Engineering the Future to Make it Real!
Since opening its doors in 1996, the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering has served as a remarkable example of the transformative power of public-private partnerships. Private support paved the way for construction of East and West Halls and the establishment of professorships and scholarships. Likewise, this investment fueled the development of co-curricular programming that provides students with the tools they need to become the next generation of innovative engineers and gave faculty the funding needed to embark on groundbreaking research.
With your help, the VCU College of Engineering can achieve its goals of becoming a top 50 engineering school, which in turn helps VCU become a top 50 research university. Additionally, the College of Engineering strives to help fill Virginia’s need for economic development, including technology resource and workforce development.
To meet these needs, the college aims to:
- Increase enrollment and the number of career-ready graduates
- Expand the research enterprise and graduate programs
- Expand existing and establish new interdisciplinary centers of excellence
- Increase and diversify funding sources
Campaign priorities: $75 million
Facilities: $30 million
New Engineering Research Building: $15 million
Support an additional state-of-the-art facility that fosters and empowers collaboration across and beyond engineering disciplines and houses crossdisciplinary efforts. This building will provide modern teaching and laboratory facilities that enhance learning and enrich the student experience. The building will include an Innovation Maker Facility that will nurture technological innovation among our faculty and students.
Renovated spaces in West Hall and East Hall: $15 million
Renovating West Hall and East Hall is essential to the expansion of our research effort and to increasing undergraduate and graduate enrollment. Additionally, the college needs additional collaborative research spaces. This new and renovated space will make it possible for the College of Engineering to continue bringing in top faculty talent with expertise in the college’s strategic initiatives and to provide students with a 21stcentury undergraduate education in engineering.
Expendable funds: $25 million
Your gifts will provide flexible and vital funds that can be used as the college needs, such as funding faculty startup packages, other faculty support and scholarship funds. These funds are critical to attracting blue-chip faculty and supporting enrollment growth. The College's new Access Scholarship Program is a hybrid scholarship supporting students with both financial need and proven academic potential.
Endowment support: $20 million
Chairs and professorships
Our growing education and research programs need your support to help attract and retain world-class scholars who will share with our students the very best teaching and research practices. By endowing a named chair or professorship, you create a permanent connection with VCU College of Engineering and Virginia Commonwealth University. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who would be proud to link their name to the college in a visible way for today, tomorrow and in perpetuity.
Your gift signifies your commitment to your belief in the college’s mission and vision. In return, you will be recognized for your commitment to advancing STEM education in Virginia.
The VCU College of Engineering is committed to maintaining access to high-achieving students desiring world-class opportunities in a STEMrelated field. Since its days as Richmond Professional Institute, VCU has taken great pride in remaining affordable for qualified students and their families. In recent years, however, the paradigm has dramatically shifted, and scholarship support is more important than ever, especially in the competitive environment of engineering. Your gift is crucial to the recruitment and retention of the most talented and promising students from Virginia and beyond.