Located in the capital city of Richmond, VCU students have a chance to experience both college campus life and the day-to-day bustle of a continuously growing metropolitan city. Students find a vast array of diversions while they are not in the classroom or in the library studying.
VCU is comprised of two campuses, the Monroe Park Campus and the Medical Campus. Te Monroe Park Campus, located on the eastern end of the historic Fan District, houses the majority of non-medical student residences, academic buildings, libraries and recreational facilities. Tis area has great access to Shockoe Slip, Shockoe Botom and the financial district as well as shopping, restaurants and apartments to the west.
Te medical campus is located just east of the Monroe Park Campus, just north of the financial district. Te Medical Campus houses the VCU Health System and its hospitals along with the VCU medical schools.
Te VCU Student Activities department works hard to make sure the student body has an amazing experience during their time at VCU. Tere are shows, concerts, speakers and other entertainment that can be seen or heard almost every weekend. For those that want to get off campus for a while, Washington D.C. is 100 miles to the north and the beach is 90 miles to the east.
ith more than $185 million in annual research funding, Virginia Commonwealth University is ranked by the Carnegie
Foundation as one of the nation’s top research universities and is one of only three such universities in Virginia to have that distinction. VCU’s teaching, research, public service and patient care missions support full-time and part-time students and faculty of diverse backgrounds. The university also contributes to the local, state, national and international communities through its scholarly activities, its diverse educational programs and its public service and patient care initiatives. Located in Richmond, the capital of Virginia, VCU is comprised
of two campuses. The 78.7-acre Monroe Park Campus is situated in Richmond’s historic Fan District. The 52.4-acre VCU Medical Center is located two miles east in the financial, commercial and governmental district of downtown Richmond. Of the university’s 165 buildings, 40 were built before 1900. Fifty-two buildings are national historic landmarks or lie within a historic district. VCU was established in 1968 by an act of the Virginia General
Assembly, which merged the Medical College of Virginia with Richmond Professional Institute to form the new university. MCV was founded in 1838 as the medical department of
Hampden-Sydney College. It became an independent institution in 1854. In 1860, when Virginia appropriated $30,000 for MCV’s first hospital, it became a state-supported institution. Richmond Professional Institute was established in 1917 as
the Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health. In 1925, it became the Richmond division of The College of William and Mary. Its name was changed to Richmond Professional Institute in 1939. In 1962 it separated from William and Mary, becoming an independent state institution. Today the university continues to expand, offering students
top-notch facilities. Surveyors, blueprints and architectural renderings have been a common sight on both VCU campuses for several years. At the south end of the Monroe Park Campus, the Eugene
P. Trani and Lois E. Trani Center for Life Sciences, a two-wing structure that opened summer 2001, represents a critical stage in the university’s commitment to enhance its undergraduate and graduate programs in the life sciences. The building houses
18 instructional laboratories, 25 research laboratories, an aquatics facility with up to 20 freshwater and marine research tanks, and a 22,000-specimen vertebrate collection, one of the largest in Virginia. The 132,500-square-foot facility promotes interdisciplinary study between such areas as environmental studies, molecular biology and physiology. The university’s expanding focus on life sciences blends science, mathematics, medicine, technology and engineering — linking departments and schools across both campuses. On West Broad Street at the north end of the Monroe Park
Campus, you can visit several more of VCU’s recent additions. The fine arts center is home to VCU’s School of the Arts programs in crafts, sculpture, and painting and printmaking. Providing more than 800 students with space for fine arts education, production and storage, the building’s unique features include specialized studio space, a foundry and welding shop, woodshops, a computer and video editing room, and faculty offices. Other additions to the university include the new Shafer
Court Dining Center, which opened in fall 2004. This two-story 57,000-square-foot structure provides increase dining options for the campus community. Expansion of the University Student Commons was completed and added 35,000 square feet to its already existing structure. The university offers baccalaureate, master’s, professional,
doctoral and certificate degree programs through VCU Life Sciences, the College of Humanities and Sciences (which includes the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, the School of Mass Communications, and the School of World Studies) and the schools of Allied Health Professions, the Arts, Business, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Medicine (including the new School of Public Health), Nursing, Pharmacy and Social Work. Forty-four of the university’s programs are unique in Virginia. Twenty of VCU’s graduate and professional programs have been cited among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. Forty percent of VCU’s undergraduates are multicultural
students, 59 percent are women and 34 percent are part-time students. The student body represents 49 states, Washington, D.C., the Virgin Islands and 92 other countries.
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