Congratulations VCU Graduates!

by Katherine Beck, Admission Counselor
This past Saturday, 4,500 degrees were awarded at VCU’s Spring Commencement. The graduation ceremony was held at the Richmond Coliseum, with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell speaking to those in attendance. As part of his speech, Governor McDonnell told the new graduates that “VCU is Virginia” and to remember that “as you walk outside this coliseum with your degree, your world is full of opportunity.”
We couldn’t agree more. Congrats to VCU graduates and good luck in all of your future endeavors!
Check out pictures from VCU’s Spring Commencement.

FAQs with Felicia – Cheering for the Black and Gold?

by Felicia Vance, Communications Intern
Even if you aren’t into playing sports as a VCU student, chances are you’ll still want to cheer on the Black and Gold! After a great run through the NCAA tournament, the men’s basketball games are sure to be as popular and busy as ever. Games are held at the Siegel Center and students get in free with their VCU ID. Make sure to get there early because the student section fills up quickly!
VCU’s baseball team plays at the Diamond which is home to the city’s minor league team, the Richmond Squirrels. A lot of students also go cheer for the men’s and women’s soccer teams. Their games are held at the Sportsbackers Stadium which is close to campus. Both baseball and soccer games are free for students with a valid VCU ID!
Learn more about all of VCU’s athletic teams at the following website: http://www.vcuathletics.com/landing/index.

FAQs with Felicia – Can I play sports at VCU?

by Felicia Vance, Communications Intern
There are many different ways to show off your athletic prowess at VCU! Lots of students sign up for intramural teams through VCU Recreational Sports to play basketball, tennis, soccer and even wiffleball.
VCU also has several sports club teams which are a bit more competitive and may require trying out or travelling with the team. Some club sports at VCU are ice hockey, rugby, ultimate Frisbee and football.
For people that just want to get a great work out there is the Cary Street Gym. The Cary Street gym is absolutely amazing! The gym has two pools, a rock climbing wall, basketball courts, racquetball courts, an indoor track and turf field and over 185 pieces of fitness equipment. Recently, they even added a rock climbing wall in the pool, so when you climb up you fall back into the deep end of the water!
To read more about everything Rec Sports has to offer, check out their website: http://www.recsports.vcu.edu/.
More into watching sports as opposed to playing them? Check out our blog on Monday for ways you can cheer on the RAMnation as a VCU student!

FAQs with Felicia – Dining Options?

by Felicia Vance, Communications Intern
VCU offers a range of different options when it comes to chowing down. You can find most students, especially freshman, eating in Shafer Food Court since most on-campus residence halls require students to purchase a meal plan. Everything at Shafer is buffet style and food ranges from pizza and sandwiches, to a great salad bar and even sushi! They also offer vegan and vegetarian options for students with those dining habits.
Right below Shafer there is also a newly opened Einstein Brothers Bagel. In the Student Commons, students can choose from Subway, Pizza Hut and Chick-fil-a, as well as options like stir-fry, burgers and fries. Another popular spot is the Starbucks located in the bottom of Cabell library.
When picking a dining plan I would recommend starting off with a lower amount of meal swipes since you can always add more and extra swipes don’t carry over from semester to semester. I also found that I used up my dining dollars quickly, so make sure to get a lot of those!
You can learn more about VCU’s Dining Services at their website: http://www.campusdish.com/en-us/CSMA/VirginiaCommonwealth

FAQs with Felicia – What About Cars?

by Felicia Vance, Communications Intern
While any student can bring a car to campus, you should keep in mind that there are plenty of ways to get around without one! The Campus Connector runs about every 15 minutes and shuttles VCU students between the Monroe Park and MCV campuses. The Campus Circulator on the Monroe Park Campus runs from 6:00 p.m. until midnight, stopping at the residence halls, academic buildings (like the library) and the Student Commons. VCU’s Campus Police also operates the Security Escort service. Students can just call 828-WALK between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to get a safe ride from the escort van. Finally, VCU has teamed up with the Greater Richmond Transit Company to provide all VCU students a free bus pass allowing them access to bus transportation throughout Richmond and the surrounding areas.
You’ll notice that a lot of VCU students choose to walk or ride bikes. I didn’t bring a car at first and I got around just fine! If you do decide to bring a car, keep in mind that parking is limited and you should really consider purchasing a parking pass. You can find out more about how to get a parking pass and costs at VCU’s Parking and Transportation’s website.

FAQ’s with Felicia

Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring posts from our Communications Intern, Felicia. Felicia is a sophomore student here at VCU studying Mass Communications with a concentration in public relations. As a successful VCU student, we wanted her opinion on the most asked questions we get from prospective students. For those of you planning to join us this fall, we hope that our Frequently Asked Questions blog series will shed some light on being a VCU student. Remember, of course, that this is just one student’s perspective, but should give you some helpful hints and tips!
1) Should I live on campus my freshman year? Do I have to?
You are not required to live on campus your freshman year, but I would highly recommend doing so. VCU has six residential halls that freshman can live in: Brandt, Rhoads, Johnson, GRC II, GRC III and Cabaniss. The majority of VCU first-year students will live in the first three in the list – Brandt, Rhoads or Johnson. These residence halls offer suite-style living as well as traditional rooms.
I lived in Brandt in a four-person suite my freshman year and loved it. When you live in one of the residential halls you meet so many people! I came to VCU not knowing a soul, so I really enjoyed being able to easily make new friends just by living on campus.
Remember, VCU guarantees housing for freshman if you apply by the housing deadline which is June 1st, 2011. Make sure you get your applications in ASAP!
For more information, you can visit Residential Life and Housing’s website: http://www.housing.vcu.edu/.
Check back Friday for my thoughts on bringing a car to campus and how to get around VCU!