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Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University
910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284
Gen. Phone:  (804) 828-0100    Fax:  (804) 828-1899

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VCU had 1176 Post-911 GI Bill recipents enrolled in 2012, at all sites.

25 Most Popular Degrees Awarded 2020-21
Accounting, Biological and Physical Sciences, Biology/Biological Sciences, General, Business/Commerce, General, Business/Managerial Economics, Chemistry, General, Computer and Information Sciences, General, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration, English Language and Literature, General, Fashion/Apparel Design, Graphic Design, Health Teacher Education, History, General, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other, Illustration, Information Science/Studies, Marketing/Marketing Management, General, Mass Communication/Media Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other, Political Science and Government, General, Psychology, General, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse, Social Work, Sociology, General.

SCHEV Program Inventory


SAT is an imperfect predictor of college readiness and success and it is only one of many factors in admissions.
This report does not assume any particular merit or value in the SAT, it merely highlights institutional differences in distributions and mean averages.
Admission Summary, 2020-21 First-Time in College
DomicileAppliedAcceptedAcceptance RateEnrolledYield RateRejectedRejection Rate

SAT Scores by Domicile Status for First-Time in College Students, 2020-21
DomicileNLow ScoreAverageHighestLowest ScoreAverageHighest Score

Admission Summary, 2020-21 Graduate
DomicileAppliedAcceptedAcceptance RateEnrolledYield RateRejectedRejection Rate

Admission Summary, 2020-21 First Professional
DomicileAppliedAcceptedAcceptance RateEnrolledYield RateRejectedRejection Rate

Fall Headcount Enrollment
Fall TermUndergraduatesGraduate StudentsTotal First ProfessionalsTotal
Fall 2012 23,6876,3581,70731,752
Fall 2013 23,4216,1591,70831,288
Fall 2014 23,7515,6931,71931,163
Fall 2015 23,8775,6281,73731,242
Fall 2016 23,9995,4621,75731,218
Fall 2017 23,8595,4341,74331,036
Fall 2018 23,9335,4341,70931,076
Fall 2019 23,0675,3971,63930,103
Fall 2020 22,1835,6481,58629,417
Fall 2021 21,6255,7771,51728,919

See the report E22: Fall Headcount: Trends in Race Ethnicity for definitions and additiional student levels.

Annualized Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Enrollment
YearUndergraduateGraduateFirst ProfessionalTotal
Total Undergraduate Enrollment by Locality, 2021
# of Students By Origin
0 Students
0 Students1 to 1011 to 4950 to 99100 to 249250 to 499500 to 9991,000 to 2,4992,500 to 4,9995,000 and above

Degrees Awarded

STEMH - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health Professions
Retention and Graduation

57% of all students entering in 2012-13 either graduated within an Extended Time-to-Completion or were continuing their enrollment in the final year of observation. These Student Success Index results are based on students completing at any Virginia institution.

Graduation Rates within Six Years
Students Entering Institution in Fall and Spring of 2014-15 and completing at this institution.
Gender: All, Race/Ethnicity Status: All

Six-year institutional graduation rates compared to sector rates and the minimum and maximum values of the rates for Virginia institutions.
FTIC = First-Time in College.
Comparisons are to institutions at the same degree-level.

FTIC (All)
Overall Publics:  72%
Overall Privates:  45%

FTIC, In-State
Overall Publics:  51%
Overall Privates:  30%

FTIC, In-State, Direct from High School
Overall Publics:  52%
Overall Privates:  35%

FTIC with No Financial Aid
Overall Publics:  46%
Overall Privates:  24%

FTIC with Pell
Overall Publics:  37%
Overall Privates:  15%

FTIC, Family Income $0 - $49,999
Overall Publics:  36%
Overall Privates:  13%
FTIC, Family Income $50,000 - $99,999
Overall Publics:  49%
Overall Privates:  28%

FTIC, Family Income $100,000 - $149,999
Overall Publics:  55%
Overall Privates:  34%

FTIC, Family Income $150,000 and Greater
Overall Publics:  63%
Overall Privates:  37%

FTIC, Family Income Not Reported
Overall Publics:  54%
Overall Privates:  29%

FTIC, Students earning 60 credits or Greater in First Two Years
Overall Publics:  79%
Overall Privates:  68%

Starting cohorts of fewer than 10 are excluded from reporting.
Student Transfer

Students Transferring into Virginia Commonwealth University
in Fall and Spring of the Designated Year to the institutions below.

