

    Great for these types of students

    Artists and Hipsters :)

    Bang for the buck

    So many resources available at VCU included in your tuition - gym, wellness center with free appointments, awesome library, etc.

    What to do for fun

    Shockoe Bottom Hollywood Cemetery Carytown Museum District/Arts District First Fridays The Camel The Yerb

    Food and Dining

    Lots of different kinds of eating options -- Shafer is buffet all you can eat style, while Bleecker St. Cafe in the Business Building has delicious deli sandwiches and pastries.

    Dorm Life

    Dormitories are great freshman year for meeting new people that you'll be friends with for the rest of your college career and possibly your life! Bring a Tempurpedic Twin XL mattress for your bed though. :)

    Academic Rigor

    There is a very high academic standard (in some Programs more than others). Engineering, Business, Medical, and Arts Programs are very rigorous and intense. They can be very rewarding though.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Bring a Tempurpedic Twin XL mattress for your freshman dorm mattress. They're super uncomfortable. 2. Only go out to bars and/or parties as a reward for yourself on weekends, and not during the week.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a very diverse university with a great variety of extracurricular activities. There is no shortage of activities to do in the beautiful city of Richmond either! A great university with so many opportunities.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do. We go to the movies, see plays and operas. There are art exhibits and concerts nearby. The gym is huge and has plenty of programs.

    Food and Dining

    Shafer Hall has so great food and such a variety of things to eat. There are also plenty of other places to eat. A lot of them deliver too.

    Dorm Life

    Buildings are pretty high so the views are amazing. They are very close to classes.

    Academic Rigor

    We have fun but we also get our work done. Students are very involved in studies and study groups.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded. Listen the the upperclassmen stories as they are very helpful. Come ready to learn and be apart of something great.

    In three sentences

    This is an amazing school. It is so historic in style. The campus is comfortable and the people are so fun. I love it here!

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Being in the city, you can literally do anything. Go to house parties, go down town, froyo, restaurants, and my favorite, Belle Isle. The possibilities are really endless.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining isn't as bad as most schools in Virginia. There are plenty of options and places to go on both campus's.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty much the standard of most schools. Depending on which dorm, you get a different experience. I personally met my closest friends in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    VCU has one of the toughest grading scales on the lower east coast. Our professors are challenging but they keep the classes interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind.

    In three sentences

    VCU is something I never expected. The diversity is VCU's biggest positive aspect. Seeing different people doing completely different things brings so much variety to life here.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    People always warn against coming hear because of the crime but it's honestly not that bad. I feel fine walking by myself on campus after dark and I'm a girl. You just have to be smart as to where you go the further you get to the edge of campus then there might be some problems. You do get the occasional VCU alerts about shootings or robbery but most of them are not even on the actual campus just close enough that they want to make you aware.

    What to do for fun

    We are in Richmond so there is a lot to do I suppose. The problem is finding those things to do. If you are a partier than you'll be fine but if partying is not your thing finding something to do on the weekends might be a little harder especially without a car.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but there is not a lot of variety and you start to get tired of eating the same thing over again. Canes is delicious though so I can't complain too much. Also unless you eat at Shafer everything is fast food which is not too healthy. But there is a Subway and Croutons for healthier choices

    Dorm Life

    I live in Brandt hall which is one of the best dorms. I think the security can be a little annoying having to sign guest in but it makes it safe which is good. The rooms are nice but living with 7 other people has its ups and downs.

    Academic Rigor

    I think the classes are adequately challenging. As long as you adopt good study habits it is not hard to get all A's.

    In three sentences

    Coming to VCU was one of the best decisions I've made in my life. I love it here!

  • 01/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We do live in a city, and you will hear some sirens, but we have a top-notch alert system, and one of the largest campus security forces in America. I have never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    I cannot say anything personally, but I hear it's great.

    Clubs and Activities

    Thousands of clubs, and more on the way! You only need a handful of members to start an offical new club, too! We have a great Rec Sports and Outdoor Rec program too, perfect for any kind of activity you could imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love the city, people who love history, people who love basketball, and those who can get their work done and resist the urge to go enjoy the previous three options.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a homecoming week from the 27th of January to the 2nd of February, but the oddest thing I have ever seen was the Nearly-Naked Mile.

    Bang for the buck

    I can't say anything about out of state, but for in-state tuition rates, it is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    The list could go on and on, but I'll list a few of my favorites: 1) Go to Carytown: an awesome area just a short bus ride away with many shops, restaurants, and events. 2) Go to Basketball games: VCU has an excellent Division 1 program, competing with the best in the country. Flip on CBS in March, and you'll see us shock the world! 3) Hang out in the Commons: There are places to eat, an underground games area, and even a theater playing recent hits every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    Hit or Miss, especially at Shafer, the main dining center. However, the University offers a wide variety of other options in close proximity to the heart of the campus.

    Dorm Life

    It's the best way to meet people, period.

    Academic Rigor

    It isn't Harvard or Yale, by any stretch of the imagination, but many classes will challenge you, and with an excellent Gen-Ed program, you will almost certainly take at least one class you didn't even know existed prior to arriving at VCU.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in a dorm your first year, or be friends with someone who does. It's the easiest way to meet a lot of great people. Also, go to basketball games! They're a lot of fun, and very energized. DO NOT party too much. It's hard to resist the pull of going out often, but I know several people who will not be returning due to poor performance in their classes. Everything in moderation.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a wonderful school, with many diverse program offerings. Don't let anyone tell you that because it's in the city it is Ghetto or dangerous, I have never felt threatened in any way. The very fact that it's in such a vibrant city gives students access to many great sites within walking distance from any point on campus.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Though most people outside of VCU wouldn't think so, the campus is really safe. There are always campus police on duty, there are safe, clean, well-lit buses, the campus is well lit, there are call boxes all over campus in case of emergencies, and the school offers rides home for students with night classes if they so choose.

    Greek Life

    Though not as large as at some schools, VCU still boasts a lively Greek community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs, whether community service-based, activity based, sports, bowling, sports fans, you name it.

    Great for these types of students

    Art students (painting, art education, commercial art, graphic design, sculpting, photography, art history, kinetic imaging, etc), engineering students, business students, Pre-Med students, English students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People get really into basketball here at VCU. Join the Rowdy Rams, and you're in for a wild ride come game day. Also, the Village Cafe, Crossroads, and Harrison Street Cafe are iconic dives for any VCU student. Check out Rumors for thrift and Plaza for your art needs.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is one of the lowest tuition for schools in Virginia. The classes are top notch and the teachers are very knowledgeable. VCU doesn't have the best reputation, which is really confusing because I've never felt like I was getting anything less than a first rate education. I have no complaints.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do around campus. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is about a 30 minute walk from campus. There is also Carytown, a mile long street of record stores, thrift and book shops, ice cream parlors, and great eateries. There's also the Byrd Theatre, with movie tickets for $1.99 and classic films on the weekends. You can go to Belle Isle, the island in the middle of the James River, and lounge in the water of sit on the rocks and read in the sun. Downtown is fun, with a tons of stores and restaurants, as well as art galleries and museums. There's also the Canal Walk, right by the water. The Science Museum is near by, as well as Bowtie Cinemas. VCU also has many different fun activities and day trips you can sign up for if you want to get off campus. King's Dominion amusement park is only a 20-minute drive.

    Food and Dining

    While we don't have 3 different dining halls, Shafer Dining Court and the other on-campus food choices have a wide variety of foods to choose. They also have a nice vegetarian and vegan selection, as well as healthier and gluten-free options.

    Dorm Life

    The are many different dorms to choose from, with all different room layouts. I lived in an 8-person dorm my freshman year and had a great time. The RAs have meetings and small events in the hall and are really helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    The general education classes are really interesting and, from my experience, the professors know their stuff. Major classes can be more demanding, but that's to be expected in college.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for something other than the typical campus-y college, this is a great choice. Richmond can be scary for some people, but visiting the campus really helps you to get a feel for the school and the city.

    In three sentences

    VCU is known for its diversity in people, majors, and activities. There is so much to do and see in Virginia's capital city, and because the campus is integrated into the city, you feel less isolated. There are so many opportunities to get involved in a variety of things, including sports, community service projects, rafting trips, Greek life, movie nights, and event planning.

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VCU and Richmond City police do a spectacular job of keeping the school informed and safe. Warnings always go out in the even of a crime and if just a ride home is needed, you call RamSafe escort service. The VCU police also offer a free self-defense class for students which I myself took and have all the confidence in the world in if I am ever in danger.

    What to do for fun

    Being a part of the Athletic program, I never hesitate to go to any sporting event where I know the Rams will be showing their spirit! Along with that, the amazing School of Arts is always showcasing their talents through plays, recitals, concerts, and more. If I want to ever get off campus though, I go to Belle Isle which is a short walk away with lots of fun and beauty to be seen.

    Food and Dining

    Depending where you go, but you never run out of options. Shafer Dining Hall has excellent food and food that isn't so great as well, but there's a lot of variety and eventually you'll know what to get. Laurel and Grace Place is my go-to if I've had enough of Shafer, whether I'm feeling wraps, chicken, or pancakes! And for nights I wanna splurge, Chili's is my number one choice.

    Dorm Life

    I was told going into this that I was going to be living in an old, decrepit dorm that nobody liked. The result was a beautiful building, inside and out, with a room that was spacious (even with my other two roommates) and had a phenomenal view of the city and park. While it is an adjustment, the living arrangements are worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    I am most certainly being challenged everyday by professors I enjoy, and even others I don't. The improvement, once you put forth your own sufficient amount of effort and initiative, shows throughout your daily life and, for me personally, the improvement overlaps in classes that are completely unrelated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not go out alone after dark, as safe as this campus is, the buddy system is key. Take advantage of your resources, especially the campus learning center! The tutors helped me pass Anthropology! Get the work and studying done. It's very tempting, especially living minutes away from class, to nap your life away. However, the way to be successful is to write or set reminders and leave them everywhere for yourself. Once it becomes a habit, you'll be more successful than ever and you'll actually get to sleep!

    In three sentences

    VCU has a lovely city environment filled with beautiful sights to see as well as a gorgeous campus. The study body is incredibly diverse and the education you are earning is well worth the cost. I wouldn't want to transfer for the world because I know how happy being a part of this RamNation makes me.

  • 02/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is crime around campus, obviously (it's a city...) but school itself is quite safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't participated in any. Too busy with school and work!

    Great for these types of students

    Art Students

    What to do for fun

    Go to the James River, or to the Shenandoah mountains.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't waste your money on dorms. They are crappy and living off campus is super cheap in Richmond. Stay on top of your graduation requirements, because VCU likes it when you stay 5 years- they make more money that way!

    In three sentences

    It is what you make of it. There are great programs (Fine Arts, Education, Pre-med, for instance) but the gen ed's are terrible and you do sometimes get the feeling you're just a number. As long as you have a good idea of what you want out of your education, though, you will enjoy it.

  • 02/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    VCU has everything to offer, flash mobs, parties of all sorts, free movies are shown every weekend, a variety of clubs and free student entry to all athletic events.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused, work hard, believe in yourself and just have fun.

    In three sentences

    This is the most diverse college you will ever find. All that matters to VCU is your spirit. I love being a VCU Ram!

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a vehicle that will take you to your car late at night, the VCU police are always out on patrol. Also, there are parking decks everywhere that way you won't have to walk too far.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU offers so much with all the extra fees. There is a great health area and you get free access to the gym.

    What to do for fun

    The commons is full of fun things to do, they have pool tables, arcade games, board games, and a small bowling area! If that doesn't appeal to you, then there is always the wonderful gym with a rock climbing wall and a pool with a water slide.

    Food and Dining

    All over campus there are great restaurants just within walking distance. There is thai food, mexican food, and all the classic fast food places.

    Dorm Life

    You get to meet all these great new people and have a new found independence.

    Academic Rigor

    For Engineering, it is quite hard, but its worth it in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember to never procrastinate and save time for a little fun. Don't over stress yourself.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a great school. It is full of activity and life. There is no better place.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always feel safe in the city.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, go out to eat, explore Richmond, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and strive to reach your dreams.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is an amazing university for any student to attend. It is filled with innovation, diversity, and education. I am a proud student of the VCU Rams!

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a police force that are legitimate officers with the City of Richmond who only are on the VCU campus. Also on every block of campus there are emergency phones just in case. There are buses that connect campus and a system that you can call to pick you up and take you anywhere on campus and even off of it to an extent.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs from the Outdoor Adventure Club, to the Video Game Club, or the Pancake Club who make pancakes every week. Many different sports teams, from baseball to quidditch. There are so many to choose from, or if not it is super easy to make your own.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU and Richmond offer so many things and so many more places than you would initially think. Between the outdoor things to do like hiking, climbing, biking (on and off road), or walking. Also many shops and restaurants to go to from really fancy places to diners. The school's gym also has a lot of equipment from a rock wall to two swimming pools and a two floors of equipment. The Student Commons also shows free movies on weekends, has places that accept your meal plan, and free meetings for clubs and all sorts of other things.

