Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University
Latin: Virginia rei Publicae Universitates
MottoEffice ut sit Realis (Latin)
Motto in English
"Make it Real"
TypePublic research university
EstablishedOctober 20, 1838 (1838-10-20)
AccreditationSACS
Academic affiliations
Endowment$2.72 billion (2021)[1]
PresidentMichael Rao
ProvostFotis Sotiropoulos
RectorH. Benson Dendy III[2]
Academic staff
3,279[3]
Administrative staff
11,252[4]
Students28,919 (2021-22)[5]
Undergraduates21,707 (2021-22)[5]
Postgraduates7,212 (2021-22)[5]
Location, ,
United States

37°32′48″N 77°27′12″W / 37.5466°N 77.4533°W / 37.5466; -77.4533
CampusMidsize city, 150 acres (0.61 km2)[3]
NewspaperThe Commonwealth Times
ColorsBlack and gold[6]
   
NicknameRams
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IA-10
MascotRodney the Ram
Websitevcu.edu

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university in Richmond, Virginia. VCU was founded in 1838 as the medical department of Hampden–Sydney College, becoming the Medical College of Virginia in 1854. In 1968, the Virginia General Assembly merged MCV with the Richmond Professional Institute, founded in 1917, to create Virginia Commonwealth University.[7] In 2022, more than 28,000 students pursued 217 degree and certificate programs through VCU's 11 schools and three colleges.[3] The VCU Health System supports health care education, research, and patient care. It was the only school in the South to have graduated a class every year during the Civil war.[8]

VCU had a record $464 million in sponsored research funding in the fiscal year 2023 and is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".[9][10] VCU's athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I and are collectively known as the VCU Rams. They are members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The VCU campus includes historic buildings such as the Ginter House, now used by the school's provost.

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2021. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  2. ^ [1] – VCU Office of the President
  3. ^ a b c "Facts and rankings". Vcu.edu. Archived from the original on May 22, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "FActs 2014-15" (PDF). Opds.vcu.edu. Archived (PDF) from the original on February 7, 2018. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Facts and Figures". Vcu.edu. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  6. ^ "Virginia Commonwealth University Primary Palette". Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "Leadership". Vcu.edu. Archived from the original on March 10, 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  8. ^ Record, C. Wilson; Norris, Hoke (April 1963). "We Dissent". American Sociological Review. 28 (2): 311. doi:10.2307/2090637. ISSN 0003-1224.
  9. ^ Chen, Anna (January 18, 2023). "VCU ranked in top 50 public research universities, receives $405.6 million in grants". The Commonwealth Times. Virginia Commonwealth University. Retrieved December 2, 2023.
  10. ^ "Carnegie Foundation Classifications". Carnegieclassifications.iu.edu. Archived from the original on September 13, 2018. Retrieved May 29, 2015.

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