Information session and campus tour cancellation notice

A winter storm watch has been issued for the Richmond, Virginia metro area. The storm is expected to start on the morning of Friday, Jan. 22 and continue through Saturday, Jan. 23.

Due to the expected impact of the winter storm, and for the safety of our guests and staff, we are canceling our regularly scheduled information sessions and campus tours on Friday, Jan. 22 and Saturday, Jan. 23.

Please check for additional information regarding the university’s operating status.


Richmond, VA is hosting the UCI Road World Cycling Championships from Sept. 19 – Sept. 27, 2015 and VCU has a front row seat! This is a very exciting time for the city and the university, but here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re planning to come to campus:

1. VCU will be open. However, most facilities on campus will be considered restricted and will require VCUCard access.

2. The VCU Welcome Center will be closed during the week of the race. Information sessions and campus tours will not be conducted. We’ll resume normal information session and campus tour schedules on Mon., Sept. 28.

3. Classes on the Monroe Park Campus will not be in session; reading days will be held during this time. The academic calendar has been adjusted to ensure sufficient teaching hours are maintained.

4. Plan ahead. Richmond 2015 provides the event schedule and course maps on its website. VCU also has a comprehensive race website to help navigate your way around campus during the week.

Stay connected to what’s happening throughout the bike race week by following #TheWorldsatVCU and @richmond2015.

Mark your calendar – freshman year is coming soon

by Richard Flowers, Student Communications Assistant

As we kick off July, that also means we are fast approaching the moment that the VCU class of 2019 has been waiting for — you’re about to enter your first year as a college student! We hope you’re as excited about coming to VCU as we are to have you joining us this fall! Now that you are part of our family, we want to make sure that you and your family are aware of some great resources and events that can make your transition easier.

Freshman move in will be held on August 15, 2015. Residential Life and Housing staff, as well as faculty/staff and students from across the university, will be on hand to assist with unloading your vehicle and getting your belongings into your residence hall room. August in Richmond can be pretty warm, so remember to bring plenty of water to help keep cool in the heat. More details regarding the move-in process and what time you should arrive for check-in can be found online at Please contact their office if you have any further questions by e-mail at or by phone at (804) 828-7666.

If you need to pick up any last minute items once you arrive to campus, there are many stores located nearby. Some local favorite options are the Barnes and Noble at VCU (1111 West Broad St.); Kroger (901 N. Lombardy St.); Target (5401 West Broad St.); Willow Lawn shopping center (1601 Willow Lawn Dr.); and Walmart (7901 Brook Rd. or 2410 Sheila Ln.). A newly opened Walmart on Campus is conveniently located on campus at 912 W. Grace St. This smaller-scaled Walmart is designed with students’ needs in mind and includes a pharmacy.

When you arrive here on August 15, it will be the start of Welcome Week. Every year Welcome Week is full of free and fun events! This is a great opportunity to meet many people, win lots of free stuff and a chance to explore the campus. The list of events has yet to be finalized, but the complete list will be available at You do not want to miss out on any of the events that we have for you!

Finally, be sure to mark your calendars for the UCI Road World Championships that will be taking place in Richmond between September 19 – 27, 2015. This is one of the largest international bike races, second only to the Tour de France. Several courses for the race will go right through campus! This event is sure to be an amazing thing to see and there are several ways in which students, faculty and staff can get involved. Remember — classes will not be in session during the week of the bike race.

Tips for taking summertime campus tours

by Richard Flowers, Student Communications Assistant

We hope that you are all having a great summer and have a visit to VCU in your plans!

Tours are held daily (Monday through Saturday) throughout the summer, so we hope that you decide to come see our campus for yourself. You can register for one of our upcoming information sessions and campus tours online at

Though we have had some very nice days here in Richmond lately, temperatures during the summer months can get pretty hot and the air can be humid.  So here are some tips for those of you planning to join us for a tour this summer:

1. Bring water — you’ll want to stay hydrated

2. Wear comfortable shoes — tours generally last just over one hour

3. Wear sunblock/sunscreen — we don’t what any of you to get a sunburn

4.Wear a hat — it’ll help to provide some shade and protect your face and neck from the sun

We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Financial Aid deadlines are rapidly approaching!

by Ian Wheeler, Graduate Student Assistant

Hello Prospective Rams and Families,

This is a reminder that the priority deadline to apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA is this Sunday, March 1! You can begin your application by clicking here. Applying for financial aid can seem like a long and difficult task but it doesn’t have to be and the assistance can go a long way in making college an affordable and attainable goal!

If you are still feeling overwhelmed about the idea, VCU is definitely here to help! The VCU Office of Financial Aid has an awesome online tool with hundreds of videos that answer many of the questions you probably have about Financial Aid. From information about the difference between grants and loans to using veteran’s benefits to the cost of attendance, these awesome videos can definitely help to make the experience as easy as possible. Visit to begin learning!

If you have any questions, you may contact the Office of Financial Aid by phone at (804) 828-6669 or by email at either (for last names A – G), (for last names H – N), or (for last names O – Z).

Please protect your privacy when posting

As decisions are going out, we’re delighted that many of our newest Rams want to share the excitement of being admitted to VCU with friends and family through social media. We also enjoy seeing the pictures of newly admitted Rams!

However, in order to protect your privacy, we strongly discourage the posting of photos that display personal information, such as home addresses and VCU student identification numbers (V-number).