    What to do for fun

    There are many concerts locally. There are places to rock climb. There are night clubs. Lots of cool places to eat. There are a lot of good museums like the Science Museum or the VMFA. There is Belle Isle with a lot of trails and picnicking places. Also Maymont Park and Hollywood Cemetery which both have a lot of cool outdoors places to see.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of places to eat that accept your meal plan here as a freshman, and very infrequently do people run out of it throughout the semester. Also there are great places really close if you want to spend real money.

    Dorm Life

    I've made a lot of different friends in the dorms that I have kept friends with. There are many dorm options for freshman year and even after that are all great places.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say as an undergraduate it is not too hard and not too easy. The difficulty comes when you declare a major, specifically if you are an art student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply here and just go for it. This place is great and has so many different opportunities. Come here and experience life.

    In three sentences

    A great and diverse place to make friends and figure out what you want to do with your life. Offers great art program and most other courses too. The most diverse college you could find.

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Free transportation after 5pm and many on duty guards to protect students.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, diverse, creative and motivated.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Midnight Pancakes at the Shafer Dinning Center, Friday/Saturday Night APV movie and Rocky Horror Picture show outside in the Fall.

    What to do for fun

    Head down to Bow Tie or The Byrd for a great movie, take the bus down to Willow Lawn for Shopping and more, There's always an event that's sure to spark your interest.

    Food and Dining

    From Great do-it-yourself salads to chickfil-a, there are a plethora of options and 3 dining halls to choose from in addition to a number of off campus choices.

    Dorm Life

    Great set ups, but it's best to have someone in mind for a roommate, as the matching system is very unspecific.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus, plan and always stay ahead, not just on top of, your school work and prioritize.

    In three sentences

    Diverse, innovative and perfect for artists and creative souls.

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    RVA (Richmond, VA) is full of activities. You can see concerts at the National, go to First Fridays, etc.

    In three sentences

    It's good if you're looking for a unique college experience that's different from the typical campus-style set up; it's a lot more integrated into the city of Richmond. It has a lot of great restaurants, but the school's actual dining hall is mediocre. Best of all, it offers a lot of great programs, especially if you are interested in art or medicine.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    greek life here is extremely small, but being a part of a sorority was one of the best decisions ive ever made. ive met people that are considered family (in and out of my organization)

    Food and Dining

    Over the years shafer has gotten a lot better. VCU now has laurel and grace, i love croutons.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life was a great decision. I met a lot of awesome people, and 5 years later still talk to them. Its an easy way as a freshman to meet people outside of your major.

    Academic Rigor

    as long as you keep up with the work it isnt too difficult. stay on top of things. professors are always open to students coming to their office for help, i use to go to my math teachers class every morning before class.. and now i go to just chat with my major professors.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Despite the fact that VCU is integrated into the city, security is constantly roaming the campus. Not to mention, we have an escort service that will transport students to and from any location on campus.

    Greek Life

    If Greek Life is for you, then VCU is for you as well. There are a variety of different types of sororities and fraternities, for every type of person interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    A very rewarding opportunity here at VCU because there are numerous organizations to join. And if you can't find one that you like, you can always create one as well. VCU is open to all suggestions.

    Great for these types of students

    Richmond is so diverse that it is great for any type of student. For those students who love the urban life I would suggest VCU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I think the best place to explore on campus is Carytown. It has an old time feel to it and its great to simply walk around, especially on a Saturday morning. It has a ton of antique shops, restaurants, and department stores as well.

    Bang for the buck

    One thing that I've noticed is a great way to save money in college: thrift shopping. You can find stylish, trendy, and brand new items at thrift stores. Also, cooking more rather than going out to eat helps keep more cash in your pocket. The most important is to be conscious of where and how much of your money you are spending, no impulse buying.

    What to do for fun

    Make it a point to establish a relationship with people, whether it's your roommates, friends, classmates, or even strangers. Getting involved in multiple organizations has opened my eyes to experience a variety of things. I also love the festivals, free events, and such that Richmond holds,

    Food and Dining

    Explore what ever area that you are in. Go to the restaurants that city is known for, eat food that you wouldn't think you would particularly like or try. Some of my best experiences have come from spontaneously going to restaurants around Richmond and trying new things. You learn how to truly enjoy life and the good things that come of it.

    Dorm Life

    The dormitory life is another major part of the college experience. This can be a challenge because you learn how to appropriately and effectively express yourself, solve problems, and communicate. This experience causes growth personally and you also meet great people. You are able to learn from people who may be different from you, which is a good experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses definitely push me beyond my comfort zone, but I appreciate it because I know that growth is taking place. I enjoy the challenge because it causes me to think more critically and apply myself. College shows you what you're capable of and the potential of what you can achieve.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a challenge, but don't be afraid of it. There are changes that will take place during these next years in college, but they are all to help you grow both academically and personally. Do not be scared to take a challenging course or join an organization. Being involved and plugged into your University is a crucial part of receiving the full college experience. Enjoy every moment and be open to diversity.

    In three sentences

    The diversity at Virginia Commonwealth University is unbelievable. I really appreciate the amount of different cultures, nations, ethnicity's, and origins of students that attend VCU. It adds to the college experience and makes it worthwhile.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food is good

    Dorm Life

    Housing is plenty

    Academic Rigor

    Prepare to study hard

    Tips for prospective students

    Monroe park needs to be renovated

    In three sentences

    Undergraduate campus needs renovation Medical campus is great Dorms needed for graduate students

  • 04/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As I said before, Richmond can be dangerous, but the campus has many police driving around to watch out for students. Also, don't forget about the Ram Safe, it could become your best friend.

    Greek Life

    We are known for our many fraternities and sororities. The only thing is that because there are so many, they are small (which isn't a bad thing).

    Clubs and Activities

    I won't even mention all of the clubs because there are about 500, literally. There are clubs for almost everything on campus, including a pancake eating club and a club for that sport in Harry Potter. You can find a club for anything you like, and if you can't find one it isn't too hard to start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Mass communications students, art students, dentistry students, business students, any students interested in the medical field, engineering students, and social work students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tradition for incoming students to rub the giant ram horns behind the commons for good luck and success at the school.

    Bang for the buck

    Though the city of Richmond can get pretty dangerous, police are always around. Also if you are scared to walk around at night there is this great night transportation service called Ram Safe!

    What to do for fun

    There are always parties going on around campus. If you are not into hardcore partying, no body pressures you to do something you don't want. If you don't like partying the university always has events going on. There are sometimes movie nights and there is a game room at the bottom of the commons.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent. If you get tired of one thing there is always somewhere else you can go. I do recommend bringing your own silverware when you go to the dining Hall however. With so many people around you, there are a lot of germs going around.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! Personally, for incoming Freshman I would recommend GRC 2. Although, it isn't like a typical dorm, residents are pretty close and we have great bathrooms (that you only have to share with three other people).

    Academic Rigor

    VCU is very strict about making sure students are critical thinkers, therefore the work can be tough. However, professors recognize when their students are trying their hardest and can offer aid. Even if the teacher doesn' help you there are many resorces available on campus to help you pass your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip for prospective students would be to make sure you need all the books listed before purchasing them.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is the most unique and diverse campus ever. We are an accepting student body who all put academics first. There is no way a student who goes here would not feel prideful when wearing black and yellow!

  • 04/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many fun activities to do on and off campus. Located in the middle of the city of Richmond, VCU, is an amazing location for diverse activities. On every block is a local restaurant or coffee shop which supports the local rams. A couple miles off the campus is the James River and Civil War center along with Brown's Island. Many historic museums are located near campus such as the Poe Museum, science museum, and the VMFA. In the bottom of Richmond near campus are many night clubs that are welcoming to the VCU students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to know the local VCU campus bus routes or parking limits. Great campus for easy commuting but sticklers on parking limits. Be familiar with the different studies and campus locations before the first day of school.

    In three sentences

    This is a very diverse college located in the center of Richmond city. All walks of nationality and religion create a melting pot effect for the school. Academic excellence is achievable through various majors and minors of study. Great atmosphere for new college bound students.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police officers ride around constantly and there are call boxes on every street corner. Text message alerts are sent out if something bad has happened and there are sirens to warn us.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sports, sports clubs at the gym, each area of study has its own club.

    Great for these types of students

    People who like the city and like to walk.

    Bang for the buck

    Two dollar movies at the Byrd Theater.

    What to do for fun

    Hollywood Cemetery, Belle Island and the Canal Walk. Carry Street shopping, Science Museum, Holocaust Museum, Virginia Art Museum, Flying Squirrels Baseball, Richmond Kickers Soccer, Edger Allen Poe Museum, Kings Dominion, Busch Gardens, Maymont Park, Botanical Gardens, Landmark Theater, Richmond Coliseum.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options for food and they are all good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are huge and well furnished.

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging but not too much to handle.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you like the city because if you don't, you will hate walking around campus.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a fun environment to continue my education. They have a lot of opportunities for advancement. They offer help when needed.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On-campus is extremely safe! Police are always patrolling, I feel 100% safe while I am on campus.

    Greek Life

    Smaller than most southern schools, but still pretty big.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs that can peak anyone's interests.

    Great for these types of students

    People who do not want to go to a school where everyone looks the same.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The compass is always full of interesting activities going on.

    Bang for the buck

    Awesome tuition rate that is really worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Belle Isle, Texas Beach, The National, Maymont, Richmond is full of amazing restaurants!

    Food and Dining

    Bleecker is the best place to eat on campus for a swipe!

    Academic Rigor

    Professors really know what they're doing, of course read ratemyprofessor to know what you're in for!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for dorms early so you can get one of the newer ones! Be sure that you want to live in a city as well, it has a very different feel than typical college campuses.

    In three sentences

    Really great inner-city school. Everything is growing and being updated. Professors are awesome.

  • 05/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety is great.

    What to do for fun

    Go watch the Rams dominate in basketball!

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious here!

    Dorm Life

    If you have any form of social skills ou should hopefully be able to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you study you should do fine

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love the city; then this is the schiool for you.

    In three sentences

    I am in love with the VCU Basketball Team. LETS GO RAMS!!!!

  • 05/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    gym, eat, carytown, mall, kyaking, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    study hard

  • 05/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Campus itself is kept quite safe, i have never felt unsafe on campus but this doesn't apply to the rest of the city. there aren't too many areas to avoid but always being mindful of what your doing is necessary. especially for those who come from non-urban area.

    Greek Life

    Greek life seems to be quite large here, several of people i know are involved in fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are a plethora of clubs and school created activities to take part in.

    Great for these types of students

    Adventurous and curious dreamers will find this place to be a utopia.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of tuition along with room and board is a steep one but it is relatively reasonable, but this is different for everyone and their specific financial situation.

    What to do for fun

    The city of Richmond is abundant with entertainment and spectacular activities. Besides a multitude of physical things to do, social life flourishes with a large music scene and a lot of people desiring the same thing at the school.

    Food and Dining

    Campus meals can be great but they can also be hard to swallow. I would say that VCU has everything needed for a great meal plan except for the consistency of the food. This may directly related to the quality of the employees, or quality of employee training.

    Dorm Life

    Residential Life and housing for freshman can be rather uncomfortable at times but it is very doable for a year, the upperclassman dorms seem much more efficient for living. On a more social note, the somewhat cramped dorms create the perfect recipe for meeting amazing people.

    Academic Rigor

    professors provide more than course content. i have gained insight and wisdom from several of my instructores

    Tips for prospective students

    have an open mind and be very receptive to assignments and lectures also be ready to seriously invest and apply yourself to your objectives.

    In three sentences

    VCU has a very conductive atmosphere for learning. the school also has a large amount of opportunity to become involved in things like organizations, academic events, and community activities. Academics have proved to be very beneficial.

  • 05/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are numerous clubs and organizations at VCU for everybody! You will never be bored at VCU, especially with the activities at the nearby Monroe Park. There is the Siegel Center where basketball games are held. The Cary St. gym has an underground pool and jacuzzi, a rock climbing wall, indoor soccer field, and they also offer yoga and zumba classes!

    Food and Dining

    VCU has a variety of dining places to satisfy anybody's palate! From on-campus places to off-campus, there are plenty to choose from. I highly recommend Jonah's if you're under a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on which dorm you get and your personal taste. This year, I lived in GRC Phase II and it's not the best. There are no elevators and the steep staircase outside is such a hazard when it rains!

    Academic Rigor

    The core science classes should be taken seriously especially with the amount of information you learn each day. However, it's not impossible to receive an A if you work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always put academics first then have some fun. College isn't all about studying and getting your degree. It's also a place where you meet new people and learn life experiences.

    In three sentences

    VCU is such a diverse school! I love the fact that you will meet people of all backgrounds here. It's like touring the whole world while getting an education.

  • 05/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's in the city so there is a lot of things to do for fun! And you can walk everywhere so that makes it very convenient. So many parks, museums, and fun-filled festivities all around.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus because it's in the city. So much diversity,

  • 05/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Because VCU is mixed in with city life, there are a LOT of homeless people around, and like with any city, there is crime. However, VCU does a terrific job of making students feel protected. There are VCU security guards and police driving around campus 24/7. There are flashing yellow boxes at every corner with a phone and a panic button in them, just in case you feel that your safety is threatened. There is also a text message alert system that send students and faculty text messages of crimes as they are reported, including location so students know what areas to avoid. They also send texts when those crimes are resolved. Richmond might be a little dangerous at times, but VCU makes me feel safe.

