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Virginia Commonwealth University
Type Public university
Established 1838
Endowment US$ 280.7 million
President Michael Rao
Provost Beverly Warren
Rector Anne J.G. Rhodes
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 32,303
Undergraduates 23,483
Postgraduates 8,820
Location , ,
United States

37°32′48″N 77°27′12″W / 37.5466151°N 77.4532558°W / 37.5466151; -77.4532558
Campus Urban
143 acres (580,000 m2)
Colors Black and Gold          
Athletics NCAA Division I, Atlantic 10, 16 varsity teams
Nickname Rams
Mascot Rodney the Ram
All enrollment figures are as of Fall 2010

Virginia Commonwealth University is a public university in Richmond, Virginia. The university has about 32,436 students. It was founded in 1838. The current president of the university is Michael Rao, Ph.D. It came from a merger between the Richmond Professional Institute and the Medical College of Virginia in 1968. It has over 32,000 students. It is classified as having very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.


The athletics teams of the university are called the Rams. They have 16 varsity teams that compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

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