Short overview of Virginia Commonwealth University


Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is
a public research university located in Richmond, Virginia. The Colledge was founded as MCV in 1838 as the medical department
of Hampden–Sydney College, becoming the Medical College of Virginia in 1854. In 1968, the Virginia General Assembly merged
MCV with the Richmond Professional Institute, founded in 1917, to create Virginia Commonwealth
University. Virginia Commonwealth University has two main
campuses in Richmond.: the Monroe Park Campus, located west of downtown Richmond, and the
MCV Campus in the urban center. Additionally, VCU has a branch campus in Education
City, Doha, Qatar, along with numerous regional facilities. The VCU Libraries is one of the largest research
libraries in Virginia. The libraries hold more than 3 million volumes
(including more than 665,000 electronic books) and extensive journal and database holdings. The student body consists of 57% female students
and 42% male students. More than 79% of VCU freshmen live on campus. Because of the prominent location within the
city of Richmond, many upperclassmen live in student apartments located around the campus,
specifically in The Fan, Oregon Hill or the Carver neighborhood, and are still able to
walk or bike to their classes. VCU has more than 500 registered student organizations
in which students can be involved. Virginia Commonwealth University hosts 36
international fraternities and sororities across four governing councils with over 1,700
students. In its history, one faculty member and one
alumnus have won a Nobel Prize: Baruj Benacerraf, an alumnus of the Medical College of Virginia,
was awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and John Fenn, a professor in
the College of Humanities & Sciences, was awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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