Virginia Commonwealth University Reviews

3.87 out of 5 stars
(50 Reviews)
  • Richmond (VA)
  • Annual Tuition: $35,834
89% of 50 students said this degree improved their career prospects
96% of 50 students said they would recommend this school to others
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3.6 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/5/2015
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2013
"I really liked the urban feel and Richmond is a great city. VCU has a strong social work program that requires students to have 3 semesters of internships in undergrad and this really helped me when looking for jobs after graduating."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Emily - 9/23/2015
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2013
"I loved my time at VCU - attending was one of the best decisions I've made. With campus in the middle of the city, students have so many opportunities to get real world experience in the community. I don't think you get the same level of involvement on a private, gated campus."
2.7 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 9/4/2015
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2009
"There is no experience quite like college. It may not be preparation for the real world, but it certainly develops new habits and ideas and prepares you to be a more self-sufficient decision-maker and critical thinker. It is an important social experience as well. While you may not actually use the degree you earn in the way you think, college is still valuable to all employers, regardless of your major or degree. If you can afford it, you should go."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 9/1/2015
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2009
"Witnessed a dramatic shift in the level of education from undergraduate focused to graduate student focused. Quality of education changed dramatically for the worse."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Moni - 7/27/2015
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2014
"One big reason that I chose VCU over other colleges in the area was because of the diversity of its students. The different cultures and traditions of VCU students allowed me to experience new view points and opportunities. There is always something new and exciting going on on the VCU campus; it's hard to not get involved in a club. Due to VCU being in the heart of Richmond, there are countless internship opportunities in almost any field that one can think of. I would highly recommend VCU if you are interested in broadening your mind and experiencing new opportunities, cultures, and food!"
1.3 out of 5 stars
netminnow - 4/30/2015
Degree: Pre-Medicine
Graduation Year: 1983
"Virginia Commonwealth University was an underfunded public school at the time I attended. It was just about impossible to receive grants or other funding that one didn't have to pay back, even though I was qualified for these funds. Instructors were not engaged with student body except for 2 instructors over the 18 mos I attended full-time. I've heard it's improved over the last couple of decades but it was culture shock moving from open cosmopolitan DC to Richmond. It was pertinent to remember at all times that Richmond was capital of the Confederacy. Wonder if Tom & Jerry cartoon broadcasts still include exploding cigar to pickaninny transformations as they did the year of Reagan assassination attempt. If you want to go to MCV, definitely pick a different undergraduate school."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Fateema Blackwell - 3/3/2015
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2008
"Earning a degree at Virginia Commonwealth University was a great move for me. During my college selection, it was my #1 school. The school is urban, diverse and is surrounded by the city. As a native of Washington, DC that was important for me to enjoy the feel of a city while earning my degree. I loved the diversity each student brought to the classroom. Ideas, mindsets and backgrounds were different which created more opportunity for me to learn about the world. VCU's journalism program is amazing. I received hands on skills shooting and editing video which prepared me for my first job at NBC 4 just a few weeks after graduating. I recommend that once graduating you stay connected with the Alumni Club for support no matter how far after Undergrad you graduate."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Marc - 8/14/2014
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2016
"I am currently in the Extended Teacher Preparation program at VCU, which allows me to complete both a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in 5 years. I like the natural progression of the program. My advisors both within my Undergrad major and within the School of Education have been extremely helpful in ensuring I continue on the right path."
4.3 out of 5 stars
S.H. - 8/12/2014
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2014
"Graphic Design (called GDES by both teachers and students in the department) at VCU was a joy to be a part of. Often times people who are going into an arts major struggle with the decision between going to a private arts school like MICA or going to a public university. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I do not regret my decision of going to a public university. There are several reasons for this -- cost was a big factor, and luckily going to VCU meant I saved money and got to learn at a nationally-ranked art program. Another was the chance to go to an art school while also being able to interact with a larger university, full of students and resources outside of my major. It was great getting to know people majoring in Forensic Science, Journalism, French and other non-art majors who lent me a new perspective on my own interests. Overall, I wouldn't trade my experience at VCU or GDES for anything."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/20/2013
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 1999
"Tell us about your college experience.I had a lot of fun the first two years, later on i focused more on my studies. The school was great considering all aspects.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?Probably not, I would love to try something different but still somehow related to life sciences or the outdoors.What advice can you offer other students?It's going to be a one in a life time experience, so have fun but keep an eye on your studies."

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