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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$29,378 Out-of-State
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
15,629 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
82.1% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
2,187 Graduates


The median in-state tuition at Virginia Commonwealth University is $10,846, which is $3,855 more than the national median in-state tuition of $6,991. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $29,378, which is 270% of the cost for in-state students, and is $11,002 more than the national median out-of-state tuition of $18,376.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,544.

In 2016, 55% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 50% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Virginia Commonwealth University received 15,629 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 5.49% annual growth. Out of those 15,629 applicants, 12,683 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 81.2% acceptance rate.

There were 30,872 students enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016, and 83% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Virginia Commonwealth University has an overall enrollment yield of 32.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Virginia Commonwealth University has a total enrollment of 30,872 students. The full-time enrollment at Virginia Commonwealth University is 25,337 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,535. This means that 82.1% of students enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Virginia Commonwealth University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 50.3% White, 16.5% Black or African American, 12.3% Asian, 7.27% Hispanic or Latino, 5.04% Two or More Races, 0.26% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.12% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (17.6%), followed by White Male (13%) and Black or African American Female (8.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (5.35%), followed by White Male (3.53%) and Asian Female (1.37%).

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In 2016, 1,704 more women than men graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. The majority of students graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University are White. These 4,408 graduates mean that there were 3.85 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,146 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Virginia Commonwealth University is General Psychology with 531 graduates, followed by General Biological Sciences with 396 graduates and General Business with 334 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Virginia Commonwealth University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Cultural & Gender Studies, with 84 graduates, followed by Visual & Performing Arts with 596 graduates and Interdisciplinary Studies with 377 graduates.


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Virginia Commonwealth University has an endowment valued at nearly $649M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $8.12M (1.25%), compared to the 1.09% average return ($2.96M on $270M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Virginia Commonwealth University had a total expenditure of $976M. Of that $976M, they spent $446M on salaries and $124M on benefits.

Virginia Commonwealth University employs 451 Assistant professors, 344 Associate professors, and 204 Professors. Most academics at Virginia Commonwealth University are Female Assistant professors (246), Male Assistant professors (205), and Male Associate professors (183).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Virginia Commonwealth University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 588 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 483 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 439 employees.



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