Situated in the heart of Richmond, the capital of Virginia since 1779, Virginia Commonwealth University serves an integral role in the economic health of the city — educating the current and future workforce, reaching out to the community, advancing research and enhancing patient care.

The university takes its founding date of 1838 from the year the Medical College of Virginia was created as the medical department of Hampden-Sydney College. MCV became independent in 1854 and state-affiliated in 1860.
Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park Campus began in 1917 as the Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health. In 1925, it became the Richmond division of the College of William and Mary; and in 1939, its name was changed to Richmond Professional Institute. It separated from William and Mary in 1962 to become an independent state institution.

In 1968, Gov. Mills E. Godwin Jr. signed VCU into existence, based on recommendations set forth in a 1967 report developed by a legislative commission led by Edward A. Wayne Sr., president of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank.

Wayne was named vice-rector of the first Board of Visitors of VCU, and the university’s Wayne Medal honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions or provided exemplary service to VCU.

The Virginia BioTechnology Research Park is located in the center of the nation’s East Coast pharmaceutical and biotechnology corridor. The Park’s dynamic and growing life sciences community is home to over 57 life science companies, research institutes, state/federal laboratories and is adjacent to Virginia Commonwealth University , a “Top 100″ life sciences research center. Whether you are a life science company executive, entrepreneur or researcher, come discover the advantages of scientific collaboration, world-class business support and specialized facilities, all designed to help you grow and succeed in today’s global biotechnology environment.

Colleges and Schools
  • College of Humanities & Sciences
    • School of Government and Public Affairs
    • School of Mass Communications
    • School of World Studies
  • School of Allied Health Professions
  • School of the Arts
  • School of Business
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Social Work
  • University College
  • VCU Graduate School
  • VCU Honors College
  • VCU Life Sciences

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