Freshman Move-in 2016

It’s almost time for us to welcome the VCU Class of 2020 to campus! On Saturday, August 20, nearly 4,200 new students and their families will come to Richmond and participate in freshman residence hall move-in process. If you’re a new VCU student (or family member) and haven’t already done so, be sure to check out Residential Life and Housing’s move-in website for information on things that you should bring to campus to make your residence hall more like home and how to read your housing assignment.

Whether you’re moving in or coming to campus for our information session and campus tour on Saturday, please be aware of the following street closings to through traffic from 5 a.m.-8 p.m.:

Franklin Street between Harrison and Belvidere streets
Harrison Street between Broad and Marshall streets
Laurel Street between Grace and Cary streets
Cherry Street between Main and Cary streets
​Madison Street between Cary and Main​ streets
We look forward to seeing the Class of 2020 on campus this weekend!

Families need to transition to college too!

by Ian Wheeler, Graduate Communications Assistant

Dear Ram Families,

While we recognize that the transition to college is a huge undertaking for students, we understand that this time can bring about lots of change or families as well. Whether you are a parent, guardian, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, cousin, neighbor, or pet, here are some tips to make your transition to college a little easier.

  • Planning to help your students move into the residence halls? Moving can be a stressful task, but VCU Residential Life and Housing has an awesome guide to help make the process easier and fill you in on the do’s and don’ts of residential living.
  • Take time to talk to your students about any loose ends regarding Financial Aid or Student Accounting to ensure you can start the semester stress-free. Make sure that they have also submitted their final official high school transcript to the Office of Admissions and that Certificates of Immunization are on file with University Student Health Services.
  • Have frank conversations with your students about how and when you will communicate. Find the right balance to help your students foster independence while still keeping in touch!
  • Take advantage of VCU’s Family Weekend! Hosted by the VCU Office of New Student and Family Programs, Family Weekend is an awesome opportunity for families to get a taste of daily student life and a better for our unique campus community. It will take place from September 30 to October 2, 2016. To learn more and to view about the opportunities, please click here.
  • Don’t let Family Weekend be the only time you visit your student! Be sure to take advantage of all that Richmond has to offer. Richmond is a historic city with a great balance of urban life and small-town charm! Take your student off-campus and visit some of the city’s quirky shops, cool restaurants and unique neighborhoods.

Hopefully, these tips will help make your transition to college just as successful as your students!

Transitioning Tips for Success

by Ashley Spratley and Ian Wheeler, Graduate Communications Assistants

As we spend the summer preparing for the start of a new school year, here are some tips that we have for incoming students that we hope will make your transition to VCU successful.

  • Note the major that is a best fit for you!  When choosing your major figure out a list of topics that  you know that you are passionate about.  When you figure out the major stick to it so that you can graduate in a timely fashion.
  • Do the Math! – So you may wonder what does it mean to “Do the math.” In order to graduate in four years, we strongly encourage you to register and complete 15 credit hours per semester.  When you do this, you can make sure you save money (by graduating in four years instead of six) as well as complete all of your degree requirements on time.  
  • Continue looking ways to pay for college — apply for financial assistance via grants, scholarships and loans. The financial burden can be hard when it comes to college, but one tip is to stay focused on your studies by trying not to work a full time job.  Maybe a part-time job can be beneficial to help with dealing with the financial burden that comes with being a full-time student in school.
  • Meet with your advisor regularly to make sure you’re on the right track to complete your coursework in a timely fashion.
  • Join clubs to start networking to meet colleagues who have similar goals!
  • Begin looking for internships in your field of study, so you can build a more marketable resume’. If you’re not looking for internships but want more insight, try shadowing someone in your desired field to gain a deeper perspective. Learning what you don’t want to do is just as important as learning what you do want to do!
  • In his book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” famed educator Stephen Covey discusses the importance of “beginning with the end in mind.” Your four years at VCU may seem like a long time but keeping your end goals in mind will help the time pass and keep you on track!

Keep these tips in mind and you will be well on your way to a successful start. We look forward to seeing you around campus this fall!


VCU to observe Independence Day holiday

The university will be closed for the Independence Day holiday from Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4, 2016.  Information sessions and campus tours will not be conducted on these dates.  The information sessions and campus tours will resume on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

Don’t forget to register for New Student Orientation (NSO)

Have you been admitted to VCU as a freshman or transfer for fall 2016? If so, don’t forget to sign up for New Student Orientation (NSO) this summer! During NSO you’ll have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor, create your class schedule for the fall, and meet other new and current VCU students.

There are several things that you can do before attending NSO to make the process smooth:

If you wish to change your major before attending NSO, you must e-mail the Office of Admissions at with your full name, date of birth, the program that you were admitted into and the new program for which you wish to be considered. Please allow 24-48 business hours for these updates to be processed. If you have already attended NSO, you should read and review the procedures for changing your major/minor.

Should you have further questions about NSO, please contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs at (804) 828-3700 or by e-mail at We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Life after graduation

In May, VCU awarded professional, graduate and undergraduate degrees to students at our graduation ceremony held at the Richmond Coliseum. In all, VCU awarded more than 5,000 degrees. During the ceremony, Pamela El, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the NBA, challenged these newest graduates to find their passion. Many students have already done that, including the eight students featured in this story. Read their stories to discover how their lives have transformed over time at VCU and how they plan to further their experiences as they embark on new journeys.