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We love Richmond

All about Richmond

First things first. We fondly refer to Richmond as RVA.

People love this city. Because it’s awesome. And Virginia Commonwealth University is in the middle of it all.

What others say about RVA

The city is our classroom

VCU’s downtown Richmond location provides loads of unique educational opportunities for our students. From service-learning projects to internships at local businesses to visits to state government offices, our students are constantly learning from the city they call home.

The city is our playground

Going to college in the city is completely different from going to a school with a more isolated, traditional campus. There’s so. much. to. do. And Richmond isn’t just any city. It’s got character. A state capital with an unlikely mix of qualities — historic, artsy, food-obsessed, Southern, diverse, laid-back — it has just the right dose of grittiness to give it an edge.

Quick Facts

1737 year founded

Capital of Virginia

1.2 million+ population in Richmond metropolitan area

Patrick Henry made his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech here

A river runs through us

Richmond is the only city in the country with Class III and IV rapids roaring through downtown. But if you’re looking for a calmer form of recreation, the James River offers that, too, from fishing and swimming to hiking the trails of the river’s park system or sunbathing on the rocks. It’s an outdoor lover’s playground.

Richmond gets to work

Not only is Richmond a great place to live, it’s also a great place to work, and many of our graduates stick around and start their careers here, whether it’s at the state government, a Fortune 500 company or a startup. Here are some well-known companies where our students have found employment. *Number in parentheses indicates Fortune 500 ranking.

  • Altria (#149)
  • Capital One
  • Carmax (#191)
  • Dominion Resources (#243)
  • Genworth Financial (#306)
  • Markel (#476)
  • Martin Agency
  • Owens & Minor (#291)
  • Performance Food Group (#185)
  • Westrock (#251)

Nobody loves their community like VCU loves Richmond.

Melissa Stamp
Mass communications
Class of 2018

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