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 http://www.housing.vcu.edu/students/prospective/9-month-move-in/. Please contact their office if you have any further questions by e-mail at vcuhousing@vcu.edu 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 http://www.welcomeweek.vcu.edu/. 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 http://www.ugrad.vcu.edu/experience/visit/index.html.

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 vcu.financialaidtv.com 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 faidmailag@vcu.edu (for last names A – G), faidmailhn@vcu.edu (for last names H – N), or faidmailoz@vcu.edu (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).

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 honors@vcu.edu.

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 ugrad@vcu.edu. If you haven’t started yet, it is still not too late, begin your journey here!