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IPEDS ID: 234030
OPE ID: 00373500
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Virginia Commonwealth University
910 W Franklin St, Richmond, Virginia 23284-2512
General information:  (804) 828-0100
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Two but less than 4 years certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  30,974 (23,356 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  17 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty2,3531,012
Research and public service2461
Total graduate assistants-1,013
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$2,224$2,444$2,659$2,7061.8%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$9,670$9,874$10,004$10,4304.3%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,670$9,874$10,004$10,4304.3%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$23,412$24,635$25,601$28,29710.5%
Off Campus$23,412$24,635$25,601$28,29710.5%
Off Campus with Family$13,742$14,761$15,597$17,86714.6%
On Campus$36,544$38,067$39,628$45,76815.5%
Off Campus$36,544$38,067$39,628$45,76815.5%
Off Campus with Family$26,874$28,193$29,624$35,33819.3%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$9,994
In-state fees$2,008
Out-of-state tuition$20,461
Out-of-state fees$2,008
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid12,80179%————
Grant or scholarship aid2,19062%$22,683,847$10,358
Federal grants1,03129%$4,494,077$4,359
Pell grants1,03129%$4,341,077$4,211
Other federal grants822%$153,000$1,866
State/local government grant or scholarships1,87453%$10,754,972$5,739
Institutional grants or scholarships1,52643%$7,434,798$4,872
Student loan aid2,02657%$14,624,308$7,218
Federal student loans1,98856%$11,226,840$5,647
Other student loans2778%$3,397,468$12,265
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid111,53549%$84,530,938$7,328
Pell grants6,77829%$27,485,944$4,055
Federal student loans12,43453%$90,840,982$7,306
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$14,852$15,838$16,764
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$10,181$11,544
$30,001 – $48,000$13,198$5,123$15,172
$48,001 – $75,000$16,993$11,065$18,813
$75,001 – $110,000$19,885$16,045$21,223
$110,001 and more$21,495$20,262$23,279
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment30,974
Undergraduate enrollment23,356
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,093
Graduate enrollment7,618
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 85%
Part-time: 15%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 43%
Female: 57%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 12%
Black or African American: 18%
Hispanic/Latino: 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 51%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
Non-resident alien: 4%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 85%
25 and over: 15%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 86%
Out-of-state: 10%
Foreign countries: 3%
Unknown: 1%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 66%
Part-time: 34%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 21%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 78%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 3%
Enrolled in some distance education: 5%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 92%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants14,1565,7498,407
Percent admitted69%69%69%
Percent admitted who enrolled36%36%36%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading500610
SAT Math500600
SAT Writing490590
ACT Composite2126
ACT English2026
ACT Math2026
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 87%
Part-time students: 50%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 62 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 57%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 26%
6-year: 53%
8-year: 57%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 53%
Female: 60%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 60%
Asian: 63%
Black or African American: 57%
Hispanic/Latino: 54%
White: 56%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 59%
Non-resident alien: 46%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies3----
Area Studies, Other67----
Women's Studies13---2
Category total83---2
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General3078---
Biomedical Sciences, General-1--55
Human/Medical Genetics-510--
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology-77--
Pathology/Experimental Pathology--1--
Physiology, General-76--
Category total3265349-55
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-108--2
Business/Commerce, General316628--
Business/Managerial Economics566---
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other7----
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General----6
Marketing/Marketing Management, General106----
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management----20
Real Estate12---2
Category total6262178-56
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies269110---
Category total269110---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General4218--3
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-6---
Information Science/Studies10740--10
Category total14964--13
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching-6---
Art Teacher Education176---
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-52---
Curriculum and Instruction-1---
Education, General-16223-0
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism----11d
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities----3
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-33d0-18
Educational/Instructional Technology----0
Health Teacher Education114----
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-5---
Reading Teacher Education-7--3
Special Education and Teaching, General-19d---
Category total131291d23-35d
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering52106--
Chemical Engineering17----
Computer Engineering, General20----
Electrical and Electronics Engineering28----
Engineering, General-922--
Engineering, Other-18---
Mechanical Engineering82----
Category total1993728--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Category total--2--
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-10---
English Language and Literature, General15618---
Category total15628---
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Adult Development and Aging-8d--10d
Category total-8d--10d
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General44----
Language Interpretation and Translation---9-
Category total44--9-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer-0---
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist33d4---
Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling-9d---