    Great for these types of students

    VCU is great for any type of student. There is such diversity here at this school. However, If you're close-minded, this school is not for you. Because VCU has an incredible art school, you are likely to see a lot of very interesting and colorful people walking around everywhere. This city and this school are great for those students who are individualists. It's for those students who dare to be themselves and not care what anyone thinks. No one judges at this school, because we've seen it all, and different is cool.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is an incredible experience. It's not one of those colleges that has a typical 'campus area' where students live, eat, and go to school. VCU's campus is dispersed throughout Richmond. Even just walking to class is an experience every day. Because it's a city, you don't really need a car. Most everything you need is within walking distance.

    What to do for fun

    Just walk around. There is something around every corner. The Anderson Gallery is a small museum on campus which offers free admission and features student art. Belle Isle is a beautiful rocky island on the James River where students hang out all day long. There's even a rock climbing wall there. Brown's Island, (right next to Belle Isle), offers free concerts every weekend during the summer. There are concert halls and bars with live music and museums everywhere. Just step outside your door and you'll find something to do in Richmond.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is state of the art, and VCU's dining plan allows you to use your dining dollars at many surrounding restaurants and shops such as Starbucks and 7/11. The food is excellent, and Vegetarian and Vegan friendly. There is literally something for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is challenging, but not anything a good student can't handle. As long as you 1. show up to class as often as possible 2. PAY ATTENTION and take notes in class 3. do your homework and study you will be able to hang at this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and stay street smart and this school will treat you well. Get involved in clubs and activities in order to meet lifelong friends and gain lifelong experiences. The more involved you get in this school the more confident you'll feel about being a student here.

    In three sentences

    VCU is an extremely diverse school. The people and the area are so interesting that it becomes more than a school, VCU is an experience. Attending this university has been the most fun, enlightening, and educational journeys of my life.

  • 05/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    If you don't like the food being served in the cafe, then you can easily go downtown and look for different restaurants! There's Chilis, Five Guys, Mojos, and many many other options for you to choose from! There's also the commons area which has a Chic Fil A and a Pizza Hut! Healthier choices are also around, which is always a plus!

    Dorm Life

    Your roommate will more than likely end up being your best friend as long as you establish rules with one another so you don't interfere with each others space! People will throw floor parties to celebrate finishing up exams or have video game tournaments which help bring everyone on the floor closer together, and those are really fun! It'll be hard to say goodbye at the end of the year!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes vary, as some do not require as much studying as others, but the professors will suggest to you how often and long you need to study. If you need any help, you can go to tutoring and get what you need from there! Pretty much everything is online based, so make sure you have a working laptop to access information every day!

    In three sentences

    It's a very large and diverse campus, with tons of different activities to choose from! You have plenty of opportunities to make really good friends here as well! With the campus being located in the city, there really is never a dull moment!

  • 05/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Medical, art, and business students.

    What to do for fun

    Since VCU is in the city, you have so many things to do. The school offers free public transportation through the public bus. If you utilize this you can go to Carytown and visit the cute shops or the science museum a few miles away. VCU also offers some student activities to do over the weekend.

    Food and Dining

    VCU dining is not really known for their food. I've spent more money on outside dining than my actual swipes that I paid for. Shafer can be good on one day or bad on another. I noticed that Shafer is good when tours are starting. Eating healthy is not an option here. Croutons is probably the only place where you can eat relatively healthy. The only motivation I had to eat on campus is preventing my swipes that I bought with my meal plan from going to waste.

    Dorm Life

    There many different dorms for people to live in especially for Freshman. I would recommend living in a hall style dorm if you really want to meet people. I lived in Brandt where it was harder to meet friends because you're confined to your suite. Brandt is the nicest dorm but also the hardest to meet people. Living in Rhoads or Johnson can allow you to form friendships in an entire hall. GRC does have a mix of different kinds of rooms. It has singles and suite style like Brandt. It's really preference on where you want to live on campus. People I know liked where they lived.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some classes where you have to keep up with the readings and where you spend hours studying for a test. There are other classes where you barely have to put in any effort or show up. It varies from teacher to teacher. A majority of 100 courses are relatively easy. Even though some teachers don't take attendance, it is important to attend because teachers may give out extra credit or give information on the next test. If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask the teacher. They are more than willing to help you understand the material. I've also noticed that different majors have more work to do than others. For example, a pre-med kid will have more work than a mass communications major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Because VCU is such a large school, meeting friends may be intimidating. It is important to utilize clubs and organizations to meet new people. For the first two years of school, you will be in classes of 200. Don't be afraid to ask for teachers for help. That's what you're paying them for! VCU is in the middle of a city, it is important to use common sense. There are parts of Richmond that is sketchy but that shouldn't prevent you from exploring the city. Dining here can be good on certain days. Prepare for days with really good food at Shafer to not so good on others.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is a large university with a diverse student body. There are many things for students to be involved in from intramural sports to greek life. The academics here are rigorous depending on your major.

  • 05/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I read a lot and hang out with friends. Video games are fun, too.

    Food and Dining

    It's hit-and-miss. People say that the dining hall on the Monroe Park campus is awful, but I don't mind the food. There are other options as well.

    Dorm Life

    The people on my floor were all nice and the RA was a cool guy.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't had a problem yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and don't procrastinate. When choosing classes, make sure you can handle your workload. Don't slack.

    In three sentences

    The campus is nice and open, but I have a problem with all of the smokers. The people are mostly friendly and helpful. I haven't had a bad professor yet, so that's good.

  • 05/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are phones on almost every corner and building to call campus police who are on constant patrol around the campus.

    Greek Life

    The fraternities are all over campus as well as sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs and fraternities. You can even start your own club with your friends. There is always something to do at VCU.

    Great for these types of students

    VCU can fit any student especially very social people that love interacting with different types of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many different Probates held at the student commons.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall this is a great University that could fit anyone. VCU has a great atmosphere, gym, and sports teams.

    What to do for fun

    The gym is the best thing to do on campus. Monroe park is in the middle of campus which is also a plus. Students could also hang with friends around the compass. Of course their are the basketball games.

    Food and Dining

    There could be more of a variety of food places around campus. The food places could also have better times that they take our student swipes.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life could be great depending on what type of room you get. VCU has a variety of dorms that will suit all the students.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes offered are great and vary. Their are many different professors that teach many classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should take advantage of every resource that the University offers such as the library and writing center. They should also speak with their academic adviser often.

    In three sentences

    This is a great University with a great atmosphere. The diversity is an addition to the experience. The University's overall presentation is a great experience.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Commons game room with different playing games, movie theatre and different events. It is always a lot of fun to watch different athletic events

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the Universities course and major curriculums before you came here. Find out your interests and do a major search, so you know what to study once you get here.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is a very professional University. The professors and the AI's are well educated and they put their time to the students. The classes and building are very close to each other, which makes it easy to go between classes.

  • 05/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VCU has their own police force who's jurisdiction is the campus. There are always police officers around, which gives a feeling of safety.

    What to do for fun

    VCU is located in a city, there are countless things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are many dining options offered at VCU, but the quality of food is nothing to brag about.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are set up so that students can socialize with one another, and still provide enough privacy and security.

    Academic Rigor

    VCU does not have the most academic demanding curriculum.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although VCU is an university, safety is never guaranteed. One should always be careful when outside of campus, especially at night.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a diverse friendly school with endless student organizations offered to each and every student. Located in the city, VCU has not only an academic atmosphere but also a very rich and lively aroma. VCU is conveniently located in Richmond, allowing for easy access to all that Richmond has to offer.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Honestly, within the past year, there have been a decent amount of robberies and criminal activity around Monroe park campus after dark, but the VCU and Richmond police have been working ways to make it safer for us students. There are VCU police phones all around campus, and they are all lit, so feel free to use them if you're near one and you suspect anything.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun. You can join a couple organizations, start your own, find where the hotspots around campus for dancing and hanging out, etc. Just have to ask around. But remember to think safety and always try to go out with a buddy if its dark.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great for the most part. When you get on campus for the first time, youll want to try almost everything, and there are swipes you can use from your meal plan. After while, of course, you will get kindof tired of eating almost the same kind of foods all the time. If you're trying to eat healthy, there are some options to choose from, but there are mostly fast food places, like chick fil a, and pizza hut. There is also going to be a Taco bell coming soon to Monroe park campus Fall 2013

    Dorm Life

    VCU has a decent amount of dorms to choose from starting as a freshman. Most college students at first will think, yea i cant wait to leave home and be on my own. But after awhile you'll start missing your own room, the home cooked meals and free laundry room. Basically, It is what you make of your experience in a dorm. You'll have those moments with the roommate, not enough change for the laundry room, the late night fire alarm drills, or whatever else... But if you come in positive, you'll definitely wont regret your experience. It is not all that bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to attend every class. Use the learning center! Join organizations and get involved! But also remember to enjoy your college experience and stay safe while doing it!

    In three sentences

    VCU is one of the best colleges/universities to attend in Virginia; it is so diverse and welcoming to all students. This school provides a wide variety of majors and programs to its students and there are many ways to receive help if needed. I am appreciative for attending.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Sign up for VCU alerts!

    What to do for fun

    Go to Carytown!

    Food and Dining

    Shafer is hit or miss but there are a lot of other options!

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in a dorm but from I have seen, it is not bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's easy to lose focus and slack off. Work hard but also make time to enjoy college and take advantage of the many opportunities VCU has to offer. Also, remember VCU is located in an urban location, always make sure you are alert especially at night.

    In three sentences

    VCU is an awesome school! The diversity and atmosphere is what sets it apart from other schools in my opinion. You have the chance to experience different cultures and meet amazing people.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    This place has an AWESOME ART PROGRAM. Absolutely in love with it! The health programs are also very good. Also, great diversity!

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VCU and Richmond police work together to make sure students are safe and promptly alerted when crime occurs.

    Clubs and Activities

    SOVO Fair is a great way to find out how to get involved. Campus clubs and activities are very organized.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved! I've joined various clubs within VCU and apart of the city because practically everything you could want to do is accessible by biking or walking.

    Food and Dining

    VCU offers an abundance of dining choices both on college campus and the medical campus.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Johnson Hall and had a not so great experience: my dorm room flooded, my roommate ditched school halfway through the year, and hall-life wasn't as active as I'd hoped.

    Academic Rigor

    You get what you pay for -- your classes will be rigorous if you put in true effort to succeed and learn. Classes don't have to be hard if you don't try or go to class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Move off campus, absorb the city, and really get involved both within the city of Richmond and at the university.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a special place because it's not a typical, quad-having campus -- you'll learn about life in a real way that will prepare you for the future as a non-student. Richmond isn't a college town; it's a vibrant city with endless amounts of fun and opportunity. You'll get a top-notch university education and life in one of the most exciting up-and-coming cities.

  • 06/22/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    VCU has a security team of REAL officers bigger than the City of Richmond. They care about their students and want the city to stay as safe as possible!

    Clubs and Activities

    They have A LOT of clubs and activities. A student interested should search what they are looking for on the VCU website. Each club can be emailed for more specific information.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone willing to explore and learn!

    Bang for the buck

    I think college is just plain expensive, no ifs ands or buts. With that said, VCU is a state institution and very generally priced. No complaints with the school itself regarding costs.

    What to do for fun

    Another advantage to being in the city, lots to do! With parks, zoos, shops, arcades, golf, pools, you would never be bored! There are also numerous city festivities that happen throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    There are countless food options! The school has a wonderful dining hall as well as a nice center with other chain foods. Down the road, any road, there are multiple restaurants; between family owned and bigger brands, you would never go hungry living here!

    Dorm Life

    GRC has private rooms, which were amazing my freshmen year! The other buildings are mostly generic dorm rooms, but are well done and in the middle of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is competitive. The professors know what they are teaching about and expect you to learn it! They will stay after, plan office hours to tutor students and stay current on emails and grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should visit the campus and school building in which they are hoping to attend. VCU is a diverse community, which means plenty of opportunity for anyone willing to work for it.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University has so much to offer. The college helps you acquire street smarts, being in Richmond, VA, while having access to almost any career field imaginable. The professors are involved and the school hires graduates often.

  • 06/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VCU is located in the inner city of Richmond, so there will be crime. However, VCU police have a text alert system to notify students when and where a crime has occurred. There are also police hotline phones located all over campus. There is a transit for students that runs 24 hours and is free. So although there is crime, VCU does a good job of protecting students from it.

    Great for these types of students

    For anyone who is afraid of feeling unwelcome, or has a very open mind, VCU is a good choice.

    Bang for the buck

    For the tuition and housing costs, VCU is a good school to attend. They make sure students have good, yet affordable housing and food, and there are lots of different places students can go to study, eat, relax, exercise, etc.

    What to do for fun

    Belle Isle is right around the corner from campus. There are also many interesting shops, places to eat, and clubs to go to. VCU offers many club and organizations to be involved in during free time. As long as you look, you'll find something to do!

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of unhealthy places you can eat here that honor the VCU meal plan, so watch out! It's easy to develop unhealthy eating habits. However, there are some very healthy options, too. Prospective students may want to consider buying the smallest meal plan, and cooking some of their own food as well.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many different options when it comes to on campus housing. Even now, VCU is constructing new buildings for student housing. There is a wide price range, and tons of different living styles. There's something for everyone!

