8 VCU facts in honor of its 184th anniversary

Virginia Commonwealth University was founded on Oct. 20, which means VCU is a Libra.

VCU campus

Several major VCU department buildings surround Franklin Street, where you can find these Instagram-worthy letters.

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The Rams are celebrating 184 years of education.

Thereโ€™s a lot to learn about Virginia Commonwealth University, so weโ€™ve gathered eight facts about those in black and gold.

Happy Birthday VCU ๐ŸŽ‚

Virginia Commonwealth University was founded as the Medical College of Hampden-Sydney on Oct. 20, 1838. Itโ€™s now home to 28,919 students.

Warm and fuzzy ๐Ÿ

The mascotโ€™s name is Rodney the Ram. He often attends games with Nutzy down at the Diamond.

All the alumni ๐ŸŽ“

40% of Rams stick around the River City after graduation. Weโ€™re guessing they canโ€™t live without their Harrison Street Cafe and The Village breakfast.

Making the grade ๐Ÿ“š

Students can expand their education beyond their major with unique classes like Curiousness (MASC 201) or Ballroom Dancing (DANC 141).

History within its walls ๐Ÿซ

The Egyptian Building is the oldest on campus. It was the Hampden-Sydney Medical Departmentโ€™s main building in 1844.

Hitting the court ๐Ÿ€

VCU has 15 NCAA Division I teams, but no football squad. Last year, student athletes brought home eight A-10 championships to Ram Nation.

Health heroes ๐Ÿฅ

In 1957, David Hume, MD performed the first successful kidney transplant in VA at the Medical College of Virginia โ€” now known as VCU Medical Center.

Ghouls on campus ๐Ÿ‘ป

Buildings like the Ginter House, Willliam H. Grant House, and Brandcenter have had paranormal teams investigate their centuries-long histories before students came around.

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