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Virginia Commonwealth University

Location: Richmond, Virginia

Founded: 1838

ORAU Member since: 1963

Member Councilor: Francis L. Macrina

Enrollment: 31,231 (fall 2016)

Mission Statement:

As the premier urban, public research university in Virginia, VCU’s mission is to advance knowledge and student success through its commitments to:

  • an engaged, learner-centered environment that fosters inquiry, discovery and innovation in a global setting;
  • research that expands the boundaries of new knowledge and creative expression and promotes translational applications to improve human health;
  • interdisciplinary collaborations that bring new perspectives to complex problems and mobilize creative energies that advance innovation and solve global challenges;
  • health care that strives to preserve and restore health for all people, to seek the cause and cure of diseases through groundbreaking research, and to educate those who serve humanity;
  • diversity that provides a climate of inclusion, a dedication to addressing disparities wherever they exist, and an opportunity to explore and create in an environment of trust;
  • sustainable, university-community partnerships that enhance the educational, economic and cultural vitality of the communities VCU serves in Virginia and around the world.

Website: Virginia Commonwealth University

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