    Academic Rigor

    There are online reviews of most of the professors and their classes. This makes it easy to choose a teacher that will cater to your learning style.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many clubs and organizations available to students. Get involved in something and make friends! It makes college much more enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    VCU has a very diverse and accepting student body. The campus is fairly open, so there are also plenty of people there that aren't actually attending. I recommend this school to anyone who feels like they may not feel welcome in a new environment, as many people here tend to be helpful, polite, and open minded.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Head to the James River or Pony Pasture for some outdoor fun in the sun. And Richmond is only 1.5-2 hours from the mountains and 1.5-2 hours from the beach for a quick weekend getaway. There are collegiate sports venues available as well as the minor league baseball team (Richmond Squirrels) and the minor league soccer team (Richmond Kickers). Intramural sports are available through the school as well. And there are a variety of clubs, coffee shops, art museums and theaters around the area if you want a little evening entertainment. Parks and trails are abundant as well as local festivals virtually every weekend during the spring, summer and fall.

    Food and Dining

    If you are on the Monroe Park campus for class they have a great dining hall and chain restaurants available. One of the best things about that area though is the easy access to local, unique food choices and most of them will deliver! If you are on the MCV campus you have to try all the food carts that are located in and around the hospital. A variety of foods are offered including some very traditional Thai, Latin American, and Indian food.

    Dorm Life

    I lived off campus for my time at the university, however I had friends in the dorms who stated that they were very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be tough, professors expect a lot of effort out of you because they want you to learn and be the best. If you manage your time, homework and assignments are usually not a problem. Don't expect to just breeze through all of your classes, but do expect to learn a great deal and to feel like you have accomplished something important.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour and see exactly what the university and surrounding area have to offer. Come into the university with an open mind-there are a lot of academic majors and courses you can take that may help you find what you really love! And don't be afraid to ask as many questions as you want. It comes across as proactive and mature if you show interest in your future.

    In three sentences

    A great university that is always looking for new and improved ways to make student life and education more appealing and accessible for all current and future students. VCU creates a feeling of family where you can approach anyone and ask anything and feel comfortable doing so. The new motto for VCU is Make It Real- because they want you to make your goals and dreams real and they will help you make that happen.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    Awesome! Not as prevalent as some universities, only because there are over 33,000 students enrolled and you don't get to see everybody. However, Greek life is out there!

    Great for these types of students

    Diverse and open-minded students would love VCU!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing out of the ordinary to me.

    What to do for fun

    The city of Richmond offers a lot of fun stuff to do. There quite a few cute diners and boutiques. However, if you are up for the drive, about 20 minutes out you will find malls and some other things to do. You just have to get out and find what is fun to you!

    Food and Dining

    AMAZING!

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on field of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Embrace the diversity, and allow yourself to broaden your horizons and step out of your comfort zone to really get all of what VCU has to offer. Also, remember to stay focused; being in the middle of the city creates a great deal of distractions.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a very diverse school with numerous extracurricular activities. It is almost impossible to not find your fit at VCU. It is located in the heart of Richmond, so campus and night life are very entertaining and fun, but that does not denote the prestige of this world-class university.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    VCU's dining hall offers a decent variety of foods and the several restaurants within walking distance make exquisite food only a short walk away.

    Dorm Life

    Located downtown, VCU's dorms are within walking distance of several activities including libraries, restaurants, sport establishments, and even the beautiful James River where rafting, kayaking, and swimming are only a short jog away.

    Academic Rigor

    VCU is one of the best art schools in the USA and has a rising prestigious engineering program. Being so, VCU offers competitive courses to encourage excellence among its students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start the application process early. Do not wait until the last minute. VCU's application and introductory process is very straight forward so do not hesitate to push through it quickly.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is a school that combines excellent education with an exciting atmosphere. VCU's affordable rates and helpful staff make applying a student friendly process. Located in the heart of Richmond Virginia, VCU offers a variety of activities, scenery, and occupations.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The VCU Police are great and you will always see them around campus. However, robberies and burglaries do happen. It is one of the down sides of living in the city. It is advised not to walk around alone at night, whether you're male or female. If you are in the situation where you do, though, VCU has done a great job putting together a mobile app -- VCU Mobile -- which can connect you to the RamSafe service which can take you back to residency halls or wherever else on campus that you need to go to.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very small, but it is definitely growing. Along with the rest of VCU, there is no set stereotype for sororities or fraternities. Unlike other schools, Greek life is very diverse and is open for everyone to try.

    Great for these types of students

    Definitely those who are open minded, accepting and have been or want to experience amazing diversity! There are people from everywhere. There is no one stereotype of the student body here.

    What to do for fun

    There are literally so many different things to do around campus -- whether it's joining a bunch of clubs, trying out new food places or taking the shuttle around to explore the city. Belle Isle is also 8 minutes from campus, and that's the perfect place to hang out with friends, tan, enjoy the James River, all while still in Richmond.

    Food and Dining

    Shafer Dining center has GREAT options for everyone. Although the quality of the taste of the food isn't the best, all of the food items are fully cooked and don't break any health violations. And they have an all day cereal bar, which is always great if you don't like anything else. Along with Shafer, the Student Commons also has several dining options such as Chick-fil-A, an Asian-style Stir Fry, a Taco Bell, and even more to come in 2013. There are also amazing restaurants around the campus! Many of them being hole-in-the-wall places. And a lot of the joint restaurants actually take meal swipes on certain days -- such as IHOP.

    Dorm Life

    The communal residency dorms (Johnson and Rhoads) are very old and have been around since the 1800's. However, they are renovating all bathrooms and expecting a lot of changes within the buildings. The community and social aspect in these buildings are very big since they have an open-door policy. Note, these dorms are high rise with around 18 floors each. There is also a dorm off campus, it is actually located on the MCV campus. Students who live in Cabaniss go back and forth from Monroe Campus and MCV using a shuttle bus system that VCU provides. The suite options are all different, and range from building to building. Here is a description of each: Brandt - the newest dorm building. It is a high rise that has 4- and 8-person suites. Within the suites, each room is a double. And two doubles are connected by a bathroom. Gladding Residence Center (GRC) -- There are 3 complexes and each complex holds around 170-250 students. GRC 1 is apartment style that has a kitchen and is shared with upperclassmen. GRC 2 is a lot like Brandt in the aspect that it has 8-person suites. Every two suites share a single bathroom. And every room is provided with a mini-fridge. GRC 3 is apartment style that houses both single and double options -- they have 2-person single, 4-person single and 4-person double. The residents in one apartment all share a common living area, either one or two bathrooms, a kitchenette (no stove/ovens) and a full-sized fridge.

    Academic Rigor

    It really is what you make it at VCU. There is a wide range of students -- from those who make top marks and make the deans list every semester, to those who do nothing but slack off and procrastinate. Academic success all depends on you, and many clubs and organizations actually do consider grades and GPA for membership.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to visit the campus before you decide on whether or no VCU is for you. It is unlike any other college setting, especially in Virginia. It is set in a city, so while there are things to do on every corner, the dangers of the city are also present.

    In three sentences

    A wonderful university for everyone who is open minded. It's built in a city that is always fast paced with something going on. It is far from a traditional college/university setting.

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs, recreational teams and activities to get involved in. I am on a recreational soccer team.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is worth your money. I would recommend attending VCU.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Cary Town or Belle Isle, they are very beautiful areas. Join a recreational team or a club. Take a walk with some friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't bad. There is a Chik Fil A that swipes on Saturdays, There is a Chilis nearby too. There are many places to eat on the campus. Keep an eye on your swipes, dining dollar, and rambucks so you dont run out.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a suite in Brandt and loved it. The environment was nice. And try to get along with your roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, like engineering for instance, the classes you have to take can be pretty challenging. But i think if you just sit down and do the work, it's all easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study! Don't procrastinate. Try to schedule out time for school work, there will be plenty of time to do other things. Stay on track of what you are doing. Also, Enjoy your time at VCU. Its a great school and fun to be at.

    In three sentences

    I love it. Friendly, peaceful actually. And a great place to grow and find yourself.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Richmond can get sketchy, but if you're on campus walking in groups you should be ok. Even when something happens, they alert the public. Every student must sign up with VCU alerts and they receive texts when a crime is reported. If you're still worried, then buy a stun gun, but I've walked around at night alone as a girl, and I was okay.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many student organizations. I can't even explain. There's something out here for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy students,people that want to network, or people that simply just want to be around diversity. We're not just an art school. Our school of Business, Education, Social Work, Biology, and Engineering is emerging as a forefront.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When Obama got re-elected the campus lit up. We paraded into Broad Street, thousands of us, and celebrated in joy. It was amazing.

    Bang for the buck

    I recieved a lot of financial aid, so I'm basically covered. I think VCU is worth every penny. It has so many networking opportunities and job opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do. The National is right down Broad, there's a gay club, there's salsa dancing. The gym has Zumba classes and other dance classes. There's never a boring moment at VCU.

    Food and Dining

    Shafer, the dining hall, is a little iffy. Some days the food is delicious, other days not so much. There's a vegan/vegetarian section, but it's not too big. There's also a restaurant on campus that serves salads and wraps and there's plenty of fast food on campus as well that accept our meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was fun. I lived in Johnson hall in a triple. I was not too found of my roommates and I could not get much privacy, however the price was very cheap. I met many people through dorm life. In fact I met my best friend there who introduced me to my current boyfriend. My point being is that I recommend dorm living for first year students. It acclimates you to college and introduces you to new people.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a music major, so my classes were intense. VCU's art school is the number one in the country. While technically I'm billed at 18 credits, the classes are undervalued, so I'm actually taking around 24. This is not the norm for most majors. But I found that VCU demands the best for their students. If you don't attend class, you won't pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is all about time management. And most students usually go crazy when they realize they can schedule their classes so they don't have to wake up until 12 pm or so they have days off in the week. My advice is to not take this for granted. Wake up early, use your time wisely, and make the most out of your college education. Don't slack, don't waste money.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a great school for people that want to network and that desire to be around others of different cultures.The professors are understanding and really try to help you. In short, it's one of the best schools in Virginia.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Being that VCU is in the heart of a major city, one should have some street-smarts about them or common sense at least. Campus and Richmond police work very hard to keep the students safe, but there always seem to be robberies going on.

    Greek Life

    Not really big here like in other schools, however it is always growing and changing as the student body does.

    Clubs and Activities

    So much to do on campus- its insane the amount of clubs and activities that ine can take part in! College is a stimulating time in a person's life and VCU does not disappoint.

    Great for these types of students

    Art students Hipsters Outgoing types Students who crave Diversity Athletes Pre-Med Engineering Future Teachers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a thrift shop on campus here, across from I believe the stadium. (I'm new here myself) The basketball team in recent years is the school's pride and joy as well!

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of education in my opinion is crazy and getting more ludicrous as we speak, it was a god-send for me that I lived in-state near this school. Don't fret however if you are an out-of-state student, the financial aid offered here is pretty fair for it to be a big state school.

    What to do for fun

    VCU is in the heart of Richmond and there is plenty to do on and off-campus. Kickbacks with friends, greek life, sporting events, concerts, and a library with a Starbucks.

    Food and Dining

    So many choices on VCU's campus and so accessible with the meal plans they offer. The food is usually pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are not the prettiest but they are forever changing as the student body changes and there is always something or somebody to interact with!

    Academic Rigor

    VCU is different for everybody, depending on what your major is, and who you are as a student- will obviously impact how you see the academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    If VCU is somewhere you would want to attend then I recommend honing your writing skills and your creative vision; be ambitious and be independent.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University (also known as VCU) is a large public university set in the heart of Richmond. The campus is an urban sprawl of creativity and diversity. There is nowhere in the state that celebrates being different as much as at VCU.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Vcu Alert is extremmely helpful and the escort service they have when you are simply traveling alone

    What to do for fun

    THere is so many things to do such as clubs. homecoming events, and helping the community.

    Food and Dining

    They have so many options and the food is pretty good!

    Dorm Life

    they can notify a little quicker upon request of stay

    Academic Rigor

    THere is no way you can possibly fail here because there is so much help

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to keep up with the school news and everything about what is going on around campus. Also get really involved.

    In three sentences

    It is a wonderful school that offers so many majors and careers to choose form. They also offer so much help from homework, career, and etc. It is just a beautiful campus in general

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is not too much to do around the campus in terms of activities. Downtown Richmond is within walking distance, which is convenient, while the campus also boasts one of the biggest and oldest theaters/venues in the area, the Landmark Theatre. There are also countless, delicious restaurants surrounding campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are countless options for dining across campus that are all excellent. Even though there is only one dining hall, there is definitely something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very clean and safe, as well as reasonably priced. They also make significant efforts to connect and create lasting friendships between fellow dorm mates.

    Academic Rigor

    The intensity of the classes definitely vary depending on major/teacher but overall, I have found the general education classes to be easier than my high school Advanced Placement classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't have to know what you want to major in right away. VCU offers a wide variety of classes that could help you discover what you are most interested in.

    In three sentences

    VCU is an extremely diverse campus that has a lot to offer. Not only does the school specialize in areas such as the arts and engineering, it also allows students a greater sense of independence and exposure to the real world than most college campuses. While this is definitely an excellent school socially and academically, it is not a fit for someone looking for a more traditional college experience.

