Prospective students

Why choose VCU?

Virginia Commonwealth University offers one of the best doctoral programs in neuroscience in the country. Located in the heart of the VCU Medical Center, the program provides students with easy access to state-of-the-art clinical and research facilities.

Other benefits of VCU’s neuroscience doctoral program include:

  • Research at VCU has attracted over $250 million in total award dollars in 2011-2012, of which the neuroscience faculty receive one of the largest proportions. The VCU Medical Center, in which the neuroscience graduate program and its affiliated departments reside, boasts over 1,300 research and clinical faculty and over 250 Ph.D. students.
  • The neuroscience program prides itself on offering an environment with individualized student attention and nurturing faculty interactions. With an average program size of 20-25 students, including both Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. trainees, students enjoy a wide range of readily accessible expertise among the 60 neuroscience faculty members.
  • The program is actively involved with the Central Virginia Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, which sponsors annual symposium and poster sessions, providing students additional opportunities to interact with nationally and internationally recognized neuroscientists.
  • VCU is conveniently located within the historic city of Richmond, within two hours of nearby Virginia Beach, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Washington, D.C. In addition, the Monroe Park Campus of VCU offers outstanding musical, fine arts, sports and educational events.