What’s next for accepted students: part I

by Ian Wheeler, Graduate Communications Assistant

As your senior year of high school is coming to a close and your freshman year of college is rapidly approaching, please take time to congratulate yourself on a job well done. I hope that you’re looking forward to making wonderful new memories here at VCU!

In your acceptance package, you should have received a Handbook for Accepted Students. I strongly encourage you to read this entire book from cover to cover! It will detail everything you will need to know moving forward. Here are some key things to note:

  • On page ii, you will find the Response Form which reserves your space for the Fall 2014 semester. Students paying their tuition deposit online do not need to submit this form. If you have received a university scholarship, you may submit the Response Form and your scholarship award letter in lieu of payment. Response Forms can be mailed to the Office of Admissions at PO Box 842526, Richmond, VA 23284. Please note, your tuition deposit must be paid online; we do not accept cash, checks or money orders.
  • On page iii, you will find the form that requests your final high school transcripts. You should fill it out and give the top half of the form to your high school guidance counselor. If you have taken college classes and wish to have your credits considered for transfer, you must take the bottom half and give it your college or university registrar’s office. It is not required that we receive this form back from you; it simply provides our correct mailing address to your counselors.
  • Pages iv, v, and vi are the Certificate of Immunization and other important health forms. You should take these forms to your primary care doctor and have them filled out there. Return them to University Student Health Services by mail at PO Box 842022, Richmond, VA 23284.
  • On your Certificate of Admission, found in your acceptance package, you’ll find not only your VCU student ID number (V-number), but the academic program into which you were admitted. If you wish to change your major before attending NSO, you can e-mail your request to us at ugrad@vcu.edu. Please note that some programs, such as those within the Schools of the Arts and Engineering, may require an additional review process in order to be admitted into their programs. Should you decide to change your major after attending NSO, you will need to fill out a Change of Major/Minor request form through Records and Registration. For more information about changing your major/minor, refer to page 3 of the Handbook.
  • Page 4 will tell you how to activate your VCU eID and your email account; use the eID finder to access your login information. You will need to enter only two of the three pieces of information requested: your V-number and date of birth. Once you have your eID, you’ll be asked to reset your password. Your eID is used for accessing almost all database systems at the university, including your VCU e-mail account. You will need your eID in order to accept our offer of admission online.
  • Once you’ve set up your VCU e-mail account, be sure to check it regularly, especially if you are expecting to receive financial aid. E-mail is the official method for communication at VCU because it delivers information in a convenient, timely, cost effective, and environmentally aware manner. The Office of Financial Aid uses e-mail to provide financial aid information, to request documentation to support financial aid application data, and to provide financial aid application status and award information.

Next week, we’ll go over the processes for signing up for on-campus housing and New Student Orientation. When in doubt about anything, do not hesitate to email us at ugrad@vcu.edu or give us a call at (804) 828-1222!

Best wishes for the future!

When will I receive a decision from VCU?

First-time freshman applicants

VCU is still currently accepting applications for the fall 2014 semester from first-time freshman applicants. Please note that the recommended deadline for freshmen applying to undergraduate programs for fall 2014 was Jan. 15, 2014. Applications received after the recommended Jan. 15, 2014 deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Students applying for freshman admission to the fall class who submitted their application and all required materials by the Jan. 15, 2014 deadline are guaranteed to receive a decision from the Office of Admissions in writing, via US mail, by April 1. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; therefore students who applied earlier in the process may hear from our office earlier than other students.

Transfer applicants

VCU is accepting applications for the fall 2014 semester from transfer applicants. Please note that the recommended deadline for transfer applicants applying to most undergraduate programs for fall 2014 is May 1, 2014; however, some programs on the MCV Campus and in the School of the Arts may have additional requirements and deadlines. Please refer to the departmental websites for the program-specific information.

Should you have questions regarding your application status, please contact the Office of Admissions by phone at (804) 828-1222 or toll-free at (800) 841-3638. We may also be reached by e-mail at ugrad@vcu.edu.

Have you registered for our Spring Open House?

by Christal Holmes, Asst. Dir. for Admissions Communications

VCU’s Spring Open House will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014. The event provides a full day of opportunities for prospective students and their families to learn more about VCU’s outstanding academic programs and get a sense of what student life is like on campus. Throughout the day, guests will have an opportunity to learn about academic programs and support services; meet with faculty members and student services staff; obtain information about admissions and financial aid; and take tours of the Monroe Park Campus, featuring our freshman residence halls.

Interested in joining us for Open House? Visit ugrad.vcu.edu/openhouse for more information and to register. If you’re not able to join us for the Spring Open House, we’ll host two Fall Open Houses on Oct. 11, 2014 and Nov. 1, 2014. We also host information sessions and campus tours Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., except on holidays and holiday weekends. Each session is followed by a walking tour of the Monroe Park Campus.

We hope to see you on campus soon!

2014 SAT and ACT test dates and registration deadlines

by Christal Holmes, Assistant Director for Admissions Communications

High school juniors, it’s not too early to begin thinking about taking the SAT or the ACT. It is recommended that students test multiple times — I personally recommend that students consider taking both the SAT and the ACT tests at least once. Keep in mind that for regular admissions consideration into VCU, we will look at a students highest combined critical reading and math SAT scores or the highest composite ACT score from multiple test dates.

Letting test dates slip could delay entrance into college; it is strongly recommended that students take tests at least six weeks before college application deadlines. If students are looking for test prep materials, some of the best (and least expensive) options are included in the test registration materials on the SAT and ACT websites.

Students can find out more about each test, and register for an upcoming test date, online at either http://www.collegeboard.org/ (SAT) or http://www.act.org/ (ACT). Here are a list of upcoming test dates for 2014:

Test Testing Date Registration Deadline
SAT March 8, 2014 February 7, 2014
May 3, 2014 April 4, 2014
June 7, 2014 May 9, 2014
ACT February 8, 2014 January 10, 2014
April 12, 2014 March 7, 2014
June 14, 2014 May 9, 2014


Our application deadline is approaching in one week

The regular decision deadline to apply to VCU is Jan. 15, 2014. With there being exactly one week left before the deadline, we realize that students will be working to complete and submit applications to us and that questions may also arise. Students, parents and counselors who have questions about the application process are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions for assistance. We may be reached by phone at (804) 828-1222 or toll-free at 1-800-841-3638. E-mails can be sent to us at ugrad@vcu.edu. Students who live locally can also feel free to drop by our office and meet with our counseling staff members if they have questions — appointments are not required. We are located at 821 W. Franklin Street in the Ritter-Hickok House. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

December Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 14

We extend our congratulations to VCU’s December 2013 graduates and want our visitors to be aware that Commencement exercises will be held at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, beginning at 10 a.m., on this Sat., Dec. 14. Those planning to attend the 10:30 a.m. information session may experience a higher volume of traffic on W. Broad Street around the Siegel Center. Parking in the W. Broad St. Parking Deck may also be limited. Visitors are encouraged to go to our Visit VCU website for more details, including additional parking options.