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    So we have a dining hall (Shafer Court) that is so-so. People hate on it but when they have to cook for themselves they'll find that a buffet-style dining hall isn't all that bad. We also have places on campus that take swipes like Pizza Hut, Subway, IHOP, etc. A lot of it is fast food which sucks but they're adding a new convenience store that will have a lot of healthy food options. The food isn't /that/ bad...

    Dorm Life

    I live relatively close to VCU (about 45 minutes away) but I decided to dorm on campus my freshman year. I don't regret it at all. I was placed on the MCV campus in Cabaniss which I thought would suck a lot since you had to take the campus connector to get to class but I ended up meeting so many new people. My floormates were awesome! I ended up moving to the main campus but I still try to keep in touch with them. Dorming exposes you to the real college life; sleeping in too late and having to rush to your 8am, meeting a bunch of new people, and pretty much having a good time. If you're hesitant on dorming on campus, DO IT! You will not regret it.

    Academic Rigor

    I've taken some easy classes and I've also taken incredibly hard classes. General education classes are usually the easy ones but as you discover your major and advance to the more complex classes it'll get difficult. It's really not hard to manage your social life and school work IF you know how to utilize both your professors and the other learning tools VCU provides. I went to the campus writing center one day because I was completely stumped on what to write for an application to one of the programs I was interested in but they helped me develop an idea and I ended up getting into the program. There are librarians at the library whose sole job is to help students with research writing. Then there are your professors; they may be hard on you (because they are probably teaching 500+ students a semester and they have to be strict on their policies) but if you ask them for help they will be more than willing to assist. I've had to do it several times. They aren't as evil as you think they may be... They want you to do well and pass the class! You may be able to skate through some classes simply because the work is posted online but PAY ATTENTION!!! If you know how to pay attention and study your butt off you'll find that VCU isn't all that difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're afraid of going to VCU because it's in the city, we're actually a very safe campus. Obviously since this is an urban campus there will be crime but it is generally off-campus. VCU has its own police force with 82 sworn officers. We don't joke around with crime and more often than not you will always see a patrol car around campus.

    In three sentences

    VCU is an urban campus with a LOT of student organizations. The people here are generally accepting and diversity is one of the key features that VCU prides itself on year after year. We are the number one public art school in the nation and a very research-oriented school with a complete medical campus downtown.

  • 07/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are very active all day around campus, and students are alerted of any crime immediately.

    What to do for fun

    It's a bit difficult to visit the attractions in Richmond further away from campus without a car, but there are activities happening everyday on campus, as well as a very live campus nightlife. The National (Richmond's concert venue) is also not too far, and there are some awesome performances there from time to time.

    Food and Dining

    There is a fair amount of dining options on campus, in addition to the abundant amount of local restaurants surrounding the campus within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    Not the most modern buildings but it is a great opportunity to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some classes more demanding than others but still manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open-minded to people who live different lifestyles, are from different cliques, and races. Also, be in involved in campus activities!

    In three sentences

    The diversity is amazing here, as well as the urban campus. The faculty that I have met so far are all very helpful and encouraging towards their students. The student body is also very friendly and open to meeting all types of people.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Food, music, and Art.

    Food and Dining

    Biggest vegan and vegetarian selection in the state.

    Dorm Life

    Be prepared for fire alarms at un warranted times.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your department

    Tips for prospective students

    Always double check what your adviser says they often make mistakes. Take advantage of Dual Degree tracks and Honor College events,

    In three sentences

    The Advisory Support for the Student in the humanities in on a scaled from 1-10,5 Career Services are available but hard to reach and limited 4 Student life 7, great campus diversity and Richmond is a great location.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students the don't mid sitting in a class with about 200 other students and not getting a lot of one on one attention from professors. Students that can pay attention with other students having conversations and handling other obligations during class.

    What to do for fun

    They are lots of activities going on around the campus. There is a bulletin and people advocating and discussing many activities that are occurring around the campus. There is a campus break room where contests, video games and other fun activities happen. There are TONSSSSSS of clubs to join and many intramural sports available.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great! Lots of options on the campus to use the dining dollars and the Rambucks. Seems to become repetitive once used to the food, however it all still tastes good. On both MCV Campus and Monroe Park Campus food is great and is filling.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you reside, dorms are very safe and supervised. Safe environments, but since in the city have to be clean. Roaches get into the rooms if unclean and if neighboring rooms aren't the cleanest as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Some subjects almost seem impossible to pass, some professors way of teaching is very difficult so DEF look professors up before registering for a class. Classes wont be as hard if you spend time throughout the week studying and looking through the material repeatedly. Study often to retain the material and the classes wont be as difficult. Take excellent notes in class, sometimes the VCU professors ask ridiculous questions pertaining to ONLY what they say in class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you have a friend or some type of buddy system at night because robberies happen in the Richmond area, VCU area often. Don't wait until the last minute to study, professors ask questions pertaining to the material not always said in the classroom, but said in the books. Read given assignments before class and actually learn the information!! Never forget your clicker and always stay on top of checking your emails and blackboard. Stay in contact with the professors you like they may be of big help to you later down the road. BE ON TIME FOR CLASS!!!!

    In three sentences

    VCU is a fantastic, energetic campus with many festivities available! Its a great campus for interacting with the community as well as the campus at the same time. Its a lot of fun and enjoyable campus that has a lot to offer!

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While I've never personally felt threatened by anything, VCU campus is in downtown Richmond, which is still developing out of some of it's safety problems. VCU is obsessed about keeping their students safe and have it known through all sorts of measures. I would argue it's a fine place to be if you keep your smarts about you.

    Greek Life

    There is the standard run of Greek life sororities and fraternities, and from what I've heard they aren't the cut-throat type, which is nice to know. There are honors chapters, and also an arts fraternity, albeit small, but growing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot, and VCU is always welcoming more (with a minimum need of three or so people to establish a club).

    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded, easygoing, self-motivated, researchers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the features of VCU is that while it's a big university with two campuses, half of the colleges within it are housed in quaint little houses that line Franklin st. Also, while not exactly a tradition, the campus compass (in between the dining hall, library, and student services center), there are frequently art performances, installations, dance-offs, and other miscellaneous gathering things that happen sporadically around the year.

    Bang for the buck

    While out-of-state tuition with all of its tack-ons like housing and meal plans can get pricey (about 44K a year total for me), VCU does a lot of student-life oriented pizazz, offers good tutoring services, keeps up campus safety precautions, and maintains student clubs decently. There is a lot of freshman year glamor, but the rest of the bang shows up in research opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    While most of the recreational things I do are school related, there are a handful of local music venues, clubs, and stores that populate the streets. VCU is fairly downtown, broken into two campuses, the Medical campus being more down-town. There are First Friday gallery hops every month, music and culture festivals, and loads of school events and clubs that are always active.

    Food and Dining

    There's a pretty hefty variety of food offered through the dining plan. It's not 4-star dining, but for college options, the food isn't bad. Emphasis on breadth of options. The local restaurants in Richmond are much more eclectic and well-crafted in food quality.It's fairly vegan friendly, and a good city to show off to your family during visits.

    Dorm Life

    There are often problems with mildew and hot water from place to place, but the staff is kind and eager to please, and problems do get taken care of. Depending on the dorm (which there are many of), there will be larger and smaller living spaces. It's far better than jail-cell like accommodations that some colleges are rumored to have!

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the honors college and arts college, and I've come to learn that certain paths are more difficult than others. The first year of art school can be killer- there never seem to be enough hours in the day- and VCU professors love research papers, which can be time consuming, but not difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be wary of it all seeming too easy in the beginning. VCU has a very easy-going and relaxed student body and campus, but this is also conductive to flexibility and opportunities. Be ready to be self-motivated!

    In three sentences

    VCU has an amazing community of students, professors, and staff members. The campus is spread out and made up of older and well-landscaped areas and newer more compact buildings. The academics are challenging enough to keep you busy, and there is no shortage of extra-curricular events, groups, or clubs to fill up the rest of your time.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Museums, the river, clubs, parties, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plans are extremely reliable, despite the fact that swipes don't roll over at the end of the semester.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small and sometimes cramped, but the experience of having a roommate and floormates is well worth it in the long run.

    In three sentences

    Being located of the city, there are lots of things to do when I'm not busy with classes. Most of the professors clearly love their jobs, making it an interesting and interactive learning environment. The other students are engaging and easy to get along with, making the college experience so much more enjoyable.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Since the campus is in down town area, there is often robberies nearby to the area. Yet, the police are quick to notify students with text message alerts and quick to resolve problems. VCU police can be found easily around campus and there is the walk-program and ride program, which is you can call if you feel unsafe or it's late in the even and want someone to walk to you to class or back to your dorm.

    Greek Life

    You can for more about Greek life on Greek week. Very friendly people that create a family like feel, as far as I know.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs available, almost anything you can think of and it's very easy to create your own. There is even quidditch team.

    Great for these types of students

    Seems like mostly an art school at times. But, there are many other programs available. Great for nursing students, also.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the art walk I believe the first Friday of every month.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus offers many services from academic help to free classes at the gym. They also have free counseling.

    What to do for fun

    Maymount park and Belle Isle are very nice places to hang out. Short Pump Mall isn't too far for shopping. Cary Town has plenty of little shops, restaurants, and the Byrd Theater, which offers movies for $2.

    Food and Dining

    Food services that VCU isn't too bad. The cafes nearby are really good, though. There is a range of options from mexican to italian to just sandwiches and wraps. VCU also offers rambucks that some restaurants will take near the school.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus. But, the friends that I've known that lived in dorms were happy with the setting and the people they met.

    Academic Rigor

    All the teachers and professors I've known so far have been really passionate about what they do. There is many ranges of programs and levels that are available.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think students that are unsure of their degree should start here because the university is very helpful with aiding you into finding a program that suits you. It's also has a relaxed feel to the campus; so, it's a good social setting to meet connections and new people.

    In three sentences

    VCU is in the down town area with wonderful cafes and shops nearby, which gives a good college feel. The staff of VCU is wonderful and helpful and the school offers a range of degrees.

  • 08/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out and explore the city. Richmond city life is what makes our school different from all the other Virginia state universities.

    Food and Dining

    Out dining services are getting better, we have been adding in new dining services for the past year.

    Dorm Life

    Definitely look into staying at a traditional style dorm. You will be able to meet new students quickly and possibly create friendships that will last!

    Academic Rigor

    Some people assume that this school is an easy school because of its lower acceptance GPA and SAT scores, however, it is not true. The school definitely tries to challenge the students to bring out the best in them.

    Tips for prospective students

    For the future college students, definitely try to visit the campus. You might not think its the school for you, but once you see the atmosphere, you may fall in love!

    In three sentences

    It is a very diverse school, that allows its students to be who they want to be. Also, it has a variety of majors, that allows the students to search for what they really want to do.

  • 09/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe most of the time just avoid walking alone at night and you are fine, also carry pepper spray.

    Greek Life

    People say Greek life here isn't very big, but I swear everyone I know is in Greek life, besides me.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO many options

    Great for these types of students

    Open minded students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Belle Isle; beach area that many students go too as well as any where in cary town

    Bang for the buck

    I would say for what you pay for, the school is great. The gym here is amazing and they offer so many group classes as well, you're bound to enjoy one.

    What to do for fun

    For fun there are many options. Hanging out in your dorms can be fun because you meet so many people. There is always a party going on, you can also join clubs, and greek life.

    Food and Dining

    The food options are good, and give you many options. Even the dining hall is good. Fried chicken Mondays are the best, and the sandwich's in the dining hall are my favorite.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the Brandt dorms, which I believe are the nicest newest looking dorms. they are suite style. The traditional dorms are Rhoads and Johnson. I feel like they all have there pros and cons, overall they are all great places to live.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically they challenge you but know that you are able to meet these expectations. The professors do well teaching big classes so don't worry about the class size.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students is to study hard and join many organizations and clubs, as well as participate in sports and community service activities. Keep your grades up and do good on the SAT

    In three sentences

    Best school ever, living in the city of Richmond is beautiful and exciting. The professors are very nice and personable. There is so many majors to choose from as well.

  • 09/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Is always available because I've seen the evidence so frequently throughout my stay here. Knowing that security is so prevalent throughout the campus makes me feel secure. They even help me get emergency medical attention my second day on campus. Thanks guys!

    Greek Life

    I'm sure it's available.

    Clubs and Activities

    I've yet be able to embark on the club scene, but I'm looking forward to that soon.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student with interest in science or medicine would gain knowledge and a opportunity to be a part of a great university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most unusual location would be the park where many homeless hang out. Just be aware and about your business.

    Bang for the buck

    College in a nut shell is never a nutshell. There's so much to explore and learn. When I left high school it was all about the clothes and friends and now that I'm in college it's all about my deadlines and papers. You perspective may change but the end result is success.

    What to do for fun

    I'm a sports major so when I want to have fun I always find friend to explore the city with. When we're staying in we gather together to watch movies or play video games..

    Food and Dining

    I'm enjoying the choices I have on campus. The dining hall is always available but if I want to mix it up. Subway, chic-fil-a and oh yes Panda Express are great choices.

