Chat Sessions

by Alphonso Garrett
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be hosting a series of internet chat sessions especially for accepted students. These chat sessions are a great way to learn more about the opportunities here at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Our first event is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, February 1, in partnership with the College of Humanities and Sciences and the Honors College. Representatives from these areas, along with student ambassadors, will be available to chat with you and answer questions about life as a VCU student. Please plan to join us and bring your questions.
To participate just simply log onto our website, www.ugrad.vcu.edu, and click on the “chat” button. You’ll need to register for a username and then you’ll be all set to log on and chat with us!

The VCU Homecoming Tradition!

by Ryan Hannifin
The tip off for the Homecoming game is set for 7:30 pm on Saturday, January, 29.
Yes, you read correctly, it’s VCU’s 2011 Homecoming!
VCU owns the unique tradition of having Homecoming towards the end January. Homecoming is more than just a basketball game. The week before the game, there are events throughout the campus, from the Residence Hall step off to the Homecoming concert. All week long students show their RAM spirit, as alumni from across the country find their way back to campus.
Saturday is the much anticipated day. Students, staff, and alum attend the Chill ‘n Grill, a large tailgate party that is located on campus before the game. After the Chill ‘n Grill, everyone slowly makes their way over to the Siegel Center to watch the VCU Rams play a little basketball against one of their CAA rivals.
Homecoming week at VCU is exciting, eventful and full of spirit. To find out more detailsa bout Homecoming events visit: http://www.homecomingvcu.com/home

Check Your Email

by Ryan Hannifin
The application is turned in and your high school or college transcripts have been sent. We know that the application process can be grueling and that the worst part is playing the ‘waiting game’.
As we are reviewing applications, we would like to remind applicants to check their email on a regular basis (be sure you are checking the email address you gave to us when you applied). Email is the primary form of communication that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions uses when talking to a prospective student about their application into Virginia Commonwealth University.
So be sure to be checking your email just in case we are trying to get in touch with you about your application!

OH! Open House

by Katherine Beck
On Saturday, February 5, 2011, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions is hosting the first Open House of 2011. We are really excited to invite anyone interested in VCU and their families to campus for a fun, informative day all about VCU!
You may have heard us say it before, but we will say it again: Open House is possibly the best chance you have to get a comprehensive look at VCU. At the beginning of the day, you will receive a program which tells you each and every event and session we are hosting. Then, it’s up to you to decide how to build your day. Thinking about living on campus? Then take a campus tour and check out one of our residence halls. Want to meet with faculty and staff from the program you may want to major in? We’re hosting academic overview sessions where you can do just that. Interested in more than one program? No problem – you can attend more than one!
We will also be hosting general campus tours as well as specialty tours of the School of the Arts, the School of the Business and Engineering and VCU Life Sciences. Beyond that, we’ll have special interest sessions hosted by representatives from the various offices around campus, from Global Education, Dining Services and Financial Aid, just to name a few.
Trust us when we say that you will have enough options to keep you busy all day long, but again, what you decide to do is up to you! We do ask that you RSVP for Open House by January 28 at the following website: http://www.ugrad.vcu.edu/openhouse/.
OH! How we hope you join us!

Broaden your Horizons at VCU!

by Toulaphone Chittavoravong, Social Media Intern
Spring classes officially began yesterday here at VCU. While many students will head off to a math or history class, others will start some unusual courses. It’s good to know that as a VCU student you have the option to take fun and different classes, and even earn credit for them.
As a junior, for example, I took a dance improvisation class at the VCU dance studio. In this class, students are barefoot and dance expressively using their whole bodies. You don’t have to be a dance major to register, and there are lots of other dance courses you can choose from, like ballroom dancing or hip-hop dancing.
This past fall, I took a self-defense judo class at the Franklin Street Gym. In this class, you’re expected to wear a judo “gi” uniform during all practice sessions. Students learn the elementary methods of falling without injury, basic throws and other techniques. At the end of the semester, the class holds a tournament where students match against one another and show off their acquired skills.
When you register for classes and have time for electives, remember to look at all your options, broaden your horizons and take a fun course you wouldn’t normally think of taking!
To check out course descriptions of some of the classes offered at VCU, visit the following website: http://www.pubapps.vcu.edu/vcucourses/.

Happy (almost) Deadline Day!

by Katherine Beck
If you didn’t know, our recommended deadline for freshmen applying for fall 2011 is Saturday, January 15, 2011. In other words, our recommended deadline for fall 2011 is tomorrow!
Even if I didn’t have a calendar in front of me, I could pretty easily figure out that our deadline is approaching (and almost here!) due to the influx of emails and calls our office is receiving. Most students calling our office are concerned about their application being complete before the deadline. While we completely understand that you want to be certain that you’ve done your part and everything is a-OK, here are two things you should consider before you call:
1. You can check your application status online, at your own convenience! Find directions on how to do so below.
2. If you check your status and it seems that something is missing, do not (repeat, do NOT) panic! We have received thousands of pieces of mail and it takes time (up to 4-6 weeks) to process all of it and match it to the correct application. We work hard to make sure that every single piece of information that has been sent about you ends up with your application. That being said, it takes a little bit of time. Please be patient!
As always, if you have questions or concerns, you are more than welcome to give us a call or shoot us an email. We can be reached by phone at (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638 or email us at ugrad@vcu.edu. Keep in mind that we will be closed over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 18 at 8:00 AM.
I hope this information is helpful and relieves some stress for all of you! Happy Deadline Day!
HOW TO CHECK YOUR STATUS
Students who applied electronically are able to check their status online in three easy steps:
1. Go to the following Web site: https://ssb.vcu.edu/proddad/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage.
2. Choose the “Apply for Admission” link and log in using the same Login ID and PIN you created to apply.
3. Check the status of your application materials (we do not provide admissions decisions online).
Students who applied using a paper application should contact our office directly and ask to with their application processor to check their application status.