VCU, located in Richmond, VA, is home to some of the best art, design, advertising, and mass communications programs in the United States. (We also have a rockin' medical school, but none of us are life science students.) For instance, US News & World Report ranks VCUarts as the top public school of art and design in the country (and #4 out of both public and private). The respected Schools of Business and Engineering team up with the School of the Arts for endeavors in product design and innovation at the VCU Da Vinci Center. Students at the Da Vinci Center invent real-world products and services for real-world clients. As if that were not enough, Creativity Magazine ranks the VCU Brandcenter as our nation's best graduate advertising program, while Businessweek also places it in its top 60. Meanwhile, the VCU Student Media Center produces award-winning publications and media projects recognized by The Society of Professional Journalists. Our MFA in Creative Writing often ranks in the top 50, too. (Phew! And we haven't even mentioned Richmond's eclectic charm yet!)
Needless to say, VCU's environment has definitely influenced us all. Believe us or not, nobody paid us to write that!