    Dorm Life

    What can I say. It's a dorm and you should make the best memories. Develop friendships for a lifetime.

    Academic Rigor

    Make sure you do your work. I find that getting it done first before anything else leaves me less stressed a with more time to leisurely enjoy college life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bonding with you roommate is a must. Try to find a common thread and learn your boundaries. You'll see them a lot so you might as well get to know them.

    In three sentences

    Very exciting campus with lots of activities. You can always find helpful personnel. The campus has many different types of food to partake! Yum!

  • 09/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    VCU is still one of the more economical options in the state of Virginia but with the recent national attention the school has gotten things around the city have increased cost wise, including tuition and property.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs, bars, parks, recreational activities, and gaming options both on campus and in the city of Richmond. A simple search of the campus calendar is a wonderful place to start.

    Food and Dining

    VCU has a very wide variety of dining options but Aramark is a corporate bully on campus, overcharging for household items like toilet paper by almost 50%.

    Dorm Life

    The upperclass dorms are wonderful and most suites are equipped with a washer and dryer as well as other full appliances.

    Academic Rigor

    The upper level writing intensive courses challenge and enrich students with a rigorous amount of writing that demands quality results.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the school and get an idea of the campus. Structure your experience to fit your personality. For example: if you need to live close to campus because you don't drive take that into consideration and if you are not a morning person schedule later classes.

    In three sentences

    VCU is the ideal environment for personal growth and higher education. It is impossible to come to this institution and not learn something. This university encourages its students' development with some of the most dedicated faculty available.

  • 09/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you want to feel safe, sign up for Crime Alert on your cellular device. The moment something goes down at VCU or any area around the campuses, the police are there to inform you what is going on and if the situation continues to be dangerous. Late at night you can witness many cops patrolling the area for any suspicious activity. There are phones places around campus with a bright flashing red light that can be used in emergency situations. Also, the VCU emergency contact number is easy to remember. It is simply the area code (828) and 1234.

    Greek Life

    Greek life has a very strong presence at VCU. You will see many students representing their letters while hosting events for the purpose of fundraising money for different causes, raising awareness for cancers, and bringing entertainment to everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of organizations/clubs here at VCU for all types of students. It would be difficult not to find one that suits your interest.

    Great for these types of students

    VCU is a very diverse college. Diverse not only in ethnicity/culture, but as well as personality, fashion, hobbies, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Compass is the place to be if you want to see something fascinating or do something fun. It is the hotspot for students to relax and talk, dance, skateboard, bike, or even play Limbo!

    What to do for fun

    Socialize! Join an organization/club. There are a variety of clubs at VCU for every type of person. Don't know what clubs there are at VCU? Attend the yearly SOVO fair where you will see all the organizations strutting their stuff and encouraging students to be come out and have fun. Definitely go to the Compass because there is always something crazy and fun going on there. Here at VCU, you definitely do not need to spend money to have fun when there is always eccentric things going on all around campus.

    Food and Dining

    VCU provides a great quality and variety of food on- and off-campus. Shafer is a great place to relax and have a meal or two or three. Many restaurants around the campus conveniently deliver as well. If you own a car, there are food joints up and down Broad Street. There are also strategically placed 7-11's for late night snacks for those painful all-nighters. Also, need groceries? There is a Kroger only a 10 minute walk away from Monroe Park. My personal favorite is the conveniently placed Starbucks in the library. VCU's Dining Plan is also helpful as long as you eat your moneys worth and do not waste any swipes at the end of the semester. Why go on that Ramen-diet when there are a variety of food available all around campus?

    Dorm Life

    In my opinion, dorm life is one of those necessary experiences you must go through in college. If you're a freshman or transfer, the people you are dorming with will be your first connection here in college. It is a place where your first cherished memories will occur. Although the shared bathroom and showers in certains dorms can be grotesque, the experience is worth it. Also, parents should feel safe that their children are living in dorms because there is a front desk security at the entrance of the dorm. In order to enter, it requires the student to scan their VCU ID card.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic life at VCU is difficult and can be extremely frustrating, however, it is all worth it in the end. If you're confused, professors love it when you ask questions. They give you that extra push to strive for more knowledge. There is also SI sessions, tutors, and the Writing Center waiting for you to come in and ask for help. Nothing is impossible as long as you put your whole self into what you are doing. This is not high school where you can easily cheat or put half the effort into your work. College requires dedication. It requires a curious mind that is actively looking for answers. Always keep in mind what you are working towards and who you are doing this for, whether it be your parents, friends, family members, or yourself. Studying becomes a little easier when you think about what you want to achieve in life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want to do. Figure things out before going in head first. If you do not know what to do, then talk to professors, advisors, students, anyone. Attend the Majors Fair event hosted by VCU that provides information about the many majors VCU offers. Always be sure to ask many questions because it is true that there is never a dumb question. If you're in the Commons, take a trip to the Career Center and discover. Also, be active. Take part in organizations/clubs. Being part of something great and what you truly love will be the most memorable moments in your college career. Yes, college is for studying and earning that degree. However, studying is only half of it. It's also about creating a network - creating strong bonds with people who you know will continuously support you through your endeavors.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is the university that will definitely help you find your way through life. If you're lost, there are professors, advisors, and events hosted at VCU that will provide you the information you need to be successful and continue to guide you along the way. Enrolling at a college is the easy part - the challenging part is figuring out what to do with yourself while you're there.

  • 09/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Unfortunately, there are a few instances in which campus safety has been an issue. However, since I have been attending I have not once felt unsafe while on campus grounds as there are plenty of VCU Police Officers patrolling the area.

    Clubs and Activities

    As stated before VCU offers a wide variety of activities and clubs. Also, due to VCU's location in the middle of the city of Richmond, there are tons of annual events (live concerts, festivals, fairs) If it's shopping that your looking for, VCU's main campus is about 5 to 10 minutes away from Carrytown which is one of Richmond's most well known and entertaining shopping areas. Then in the winter, the VCU basketball program starts its season along with the #1 (that's right #1) fan section in the country.

    Bang for the buck

    Most things at VCU are unfortunately a little more expensive than at other locations (most notably food), however even with the price differences the quality of books, food, and other materials are still high.

    What to do for fun

    I highly recommend joining a few of the clubs offered on campus. These activities range from sports (all sports), to music, to smaller things such as chess, video games, and dancing. Most of these activities are free and include flexible schedules. Also, in your free time there is no better place than the Cary Street Gym which includes 3 basketball courts, and indoor soccer field, indoor pools, and many other amenities.

    Food and Dining

    Campus dining is one the best and most favored feature at Virginia Commonwealth University. The dining hall offers a wide variety of choices from burgers and hot dogs to ice cream and cake.If that doesn't float your boat then there are a number of restaurants and fast-food places around such as Five Guys, Pizza Hut, and Chick-Fil-A.

    Dorm Life

    I can't give a lot of insight to the dorm life as I am a commuter, but I have had the chance to stay in one. The dorms at VCU are very clean and sanitary. The residents are very friendly and the dorms are very secure because of VCU's ID system.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some classes at VCU that come with a significant workload and require a certain level of dedication (ex: anatomy, pre-calculus). However, everything presented in front of you is very doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work hard; the work is challenging at times but all of it is very doable. Make new friends; as I have found out, VCU students and staff are some of the most friendly people I have ever met, therefore it is fairly easy to make new friends. Most importantly, the worst thing you can do on your first day at VCU is relax.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is very well established university that offers a high quality education for its students. Aside from the many academic majors and programs offered, there are a wide variety of clubs and organizations available to students such as sports teams and music clubs. I may not have been here long, but it is without a doubt that for the best college experience I recommend Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety I would say is amazing here. Even with being located in Richmond crimes on campus are not very common. There are always police available. The cops encourage to download different apps to stay safe and even receive campus alerts. There's safety transportation for when it's too late to be walking somewhere. All the dorms and most locations on campus require student ID and there is usually some type of sign-in/out if your ID is not used.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't the largest activity on VCU campus but those who are apart of it, love it. It definitely seems to be growing more and more throughout each council. There are lots of Greek Life events that take place that are open to not only Greeks but the whole student body to just help give back to different Philanthropy's. The different Fraternities and Sororities are also very supportive of one another at VCU, which is always nice to see.

    Clubs and Activities

    VCU has so many clubs and even ways to make new clubs. It's a really good college at making sure their students get actively involved with the school and most times the community.

    Great for these types of students

    VCU honestly I'd say is a school for many types of people. It's a school that so far I've seen has a place for everyone. People from rural-city areas, different counties, backgrounds, and class. VCU also offers many different programs that can appeal to many different types of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An awesome thing that happens is that new students at VCU get to make a wish and touch the Ram Horns. This process is just all about taking that next step in life into college. While also finding that sense of pride in your new school and making a connection with others who are sharing the experience.

    What to do for fun

    VCU sends out daily RamGrams of different events and activities that will be taking place on campus. They have an extremely nice gym, The student commons is an area that always has people. The library ends up being a common spot for friends since we are all in college to get a great education.

    Food and Dining

    Most colleges only have their dining halls as their meal plans. VCU does offer a large variety of foods, from Raising Canes to Crouton's and Salads. VCU does do pretty well with accommodating to almost all food preferences. A lot of places are apart of the meal plan along with the fact there are still good places to eat at like Panera or Chipotle if one gets tired of campus food quickly.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice buildings and they are still continuing to expand. When it comes to the cost you don't neccesarily get what your paying for. Some halls have bad elevators and many people get rooming rquest ignored. Besides that there are plenty of different options and locations of housing.

    Academic Rigor

    As the motto at VCU is Make it Real, that is what your experience will be like. When it comes to the courses it is what you make of what you learn. Here they will offer you challenging material to help build you to your fullest potential, but it is you as a student who needs to also be willing to reach to new heights.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't stress out and just take everything one step at a time. However things work out was probably how it was supposed to be. Never be afraid to ask questions someone will always have an answer or help guide you to one. Get involved but don't over do it, be able to keep up with your studies.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a diverse school with plenty of educational opportunities. There are great ways to get involved and the academic support is amazing. Even though in the city it's not over crowded.

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our campus police are always on top of their game and I'm informed all the time via their texts. It's good to know where to avoid and that they care enough to tell us any problems that arise during our stay on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a variety of clubs and activities. It's fun to walk around campus and just stumble on an activity that one of the clubs are holding.

    Great for these types of students

    VCU is great for those who love to associate themselves with others and like living in a small city.

    Bang for the buck

    I live around the area, so it says me a bunch to live at home and save expenses from dorming.

    What to do for fun

    VCU has a great arts program so there's always a play, concert or exhibit throughout the year. If you happen to miss those, then the museum district isn't too far away from VCU. We have the Science museum and the Arts museum pretty near each other, with amazing exhibits! That doesn't satisfy you? Then Byrd Theatre and the shopping district on Carry St. will definitely entertain you. Also there's a lot of sports events throughout the year as well. Go Rams!

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good food offered by the school cafe's with a variety of choices everyday. If that doesn't fancy you then the various restaurants around campus will satisfy your taste buds. They're not a hassle to get to since they're all relatively within walking distance!

    Dorm Life

    It's like any other dorms with some parties and what-not.

    Academic Rigor

    I love VCU because the classes I take are challenging enough that I won't get bored.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you don't blow off any assignments to the last couple of days. Manage your time and do your assignments sooner rather than later!

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is diverse. The students are eager to learn and are kind to one another. Teachers and advisers at this school are all willingly to teach us students and help us in any way.

  • 10/11/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    VCU has the best diversity I have ever seen! Plenty of places to go, and tons to do. Plus their medical and art programs are top notch.

  • 10/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The VCU police are everywhere. They really are spread throughout campus and care about our safety.

    Bang for the buck

    The food is very affordable and easy on the college student pocket.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun. You could join a club, go to parties or clubs near campus. There are also some great restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. They have many options, a little something for everyone and the prices are affordable. Not to mention the student discounts you can use for the restaurants and stores on or close to campus.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is great. It keeps you close to everything that's occurring so nothing is missed. It is also an easy way to meet and converse with your fellow peers.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are great. They have amazing teachers that will work with you and help you when needed. The writing center is also amazing.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest that future students not get so caught up in the party life, but really try to take advantage of all the opportunities offered.

    In three sentences

    VCU is an amazing school. They offer many opportunities and has a great diverse setting. It's openness to new ideas makes it a great place for students' creativity to flourish.

  • 10/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I saw campus police on almost every street. I never felt unsafe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 400 clubs, including a Quidditch Team. If you don't manage to find something you like, it's easy to make your own club and get people involved.

    Great for these types of students

    People who like diversity, being involved in their school, and being in the city. Someone who likes being in urban areas but also likes natural areas will really enjoy Richmond. People who like hands-on learning will also enjoy VCU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Eat at Village!

    Bang for the buck

    I think VCU is an excellent school for the tuition. I feel that you are getting a very high-class education, because the learning style is so hands-on, yet the tuition is comparably very low.

