REAL initiative

What is REAL?

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VCU's Relevant, Experiential and Applied Learning initiative serves as a central hub for experiential learning activities, both curricular and co-curricular, that happen as part of the VCU academic experience.

REAL works with key partners across campus โ€” such as Undergraduate Research, Career Services, Education Abroad, and Community Engagement and Impact โ€” to bring to life President Rao's promise that all VCU students will participate in at least one hands-on learning activities during their time at the university.

At VCU, our goal is not only workforce readiness โ€” it's world readiness.

REAL types

A wide variety of academic activities qualify as a REAL experience, including:

Project-based learning
Professional/career development (internships, co-ops, practicum experiences)
Capstone experiences
Global learning

For the full list, see

Related links

  • REAL website
  • Student Opportunity Center: A central platform connecting students with experiential learning opportunities
  • REAL Data Dashboard: Tracks student engagement in experiential learning activities, and provides colleges and schools a detailed picture of who is enrolling in these activities, with the goal of finding and addressing gaps in access