*Starting cohorts of fewer than 10 will not display a graduation rate.
Transfer Enrollment
Average # New Transfers (2014-15 to 2017-18)Average # NewTransfers (2014-15 to 2017-18) Graduation RateAverage # New Transfers (2017-18 to 2020-21)
Blue Ridge Community College18 62%12
Central Virginia Community College14 45%9
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College1 1
Danville Community College7 7
Eastern Shore Community College2 2
Germanna Community College116 62%103
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College440 65%398
John Tyler Community College322 61%312
Lord Fairfax Community College21 68%22
Mountain Empire Community College0 0
New River Community College10 8
Northern Virginia Community College558 58%507
Patrick & Henry Community College6 5
Paul D Camp Community College2 5
Piedmont Virginia Community College55 65%54
Rappahannock Community College25 54%22
Richard Bland College71 57%61
Southside Virginia Community College15 53%10
Southwest Virginia Community College1 2
Thomas Nelson Community College105 60%91
Tidewater Community College114 58%105
Total Public Two-Year Institutions1,935 61%1,762
Virginia Community College System1,864 61%1,701
Virginia Highlands Community College4 4
Virginia Western Community College23 61%20
Wytheville Community College1 0

*Starting cohorts of fewer than 10 will not display a graduation rate.
Student Debt

Debt of 2019-20 Graduates, Total Loans
Total GraduatesTotal BorrowersTotal Borrowing
Degree Level#% of All Graduates#% of All BorrowersAmount% of Total
First Professional4426%3418%$72,642,59431%

  • Associates: Includes graduates who received Bachelor's Credit and Occupational/Techincal Credit Associate degrees.
  • Bachelors: Includes graduates who received Four- and Five-Year Bachelor's degrees.
  • Graduate: Includes graduates who received Graduate Master's and Doctorate degrees.

Four-Year Bachelor's Degree
Debt of Recent Graduates, Recent Trend
YearBorrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2015-163,52968%$ 19,476$ 27,000$ 29,878$ 37,500
2016-173,44766%$ 19,500$ 27,000$ 30,873$ 38,750
2017-183,39067%$ 19,500$ 27,000$ 30,911$ 37,500
2018-193,45766%$ 17,750$ 27,000$ 31,011$ 37,612
2019-203,19465%$ 17,500$ 27,000$ 32,046$ 39,474

Student borrowing at graduation, excludes PLUS loans, in five-year rollups. Includes all known institutionally-processed
borrowing occuring at all public and nonprofit institutions in Virginia. Debt accrued outside Virginia in prior postsecondary activity
is not available.

Post-Completion Wages of Graduates

Graduates' Wages in 2018, 18 Months after Graduation
DegreeGraduates (n)Grads. w/FT Wages (%)AverageMedian
Note: All wage and enrollment data are limited to those graduates working and attending school in Virginia.
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 acad yrs5658.9%$ 43,254$ 42,487
Four-Year Bachelor's Degree5,19062.0%$ 35,751$ 33,282
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate24452.9%$ 54,738$ 44,248
First Professional Degree43733.6%$ 87,510$ 83,484
Master's Degree1,45359.1%$ 64,275$ 51,316
Post-Master's Certificate2080.0%$ 58,495$ 56,781
Doctor's Degree30647.4%$ 85,212$ 71,910

Graduates' Wages in 2018, Five Years after Graduation
DegreeGraduates (n)Grads. w/FT Wages (%)AverageMedian
Note: All wage and enrollment data are limited to those graduates working and attending school in Virginia.
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 acad yrs0
Four-Year Bachelor's Degree4,68255.1%$ 52,306$ 48,510
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate20749.3%$ 67,200$ 60,199
First Professional Degree43440.1%$ 149,767$ 131,302
Master's Degree1,65753.2%$ 76,293$ 60,670
Post-Master's Certificate3171.0%$ 66,665$ 64,514
Doctor's Degree32438.6%$ 83,877$ 74,999

Tuition and Fees

Virgina Resident Tuition and Fees, General, 2021-22
Student LevelTuition & Mandatory E&G FeesMandatory Non-E&GAverage Room & Board (1)Total
General Undergraduate$12,459$2,569$11,615$26,643
General Graduate$12,983$2,535$$15,518
First Professional - Pharmacy$29,419$2,565$$31,984
First Professional - Medicine$34,495$3,145$$37,640
First Professional - Dentistry$58,445$2,565$$61,010

