Since 1838, our past has made us who we are — diverse, engaged and ambitious.
As the premier urban, public research university in the state, Virginia Commonwealth University’s mission is to advance knowledge and student success through its commitments to:
Committing to the efficient and transparent stewardship of our resources to achieve institutional excellence
Ensuring distinction in learning, research and scholarly pursuits, service, and patient care
Fostering collegiality and cooperation to advance learning, entrepreneurship and inquiry
Striving for intellectual truth with responsibility and civility, respecting the dignity of all individuals
Cultivating discovery, creativity, originality, inventiveness and talent
Engaging in the application of learning and discovery to improve the human condition and support the public good at home and abroad
Ensuring a climate of trust, honesty and integrity where all people are valued and differences are recognized as an asset
Adhering to the highest standards of honesty, respect and professional and scholarly ethics
Way back — we’re talking more than 175 years ago — in 1838, VCU was known by another name. We were the Medical College of Hampden-Sydney, later becoming the Medical College of Virginia. It wasn’t until 1968, when we merged with Richmond Professional Institute, that we were given the name Virginia Commonwealth University. But one thing is for sure: We have never stopped making history.