Virginia Commonwealth University Reviews

  • 145 Reviews
  • Richmond (VA)
  • Annual Tuition: $35,834
92% of 145 students said this degree improved their career prospects
96% of 145 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Roy Roper
  • Reviewed: 9/28/2019
  • Degree: Physics
"Virginia Commonwealth University hosts a diverse student population supporting well over 20,000 students and a wide variety of degrees. During my tenure at the VCU physics department, professors invested heavily in their students through high teacher-student interaction and also investment in student projects with real world application. The Physics Department hosts a variety of investigative experiments which include spectroscopy, lasers, scanning electron microscopy, chemistry (such as producing aerogels and graphene), as well as computer physics and modelling. Upper level classes are small ensuring optimal student to teacher ratios, and the professors are very accessible. The university in general consumes a large amount of real estate in Richmond, Virginia, but works to ensure ample parking and student housing to support their clientele. The campus is generally safe with police phones located throughout the campus and a large security contingent located on or near campus. Virginia Commonwealth University also has an excellent program of activities for student engagement with a wide variety of clubs, movie nights, dances, sports events, invited speaker events, and community outreach. The university is also connected with the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) and provides transportation between the two campuses. Local businesses thrive in and around campus and are just as diverse. On a regular basis, the university hosts the FIRST Robotics regional competition for high school students with wide university student engagement. Although VCU does not have a football team, the school is a leader in sports with a NCAA Division I basketball team, excellent soccer, baseball, and volleyball teams as well."
Roy Roper
  • Reviewed: 9/28/2019
  • Degree: Physics
"Virginia Commonwealth University hosts a diverse student population supporting well over 20,000 students and a wide variety of degrees. During my tenure at the VCU physics department, professors invested heavily in their students through high teacher-student interaction and also investment in student projects with real world application. The Physics Department hosts a variety of investigative experiments which include spectroscopy, lasers, scanning electron microscopy, chemistry (such as producing aerogels and graphene), as well as computer physics and modelling. Upper level classes are small ensuring optimal student to teacher ratios, and the professors are very accessible. The university in general consumes a large amount of real estate in Richmond, Virginia, but works to ensure ample parking and student housing to support their clientele. The campus is generally safe with police phones located throughout the campus and a large security contingent located on or near campus. Virginia Commonwealth University also has an excellent program of activities for student engagement with a wide variety of clubs, movie nights, dances, sports events, invited speaker events, and community outreach. The university is also connected with the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) and provides transportation between the two campuses. Local businesses thrive in and around campus and are just as diverse. On a regular basis, the university hosts the FIRST Robotics regional competition for high school students with wide university student engagement. Although VCU does not have a football team, the school is a leader in sports with a NCAA Division I basketball team, excellent soccer, baseball, and volleyball teams as well."
Emeral Anteson
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"VCU was a safe place for me, I had the opportunity to make an impact within the community, explore, grow personal and professionally and forge life long relationships. The knowledge, opportunities, and the resilience I gained throughout my four years of undergrad was invaluable."
afun
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2019
"I attended VCU for my undergraduate degree and am back again pursuing my masters. Attending VCUarts, I enjoyed great facilities, passionate teachers, and a challenging program that pushed me to look at problem-solving from a whole new perspective. This was very formative as an undergraduate and, I think, laid the foundations for a variety of applications in the professional environment.The only less effective aspect of my education that I can site is VCUarts tendency to pit students against one another. The administration and faculty cultivate a highly competitive and uncollaborative environment. On the one hand, this pushes you very hard to be your best and become self-reliant and, ultimately, become a professional artist. On the other hand, it is a highly unfriendly environment that leads to a lot of mistrust and bad behavior among colleagues. Ultimately, I enjoyed my undergraduate experience at VCU and have been able to actually practice as a professional artist after finishing school. I am still also in touch with my favorite professors, who still inspire me today!"
Laura
  • Reviewed: 6/4/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and overall I would have to say that the learning experience is unique to say the least. Just like any college I believe the quality of education is based upon the professors. Virginia Commonwealth University has well educated and experienced professors teaching Criminal Justice. Given the diversity among the staff and students, it makes the university a welcoming place for anyone."
Barrett Disse-Garrison
  • Reviewed: 5/15/2019
  • Degree: Teaching
"As an art teacher in the state of Virginia, I can honestly say that Virginia Commonwealth University is still the best art school on the East Coast. When you apply to VCU, as an art student, you will enter into the Art Foundations Program. This is an incredibly intensive program, that makes sure it's students are dedicated and committed to the Arts. You, Eat, Drink and Breathe Art the first year. As a art student, five out of your seven classes each semester will be art. Four will be Studio Art, where you are creating and performing art and the fifth will be art history. At the end of your Foundation Year, you will put together a portfolio and apply to the school that you are interested in. What I liked the most about Virginia Commonwealth University is that when, I graduated, I already had two offers for teaching positions. They really do a great job making sure you are apart of the work force when you you leave the campus."
Ashley
  • Reviewed: 5/12/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Virginia Commonwealth University is a diverse university that offers a programs for literally anyone. They have an assortment of majors and minors that would best fit anybody trying to go higher in the education world. Once you step on VCU's campus, you will realize the inherit vibe of cultures and languages. There is something for everyone - you can immerse yourself in a new language or become friends with the many international students that we have every year. I believe I had high quality instructions from some of the best professors in the world in both of the schools within VCU. It was a great experience to learn about what professors are doing behind the doors and how open they are to include VCU students to gain experience. I loved all my experiences at VCU."
