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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
  • 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.…

  • Jun-16-2016 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


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Annoymous
  • Feb-17-2018 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
  • Oct-04-2016 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
  • Aug-06-2016 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
  • Jun-16-2016 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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  • 5
  • Alexis from Chatham, VA
  • Feb-23-2016 I am a current student here

    VCU is an urban campus, so there are many options for dining! There is a dining hall called Shafer, which is buffet style, but there are also restaurants that partner with VCU to take the dining plan.

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  • 4
  • Richmond, Va
  • Jan-18-2016 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    VCU has a wide variety of foods each day. The food is delicious, and you can choose as much as you want to eat.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Alyssa from Escondido, CA
  • Mar-16-2017 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
  • Oct-04-2016 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
  • Feb-23-2016 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
  • 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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