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).

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!