Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

School Background

2022 Undergraduate Enrollment: 20,918
Graduate Enrollment: 7,200
Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
Highest degree awarded: Graduate
Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander institution
Religious Affiliation: None

Campus Details

Medium City (100k-250k)
Four-year, large, primarily residential // full-time, selective, higher transfer-in

Applicant and Admittance Traits

2022 Admission Rate: 92.77%

Male/Female: 38% / 62% (2017)

First generation college students: 27.6% (2017)
Percentage of students who are married when enrolled: 2.8% (2017)
Percentage of students who are veterans: 0.2% (2017)

Test scores for admission: Considered but not required
2022 Median Admit SAT: 1,187
SAT 25th Percentile - 75th: 1070 - 1300

2022 Median Admit ACT: 25
ACT 25th Percentile - 75th: 20 - 29

Appliants applying to 2+ schools: 71.9% (2017)
Appliants applying to 3+ schools: 52.0% (2017)
Appliants applying to 4+ schools: 38.3% (2017)
Appliants applying to 5+ schools: 26.5% (2017)

Ethnicity Information

White: 41.2%
Black: 20.5%
Hispanic: 11.0%
Asian: 14.7%
American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.2%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
2+ races: 8.1%
Non-resident alien: 2.1%
Unknown race: 2.1%

Costs & Fees

2022 Average Tuition & Fees (Room/Board/Books): $31,917
In-State tuition: $15,319
Out-of-State tuition: $36,657

Estimated books and supplies: $1,240 (2022)
Estimated on-campus room & board: $12,279 (2022)
Estimated on-campus other fees: $5,270 (2022)

Estimated off-campus room & board: $12,730 (2022)
Estimated off-campus other fees: $5,270 (2022)

Average Family Income: $78,701 (2017)
Median Family Income: $51,128 (2017)

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Percentage of students receiving Pell Grant: 29.7%
Percentage of students with Federal Loans: 44.5%

Median federal loan debt at graduation: $21,500 (2021)
Median federal loan payment: $228 (2021)

Household Income Net Cost
0-$30k $13,601
$30k-48k $14,349
$48k-75k $16,689
$75k-110k $21,818
$110k+ $26,416

Graduate Outcomes & Job Placements

4-year graduation rate: 48%
6-year graduation rate: 68%

1 year post-graduation workforce participation: 95.7% (2020)

Loans

Median federal debt for graduates: $21,500 (2021)
Median federal debt for non-graduates: $9,500 (2021)

Median federal debt for first-generation graduates: $17,750 (2021)
Median federal debt for Pell grant recipient graduates: $19,000 (2021)

Ability to Repay Loans

Graduates, % of Loans in Repayment
(Non-delinquent/default)
Percentage
@1 Year 59.9% (2015)
@3 year 64.7% (2017)
@5 year 69.6% (2017)


1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid (Non-delinquent/default) - Pell Grant Recipients: 43.2% (2015)
1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid - 1st Generation Attendees: 47.5% (2015)

Earnings Power

Median earnings, 1 year post graduation: $38,339 (2020)
Median earnings, 4 years post graduation: $52,266 (2020)

