Virginia Commonwealth University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (34)
Overall, I am very satisfied with VCU. I have had some amazing instructors who have made a huge impact on my life. The university is located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia, which offers a lot of cultural diversity. If you are looking for an university that thinks outside the box, this school is for you!
Great campus in the city of Richmond. The city of Richmond in the past 20 years has helped rebuild the city. It is now a clean and safe city. When I first arrived on campus, I was afraid of the surrounding area. I have recently visited the campus for an alumni event and felt very safe. Virginia Commonwealth University and Richmond offer so many social and cultural opportunities for students, that I would not hesitate recommending the school or city to anyone. The location of the campus is a great plus. Day trips to the nation's capital, the beach, or to the mountains are all within a two hour drive from campus.
VCU has an amazing biology program. The first two years of gen eds are strictly to filter out the weak. The last two years, your classes will be smaller, more involved, more engaging, and professors will be extremely passionate about their field. do not waste your time, check rate my professor and make sure you get the best professors for your most difficult classes. you will have a great education if you do it right.
The Engineering school definitely needs some improvement, but it was overall a great experience. I wish there were more course opportunities for Chemical Engineering students. Students would definitely benefit from a co-op program, which is something I hope they implement in the future.
VCU is a great university to attend. There are numerous opportunities for students to network and connect with other students and companies. The diversity of the campus is great and you can find a place for yourself no matter your age, ethnicity or background. VCU is an overall great school of choice and you'll get as much out of it as you'll allow yourself.
I enjoyed the community at VCU. The cost and different office made my experience unpleasant at times. The school had seemed to steer away from a community and turned into all about money. My professors and classmates were awesome and helped with the stress of paying for VCU. Since I left in 2013 VCU has upgraded a lot but the cost is starting to get ridiculous.
If you want to be in a big city with a small-town feel; to be surrounded by artists, academics, and professionals; and to live in a place that is full of history, vibrant with street art, and hosts some of the best food in Virginia, go to Virginia Commonwealth University. The teachers expect excellence, and give excellence in return; the campus is navigable and the students friendly. This place is almost surreal in that the school boasts extreme quality of education, while being planted firmly in the middle of one of the most unique and diverse cities on the East coast.
Overall VCU is a good university with great faculty, particularly within the anthropology department. The courses within the department are engaging and emphasize critical thought and writing skills. In terms of the campus life, Richmond is a great city with lots to do.
Virginia Commonwealth University is located in the heart of Richmond and is known for its diversity. VCUs student body represents 108 different countries, and includes many diverse programs such as the VCU-GLOBE program that highlights this unique quality. I have a very unique perspective of VCU because I was transfer student, but I also grew up in the Richmond area. The main reason I chose to transfer to VCU was for their allied health programs, and to be apart of a more diverse school. Overall I loved the way VCU and Richmond seamlessly collided on and off of campus. Many areas near large public colleges become surrounded by poverty, like the Blacksburg community surrounding Virginia Tech, but VCU is very active in the community and strives to renovate and rejuvenate many off-campus areas surrounding Richmond. My education at VCU is irreplaceable, so much so that I recently accepted my spot in VCUs Doctor of Occupational therapy program. During the first year my education at VCU I was a biology major. While many of my microbiology and anatomy courses were tough, the professors made sure to teach the material so that you arent learning straight from the text book. The information that I learned at VCU, I can not only recall but I can also apply to everyday situations because of the way the professor presented the material. It is also very convenient to have the Medical College of Virginia (which partners with VCUs allied health programs and medical programs) less than 5 miles from the campus. This allows pre health students to earn credit, volunteer hours, and find jobs that are specialized within their careers right on campus. While I love many aspects of VCUs campus and education I will say coming in as a transfer student was quite challenging. As a transfer student you do not get the same formal orientation that freshman get, and being in a medium size city trying to problem solve is overwhelming at times. Another challenge in being a transfer student was that it was harder to meet and become friends with other students. I was lucky because I knew a few students at VCU that had gone to high school with me, but I would argue that VCU could do a much better job connecting transfer students to the traditional student body. Despite this issue, I am still a huge advocate for VCU and all that it stands for. Go rams!
Beautiful campus and politically engaged student body. Like any university, there were some faculty I found absolutely inspiring and others I found to leave much to be desired. Like every institute of higher education, it's apparent that the faculty is overworked and perhaps undervalued, particularly those not in tenure-track positions. Student numbers in advanced level courses are too high, leaving professors unable to work closely with individual students on daunting research projects. Even so, I recommend VCU to anyone living in Virginia looking to pursue a college degree.