Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university located in Richmond, Virginia. VCU was founded in 1838 as the medical department of Hampden-Sydney College, becoming an independent institution in 1968. Today, VCU is one of the largest universities in Virginia with an enrollment of more than 32,000 students.
VCU is home to a wide variety of academic programs and offers over 100 undergraduate majors and 130 graduate degrees across eight schools.
Located on the banks of the James River, Richmond is a historic city with lots of Colonial architecture and cobblestone streets. It has plenty of restaurants (including many U.S.-based franchises), bars and clubs.
Many VCU students live in dorms on campus; however there are also off campus apartments available near campus if you prefer not to live in dorms but still want easy access to school activities and events.