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Find your happy place

Get involved

Virginia Commonwealth University is a vibrant, welcoming community.

It’s a place where you can be yourself or figure out who that self is. The best way to do that is to meet other people. People with similar interests, people who are completely different, people you’d never meet otherwise.

They’ll make your college experience meaningful and help you be a part of something bigger than yourself.

Boredom is not an option

You’ll discover things you love to do here, and you’ll find others who love those things, too.

Students with hoola hoops

Student orgs

With more than 500 organizations, it’s easy to meet people who share your interests, whether it’s helping the homeless, bass fishing or the love of all things Disney. Find your club.

Student Government Association Event

Student Government Association

VCU’s SGA gives you the chance to advocate for fellow students, work with the university’s administration and flex your leadership muscles. Step up to the plate.

Students working out at Cary Street Gym

Fitness and sports

If being active and staying fit is important to you, you’re in luck. We offer workout facilities, pools, intramural sports, club sports, exercise classes and much more. Recreation and Well-Being’s Outdoor Adventure Program features trips, gear rentals and a bike shop. Get moving.

Art exhibit at VCU


With one of the top arts schools in the country, it should come as no surprise that the arts are huge at VCU. There’s always an exhibit to visit or a performance to see. See what’s on.

Students working in the Commonwealth Times office.

Student media

VCU has eight student-run media outlets. From our radio station to our award-winning student newspaper, there are lots of ways to make your voice heard and add clips to your portfolio. Check out student media options.

Student with sketchbook sitting on hilltop with Peruvian ruins and mountains in the distance

Study abroad

VCU offers study, research, internship and service abroad programs in a variety of disciplines in more than 50 countries. The best part? Many program fees cost the same as VCU’s in-state tuition, room and board. Get ready for an adventure.

Quick Facts

400+ student organizations

Students engaged with the Richmond community via roughly 200 service-learning classes in 2020-21

36 sport clubs

Make a difference

Giving back is second-nature for VCU students. The university has become a national model for community engagement, with more than 10,000 students actively involved in community service each year. The power to make the world a better place is yours for the taking.


Volunteer opportunities Service-learning programs

Catch the Ram spirit

There’s no place quite like VCU. We celebrate the little (and big) things that make us different from the pack. And when we get together, well, let’s just say we get rowdy and leave it at that.

VCU Mascot

Ready to be a Ram?

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