    What to do for fun

    Richmond is a great place to go to school because it's close to so many recreational options. It's right on The James, with lots of parks for hiking or just going to sight-see. Maymont has always been a favorite of mine. The gym is amazing - it's got a rock-climbing wall and an indoor pool among lots of other things to do. There's so many little shops and boutiques to go into if you just want to walk around the city.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining hall is great. There are chain restaurants, like Subway, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell or individual restaurants like Stir Crazy. All of them are delicious. If you don't want to eat on campus, Richmond has nothing but amazing restaurants. The entire street that Village is on smells incredible, I'm disappointed that I didn't get to eat there while I was on campus. By 1:00, there was a line out the door and down the street for Village, and I could certainly smell why.

    Dorm Life

    I did not visit any of the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard work is prized at VCU. You can't expect to make it through this college without lots of work involved. The teachers do a great job of making the work enjoyable, however.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus! I always knew I liked VCU, but when I visited the campus I fell in love. Be active with admissions, ask your questions. Most students are very willing to talk to you and tell you how they like VCU.

    In three sentences

    I'm in love with VCU. Even though I'm coming from a very small town, I really felt comfortable in the city atmosphere. This college is the perfect place for somebody like me, who's ready to take the next step in their lives and become someone.

  • 10/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Carytown, Belle Isle, Theatre. A lot.

    Food and Dining

    Alright.

    Dorm Life

    The newer dorms are really nice, but they put a toll on your tuition.

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't have exceptions. Be yourself, because there are so many different people that you don't have to change yourself to fit in. Make sure you get out and explore the city...in the day time, with a buddy. (:

    In three sentences

    VCU is a great and diverse school. Education and fun student life is well balanced here. Anyone can fit in.

  • 10/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is Richmond, but VCU is always trying to keep you safe. There is a strong police presence during the day and at night. They always hold events or programs for things such as learning how to be safe, or how to register your bike or correctly lock it up. They have a facebook page where you can get more information. We also have an Escort Service which is a system of drivers who will come pick you up anywhere on campus and take you home or to the dining hall, or wherever you need to go, so that you don't have the risk of getting in trouble on the streets. I used it a lot last year, especially after finishing my art projects. They are all very friendly and have numbers that you can call for help, or just to report suspicious activity.

    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not too familiar with the clubs and activities, but in the first week of school, there is a symposium where you can see every club that is at VCU and go talk to their leaders at their own booths. Also, at least once a week every student gets a VCU Telegram, which tells you what is happening that week in terms of events, special offers going on, any streets that are closed for commuters, and any fundraising that clubs or organizations could be doing. There is a lot here, you just have to initiate your interest.

    Great for these types of students

    VCU is a great place for people who like diversity. There are tons of clubs and projects and organizations to support and get involved with and because it is a University, you will be hanging out with and living with people from all of the different majors. It is a great place to make connections.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are tons of little hideaways if you care to explore. For example, there is a small courtyard in-between two houses on Franklin St that not many people know about. There is a bench with some nice trees and it is a hidden little area where you can go to rest in between class.

    Bang for the buck

    It was by far the cheapest tuition and the best ranking for art school. #1 Public art school at around $23,000..AWESOME! Between the level of teaching, the dining food, environment, and just overall experience that you gain from here, if I had to do it all over again, I would not give a second thought to coming here.

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs around the area, there is the James River where you can bike, raft, and run. Hollywood Cemetery is a beautiful place to go for a quiet walk. We always have sports games going on. There are tons of clubs that you can join. Not to mention there is Carytown, about a 15 to 20 minute walk where there is the gorgeous Byrd Theater which plays movies for $3, tons of thrift stores, restaurants, and overall a good shopping/day trip place to go.

    Food and Dining

    I love the food and dining. Our dining hall is buffet style and has a vegan bar, a salad bar, sushi, pizza station, stir-fry station, grilling station, deli station and the main meal station everyday. Coffee, tea, soda, and ice cream are always there. Around campus are several businesses we have associations with and will take a food swipe just like the dining hall. There is Pizza Hut, Einstein's, Subway, Taco Bell, Nao and Zen, Chik-fil-a, Crouton's, iHop, Cane's and others. There are so many options available.

    Dorm Life

    I'm happy with it. My freshman year I had my own bedroom and shared a kitchen, living room, and bathroom with two sinks and showers with three others. It was nice to be able to cook in our room. This year I am sharing a room with a friend and two others girls live in another room. We again have a kitchen, two bathrooms, a living room, a washer and dryer, a dishwasher, and on our floor is a movie lounge with a big flatscreen on the wall and leather movie chairs with cupholders, a study room, and a rec room with an air hockey table. Each residential building is different so you have to look at the options closely.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the art school and one of the ways in which we bond, is staying up in the art building working together. You definitely need to know how to manage your time in art school. My core requirements aren't nearly as rigorous, as is to be expected, but are just as important to do well in.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have a car, get a parking permit somewhere, Richmond is not very good with providing parking, especially for free. If you don't have a car, make sure to bring a bike. Also, try to get involved with the school whether it is a club, getting work study, volunteering, or even going to your residential's floor events. Make sure to look at the different dorm options, as each are very different and have an impact on your experience here.

    In three sentences

    I love the environment and has many opportunities in and out of school to get involved with. The teachers are unique and helpful in their own way and are all interested in helping you grow as a student and individual. The dining options are also awesome! Overall, it is a friendly environment and I love walking around.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We are in a big city so there is a good amount of crime, but we have two police forces and if you are smart and don't go out alone at night, then you should be fine.

    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am on the rowing team and if I had time I would join the rockclimbing club, the swing dancing club, the slacklining club, and OAP (outdoor adventure program).

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing and active!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Belle Isle is right around the corner from VCU, as is VMFA and Carytown. Lots of things to do/places to visit!

    Bang for the buck

    I don't appreciate VCU's ridiculous amount of fees, but I will say that they do have a lot to offer in return for these fees.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved with clubs or sports! VCU is so big that it's easy to get lost in the mix. Find your niche and there will be plenty of things to do!

    Food and Dining

    I wish VCU had more food options. Shafer Court dining center gets a lot of people sick, and there aren't really any other options if you don't want fast food. I would recommend eating at home.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the honors college dorm, and I get my own room and bathroom. It's very nice here.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the honors college, and the classes are very challenging without being downright impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be safe - don't walk around at night! Apply for lots of scholarships! Get involved!

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love VCU. It is a very diverse and culture-rich environment, and the school has so much to offer. I have not had a bad class or teacher so far.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus itself is safe but you need to remember you are in the city. Stay in groups or just don't be on the streets at weird times. Cops are in the area a lot of the night so you feel safe. VCU offers a shuttle service late at night but it seems to be lacking in punctuality and you will end up waiting forever and will then give up...

    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of different clubs! Something is out there for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a good school if you like living in a busy area with lots of noise and activities going on. You also need to be comfortable with city life, so think twice if you are coming from a small town.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Cary Town or take part in recreational activities sponsored by the gym.

    Food and Dining

    Shafer doesn't offer a great variety for your meal plan but there are several other options around campus if you don't mind spending your own money.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus. The newer dorms are nice, but the older ones like Johnson are kind of disgusting...

    Academic Rigor

    My current classes have not felt like a challenge to me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Budget ! Just because you saved up for college doesn't mean you need to spend it all! Also NEVER BUY TEXTBOOKS. You can rent your textbooks directly from VCU or from Amazon or from Virginia Book Company. Renting can save you so much money! (only textbooks you may need to buy are language ones because they usually have a code for online assignments/practice)

    In three sentences

    VCU is a fun, urban campus. Lots of events go on so you can always find something to do.

  • 10/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel that campus safety is important. I work for VCU police and I am proud to say that we do our best insuring the safety of students and staff.

    What to do for fun

    I read and like to participate in organizations

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining choices at vcu are pretty diverse in food choices, but I personally like the off campus dining

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was awesome for me because it was a great way to meet people and form a great living community. The staff are exceptional.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say this university challenge the student but in every way that will make the individual grow as a student to exceed limitations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should make a habit of organization as well as keeping an open mind to the college experience. The biggest tip I can offer is for students to step outside of their comfort zones.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth university is an awesome university. The diversity is amazing and the school offers many resources to students. I would say my experience here has helped me grow as a person and as a student.

  • 10/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Basketball games. Its in the heart of the city so there is never a dull moment when on campus. Plenty of events that you can partake in at anytime of the day.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of food with an enormous variety of types and styles.

    Dorm Life

    Safe, Clean and fun to be in.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenges you but, the professors are always willing to help!

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet lots of people. Get involved. Get Ahead!

    In three sentences

    A great place to further your knowledge. Diversity is a key in the modern day road to success; that's VCU. Great place for aspiring students who wish to make an impact in any way, shape or form.

  • 11/03/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Different clubs had events and parties. Of course there are basketball games and concerts to attend. The city of Richmond always has events going on as well. Also there are various gyms available for working out, pick-up basketball, or racquetball.

    Food and Dining

    The food from the dining hall was okay. However the food in the Commons was very good. There are various restaurants around the dorms if one is willing to buy something besides eating from the dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Rhoads Hall was a well maintained co-ed dorm. Most of the Resident Assistants were friendly and not too strict. Any issues were handled promptly.

    Academic Rigor

    In certain classes, the professors make the course unbearable. Yet in other classes, the course and its work are exciting. It really depends on the course and the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused because it is easy to get sidetracked. Join clubs and interact with people to network and find out information about prospective majors especially if undeclared. Enjoy college because it is an awesome experience.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is a great school with a good selection of majors. It offers an environment with much diversity, culture, and events. As with any school there are drawbacks, but the good outweighs the bad at VCU.

  • 11/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Shop, explore Richmond, go thrifting, find cool records at various record shops, go dancing, take a walk, ride a bike, catch a $2 movie at the Byrd Theater, eat a delicious cupcake in Carytown, meet new people, etc...!

    Dorm Life

    Living on the Medical Center Campus freshmen year is the only downside about my VCU experience. There are frees shuttle bus services, which is great. Sometimes it is not always reliable and is a hassle to wait on when you have somewhere to be.

    Academic Rigor

    In order to succeed, you have to study! However, if you do everything you're supposed to do, you should be just fine. Procrastination is where most of the stress is stemmed from, so manage your time wisely!

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University prides itself on its cultural diversity and welcoming environment. Located in Downtown Richmond, the urban atmosphere of VCU is the perfect place for city slickers and suburban individuals to mix together and network. The environment, as well as the school itself, offers VCU students the opportunity to explore different areas in their fields of interest and be involved in the Richmond community.

  • 11/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have so many police on campus and ways to contact them if needed.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have clubs literally for everything. It's great.

    Great for these types of students

    Very open minded people, VCU has a lot of different personalities and lifestyles combine in one place!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Touching the horns; every new class has to touch the ram's horns for good fortune and future success before they begin they're first semester.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive, but if VCU is right for you it's totally worth it!!

    What to do for fun

    I'm on the club field hockey team so I have that to do. I also go to a lot of school sponsored events as well as local concerts.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing!!! There are so many different options on campus and it's truly accommodating to everyone's needs.

    Dorm Life

    It's great!! It teaches you how responsible you really have to be though.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers here offer a lot of help outside the class. There are tutoring sessions, SI sessions, and you can form your own study group which makes the classes a lot easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, be prepared, and don't be afraid to try to stand out!!

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is a great school!! Everyone here so far has been very helpful with whatever it is I need. The environment they have created is one any student would be lucky to live in.

  • 11/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The university has a ton of activities for students. There are a multitude of clubs and the VCU telegram lists the happenings on most days. Check out the billboards in the library and on campus for specific events. But the best part about VCU is its location. Richmond is a wonderful place for college students. First Fridays (occurring the first Friday of every month) are free art exhibits all along Broad Street; each month is a different theme. There is great music at Strange Matter or the Camel. Head downtown for some more clubs and bars if that's what you're after for the night. Maymont park and the James River are the most beautiful places for a good sunny day. And most of these things are free or very cheap. Perfect for any fun-loving college student.

    Food and Dining

    The quality of the food is not the best at VCU. Shafer Court is the main dining center and while you get a lot of options, they're not always the best. If you're willing to use the extra swipes, it's nice to get items like sushi or crab legs on specified days. The salad bar is always full, just watch out for the occasional frozen item. Some of the other places we can use swipes like Bleeker Street, Nao and Zen, or the Larrick Center have much better quality food that's actually pretty good. But you can't use your swipes for everything - a lot of the time it's dining dollars. Check out your options before you choose.

    Dorm Life

    I only lived in the dorms for my freshman year at VCU but I had a blast. You really meet a lot of people in our large dorm buildings. Most of the resident advisors are really cool and great sources for information - even if it's not necessarily the one who's assigned to your floor. Security is really tight, which can be kind of frustrating when you're not in the mood to sign guests in and out but really, it's nice to know you're safe in the city.

    Academic Rigor

    I will not say that Virginia Commonwealth's classes are very difficult - mostly when compared with say, the University of Virginia. However, classes get harder as you get closer to earning your degree and they require more outside work. School is what you make of it. It's easy to want to slack, but if you put in just some effort it's really easy. VCU provides free tutoring that really gives you that extra push in grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    I know everyone says this, but it's important to find a way to be involved in school. VCU is a big campus and there are a lot of people. But don't let that intimidate you! That means it is almost impossible for you to find a place you feel comfortable in. Go to the SOVO fair that's held every semester! Read the VCU telegrams for what's going on that week/day. I used to skim them but then realized there are so many opportunities that are free to students. Get a bike! It's a fun and safe way to be a part of the community. There are a lot of ride groups to join. Also, RamBikes offers tutorials on making small repairs for your bicycle so you can learn something new and save money.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth is the perfect university for students seeking an environment that is about more than just campus life. The urban setting is full of art, music, wonderful food, and culture that many other areas of Virginia lack. Even with a large population of students, the academics and professors can help you on your way to a career if you put the work in.