Non-Resident Tuition and Fees, General, 2021-22
Student LevelTuition & Mandatory E&G FeesMandatory Non-E&GAverage Room & Board (1)Total
General Undergraduate$33,797$2,569$11,615$47,981
General Graduate$27,011$2,535$$29,546
First Professional - Pharmacy$42,747$2,565$$45,312
First Professional - Medicine$58,011$3,145$$61,156
First Professional - Dentistry$92,114$2,565$$94,679
  • Charges represent the weighted average double occupancy room charge and the maximum weekly meal plan offered, not necessarily the plan used by most students.
  • In-State: VCU's tuition and mandatory E&G fees shown are for master's degrees. Doctoral tuition and mandatory E&G fees are $10,569 in 2020-21 and $10,769 in 2021-22. Out-of-state: VCU's tuition and mandatory E&G fees are for master's degrees only. Doctoral tuition and mandatory E&G fees are $23,067 in 2020-21 and $23,267 in 2021-22.
  • The tuition and mandatory fee totals are for first year medical students.
    Tuition and fees listed are for first-year dental students. Fees vary by student level.
    The tuition and mandatory fee totals are for first year PharmD students.

These tabs represent a concise overview of the data available at this site.
Additional detailed information may be found through the links below:

Trends in First-year Retention
Trends in Graduation Rates (Federal Equivalent)

Graduation Rate Profile - Student Subcohorts

Student Debt Profile

Post-Completion Wages of Graduates


Debt: All debt figures refer to education-related debt processed through institutions. i.e. student loans. Unless specified as PLUS loans for undergraduates, the student debt refers to loans taken out by the student, not by parents or relatives. Further, reported student debt calculations are based on graduates who borrowed only. This is why we report the percentage of students/graduates wth debt.


Sample Budgets: These estimates are from the Living Wage project at MIT and are based on the estimated cost of a single adult living in Virginia. Tax and FICA withholding estimates based on a single, unmarried filer.

Limits on the Display of Data

The most important limit to understand is that these short-term measures of outcomes are not meaningful for evaluating the effectiveness of institutions or programs. These are not measures of employment rates, nor they comparable to the so-called Gainful Employment metrics produced by the US Department of Education. These measure are meant to inform readers of the outcomes of graduates in the near-term following degree completion and represent individual behavior and local economies more than any other factor.

In order to protect confidentiality and to accommodate both the many small programs in the Commonwealth and the limits of the available data, these reports will display program-level data only under the following conditions:

1. Single-year data will not be reported at the level of institution, degree, and program, only rolling five-year aggregates. For example, graduates of 2005-06 will be reported with those of 2004-05, 2003-04, 2002-03, and 2001-02.

2. The number of wage-reported graduates must be equal to or greater than 15 with full-time wage equivalent (FTWE) reported wages.

3. At least 30% of the cohort of graduates must have been matched and reported with full-time wage equivalent (FTWE) reported wages, or 20% with a minimum of 200 graduates.

4. The current definition of FTWE is at least three quarters of wages must be reported for each year.

5. Wages and earnings are not adjusted for inflation.

The wage data included in these reports represent only the following individuals:
1. Graduates successfully matched to the Unemployment Insurance Wage records collected by the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).
2. Graduates employed in Virginia by an entity that reports to the VEC. This excludes federal employees, including those within the Department of Defense.

What employers are subject to the Unemployment Tax and must be registered and file with the Virginia Employment Commission? They must have met one of the following criteria:

  • One or more employees (ten employees if your operation is agricultural) for some portion of a day during any 20 different weeks in a calendar year
  • A $1,500 or more total gross quarterly payroll ($20,000 if your business is agricultural; $1,000 if domestic labor)
  • Acquired a business subject to this tax
  • Been subject to the Federal Unemployment Tax
  • A governmental operation or political subdivision
  • A nonprofit organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and had four or more employees for some portion of a day during any 20 different weeks in a calendar year

These criteria mean that individuals working as consultants, independent contractors (including many psychologists, counselors, barbers, cosmetologists, IT workers, and P-14 wage employees of the Commonwealth) may be excluded, as are a list of others that may be found here.