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Virginia Commonwealth University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
21,880
Total Undergrads
Including 3,821 Part-time
3,555
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 21 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

57% Women
43% Men

Athletics

NCAA Division I-AAA

Colonial Athletic Association

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports

Coaches

6
Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $200,412)
6
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $85,618)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 41 39 - -
Baseball 31 - Yes -
Basketball 14 13 Yes -
Field Hockey - 20 Yes -
Golf 7 - Yes -
Soccer 29 24 - Yes
Tennis 8 8 - Yes
Volleyball - 14 - Yes
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Gymnastics - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Softball - - Yes Yes
Swimming and Diving - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -

Diversity

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

Services & Housing

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

Clubs & Organizations

Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC

Safety Statistics

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

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

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  • bethany from richmond, va
  • 3
  • the dorms are okay. they're what you expect college dorms to be like. most of them are nice, but there are a few that are pretty infamous for being unpleasant.…

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Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Anna from Virginia Beach, VA
  • I am a current student here

    Richmond has incredible dining, but the dining on-campus is quite disappointing. Our one buffet-style dining hall is not very appetizing, but luckily there are plenty of food options around besides what is on the dining plans.

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  • 4
  • B
  • I am a current student here

    There are a large number of dining places on campus and even more surrounding campus. Freshmen that live on campus are required to have a meal plan, so you should familiarize yourself with the different food options. You can find a full list on the VCU website and in a handout that you get at new student orientation. Your meal plan will consist of a number of swipes and dining dollars. You check to the VCU dining website to see which places swipe and when. If you're at an on-campus dining facility and they aren't taking swipes at that specific time, you can use dining dollars. Try to use swipes first, or at least don't rely primarily on dining dollars at first. It's not fun to run out. There are a lot of places around campus that don't take swipes or dining dollars but do take Rambucks. Rambucks are like general currency that is attached to your ID (where your meal plan is attached to also). They can be used for tax-free food, printing, and items from the POD (a tiny convenience store in the Commons). Five Guys, Chipotle, Panera Bread, Cold Stone, 7-11, even Uber are a few places that take Rambucks. A full list will be on the aforementioned Orientation handout (usually found in the folder you get once you've gotten your ID). Also, VCU Dining holds various events throughout the year such as Food Truck Festivals, themed dining in Shafer, and hosted restaurants in Shafer.

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  • 3
  • Annoymous
  • I am a current student here

    The food is pretty good here. If you are a 5 star eater than of course you are going to have some likes and dislikes. There are many places a little bit off campus that are amazing. On campus there are limited places to eat. At this point in my experience, I have exhausted the places I can eat at and am getting tired of eating the same things. This does not make the food bad, but makes it not as appealing as it could be. The dining hall is alright but not my favorite place to eat because everything is kind of bland. However, one persons X is another's treasure. Try it out and maybe you will experience something different.

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  • 4
  • Nicole from Richmond, VA
  • I am a current student here

    There are a few express versions of chain restaurants scattered about the campus, shafer court provides some decent cuisine.

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  • 5
  • danielle from richmond, va
  • I am a current student here

    food is no problem at vcu! besides from several food places in campus likes canes, croutons, chick-fila and chipotle, vcu is surrounded by delicious local restaurants.

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  • 3
  • bethany from richmond, va
  • I am a current student here

    the main dining court, shafer, is not horrible, but it's not great either. however, there are tons of small business restaurants all over that are fairly cheap and really good. my advice is to skip shafer and spend your money on the local cuisine.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Muskan from Herndon, VA
  • I am a current student here

    From my friends who are more active in Greek life, they have a massive improvement in self-confidence and their social life is brilliant.

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  • 0
  • Alyssa from Escondido, CA
  • I am a past student here

    Greek life was an integral part of my time at VCU, and they have many organizations that are devoted to their philanthropies and rituals. It was an extremely good opportunity for me.

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  • 0
  • Nicole from Richmond, VA
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life here is a joke. It compromises about 7 percent of the student body, and even then, half the people within it dislike it after a while. You don't always hear much about what they do around campus or as far as philanthropy. They throw parties that aren't even that good. While you aren't casted out if you don't join a fraternity or sorority they do throw events that only those in the greek bubble seem to care about.

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  • 0
  • Alexis from Chatham, VA
  • I am a current student here

    I am not involved with Greek Life but they have a well known presence on campus. They have a lot of Greek frats and sororities.

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  • 0
  • Mo
  • I am a current student here

    There are many opportunites to get involved with Greek Life on the VCU campus because there are many different fraternities and sororities.

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  • 0
  • Jasmine from Woodbridge, VA
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is a great opportunity for you to be able to become more social and outgoing as well as making a nice tight knit group of friends you can always count on. There is social Greek life and academic Greek life. Students can join only one social fraternity or sorority, but as for academic sororities and fraternities, you can join as many as you like! The academic sororities and fraternities do have some requirements though such as a minimum GPA that varies based on the organization.

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  • 0
  • Alena, VCU
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life isn't a huge deal on the campus, but it is definitely there. If you are looking into joining the Greek life, it is available, open, and fun. And yet, if you have no desire in joining, then there is no pressure at all. I feel there is a good balance of Greek life that doesn't pressure anyone into feeling like they have to join, or don't belong somewhere.

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  • 0
  • Natalie from Hampton, VA
  • I am a current student here

    I love the Greek life! Although I am not in a frat, I do enjoy watching them perform every time there is a event on campus. The Greek life isn't that big here compared to a HBCU, but there is plenty of sororities and fraternities that you could join.

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