Parents & family

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Welcome, families! Your student is facing a huge life decision — and we know you’re there to support them as much as you can.

Between choosing a college, applying and figuring out how to pay for school, it can be a complex process. Please know, at VCU, we’re always here to help future Ram families. Start with the links below, and contact us as you and your student work through the process.

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  • Study their options

    We offer more than 200 programs, and have four majors that are unique to VCU.

    Browse our programs
  • Keeping them safe


    From registering bikes and computers to patrolling campus, the VCU Police are here to serve.

    Find out more
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  • The big question: cost

    Find out VCU’s tuition and fees for in-state and out-of-state students, and learn about scholarships and aid.

    Review cost and aid
  • A culture of inclusion

    Get to know a university that embraces diversity, and where we're all about breaking barriers.

    Learn more
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  • Students working out at the Cary Street Gym
  • Let’s keep them well

    VCU puts special focus on physical, mental and emotional wellness, with easy access to care.

    Explore student well-being
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Their first year as a Ram

The first-year experience is one they’ll remember for years to come. Your student will start to find their passions by taking classes and making connections. And at VCU they’ll be part of a diverse community in a vibrant urban campus, where we offer courses designed to set them up for success.

Explore first-year success courses