Dental Clinical Sciences, General-13---
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist32----
Genetic Counseling/Counselor-6---
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other--9d--
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-49d2--
Nurse Anesthetist-39d39--
Nursing Practice369--4
Nursing Science--4--
Occupational Therapy/Therapist-455--
Pharmaceutical Sciences-1121--
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other-00--
Physical Therapy/Therapist--56--
Public Health Education and Promotion--1--
Public Health, General-15---
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer40----
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse238----
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling-15d---
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor-39d--6
Category total346d314d571d-10
History, General1158---
Category total1158---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration22115--2
Forensic Science and Technology6521---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other6412d--5d
Category total35048d--7d
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General4410---
Statistics, General----2
Category total4410--2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences52----
Historic Preservation and Conservation----3
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General---21-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other149527--
Natural Sciences--9-16
Category total20152162119
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies7421---
Category total7421---
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies01---
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-47d---
Category total048d---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies27----
Category total44----
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General88310--
Physics, General136---
Physics, Other-37--
Category total1011217--
Clinical Psychology--8--
Counseling Psychology--9--
Psychology, General492215--
Category total4922122--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-3916-1
Social Work73173d6--
Category total73212d22-1
Social Sciences
Geographic Information Science and Cartography----23
Political Science and Government, General119----
Social Sciences, Other----1
Urban Studies/Affairs4023--3
Category total28028--28
Transportation and Materials Moving
Transportation and Materials Moving, Other----0
Category total----0
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation21100--
Cinematography and Film/Video Production13----
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry35----
Dance, General23----
Design and Applied Arts, Other24----
Design and Visual Communications, General-16---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General5315---
Fashion/Apparel Design98----
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other-26---
Graphic Design49----
Interior Design27----
Music Performance, General483---
Category total556700--
Grand total4,6591,65275830238
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AAA MenWomen
All Track Combined10393
Field Hockey20
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1953 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs8/20/1938 -  Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)5/15/1953 -  Accredited
Pediatric Dentistry1/24/1964 -  Accredited
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics12/9/1966 -  Accredited
Dental Hygiene (DH)5/16/1969 -  Accredited
Periodontics5/11/1973 -  Accredited
Endodontics5/8/1974 -  Accredited
Prosthodontics5/1/1980 -  Accredited
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs1/1/1966 -  Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PTA) - Professional programs for the physical therapist12/1/1931 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs4/1/1975 -  Accredited
Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs10/28/1980 -  Accredited
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission
(SCPE) - Clinical pastoral education (CPE) centers offering CPE and supervisory CPE programs4/1/2000 -  Accredited
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration(!)7/1/1968 -  Accredited
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
English Language4/30/2014 -  Accredited
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the certificate, master's, or doctoral degree level(!)12/1/1968 -  Accredited
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate programs offered outside schools of public health6/1/1996 -  Accredited
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists(!)11/1/1972 -  Accredited
Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers(!)1/1/1987 -  Accredited
Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMT) - Programs for the nuclear medicine technologist4/20/1983 - 6/13/2011No Longer Recognized
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree7/1/1942 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1969 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1999 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1950 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)3/1/2000 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/30/1981 -  Accredited
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program(!)12/1/1960 -  Accredited
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program4/1/1971 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession602
Drug law violations9011078
Liquor law violations5910993
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations558755
Liquor law violations3810077
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible023
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault012
Motor vehicle theft114
  • For 2010, line c, was changed from 0 to 1 because of a misclassification in location. For 2010, line h, was changed from 1 to 2 because of a misclassification in location. For 2011, line c, was changed from 3 to 2 because of a misclassification in location. For 2011, line f, was changed from 3 to 1 because of a misclalssification in location. For 2011, line g, was changed from 13 to 9 because of a misclassification in location. For 2011, line i, was changed from 0 to 1 because of a misclassification in offense.
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible013
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault001
Motor vehicle theft000
  • For 2010, line c was changed from 0 to 1 because of a misclassification in location. For 2011, line g was changed from 9 to 8 because of a misclassification of offense type.
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate6.7%5.0%
Number in default366247
Number in repayment5,3894,920
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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