Popular Majors

Type of Degree Major 2022 Graduates Median Federal Debt Median Monthly Payment 1yr Median Earnings (monthly gross) 4yr Median Earnings (monthly gross)
Bachelor's Degree Computer and Information Sciences, General. 82 $19,050 $211 $77,887 ($6,491) $96,632 ($8,053)
Bachelor's Degree Natural Resources Conservation and Research. 58 $23,500 $228 $28,450 ($2,371) $46,047 ($3,837)
Master's Degree Natural Resources Conservation and Research. 5 $53,961 ($4,497) $53,503 ($4,459)
Doctoral Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 23 $317 $83,315 ($6,943) $97,235 ($8,103)
Bachelor's Degree Area Studies. 63 $23,500 $240 $32,280 ($2,690) $41,752 ($3,479)
Bachelor's Degree Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies. 20 $26,000 $276 $26,574 ($2,215) $40,073 ($3,339)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies. 4
Bachelor's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 295 $24,000 $228 $34,476 ($2,873) $47,603 ($3,967)
Master's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 7 $52,244 ($4,354)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Graphic Communications. 4
Bachelor's Degree Biology, General. 350 $21,712 $217 $26,314 ($2,193) $43,873 ($3,656)
Master's Degree Biology, General. 10
Doctoral Degree Biology, General. 3
Graduate/Professional Certificate Biology, General. 78 $440 $20,006 ($1,667)
Master's Degree Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 2
Doctoral Degree Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 4
Master's Degree Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences. 6
Master's Degree Microbiological Sciences and Immunology. 5
Doctoral Degree Microbiological Sciences and Immunology. 5
Master's Degree Genetics. 4
Doctoral Degree Genetics. 2
Master's Degree Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences. 14
Doctoral Degree Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences. 5
Master's Degree Pharmacology and Toxicology. 2
Doctoral Degree Pharmacology and Toxicology. 7
Bachelor's Degree Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology. 28 $18,500 $202
Master's Degree Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology. 10
Doctoral Degree Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology. 7
Doctoral Degree Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology. 1
Doctoral Degree Neurobiology and Neurosciences. 6
Master's Degree Physics. 10
Doctoral Degree Physics. 4
Bachelor's Degree Mathematics. 54 $27,000 $273 $46,455 ($3,871) $69,910 ($5,826)
Master's Degree Mathematics. 16
Graduate/Professional Certificate Statistics. 1
Doctoral Degree Mathematics and Statistics, Other. 4
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General. 30 $22,250 $246 $47,665 ($3,972) $64,737 ($5,395)
Master's Degree Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General. 15 $498
Bachelor's Degree Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other. 103 $21,500 $212 $42,873 ($3,573) $57,905 ($4,825)
Master's Degree Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other. 18 $70,663 ($5,889) $83,925 ($6,994)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other. 3
Master's Degree Public Administration. 36 $303 $52,813 ($4,401) $66,870 ($5,573)
Doctoral Degree Public Administration. 11
Graduate/Professional Certificate Public Administration. 13
Bachelor's Degree Social Work. 97 $25,000 $233 $31,354 ($2,613) $45,039 ($3,753)
Master's Degree Social Work. 177 $466 $48,204 ($4,017) $53,575 ($4,465)
Doctoral Degree Social Work. 1
Bachelor's Degree Anthropology. 25 $13,996 $148 $27,197 ($2,266) $31,916 ($2,660)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Geography and Cartography. 14
Bachelor's Degree Political Science and Government. 191 $21,376 $212 $32,691 ($2,724) $50,476 ($4,206)
Bachelor's Degree Sociology. 98 $26,285 $249 $29,811 ($2,484) $41,591 ($3,466)
Master's Degree Sociology. 3
Bachelor's Degree Urban Studies/Affairs. 38 $26,416 $236 $33,032 ($2,753) $52,812 ($4,401)
First Professional Degree Dentistry. 101 $3,110 $97,991 ($8,166) $148,925 ($12,410)
Master's Degree Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences. 15 $247,627 ($20,636) $239,318 ($19,943)
Bachelor's Degree Dental Support Services and Allied Professions. 16 $25,924 $237 $66,908 ($5,576) $69,479 ($5,790)
Master's Degree Health and Medical Administrative Services. 35 $583 $77,446 ($6,454) $102,793 ($8,566)
