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Six-year Graduation Rates

Entering classOriginal countGraduated in 6 years or less
Fall 2012 3,535 67.1%
Fall 2011 3,714 62.6%
Fall 2010 3,530 61.9%
Fall 2009 3,590 62.1%
Fall 2008 3,645 59.2%
Fall 2007 3,807 56.8%
Fall 2006 3,497 57.0%
Fall 2005 3,477 53.9%
Fall 2004 3,314 51.1%

Note: Graduation Rates are based on IPEDS reporting and do not include "VCU Qatar" - a non-U.S. territory.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics.

Freshman-to-sophomore Retention Rates

Entering classOriginal countRetained 1 year
Fall 2017 4,117 84.5%
  Fall 2016   4,139   82.8%
Fall 2015 3,983 86.3%
Fall 2014 3,522  85.7%
Fall 2013 3,513  86.3%
Fall 2012 3,535  86.6%
Fall 2011 3,714  85.2%
Fall 2010 3,530  85.7%
Fall 2009 3,590  85.3%
Fall 2008 3,645 83.4%

Note: Retention Rates are based on IPEDS reporting and do not include "VCU Qatar" - a non-U.S. territory.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics.

Undergraduate Base Tuition

Academic YearIn-State% ChangeOut-of-State% Change
2005-06 3,969    15,904   
2006-07 4,227  6.5%  15,904  0.0% 
2007-08 4,482 6.0%  16,858  6.0% 
2008-09 4,924  9.9%  17,701  5.0% 
2009-10 5,185  5.3%  18,409  4.0% 
2010-11 6,885  32.8%  19,604  6.5% 
2011-12 7,532  9.4%  20,388  4.0% 
2012-13 7,860  4.4%  21,275  4.4% 
2013-14* 8,174/9,877  4.0%/25.7%  22,126/26,736  4.0%/25.7% 
2014-15 10,223 3.5%  27,672  3.5% 
2015-16 10,586  3.6%  28,652  3.5% 
2016-17 10,846 2.5% 29,378 2.5%
2017-18 11,340 4.6% 30,712 4.5%
2018-19 12,094 6.6% 32,742 6.6%

*The 25.7% tuition increase represents VCU's switch to a new, credit hour based tuition model for new undergraduate students. The increase for continuing students was 4%. All students will be on the credit hour model as of the 2018-19 academic year. Percent increase for 2014-15 and 2015-16 is the same for students on both models, the tuition rates for those years represent the new credit hour model at 15 credits a semester.

Undergraduate Total Fees

Academic YearIn-State% ChangeOut-of-State% Change
2005-06 1,416    1,536  
2006-07 1,592 12.4%  1,712  11.5% 
2007-08 1,714 7.7%  1,882  9.9% 
2008-09 1,855 8.2%  2,023  7.5% 
2009-10 1,932 4.2%  2,340  15.7% 
2010-11 1,932 0.0%  2,345  0.2% 
2011-12 1,985 2.7%  2,561  9.2% 
2012-13 2,025 2.0%  2,637  3.0% 
2013-14* 2,125 4.9% 2,737  3.8% 
2014-15 2,175 2.4%  2,787  1.8% 
2015-16 2,186 0.5%  2,811  0.9% 
2016-17 2,284 4.5% 2,909 3.5%
2017-18 2,284 0.0% 2,944 1.2%
2018-19 2,396 4.9% 3,056 3.8%

Total fees include the university fee, technology fee, student health fee, student activity fee, capital outlay fee (non-residents only) and the library fee (started in academic year 2014-15).

 

 

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