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Virginia Commonwealth University Campus Life

Campus Size

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

Gender Breakdown:

57% Women
43% Men


NCAA Division I-AAA

Colonial Athletic Association

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


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


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

Services & Housing

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

Clubs & Organizations

Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC

Safety Statistics

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

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

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

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

  • Jul-04-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Jamon from MD
  • Jan-26-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The dining halls are state-of-the-art.

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  • 3
  • Raghda from Richmond, VA
  • Jan-12-2015 I am a current student here

    There are various types of food to pick from. The dining hall, Shafer, is also a good place to get food from. The food is fresh and something new every time you get there. If you don't like any food from the dining hall then there are food places around the campus that will accept the dining dollars you have on your account. so either you it's a win-win for the students

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  • 3
  • Mo
  • Jan-02-2015 I am a current student here

    The Shafer Dining Hall is an average dining hall but there are plenty of other place to eat that take swipes such as Chick-fil-a, Taco Bell, Noodles & Company, Raisin' Canes, Panera, Chipotle, and many others. There are also some really cool hole-in-the-wall places to eat.

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  • 4
  • Jasmine from Woodbridge, VA
  • Jan-02-2015 I am a current student here

    As for food and dining, there are multiple places you can eat. There are places on the Monroe Park campus as well as the MCV campus. there are places such as Chick filet , Taco Bell , Nao and Zen , Pizza Hut , as well as the University Cafeteria , shafer , which is all you can eat buffet style meal. Meal plans consist of swipes and dining dollars; with dining dollars you can use them at any food place to purchase food. Swipes however can only be used in certain places at all times such as ihop , shafer , and croutons. There is however something called a meal exchange where places who do not normally accept swipes do for a certain time and period. For example, Chick Filet accepts swipes on Saturday all day and Nao and Zen accepts swipes everyday after two pm.

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  • 3
  • Alena, VCU
  • Dec-29-2014 I am a current student here

    There are a lot of good dining opportunites around campus that you can use your ram bucks, dining dollars, and swipes at. The joke on campus though is going to the actual dining hall because you will get Shafer shits. The food is really hit or miss at the main dining hall, and they usually have a lot of the same stuff each day. Sometimes it can be very good, other times there will be nothing and it all tastes bad. Anytime that the fruit bar is open (which is very rare) is a good day though.

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  • 3
  • John from Woodbridge, VA
  • Dec-15-2014 I am a current student here

    I personally don't like the dinning hall but the other venues on VCU's meal plan are pretty okay. The best food is in the business building (on the corner of campus)!

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  • 3
  • Zoe from Hampton, VA
  • Nov-28-2014 I am a current student here

    Nothing stays open late except for 3 unhealthy food options. VCU could do better at expanding this.

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  • 4
  • Nina from Manassas, VA
  • Nov-08-2014 I am a current student here

    There are lot of choices to make except the main cafeteria Shafer. Shafer is a big buffet styled cafeteria and they serve all types of food. I don't know why lot of people complain about Shafer's food, but overall the food tastes good and there are desserts all the time so I'm happy with that. Also, there is students commons where you can eat your favorite fast food for example chick fil a, subway, pizza hut, taco bell etc. On top of that, there are several starbucks locations on campus. Keep in mind that VCU is located in middle of a city, there so many restaurants and cute little coffee shops to go off campus.

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  • 5
  • Kayla from Mineral, VA
  • Oct-17-2014 I am a current student here

    You could eat at a different restaurant every night in Richmond and never hit the same place twice. VCU does its best to make the bounty of Richmond available to its students; the two dining halls are competitively accommodating. There are more than enough options; in fact there are so many that I don't know them all. VCU also offers the Rampantry for students who buy their own food and need help every now and then, and there is a market that sells boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables to VCU students and faculty at least once a week for a grand total of $10. You will not go hungry here.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Mo
  • Jan-02-2015 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
  • Jan-02-2015 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
  • Dec-29-2014 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
  • Oct-16-2014 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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  • 0
  • Julian from Midlothian, VA
  • Oct-09-2014 I am a current student here

    The school doesn't take kindly to students who participate in greek life in general, but the sororities and fraternities are present should the student desire all the same.

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  • 0
  • Austin from Chesapeake, VA
  • Mar-15-2014 I am a current student here

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

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

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

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

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

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