Tracing its roots back to 1838, is Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), which is a public research university, located in Richmond, Virginia. The institute has come a long way since its inception and comprises of 13 schools and 1 college. Currently the university’s student body comprises of over 31,000 students who are pursuing their education in 226 degree and certificate programs. Virginia Commonwealth University offers programs in the areas of Engineering, Arts, Medicine, Business, Dentistry, and Pharmacy and so on. Besides the opportunity to enrich and grow academically from within the campus, the university proud to have tied up with various prestigious institutions that are located in 11 countries including Germany, United Kingdom, Australia and China. It also has a branch campus in the State of Qatar, wherein opportunities to pursue quality education in fine arts is easily accessible to citizens living on that side of the world. Virginia Commonwealth University is classified as a Tier 1 university and is ranked 84 among public universities in the United States of America, as per the 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report. It has also secured a place with the top 100 institutions as per National Science Foundation rankings. David Baldacci, Jason Butler Harner, Charles Vess and Boris Kodjoe are all some of the esteemed alumni’s of the institute. These are some more individuals from VCU who have earned several accolades for their remarkable accomplishments.