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What is the Ram Guide? The Ram Guide is a living piece of VCU history. It combines the rich history of Virginia Commonwealth University with your personal legacy. Each member of the VCU community will have individual experiences that reflect our diverse makeup. This guide, however, contains meaningful suggestions intended to help you make the most of your time here.

How should I use the Ram Guide? The Ram Guide provides brief – albeit important – information about VCU’s beginning and history. In addition, the Ram Guide offers information about events and traditions that have turned VCU people, books and buildings into a diverse, engaged and thriving community.

Must Do at VCU To encourage participation and ensure the ongoing legacy of VCU events and traditions, the INSERT OFFICE supports Must Do at VCU. Follow Must Do at VCU on Facebook to find each month’s sponsored event then post your pictures to qualify for that month’s prize.

VCU’s Beginnings

Timeline 1928

1844 Egyptian Building – now featured in VCU’s seal – becomes home to medical department.

The School of Art is established at the Richmond division of W&M. Teresa Pollack, artist, professor and founder



Once the Green Devils, the VCU mascot is official named to be The Ram.

The men’s basketball times makes it’s first appearance in the NCAA tournament.


1917 Richmond School of Social Economy is founded, with Dr. Henry Hibbs as the dean. Now the School of Social Work, it was the first of its kind in the South.

1956 The Village Café – a longtime favorite – is opened and continues to serve VCU today.

1968 Gov. Mills Godwin signs legislation merging RPI and MCV – and VCU is born.

VCU-Carver partnership is formed, helping connect the VCU and Richmond communities.

Timeline 2001


The first Richmond ArtWalk is held, showcasing VCU and local talent.

Alumni, faculty, staff and current students welcomed new students in the first Ram Spirit Walk


The Cary Street Gym – an 18,000 square foot fitness center – is opened, boasting a swimming pool, indoor climbing wall, basketball courts and fitness equipment.


2009 The Rams Horns statute – commissioned by a VCU art grad – are installed at University Student Commons.

The University College establishes the Summer Reading program, creating a common experience for all first-year students.

2011 The VCU men’s basketball team reaches the Final Four of the NCAA tournament, lead by Head Coach Shaka Smart.

Ram Spirit Walk

Rams Horns

James River

Richmond is the only U.S. city with class IV rapids running through it. The Mighty James is a fantastic resource and provides opportunities for strolling, whitewater rafting, paddling, fishing, tubing, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, rock climbing and much more. Tredegar Iron Works is a beautiful site, and provides a balanced view of Civil War history. The James River Park System stewards a wonderful trail system making the river very accessible.


The Egyptian Building

The VCU Egyptian Building has been in continuous use since it was erected in 1845. It has accommodated every School on the MCV campus at one time or another. It is in the National Register of Historic Places, and is recognized as one of the oldest buildings south of the MasonDixon line. Today, the Egyptian Building is a symbol for the more than 175 year history of VCU, and is depicted on the University seal.



Recreational Sports

Community Service

VCU Spirit Gear

Summer Reading

Arts and Culture

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