Students celebrating in front of VCU Student Commons

Why VCU?

At Virginia Commonwealth University, we believe that world-class academics extend far beyond the classroom. VCU is ranked one of the top 200 universities in the world — and it’s located in a capital city that is full of diverse culture and real-world opportunities.

With more than $248 million in sponsored research funding, VCU is one of the top research universities in the U.S., and its diverse community of faculty and staff supports its students and shares their characteristics of dedication, motivation, passion, perseverance, creativity and intelligence. VCU offers internships with Fortune 500 companies and more than 100 service-learning courses.

A great education in a great location

Graduating students during commencement

Situated in Richmond, Va., VCU has more than 31,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, including roughly 1,500 international students. The university offers more than 220 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Thirty-three graduate and first-professional programs are ranked among the best in the country, including nurse anesthesia and sculpture at No. 1. The VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, is the site of first-rate undergraduate and graduate education and research.

VCU’s campus reflects the character of its host city by mixing modern, high-tech amenities with historical buildings and small-town charm. Our students enjoy the excitement of downtown living as they learn.

A global perspective

Since its founding, the university has combined the traditional and nontraditional, embracing diversity in our academic programs, campus events, students, faculty and staff. We like to cross boundaries, not create them. We seek and support students who demonstrate intellectual curiosity, community engagement and creative thinking.

VCU’s international students come to campus from 100 countries around the world to study in more than 170 degree-seeking programs. The countries with the most students enrolled include:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • India
  • China
  • Kuwait

We value the insights and culture that our international students contribute, while understanding the challenges of moving to a foreign country far away from home. The staff at our Global Education Office is dedicated to easing the transition for international students and making sure that they succeed.

We invite you to learn more about VCU’s rich history. Have any questions about VCU so far? The answers to these frequently asked questions may help.