Virginia Commonwealth University

public research university in Richmond, VA, USA

Virginia Commonwealth University is a public university in Richmond, Virginia. The university has about 32,436 students. It was founded in 1838. The current president of the university is Michael Rao, Ph.D.[6] It came from a merger between the Richmond Professional Institute and the Medical College of Virginia in 1968.[7] It has over 32,000 students. It is classified as having very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.[3]

Virginia Commonwealth University
TypePublic university
EndowmentUS$ 280.7 million[1]
PresidentMichael Rao
ProvostBeverly Warren
RectorAnne J.G. Rhodes[2]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States

37°32′48″N 77°27′12″W / 37.5466151°N 77.4532558°W / 37.5466151; -77.4532558Coordinates: 37°32′48″N 77°27′12″W / 37.5466151°N 77.4532558°W / 37.5466151; -77.4532558
143 acres (580,000 m2)[3]
ColorsBlack and Gold[5]    
AthleticsNCAA Division I, Atlantic 10, 16 varsity teams
MascotRodney the Ram
All enrollment figures are as of Fall 2010


The athletics teams of the university are called the Rams. They have 16 varsity teams that compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference.


  1. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2011-10-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. Board of Visitors - VCU Office of the President
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 "2010-2011 VCU Fact Card" (PDF). January, 2011. Retrieved March 07, 2011. Check date values in: |accessdate= and |date= (help)
  4. Carnegie Classifications | Institution Profile
  5. Official VCU colors – VCU Identity Manual
  6. Kapsidelis, Karin (October 14, 2011). "At Rao inaugural, top U.S. education official praises VCU". Richmond Times Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-10-17.[permanent dead link]
  7. History – About VCU » Virginia Commonwealth University

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