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Six-year Graduation Rates

Entering classOriginal countGraduated in 6 years or less
Fall 2011 3,775 62.90%
Fall 2010 3,591 62.4%
Fall 2009 3,644 62.30%
Fall 2008 3,694 59.40%
Fall 2007 3,855 57.00%
Fall 2006 3,497 57.00%
Fall 2005 3,477 53.90%
Fall 2004 3,314 51.10%
Fall 2003 3,273 50.90%
Fall 2002 3,006 49.20%
Fall 2001 2,669 47.00%
Fall 2000 2,668 45.00%

Source:Office of Planning and Decision Support, August 2015 (Census II)

Freshman-to-sophomore Retention Rates

Entering classOriginal countRetained 1 year
  Fall 2016   4,207   83.0%
Fall 2015 4,061 86.4%
Fall 2014 3,565  85.8%
Fall 2013 3,575  86.50%
Fall 2012 3,599  86.70%
Fall 2011 3,775  85.40%
Fall 2010 3,591  85.90%
Fall 2009 3,644  85.50%
Fall 2008 3,694 83.60%
Fall 2007 3,855  84.60%
Fall 2006 3,497  82.90%
Fall 2005 3,477 81.90%
Fall 2004 3,314 80.10%

Source:Office of Planning and Decision Support, August 2015 (Census II)

Undergraduate Base Tuition

Academic YearIn-State% ChangeOut-of-State% Change
2005-06 3,969    15,904   
2006-07 4,227  6.5%  15,904  0.0% 
2007-08 4,482 6.0%  16,858  6.0% 
2008-09 4,924  9.9%  17,701  5.0% 
2009-10 5,185  5.3%  18,409  4.0% 
2010-11 6,885  32.8%  19,604  6.5% 
2011-12 7,532  9.4%  20,388  4.0% 
2012-13 7,860  4.4%  21,275  4.4% 
2013-14* 8,174/9,877  4.0%/25.7%  22,126/26,736  4.0%/25.7% 
2014-15 10,223 3.5%  27,672  3.5% 
2015-16 10,586  3.6%  28,652  3.5% 

*The 25.7% tuition increase represents VCU's switch to a new, credit hour based tuition model for new undergraduate students. The increase for continuing students was 4%. All students will be on the credit hour model as of the 2018-19 academic year. Percent increase for 2014-15 and 2015-16 is the same for students on both models, the tuition rates for those years represent the new credit hour model at 15 credits a semester.

Undergraduate Total Fees

Academic YearIn-State% ChangeOut-of-State% Change
2005-06 1,416    1,536  
2006-07 1,592 12.4%  1,712  11.5% 
2007-08 1,714 7.7%  1,882  9.9% 
2008-09 1,855 8.2%  2,023  7.5% 
2009-10 1,932 4.2%  2,340  15.7% 
2010-11 1,932 0.0%  2,345  0.2% 
2011-12 1,985 2.7%  2,561  9.2% 
2012-13 2,025 2.0%  2,637  3.0% 
2013-14* 2,125 4.9% 2,737  3.8% 
2014-15 2,175 2.4%  2,787  1.8% 
2015-16 2,186 0.5%  2,811  0.9% 

Total fees include the university fee, technology fee, student health fee, student activity fee, capital outlay fee (non-residents only) and the library fee (started in academic year 2014-15).

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