Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA



Institution Type: Four or more years, Public

Number of Employees: 6,481

Students Enrolled: 26,743


VCU is not like the rest. In a world of the common, we are the UNCOMMON.


We are VCU, an inclusive public research university and health care system where accessibility combines with excellence to produce exceptional educational and healing results. Together, we are dedicated to serving the needs of students and patients. We impact lives through focused global partnerships and commitment to our communities. We research solutions to societal challenges and ignite transformative innovation that matters to the people who need us most. We prove every day that different works.We are united by purpose, devoted to inclusion and driven by impact.


VCU is located in downtown Richmond with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Classified as a Carnegie R1 Research institution, VCU has been designated a top 50 research University by the National Science Foundation. Many of the university’s schools and colleges are among the top 100 in the U.S., including medicine, engineering, the arts and business.


VCU enrolls nearly 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Twenty-nine of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 11 schools and three colleges and a robust Division of Student Affairs to support student success and well-being. The VCU Health brand represents the health sciences schools of VCU, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System. VCU Health comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. Today, VCU serves an integral role in the economic health of the city of Richmond and the region by educating the current and future workforce, advancing research and enhancing patient care.


Read more about Virginia Commonwealth University on our website.



Mission, Vision, and Values

Virginia Commonwealth University and its academic health sciences center serve as one national urban public research institution dedicated to the success and well-being of our students, patients, faculty, staff and community. Read more about VCU’s mission, vision, and values on our website.


Strategic Plan

The strategic plan, Quest 2028: One VCU Together We Transform, sets the projected course for VCU for the years 2022 to 2028. Our university themes are diversity driving excellence, research and innovation, and thriving communities. Read the full Quest 2028 strategic plan on our website.


Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

It is our belief that diversity through inclusion and engagement drive an organization’s performance. For diversity to have the greatest impact, people must perceive their environment as fair, open, enlightening and empowering. These inclusive environments lead not only to greater diversity, but to greater engagement among faculty and staff, which in turn has a positive influence on student performance. Read more about VCU’s commitment to diversity on our website.

Community Engagement and Impact

The lines of VCU’s urban campus blur with Richmond, and VCU has a real impact on the city. As Richmond’s largest employer when considering VCU and VCU Health combined, it generates a $6 billion economic impact. 100+ alumni-owned businesses thrive in Richmond and 40% of our alumni live in the city. $5 million has been raised in investment, revenue and acquisition by student startups alone since 2018. VCU Serves connects employees with volunteer opportunities that support Richmond's communities, giving them ample opportunities to use their paid community service leave.


About Richmond, Virginia

Richmond became the Commonwealth of Virginia’s capital in 1779. The Richmond region is a vibrant, diverse and growing community of nearly 1.3 million people. It has the ideal combination of a small town feel with intimate neighborhoods and local businesses along with big city offerings that include theaters, galleries, music events, festivals, sports attractions and more. Read more about VCU’s deep connection with the city of Richmond, Virginia on our website.


EEO Statement

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university. Read VCU’s full EEO Statement on our website.


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