Bachelor's Degree Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions. 29 $26,992 $233 $58,688 ($4,891) $65,940 ($5,495)
Bachelor's Degree Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions. 46 $24,589 $210 $59,595 ($4,966) $61,522 ($5,127)
Master's Degree Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions. 8
First Professional Degree Medicine. 210 $2,303 $60,473 ($5,039) $92,896 ($7,741)
Master's Degree Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions. 30 $466 $66,681 ($5,557)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions. 17
Master's Degree Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration. 3
Doctoral Degree Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration. 11
First Professional Degree Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration. 124 $1,604 $86,280 ($7,190) $131,003 ($10,917)
Master's Degree Public Health. 12 $52,275 ($4,356)
Doctoral Degree Public Health. 6
Graduate/Professional Certificate Public Health. 2
Bachelor's Degree Accounting and Related Services. 59 $24,350 $249 $54,062 ($4,505) $61,171 ($5,098)
Master's Degree Accounting and Related Services. 13
Graduate/Professional Certificate Accounting and Related Services. 23
Bachelor's Degree Business/Managerial Economics. 70 $21,500 $191 $41,022 ($3,419) $69,474 ($5,790)
Master's Degree Business/Managerial Economics. 2
Bachelor's Degree Finance and Financial Management Services. 10
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma International Business. 1
Master's Degree Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods. 49 $466 $98,067 ($8,172)
Bachelor's Degree Marketing. 126 $21,500 $217 $42,231 ($3,519) $52,497 ($4,375)
Bachelor's Degree Real Estate. 16 $46,786 ($3,899) $61,641 ($5,137)
Bachelor's Degree History. 84 $23,750 $225 $29,536 ($2,461) $40,375 ($3,365)
Master's Degree History. 5
Graduate/Professional Certificate History. 3
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 19 $46,490 ($3,874) $50,702 ($4,225)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 10
Master's Degree Engineering, General. 12
Doctoral Degree Engineering, General. 16
Bachelor's Degree Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 45 $24,000 $236 $43,920 ($3,660) $68,352 ($5,696)
Master's Degree Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 5
Doctoral Degree Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 2
Bachelor's Degree Chemical Engineering. 41 $27,000 $286 $74,361 ($6,197) $83,657 ($6,971)
Bachelor's Degree Computer Engineering. 20 $23,813 $250 $79,904 ($6,659)
Bachelor's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 27 $24,000 $239 $73,316 ($6,110) $90,430 ($7,536)
Bachelor's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 109 $22,235 $236 $67,146 ($5,596) $76,554 ($6,380)
Master's Degree Engineering, Other. 20
Doctoral Degree Engineering, Other. 8
Doctoral Degree Nanotechnology. 2
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services. 6
Bachelor's Degree Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services. 24 $26,000 $229 $41,671 ($3,473)
Master's Degree Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services. 6
Graduate/Professional Certificate Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services. 9
Bachelor's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 128 $22,750 $211 $24,689 ($2,057) $39,808 ($3,317)
Master's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 6
Master's Degree Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies. 10
Bachelor's Degree Biological and Physical Sciences. 80 $26,975 $254 $31,076 ($2,590) $45,072 ($3,756)
Doctoral Degree Natural Sciences. 3
Graduate/Professional Certificate Natural Sciences. 7
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Sustainability Studies. 3
Bachelor's Degree Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. 181 $25,125 $239 $47,118 ($3,927) $46,725 ($3,894)
Master's Degree Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. 9
Doctoral Degree Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. 6
Master's Degree Health and Physical Education/Fitness. 35 $233 $37,831 ($3,153) $56,825 ($4,735)
Bachelor's Degree Philosophy. 17 $21,500 $217 $21,640 ($1,803)
Bachelor's Degree Religion/Religious Studies. 13 $12,514 ($1,043) $35,974 ($2,998)
Bachelor's Degree Chemistry. 131 $21,872 $217 $34,667 ($2,889) $45,628 ($3,802)
Master's Degree Chemistry. 2
Doctoral Degree Chemistry. 17
Bachelor's Degree Physics. 24 $25,250 $234 $50,409 ($4,201)