  • 11/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All students really.

    Bang for the buck

    The only thing I would really complain about VCU is that because it is located in the city, places like malls and shopping/grocery centers are like 20-30 minutes away.

    What to do for fun

    You can always eat out, go shopping, visit the medical campus, go to the library, see what events are going on with the Arts department, visit and art gallery, go to the gym, etc.

    Food and Dining

    VCU has a lot of food options on campus. There are food carts, student dining centers with various restaurants, and also the local food chains, bars, and family restaurants that surround VCU like Chipotle, Noodles & Co., Panera Bread, Starbucks, McDonald's, Jimmy John's, Taco Bell, Chick fil a, Taco Bell, Ihop, etc.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty spacious at VCU. There is office security at the entrance of the housing buildings where you have to scan you student ID everytime you come in and out. Also

    Academic Rigor

    Class is worth going to, you'll learn a lot. Try to take electives that don't relate to your major just to learn something new. Most professors list their office times so they can assist you further outside the classroom if you need help.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a great school with fun, different and interesting people. It's located in the city of Richmond where there are many opportunities for full-time/part-time work, internships, and volunteering on and off campus. Also a variety of places to go to and explore around the city.

  • 11/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety gets better everyday! There is VCU Safe Ride and emergency-call light posts located everywhere, as well as immediate communication campus-wide for any pertinent information.

    Great for these types of students

    Everybody! More specifically a great school for those creative people!

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely! One of the cheapest public schools on the east coast!

    What to do for fun

    Join an organization, club, or sports team and go to the gym or one of the numerous parks around the area, there is SO much to see and do! Take a historical tour or browse one of the many art galleries!

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to cross traffic properly and invest in a bicycle!

    In three sentences

    VCU is a beautiful, urban campus with lots of spirit! The rams run Richmond, VA and compete in a healthy rivalry with another Richmond university. Students at VCU are proud of their school and their educational accomplishments and it shows.

  • 12/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have very friendly campus police who are here to help you. I would advise walking in groups anywhere off campus, definitely if you are out at night.

    What to do for fun

    We are right in the city so there are unlimited possibilities for fun. Concert venues, restaurants, shopping areas, are all right around you. Not to mention all the college parties.

    Food and Dining

    We have new dining places every year, but only one dining hall. The food isn't very good, but that makes it easier to try to eat healthy. Shafer has the best coffee I've ever tasted.

    Dorm Life

    We got brand new dorms this year that are beautiful. We are really trying to make it a better experience for our freshman. The dorms are all in nice proximity to campus buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what program you are in. The academic programs are becoming more intense than they have been in the past. I am in a science program and it is very difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise looking into the programs before you get there, as it's good to get into your required courses freshman year. Also, take advantage of the many organizations we have going on. They're a great way to get involved, meet new people, develop interests, as well as have something interesting to put on your resume!

    In three sentences

    VCU is a big commuter school in the middle of the city. It is becoming an increasingly larger school, with more students, buildings, and programs every year. Basketball is a huge deal at our school, so it is almost imperative to be a fan.

  • 12/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel secure. Even though it is in the city, VCU does a fantastic job of making its students feel secure.

    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many opportunities for everyone. Want to start your own club? Get a group of people and start it and your name could go down in history!

    Great for these types of students

    ALL TYPES! VERY DIVERSE!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    With VCU's diverse campus, there are so many different things going on that it is had to keep up with it all!

    Bang for the buck

    The pricing is perfect for what you get at VCU!

    What to do for fun

    Club Room with various games Cary Street Shopping The Gym VCU BASKETBALL Other Sports around campus

    Food and Dining

    There are different options in Shafer Dining Court along with other restaurants such as Taco Bell, Chick-fil-a, Pizza Hut, Subway, Nao and Zen, Raising Cane's, Croutons, IHOP, Starbuck's, and various other small deli's. However, it is hard to eat healthy with all of the options though!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is well...dorm life. Don't expect to be living like kings and queens! The dorms are livable but they are not perfect!

    Academic Rigor

    VCU is ranked among some of the top schools in the harshest grading professors. Don't let this fool you! Do your work, study, and read and you will be successful!

    Tips for prospective students

    When in doubt, DO IT! Do not be afraid to join clubs, greek life, and get out of your dorm! There are so many different types of people at this school so there is somebody for everybody. Make friends early in the year because it is more difficult to enter into friend groups later.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth University is one of the best colleges I have ever visited and now attend. The diversity on campus is absolutely outstanding and any student wishing to attend here will feel just at home. I am so honored to be able to call myself a VCU Ram.

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety has gotten better from what I've heard. There have been a lot of alerts of crime on campus this year so far. We do have RamSafe which is a bus that can come pick you up and give you a ride home if you're on campus and live on campus.

    Greek Life

    I know a lot of people who participate in greek life and enjoy it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are quite a bit of clubs and activities. VCU holds the SOVO Fair - Student Organizations and Volunteer Opportunities Fair twice a year so you can find a club or activity that interests you. There's really a lot to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are looking for a big school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This is my first semester so I'm fairly new. A lot of the the administrative buildings are old houses, it's pretty unique and cool.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an out of state student, I do feel the education is pricey but ultimately it's worth it. I feel it's an investment for my future. It's even better for in-state students.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to see in Richmond. A bonus is that a lot of the things here to see are free or very cheap. Richmond is very historic and has a good art scene. There's always festivals and parades and events going on. Some of the museums around are free and a lot of the historic sites are free and very close.

    Food and Dining

    There's a lot of good options around campus. Lots of variety around.

    Dorm Life

    As a transfer student I never lived in the dorms so I can't give them a rating.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but there is plenty of help offered. There are tutoring services and you can form study groups and you can usually ask professors for help in understanding concepts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose a school based on your gut instinct and if you feel it's a good fit. I came to VCU without even touring the school, I toured other schools and didn't feel they were a good fit. I never even stepped foot on campus but from my research I just knew it was the school I wanted to attend. Listen to yourself and what your gut says. To cut costs go to community college to get your generals done, I did that for my first two years to save money, I don't regret my decision. Cut costs in any way that you can so you can leave school with as little debt as possible.

    In three sentences

    I really love attending Virginia Commonwealth University. It's a great environment to learn with lots of resources at my hands. Not only are academics great but the environment is a lot of fun.

  • 12/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Its great to join a club or other activity when you first come to campus. Its the best way to make friends and meet people that have your same interests. I joined a campus history club and it has been the best decision I have ever made and I have made some of the best friends I have ever had. HistoryNow! for the win.

    Great for these types of students

    VCU is great for art students. VCU is also known for its Hipster population.

    Bang for the buck

    VCU is a value school compared to more well known colleges. Its program is better than the price suggests.

    What to do for fun

    There is literally a complete range of things to do in your spare time. From parties on the weekend, movies, playing ball in the park, to just walking downtown. If you have the time there can never be a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    There is only one quality food establishment run by the school on campus that is worth the dinning dollars to eat. Everything else is a complete waste of your parents money and often will make you sick if eaten. The prices are inflated, the service is slow and disinterested, and quality is not comparable to private establishments for the same price range.

    Dorm Life

    VCU dorms are either very new and nice, but very expensive or either very old and absolutely horrible. Despite the conditions though they are run efficiently and the friends you make here will often be your closest companions throughout your time at VCU.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic programs are hit and miss at VCU in relation to the rigor. The History Program, Arts Program, and Medical Science Programs for instance are very vigorous and you will have a lot of opportunities. Other departments like my Planning Department will leave you wanting to learn more.

    Tips for prospective students

    You must keep in mind the school is HUGE and you will be just a number to them. Just make sure you do your research, make many appointments with the advisers, and find some older students to give you advice. Also, transferring must be done carefully, research what credits will transfer before you take class at your current school and be ready to be thrown in without any meaningful knowledge or help to adjust.

    In three sentences

    VCU is a very diverse school with a wide variety of students attending; there is never a dull moment. It has a brilliant Arts, Medical, and Engineering program, but often other departments are slightly to be desired. VCU is in a period of expansion and I expect better campus and academic standards will be coming along with the increase tuition.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I live off of campus and take some night classes and I can say with complete honesty that even though I am walking in the middle of downtown Richmond, I feel very safe. When it starts to get dark, there are policemen and women all around campus, pretty much around every corner. If you do not care for walking around at night, VCU has the RamSafe option as well. RamSafe is a free service provided by VCU that starts running from 5pm to 2am. They will pick you up from any location within 1 mile of campus and drop you off at any location within 1 mile of campus.

    Food and Dining

    I have eaten on campus a few times and they have options for just about everyone. They are even know catering towards vegetarian and vegan diets. There are several places to eat including the dining hall, the Student Commons, and most restaurants around campus will take dining dollars.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm but 'I know many students who do. They are clean and the furniture is in good condition. The RAs are usually really nice and helpful when it comes to any questions you have about the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    VCU has some great classes to choose from and many majors to fit any student. The classes are most definitely passable classes and students can do very well in them but it is a get out of it what you put into it type situation. If you slack off, you will fall behind and not succeed. However, if you go to lectures, take good notes, study, and attend the SI or TA session (which I HIGHLY recommend) You will have all the resources to succeed. Though the courses can get tough, especially when you get the higher level major courses, the teachers, SI leaders, and the TA are all there to help.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is an awesome gym with all the possible activities one would want. There are shops everywhere to hang and chill with friends!

    Food and Dining

    I rarely eat at school but I always see the long lines during lunch time.

    Dorm Life

    I commute to school.

    Academic Rigor

    Pressure starts to build as students become seniors. Most classes give a reasonable amount of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students shouldn't roam the streets at night. Try to pick the best professors available. Order books ASAP.

    In three sentences

    A good place to come to learn with a friendly atmosphere. Weather can become nasty at times so come with all types of clothes. There are the old and new buildings.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Ton's of free festivals, parks, and events around town!

    Food and Dining

    Food here is not the best.

    Dorm Life

    I lived on a different campus freshman year and had to ride the bus to class.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard to get an A!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study a lot and talk to your professors. Also, make friends with everybody you'll be glad you did.

    In three sentences

    Very diverse group of students at VCU. Everybody feels accepted and there is a group for everything. VCU is also one of the hardest universities in the country to get an A.

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Monroe Park is beautiful and when the weather is warm you can always find people outside playing frisbee or practicing for sports or just lounging around. Also, Richmond has a ton of really cool tattoo parlors, they're neat to check out. The student commons has a place called the Break Point in the underground, there are games and pool tables!

    Food and Dining

    The Freshman 15 is all too real. In general, VCU dining services rock but there aren't a ton of healthy options on the meal plan. Taco Bell Fridays and Chick Fil A Saturdays are pretty crowded always though.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm living is not for everyone and it is never required. Living on campus is recommended because studies show that students living on campus perform better academically than those that do not, however it is all about what fits your personality. Dorm life is fun at VCU. All the halls have special activities for residents and the RA staff is phenomenal.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes require work, not a huge amount but enough to keep you up past 11 most nights of the week. Keeping on top of your work not only helps you, but it also helps your professors and its always a good idea to make them like you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get caught up in the fun of the city, remember that there's a college among all the cool stuff. Be open to new experiences, if you're closed minded VCU probably is not going to be a good fit.

    In three sentences

    The student body is very diverse. Campus is beautiful and safe. The school as a whole is extremely liberal.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety could be better. Richmond is a rough place, so VCU students should be cautious at night time. The vci police are there, but not all the time.

    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    1We have a HUGE variety of clubs and activities at VCU. We even have a Quidditch team (from Harry Potter). I love that we have clubs literally for any type of person! Super diverse!

    Great for these types of students

    The engineering school I heard is one of the best as well as the Art school. Most students are overseas students that attend these schools because of their records!

    Bang for the buck

    For a University, it is cheaper than most, especially for in-state students. The tuition has been raised however since I have been at VCU.

    What to do for fun

    Richmond is a huge art consumer. Every first Friday, Richmond hosts an art walk where most art galleries will open up in the evening time for people to come and look at unique art of all types.

    Food and Dining

    We have a nice variety of food choices at VCU. However, I wish we had more options if we were compared to other Universities. The food is sometimes a hit or miss as well, being it could either taste really good, or bland.

    Dorm Life

    I like VCU because they do not require you to stay in a dorm your first year there. I am an example of that, because I lived in an apartment my freshman year and still do. I favor this choice because I do not like a lot of change or the whole idea of living with a random person.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is sometimes an overload, however it all depends on your major and the amount of credits you are enrolled in. Don't over do it if you think you can't!

    Tips for prospective students

    Eyes on the prize! The library is a great resource and is actually being re-done this summer! Ranked #10 on Hardest Graders!

    In three sentences

    Virginia Commonwealth is a constant growing school that offers a HUGE variety of majors for all types. VCU is also extremely diverse, one of the most diverse schools in the country. It is a very reasonable price compared to most other Universities in the area.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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