Tova Gold
  • Reviewed: 3/24/2019
  • Degree: Political Science
"I have nothing but great things to say about Virginia Commonwealth University and the School of World Studies. I took rigorous and diverse courses that opened my mind to the world of cultures, languages, and international affairs. The professors were highly-skilled and committed to seeing their students flourish. My Arabic professor, is a role model for how to engage in student-centered learning within the foreign language spectrum. With the many diverse and unique degrees offered by the School of World Studies, you can pursue whatever international-related degree your heart desires. Not to mention, the Study Abroad Office is extremely helpful in making international education possible and safe. Not only were the courses engaging, the campus also had a spirit of vivaciousness and empowerment. If there was ever a social justice issue that needed to be advocated for, there were always rallies to support it. Being enveloped in the Downtown Richmond community and being the capital of Virginia, it's the perfect spot to meet diverse people and get to where you need to in record time. Also a perk, having many international students coming from over 100+ countries, the campus is extremely diverse and makes it possible for other students to learn about other cultures and perspectives. The campus community with the local Richmond community make VCU a perfect spot for university students wishing to pertain their undergraduate degree. The School of World Studies and their faculty and staff make learning about the world invigorating. I highly recommend everyone to pursue their degrees at Virginia Commonwealth University!"
Reginald Osardu
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2019
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Virginia Commonwealth University School of medicine is a great institution. From faculty to the administration, everybody really cares about you. There have been a few times in my time at Virginia commonwealth university that I needed to make very tough decisions concerning my education. During these times, I was able to reach out to multiple deans who were very supportive. I feel the family environment whenever I am on campus. At Virginia commonwealth university school of medicine, I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that everybody is there to ensure my success."
Kathryn Benedict
  • Reviewed: 7/18/2018
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"I love VCUs urban campus in downtown Richmond. There is always something to do and new people to meet. I believe that the courses and electives offered help students find new fields of study that they never knew existed, and helps prepare students for the future. VCU focuses on interdisciplinary learning which also introduces students to new fields and new studies. The career services office is extensive, offering internship opportunities and interview practice. Definitely take advantage of all the free resources VCU has to offer. The campus is rapidly expanding and the student body is rapidly growing. There are new dorms everywhere you look. It is an extremely diverse campusprobably the most diverse in the state. I highly recommend taking as many electives as possible so you can figure out what interests you and what you want to spend the majority of your time studying. There are so many opportunities in Richmond as well. There are so many job opportunities for after your graduate and so many firms that want to work with students. This is a great city to get a degree in because of the amount of people in the city who want new talent and want to work with students. There is so much innovation happening on the campus and in the city itself. VCU offers so many different and unique majors and centers on innovation. It is a great place to go to school, and Richmond is a great backdrop. I would highly recommend VCU."
kenneisha harwood
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2018
  • Degree: Exercise Science
"One of the strengths about this program is it provided a lot of hands on experiences. I had about 2 - 3 internships dedicated to building my resume before I graduated. These internships was incorporated into the program and went towards your credit to graduate. I always felt fortunate that those opportunities to decide my next journey in my education as well as my career."
Deepika Kumaran
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2018
  • Degree: Business
"VCU is one of the best universities in Richmond, VA. VCU has variety of degrees, and certifications for students. 70% of professors put alot of effort in their students and their success. It is well established university with many opportunities offering both the necessity of education and activities in order for the students to start their careers and goals."
Alden Blevins
  • Reviewed: 2/25/2018
  • Degree: Teaching
"I absolutely adored my experience with VCU music. I not only felt prepared to enter my field, but I am shown on a weekly basis how much further my degree has served me when compared to my colleagues from neighboring state universities. My program was small enough that my voice was heard, yet large enough in breadth and scope that I would've been prepared to enter a variety of teaching situations. I have no words for how grateful I am to have had this experience with VCU. I am even more grateful to be able to take this knowledge and support and pay it forward to my 500 students."
Christopher Jay
  • Reviewed: 1/9/2018
  • Degree: Pharmacy
"I spent most of my lifetime growing up in Buffalo, New York. While I have made lasting friendships and established myself as a individual in both an educational and professional sense, I have never truly felt connected to my undergraduate university. Making the decision to move and accept work as a PhD student at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has been the single best decision of my educational and personal career. The professors at VCU have not only the experience and know-how to teach students, but the patience, approachability, and friendly characteristics which enables me as a student and future industry employee to strive for greatness and never settle for less. Studying various aspects composing Pharmaceutical Sciences is no easy task but with the guidance from all professors within the Pharmaceutics department at VCU, I have been and am continually given the knowledge to succeed in the future."
TM
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Communications
"It was a really intense 2 year program built specifically to prime students for working in the advertising industry. Creativity was stressed over business."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"VCU was a wonderful school! I enjoyed the downtown campus and the multicultural feel."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"it is important in learning to think critically, but understand the monetary debt you will be in afterwards."
Katelyn Tibbs
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2017
  • Degree: Sociology
"Virginia Commonwealth University is a really good school. Most of the professors are great. Some I did not like but that is to be expected. VCU is diverse and it was very refreshing to lean about from students with different backgrounds, I would recommend the school."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"Virginia Commonwealth University offers students an opportunity to grow and pursue a career of their choice. It is the perfect place to find yourself and learn what is and isn't right for you. I appreciate my experiences and what I have learned at VCU."
Margaret Weber
  • Reviewed: 6/19/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"After obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, I had an idea of what I wanted to do in the profession but I wasn't exactly sure. I have always been interested in the field on mental health and have had some experience through internships and jobs but I haven't had the educational part to it. With VCU's social work program, I am able to focus in on mental health and take the two years to becoming fully competent in the area. I am provided lots of learning experiences as well as educational opportunities. The staff and fellow classmates become your biggest supports as well as role models. If you have your BSW and want to gain higher education or even have your Bachelor's Degree in a different field but are interested in social work, challenge yourself and apply to VCU's MSW program, it will be the best decision of your life."