Be well. Stay well. Do well.

From handling new responsibilities to juggling a busy schedule, college can be a huge adjustment. But VCU is here to help. We'll take care of your health and safety so you can focus on getting the most out of your college experience.

Safety comes first

We want you to feel at home at the heart of a bustling city.

That’s why we take a holistic approach to public safety. VCU Police patrol campus 24/7, and our extensive emergency information system sends out alerts via text and email, as well as TV monitors located in residence halls and major academic buildings. Students can access police any time — or request a ride from RamSafe, our evening shuttle service — by using one of the 350 easily identifiable yellow emergency telephones located throughout campus.

Combine these resources with everyday personal precautions and you’ve got a safe environment where the entire VCU community can feel comfortable and secure.

VCU Police

The VCU Police Department has 95 sworn officers who patrol both campuses 24/7. Private security guards are stationed in most academic buildings and in residence halls.

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VCU Alert

Students, faculty, staff, parents and community members can sign up for VCU’s text message alert system to receive immediate information about campus emergencies, weather delays and cancellations.

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RamSafe is a point-to-point evening transportation service exclusively for VCU students, faculty and staff. The program provides safe and free transportation to on-campus locations and nearby residences and buildings.

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Additional safety resources

Quick facts

  • 89% of students, faculty and staff feel safe or very safe (Spring 2023 survey) 
  • 10,591 students used VCU's Student Health Services in 2021-22 school year 

Body, mind and spirit

We want students to be healthy in every sense of the word. Routine doctor’s appointments, vaccines, counseling and group exercise are all available on campus — and in many cases from the comfort of home thanks to telehealth. VCU’s top-ranked medical center is also just down the street, should you need it.

Student Health Services

Clinics on both campuses provide high-quality outpatient medical, allergy and gynecological clinics; pharmacy, laboratory and vaccination services; after-hours phone consultations; and affordable group health insurance.

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Recreation and Well-Being

RecWell provides a broad range of programs and services that support the well-being of our VCU community, including group exercise, outdoor adventure, intramural sports, personal training, aquatics, employment opportunities and much more.

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Counseling Services

From group therapy to individual consultation to couples therapy, University Counseling Services provides students with comprehensive mental health care. The staff is committed to a student-centered approach and values individual and cultural differences.

VCU counseling services