August 31, 2014

Pre-Registration Advising Information

Believe it or not, it’s nearly time to start planning for next semester’s classes!  Each semester, the Honors College sets aside a few weeks for “pre-registration advising.”  During this time, students come in to discuss their plans for the upcoming semester.  Below you will find information on signing up for these appointments and penalties for missing you appointment.

FRESHMEN APPOINTMENTS

Pre-registration advising is required for all freshmen, whether you are assigned to Ms. Denney or Dr. Chandler.  Be sure to come in for advising as there are penalties for those who miss their appointments.

Sign Up between September 8 and October 17

  • Sign up through myVCU portal
  •  You must schedule at least 2 days in advance
  •  Sign up early before slots are full
  •  Freshmen who fail to sign up by October 17th will be penalized (see below)

Ms. Denney’s Appointments will actually take place between September 11th and October 24th.

  • See your advisor’s schedule through the myVCU portal

Dr. Chandler’s appointments will actually take place between September 15th and October 24th.

  • See your advisor’s schedule through the myVCU portal

UPPERCLASSMEN APPOINTMENTS

Pre-Registration Advising is available to all upperclassmen but it is not required, unless you are a sophomore or junior in the Guaranteed Admission Program or the Preferred Applicant Track.

 Sign-Up between September 8th and October 17th

  • Sign up through myVCU portal
  •  You must schedule at least 2 days in advance
  •  Sign up early before slots are full
  •  Sophomores and juniors in the Guaranteed Admission program who fail to sign up by October 17th will be penalized (see below)

Appointments will actually take place between September 15th and October 24th.

  • See your advisor’s schedule through the myVCU portal

 

NEED TO RESCHEDULE?

  • You can cancel online but you must cancel with 24 hours’ notice. Call the Honors College if you’re experiencing problems.
  •  If you need to cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice, you must call to do so.  Canceling with less than 24 hours’ notice may mean the same penalties as a missed appointment (see below).

 

PENALTIES FOR MISSED APPOINTMENTS:

  • Miss a scheduled appointment: You will be put on hold and you forfeit first-day Honors registration and cannot register until you meet with your adviser.  The earliest you will be able to meet with your adviser is October 29th, after Honors registration has begun.
  • All Freshmen and GA/Pref-App Sophomores/Juniors Who Fail to Schedule: You will be put on hold and you forfeit first-day Honors registration and cannot register until you meet with your adviser.  The earliest you will be able to meet with your adviser is October 29th, after Honors registration has begun.

 

PREPARING FOR ADVISING

Honors advising is a collaborative process. Honors students are expected to come to their advising appointments prepared, with a written list of requirements they have yet to fulfill and any questions they might have. In order to keep track of requirements for graduating with University Honors, students should consult the graduation worksheet appropriate for their semester of entry, which can be found on the advising section of our website.  Students are expected to take notes during their advising appointment, as their advisor’s notes stay in their file. Please consult the Honors Advising Syllabus in the advising section of the website for detailed instructions on how to prepare for advising. Students should read and complete each step carefully and thoroughly.

Students should also begin exploring Degree Works and come prepared with any questions they may have about Degree Works.  You can access Degree Works in eServices and explore what classes you still need to take, experiment with what your requirements would look like if you declared a second major or minor, and more.  You can read more about Degree Works and watch video tutorials here.

Remember that this appointment is primarily focused on honors requirements and other opportunities you’d like to explore.  We always encourage students to contact a departmental advisor for more specific questions about their major.  In fact, certain departments such as AFO and Social work, require students to come in for advising so be sure to check with your departmental advisor to see if advising is required by your major.

NEED TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SPRING 2015?

  • If you need to schedule a standard appointment to discuss other matters, please call our office and schedule over the phone; do not sign up online.

 

*If your honors advisor has additional information or instructions for you, they will be in touch.

August 27, 2014

Now Accepting Applications for the Honors Student Council

The Honors College Student Council is now accepting applications for 2-year terms beginning with the 2014-15 year. Do you like meeting new people? Do you like VCU? Do you like being in the Honors College? Help share with high school students and other prospective members about the benefits of being in The Honors College. Council members work VCU Open Houses, give tours, serve on student panels and represent the Honors College at various functions. Applications are due September 2nd. You can submit them via email to Mr. Wilson at honorssa@vcu.edu or drop off a paper copy during regular business hours.

Applications and information can be found here.

August 25, 2014

1st Annual Honors Student Organizations and Resources Fair

The Honors College will be holding the inaugural Honors Student Organizations and Resources Fair on the first floor of The Honors College building on Friday, September 5 from 2-4 p.m. in the Honors College lounge. This event is an excellent opportunity to learn about the numerous student organizations, services, and resources available to students of The Honors College, including:

  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Honors Student Council
  • Auctus
  • VCU Launch
  • Honors College Idea Exchange
  • Le Monde
  • Honors scholarship opportunities
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • …and more!

The event is free and no registration is necessary. Light refreshments will be served as well. Come learn more about The Honors College and take advantage of the many benefits that come with being an Honors student!

August 22, 2014

Sign Up for Email Confirmation of Berglund Attendance!

The Honors College is now tracking Berglund attendance using your VCU ID but you are encouraged to keep your own records as well.  The VCUCard Office now offers instant alerts for many types of card activity, including tracking your swipes at a Berglund event!  This is a great way to keep track of your own Berglund attendance.  Just sign up on their website and you’ll be alerted via email for any Berglund event where your card was swiped using the mobile card reader.  Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for this service.  Details can be found here.

o   Under “Instant alerts,” you can select notifications for a variety of card activity.

o   To get confirmation of your Berglund attendance, select “Mobile receipts.”

o   We recommend selecting the email option so you could easily store and forward the confirmation if the need arises.

 

Problems signing up?

Signing up for email confirmations tends work better when using the VCU network (as opposed to your home network off campus).  If you are having trouble signing up, clear your history and cache in their browser (IE, Firefox, and/or chrome) and try again.  If you continue to have problems, you may need to check your eID and password with the Technology Services help desk.  If problems persist, you may also contact the VCUCard Office.

August 4, 2014