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!

Feel at home on campus this fall

by Ian Wheeler, Graduate Student Assistant

Freshman move-in is right around the corner and we’re excited to welcome our newest Rams and their families to campus! Throughout the weekend of August 16-17, 2014, VCU will welcome new Rams into the residence halls for the 2014-15 school year. In order to make the experience a great one for students and parents alike, we’ve put together a list of items that students should consider bringing with them.

When housing assignments are received by students, they should receive the name and e-mail address of their roommate. It is recommended that students begin contacting each other once housing assignments have been given out in order to determine which items each person will bring. Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list of items that you should consider bringing to campus, but rather some suggestions of things that will make living on campus feel more like home.

  • Mini refrigerator and microwave: Only one refrigerator and one microwave are permitted per room.
  • Bed linens for an extra long twin bed and mattress pad: Most of the beds in freshman halls are 36 inches wide and 80 inches long. It is encouraged that students have at least two sets of linens so that they always have a fresh set and change them on laundry days!
  • TV with QAM tuner: Most digital televisions and TVs sold after 2006 should include a QAM tuner, so this hopefully won’t be a huge concern for you. The QAM tuner helps students to access all of the channels provided in the cable package.
  • Toilet paper, plunger and bathroom cleaning supplies: Students who live in suite-style residence halls like Brandt, Gladding Residence Center (GRC I, II and III), and the Honors College where students have access to a bathroom off of their bedroom, are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their own bathrooms. That includes bringing items to campus to help them maintain their bathrooms. Maintenance staff will clean the bathrooms daily and provide toilet paper and hand soap for students who live in traditional-style residence halls like Rhoads, Cabaniss, or Johnson where there is one centrally-located bathroom on the floor.
  • Electric power strips with surge protectors: Please bring power strips with surge protectors; extension cords are not permitted in residence halls.
  • Flashlight
  • Wastebasket: Centralized trash rooms are located on every floor in most halls and the trash cans are emptied daily by maintenance staff.
  • Iron and small ironing board
  • Desk lamp
  • Toiletries: Students should bring extra items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving cream, paper towels, hand soap and face wash.
  • Water pitcher with filter: Instead of drinking bottled water, students can buy water pitchers as a cost-effective way to stay environmentally friendly!
  • Small first aid kit
  • Laptop or personal computer: To make sure that a computer meets the specific requirements for specific programs, students should consult VCU Technology Services Student Computer Initiative for specific program requirements. Computers and accessories are available for purchase through the VCU RamTech store on campus (often at a discount).
  • Printer: Printers also are available in the library and in some computer labs in academic buildings (fees may apply).
  • Medications: Students should be sure to bring all medications or prescriptions that they may need.
  • Favorite snacks and cereals: For those who want a late-night snack or want to have breakfast in their room!
  • Storage crates: To organize everything from socks to school supplies to graded assignments!

If students forget any items at home, don’t worry, during Welcome Week there is usually a shuttle service provided for students to get to Target or Wal-Mart for last minute purchases.

For more information about moving in for the fall, or information regarding the check-in procedures for each building, please consult the Fall 2014 Move-In website. If you have additional questions, please contact VCU Residential Life and Housing by phone at (804) 828-7666 or by email at vcuhousing@vcu.edu.

See you in August!

Still want to apply for on-campus housing at VCU?

by Ian Wheeler, Graduate Student Assistant

If you’re an incoming freshman and wish to apply for on-campus housing, there is still time left to fill out your application! You have until today, Monday, June 30, 2014, to apply and receive a guaranteed space.

In order to apply for on-campus housing, you must first submit your tuition deposit to the Office of Admissions indicating that you’ve accepted our offer of admission. If you have questions about the process, please contact us by email ugrad@vcu.edu or by phone at (804) 828-1222.

After responding to our offer of admission, you may sign up for housing on their website by clicking here. Before beginning your application, you will need: your VCU student ID number (found on your certificate of Admission), your VCU eID and password, and a $250 non-refundable Housing deposit. You can pay online by using a credit or debit card or via check or money using the Prepayment form found here.  If you need to make a request to defer the deposit, please email vcuhousing@vcu.edu and include your name, student ID number, and the reason for your deferral request.

Once you have all the necessary documents, click here to begin your application. Living on-campus in our residence halls is a great experience that is strongly encouraged, but not required, of incoming freshmen. Please do not hesitate to contact the VCU Office of Residential Life and Housing by email at  vcuhousing@vcu.edu or by phone at (804) 828-7666 (ROOM) should you have any additional questions.

Need to report outside scholarships to VCU?

If you are receiving a scholarship or assistance from a non-university source don’t forget to have the sponsor notify the Student Accounting Department of your award. Notification should be submitted in writing on or before the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester at P.O. Box 843036, Richmond VA, 23284-3036.

Written notification must be on the organization’s official letterhead and must provide your name, your VCU ID number (found on the Certificate of Admission), the amount of the scholarship, and the semester for which the funds are to be applied. The scholarship must be unconditionally guaranteed. For more information, please contact Student Accounting by phone at (804) 828-2228 or by email at stuacctg@vcu.edu.

May 1 response deadline is this week!

If you were admitted to the university as a freshman for the fall 2014 semester by April 1, don’t forget that in order to hold your spot in our freshman class this fall, we need to hear from you by this Thursday, May 1, about your plans to join the VCU community. We hope you plan to say YES!

If you’ve recently sent in your Response Form or paid your tuition deposit online, you can find information about what’s next by going to our accepted student website at www.ugradaccepted.vcu.edu.

To our recently admitted freshmen, we’re looking forward to having you as a part of the VCU family this fall and hope to hear from you by Thursday, May 1, that you’re saying yes to VCU!

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!