VCU 9th ‘Most Hipster Campuses 2014’ according to CollegeMagazine

by | Aug 27, 2014 | POLITICS

What the hell man. 9th? With our metal scene? Has CollegeMagazine ever been to Hadad’s? Shiit…

What the hell man. 9th? With our metal scene? Has CollegeMagazine ever been to Hadad’s? Shiit…

Well either way, Richmond made another list – and this time it’s VCU under the national lens. Evidently, colleges were judged on their ‘hipness’ based on their chugging of PBR, the amount of skinny jeans, bands you never heard of and, above all, ‘a place of higher learning where they’re able to find like-minded individuals.’

That last part isn’t so bad.

Here’s what the publication had to say about VCU:

A 2013 article in Richmond Times-Dispatch details the “cultural renaissance” of River City, or should we call it a counter-cultural renaissance? The article cites the city’s low cost of living and the fine arts program at Virginia Commonwealth University as the chief appeals to the influx of hipster residents. US News ranks VCU’s art program as 4th in the nation, proving that public colleges can compete with private counterparts for creative minds seeking hipster destinations. The Times-Dispatch claims that Richmond accounts for the 3rd largest market for the hipster brew of choice, Pabst Blue Ribbon. Prefer coffee to beer? Richmond’s own Lamplighter Roasting Company on Summit Ave. offers purists a place for casual conversation about the anti-capitalist undertones in the poetry of Allen Ginsberg.

You can check out the entire list here.

Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner is the former editor of GayRVA and RVAMag from 2013 - 2017. He’s now the Richmond Bureau Chief for Radio IQ, a state-wide NPR outlet based in Roanoke. You can reach him at

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