Bachelor's Degree Psychology, General. 531 $23,199 $224 $28,117 ($2,343) $44,078 ($3,673)
Master's Degree Psychology, General. 22
Doctoral Degree Psychology, General. 3
Doctoral Degree Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology. 10
Bachelor's Degree Criminal Justice and Corrections. 291 $23,250 $225 $36,553 ($3,046) $50,745 ($4,229)
Master's Degree Criminal Justice and Corrections. 26
Graduate/Professional Certificate Criminal Justice and Corrections. 4
Master's Degree Urban Studies/Affairs. 17 $57,041 ($4,753) $62,159 ($5,180)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Social Sciences, Other. 10
Bachelor's Degree Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry. 35 $19,500 $217 $26,637 ($2,220) $29,063 ($2,422)
Bachelor's Degree Dance. 22 $27,000 $286 $17,807 ($1,484)
Bachelor's Degree Design and Applied Arts. 272 $25,937 $257 $26,575 ($2,215) $39,889 ($3,324)
Master's Degree Design and Applied Arts. 13 $45,396 ($3,783)
Bachelor's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 60 $21,875 $217 $18,507 ($1,542) $34,671 ($2,889)
Master's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 11 $33,353 ($2,779) $43,831 ($3,653)
Bachelor's Degree Film/Video and Photographic Arts. 75 $26,000 $256 $21,112 ($1,759) $38,301 ($3,192)
Bachelor's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 89 $23,374 $228 $23,293 ($1,941) $27,538 ($2,295)
Master's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 29 $354 $26,679 ($2,223) $37,788 ($3,149)
Bachelor's Degree Music. 51 $27,000 $286 $33,538 ($2,795)
Master's Degree Music. 6
Master's Degree Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions. 19 $411 $62,838 ($5,237) $66,180 ($5,515)
Doctoral Degree Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions. 96 $816 $69,480 ($5,790) $69,746 ($5,812)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions. 6
Bachelor's Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 230 $26,250 $229 $64,974 ($5,415) $72,428 ($6,036)
Master's Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 153 $429 $100,976 ($8,415) $112,638 ($9,387)
Doctoral Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 53 $1,163 $174,220 ($14,518) $193,728 ($16,144)
Doctoral Degree Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other. 6
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Business/Commerce, General. 15 $23,250 $246 $30,544 ($2,545)
Bachelor's Degree Business/Commerce, General. 372 $23,750 $226 $47,672 ($3,973) $60,623 ($5,052)
Master's Degree Business/Commerce, General. 137 $618 $63,676 ($5,306) $102,599 ($8,550)
Doctoral Degree Business/Commerce, General. 6
Master's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 89 $466 $92,894 ($7,741) $110,026 ($9,169)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Business Administration, Management and Operations. 23 $461 $42,547 ($3,546)
Master's Degree Computer and Information Sciences, General. 9
Graduate/Professional Certificate Computer and Information Sciences, General. 9
Bachelor's Degree Information Science/Studies. 166 $24,364 $228 $58,437 ($4,870) $73,990 ($6,166)
Master's Degree Information Science/Studies. 9 $111,599 ($9,300)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Information Science/Studies. 4
Master's Degree Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management. 7
Master's Degree Education, General. 124 $289 $47,660 ($3,972) $49,444 ($4,120)
Doctoral Degree Education, General. 25 $72,753 ($6,063)
Master's Degree Curriculum and Instruction. 6
Master's Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 12
Graduate/Professional Certificate Educational Administration and Supervision. 8
Master's Degree Special Education and Teaching. 29 $212 $48,541 ($4,045) $50,545 ($4,212)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Special Education and Teaching. 11
Master's Degree Student Counseling and Personnel Services. 34 $466 $50,056 ($4,171) $51,618 ($4,302)
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 4
Graduate/Professional Certificate Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 8
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 380 $26,901 $265 $30,670 ($2,556) $42,156 ($3,513)


Campus Resources

Average faculty salary: $96,768
Full time faculty: 64%

Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 18.0

School's endowment start of year: $1,992,337,915 (2022)
School's endowment end of year: $2,729,638,656 (2022)