Virginia Commonwealth University Graduate Program Reviews

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95%
of students recommend
(4.03 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 126 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC, + 5 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 30,872 (23,865 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 28% part-time, 72% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $13,633 in-state; $26,314 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros are the student diversity, and quality of training. I feel well prepared in my field. Faculty are research-focused (which is also a "pro"), which occasionally leads to less time for effective mentoring.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2014

The program offers what I consider to be before-it-hits-the-industry knowledge and strategy. The professors are active and relevant in their fields, and it's because of their constant connection to industry that makes them able to give our class the insight and current advice to succeed in our chosen careers in the business world.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

VCU has very good research in the field of Life Sciences, and have excellent courses to stimulate learning and understanding various concepts.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2013

I am in a fast track program, which is convenient for my lifestyle as a full-time, government employee and mother. The financial and class time constraints are very clear, which helped me decide to apply. So far, my experience in the program has been pleasurable and it far exceeds my expectations. VCU's School of Mass Communications is very immersed in the professional community. Thus, I have encounter a number of professionals whom I can call on for resources and guidance. If I had to pick a con, it would be a lack of job placement resources, particularly for the public relations field. Many of my classmates are searching for employment, lack real work experience, and are young. But, they feel being a master's student should open up more doors and aren't being afforded such opportunities. The value of obtaining a master's degree isn't quite clear to them as it is not yielding a favorable result, yet.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2013

VCU is a wonderful university with such a diverse student population that is so rewarding to the learning experiences. The school of education department is wonderful! They are always available if needed and so nice! The teachers are excellent and the surrounding area provides many opportunities for learning experiences outside the classroom. The campus is a little unsafe since it is part of downtown Richmond, however the school and police have increased security and are doing their best to make all students feel safe!
4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

VCU has an amazing grad program and the school of social work is awesome. The professors are always there for you and the workload is not busy work. You really gain a lot of knowledge from the work you complete.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros: Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program is highly ranked and has very productive faculty in research. Program has a very strong Health Psychology, Multicultural, and community outreach emphases. Great mentor matching program following the Scientist-Leader-Practitioner model. Excellent student population diversity inclusive of minorities. Generous funding and opportunities for a variety of professional experiences. Integration with and accessibility of medical campus and facilities. Easily accessible by car for commuters. Amazing restaurants close by and a variety of nightlife. Cons: Busy metropolitan area with high crime rates. Campus is not insular, but rather dispersed throughout the city. Some of the oldest building do not have wireless internet or sufficient technological services. Difficult to find reasonably priced housing in safe areas which are convenient to campus. Parking is limited and expensive.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

I love my program - it's the perfect fit for me. I am just not a fan of Richmond, and the undergrads here are dreadful. TA-ing for them is a real struggle - they are very entitled and not held to a high standard.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

VCU's graduate program is extremely rewarding for the student. Not only is the student given an excellent education, the student is also placed in an academically-rewarding community of the other graduate students. The faculty and other graduate students are encouraging, motivating and supportive, which enhances the graduate school experience.
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

Though I have been here for a little bit, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at VCU. Different environment than what I am used to, but very enjoyable.
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