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Virginia Commonwealth University – Tuition & Success Analysis

Richmond, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University – Snapshot


Four-Year Public University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 22,614

Average annual cost of attendance: $21,136

(National Median: $15,523)

Median student debt for loan recipients: $23,250

Campus Setting: Midsize City

Religious Affiliation: None

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Virginia Commonwealth University Tuition based on Family Income


For a family income of $0 to $30,000 the average cost is $13,593

For a family income of $30,001 to $48,000 the average cost is $17,606

For a family income of $48,001 to $75,000  the average cost is $21,089

For a family income of $75,001 to $110,000  the average cost is $24,358

For a family income above $110,000 the average cost is $26,432


The “average cost” shown here is a NET cost and reflects the tuition cost after financial aid is taken into account, as reported by Virginia Commonwealth University. This average is based on the students who receive grant or scholarship aid. In-state tuition is used for public schools.

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Virginia Commonwealth University Graduate Success


Graduation rate: 62%

(National Median: 49%)

Students returning after first year: 86%

(National Median: 68%)

Median annual earnings (10 years after first attending): $44,000

(National Median: $33,028. The salary data measures salaries of students who received federal student aid. The Salary data does not break down earnings or graduation rates by major, or by state—an important consideration, since salaries can vary widely depending on geographical region. )

Percentage earning above a high school graduate (6 years after first enrolled): 66%

Virginia Commonwealth University Admissions

Virginia Commonwealth University Acceptance Rate: 81%


Half of the recent accepted students had test scores in the range of:

SAT Math: 490 to 590

SAT Critical Reading: 490 to 610

SAT Writing: 480 to 590

ACT English: 21 to 28

ACT Math: 20 to 26

ACT Writing: N/A to N/A

Twenty-five percent of students accepted to Virginia Commonwealth University actually performed better than the range reported above.  Another twenty-five percent had scores below the reported range.

Virginia Commonwealth University Student Debt


Percentage of students awarded Pell Grants: 28%

Percentage of students receiving federal student loans: 50%

Typical student debt: $23,250

Typical monthly loan payment: $247

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Other Scholarships for Students Attending Virginia Commonwealth University

Majors at Virginia Commonwealth University


These are the most popular areas of study offered at Virginia Commonwealth University:

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies – 2%
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences – 8%
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services – 13%
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs – 5%
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services – 3%
  • Education – 3%
  • Engineering – 5%
  • English Language and Literature/Letters – 3%
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics – 1%
  • Health Professions and Related Programs – 7%
  • History – 2%
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services – 7%
  • Mathematics and Statistics – 1%
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies – 6%
  • Natural Resources and Conservation – 1%
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies – 1%
  • Physical Sciences – 3%
  • Psychology – 10%
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions – 2%
  • Social Sciences – 5%
  • Visual and Performing Arts – 11%

For more information about the various majors at Virginia Commonwealth University, visit their website.

Virginia Commonwealth University Diversity


Overall Composition at Virginia Commonwealth University

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend Virginia Commonwealth University full time:  89%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend Virginia Commonwealth University part time:  11%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who are twenty-five years old, or older at Virginia Commonwealth University:  15%

Racial Diversity Composition

American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%

Asian: 13%

Black: 19%

Hispanic: 9%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 3%

Two or more races: 6%

Unknown: 1%

White: 48%

Virginia Commonwealth University Success Ratios

TUN ratios to help compare schools


Earnings to Debt Ratio: 1.9

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median federal debt of borrowers who graduated. TUN found an average of 2.5 based on data of 3,210 schools.

Earnings to Tuition Ratio: 2.1

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the average annual cost of attendance that financial aid recipients incurred.  TUN found an average of 3.0 based on data of 3,337 schools.

Monthly Liquidity Ratio: 14.8

The median monthly gross earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median monthly debt payment that borrowers who graduated experience with a 10-year repayment schedule. TUN found an average of 19.3 based on data of 3,210 schools.

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