VCUarts Fast Facts

Founded in 1928, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts–VCUarts–is an acclaimed, public, non-profit, accredited four-year art and design school housed within a major research university.


VCUarts is made up of 16 buildings on the urban VCU campus in Richmond, Virginia. Students enjoy close proximity to many arts and cultural institutions within the city.


  • Founded in 1838
  • 31,242 students representing 108 countries
  • 21,679 employees
  • 174,573 alumni
  • 13 schools and one college
  • 500+ student organizations

VCU School of the Arts

  • Founded in 1928
  • 2,885 students
  • 2,705 undergraduate students
  • 180 graduate students
  • 167 full-time faculty members
  • (with 60 more adjunct)
  • 17:01 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 16 average studio class size
  • 18 bachelor’s degrees
  • Six master’s degrees
  • One doctoral degree


  • Founded in 1998
  • VCUarts’ branch campus located in Doha, Qatar
  • 323 students representing 38 countries
  • 298 undergraduate students
  • 14 graduate students
  • Five bachelor’s degrees
  • One master’s degree

VCUarts admissions data, Class of 2019

  • 2496 applicants for approximately 600 freshman seats
  • 45 percent of accepted students offered a merit-based scholarship
  • Average high school GPA: 3.7
  • Average SAT (math + English): 1147
  • Average ACT: 26

Alumni Data

  • 82 percent of B.F.A. alumni have a career in the arts–designers, illustrators, art directors, fine artists, educators, private teachers of the arts. (The national average is 47 percent.)
  • 61 percent of alumni have been or are currently working as arts educators

19 percent K-12 arts educations
16 percent private teacher of the arts
15 percent higher education arts educator
11 percent other arts educator

  • 81 percent of alumni obtained a job within a year of graduating
  • 32 percent obtained work prior to leaving VCUarts
  • 33 percent obtained work less than four months after graduation
  • 65 percent of VCUarts alumni obtained work within four months of graduation
    16 percent obtained work in four to 12 months
  • (SNAAP)

Student Experience

  • 93 percent of alumni rate their VCUarts experience as “Excellent” or “Good”
  • 93 percent of alumni would recommend VCUarts to other students
  • 90 percent of VCUarts alumni were satisfied with their instructors in classes, labs and studios
  • 91 percent of freshmen have excellent or good experiences
  • 84 percent of VCUarts alumni were satisfied with their freedom/encouragement to take risks
  • 81 percent of VCUarts alumni reported they were happy with the chances they had to perform, exhibit or present their work as students
  • 83 percent of alumni appreciated the ability to take non-arts classes
  • Nearly half (48 percent) of polled students participated in practicums, internships, etc. during their senior year

Debt Information

  • Almost half (47 percent) of students graduated without debt.
  • Of the students who graduated with debt, they are carrying an average of $10,000-20,000 in loans. (The national average for college debt is approaching $30,000.)


Data presented is from VCUarts 2013 participation in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Survey (SNAAP) and 2013 participation in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

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