a current student here
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?