VCU will be closed in observance of the winter holidays

by Ian Wheeler, Graduate Student Assistant

Our faculty, staff, and students have been working hard all semester long! Everyone here is taking a much-needed and well-deserved break! All VCU offices and departments will be closed in observance of the winter holidays starting on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 4:30 PM and will reopen on Monday, January 5, 2015. Spring classes will begin on Monday, January 12, 2015.

Admissions deadlines are approaching soon!

by Ian Wheeler, Graduate Student Assistant

Prospective Rams, I hope you all have had a successful first academic quarter and are getting ready for a well-deserved and restful Thanksgiving holiday! Before you get too excited for turkey, please be aware of our upcoming admissions deadlines:

November 15 – Freshmen applying for guaranteed admissions to the School of Medicine (B.S. /M.D.)

November 15 – Freshmen applying for guaranteed admission to health sciences programs other than the School of Medicine

December 1 – Freshmen applying for scholarship consideration

January 15 – Freshmen applying for regular decision

Please note that our guaranteed admissions programs are housed through our Honors College. In addition to applying to VCU for admission using the Common Application, there is a separate application that you will need to complete. For more information about this process, learn more here or contact their office by phone at (804) 828-1803 or by email at

Please also note that the November 15 and December 1 deadlines that occur before the January 15 deadline for regular decision are not the kinds of early action programs that result in any kind of binding agreement.

If you have further questions, now is the time to ask! Some of our deadlines are rapidly approaching! Here at VCU, we welcome your questions and wish you much success in all of your academic endeavors! If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone at (804) 828-1222 or by email at If you haven’t started yet, it is still not too late, begin your journey here!


VCU classes will not be held in observance in Reading Days

by Ian Wheeler, Graduate Student Assistant

Here at VCU, our students are in the classroom and out in the community learning, building relationships, and making change. However, every exceptional leader knows the value of much-deserved rest and recuperation! On Thursday, October 16, 2014 and Friday, October 17, 2014, VCU classes will not be held so that students can take a short break from their busy class schedules, relax and prepare for midterm exams. University offices and departments are still operating on a regular schedule and classes will resume on Monday.

Open House is around the corner!

by Ian Wheeler, Graduate Student Assistant

Prospective Rams, want to know learn more about VCU’s outstanding academic programs and get a sense of student life on campus? Consider joining us for one of our Fall Open Houses on Saturday, October 11 or Nov. 1, 2014 — register online today!

After you check-in for the event, you’ll be able to take a walk through the Student Information Resource Fair in the Stuart C. Siegel Center and get information about many of our services and resources on campus including Dining Services, Financial Aid, Parking and Transportation, Recreational Sports, Residential Life and Housing, VCU Police and VCU Libraries.

Throughout the day you’ll be able to engage with faculty and staff from your academic department of interest, tour the Monroe Park Campus (featuring a residence hall), tour the Cary Street Gym, dine in our Shafer Court Dining Center and more! Information sessions and workshops will also be offered by the Office of Admissions, Financial Aid Office, Study Abroad, the Honors College and more!

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming Open Houses! If you can’t join us for Open House, we hope that you’ll consider visiting campus for one of our daily information sessions and campus tours.

We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!


Happy first day of fall classes

by Ian Wheeler, Graduate Student Assistant

Welcome to VCU, new Rams (and returning Rams)! We hope that you’re having a wonderful first day of classes!! As you start off the semester, here are some tips for starting off the semester and updates on things happening around campus.

Please pardon our dust as the campus is undergoing a series of construction projects and renovations that will help make your next few years really exciting. The Cabell Library is in the middle of a huge renovation that will provide much more study space for students in the future. You can learn more about the new library additions here. West Grace Street will also look very different soon. On the corner of Grace and Shafer streets, a new off-campus apartment building is nearing completion. One block further at the intersection of Grace and Harrison, a new on-campus residential facility is also construction. Grace Street will soon become home to a new restaurant option, Panda Express, as well as a Walmart on Campus.

If you have not already done so, please sign up to receive VCU’s text messaging and e-mail alerts. These alerts will help keep you informed about campus emergencies and delays or cancellations due to inclement weather. VCU students, faculty, and staff can sign up using their eID and password through the main VCU login screen. You can use this login to add or change a cell phone number or add up to two e-mail address that will receive alerts. Families and community members are also able to sign up here to receive text message alert notifications. Find out more about VCU Alert online at If you have difficulties signing up, please contact VCU Technology Services by phone at (804) 828-2227 or by email at

Acclimate yourself with VCU’s technology resources, such as Blackboard and eServices. These resources will allow you to check your class schedules, pay student bills, check your VCU Card balance, track your grades, get important updates and find the syllabi for most of your classes. You can enter your Blackboard and eServices accounts via your myVCU portal.

If you have questions or need assistance navigating classes on Thursday, Aug. 21, and Friday, Aug. 22, look for the Division of Strategic Enrollment Management information booths around campus. Our staff members will be happy to assist you further!

We wish you a safe and successful fall semester!

VCU will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday

VCU will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday from Friday, July 4, 2014 through Sunday, July 6, 2014. The Office of Admissions will not conduct information sessions or campus tours during this time. If you plan on visiting us soon, please click here to reserve your space!

We will resume our normal business hours, information sessions and campus tours on Monday, July 7, 2014. We wish you a happy and safe holiday!