At VCU, service-learning is an intentional teaching strategy that engages students in organized service activities and guided reflection. It is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in organized service activities that meet community-identified needs.
The impact of real-world service
Service-learning is a high-impact educational practice that helps communities achieve their goals, deepens students' professional identity development, and supports a vibrant democracy. Learn more.
Learn about community-engaged classes and how to get involved
Learn how service-learning can work for you
Learn how to work with service-learning faculty and students
72% of undergraduate service-learning students graduate in five years or less.
37% of undergraduate service-learning students are from underrepresented minority groups.
“Service-learning has been one of the most significant parts of my college career.” - Tucker Smith, '20
Service-learning provides an ideal, civically engaged platform to prepare students for the demands of later coursework and their future careers. They put themselves in others' shoes, see their needs and understand their communities.
Service-learning workshops provide service-learning instructors with the opportunity to improve their knowledge and skill in teaching high-quality service-learning courses.