Open House this Saturday!

by Katherine Beck, admissions counselor
Couldn’t make it to our first fall Open House? Not to worry! We will be back at it again this Saturday, November 5, welcoming any and all prospective students and guests to come take a closer look at VCU.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Open House is perhaps the best way to get a real feel for what your undergraduate experience could be like here at VCU. You’ll have a chance to learn about academic programs and support services, meet faculty members and VCU staff and get a chance to tour campus, including a peek inside the residence halls. Of course our admissions staff will also be on hand and happy to answer any questions about applying to the university.
More detailed information about Open House can be found at the following website: http://www.ugrad.vcu.edu/openhouse/.
We hope to see you this Saturday!

Notes from the Road: Selecting a Major

by Alphonso Garrett, admissions counselor
Travel season is one of the busiest times for an admissions counselor. I have covered a lot of ground over the past month visiting high schools and meeting students all throughout Maryland.
It has been a pleasure getting to know more prospective students and families this year and helping guide them through the admissions process. Students seem eager to apply and have provided me with many thoughtful questions. One common question that I address is in regards to selecting a major.
VCU offers 63 undergraduate programs of study. When you complete the application for admission, you will need to select one as a major. If you happen to be undecided on which to select, you may feel free to select the “undeclared” option.
Also, it is important to remember the differences between majors and advising tracks. Majors are programs of study that culminate in a specified degree, whereas advising tracks clarify an academic interest so that students are given added support for career preparation and professional school admission.
Examples of common advising tracks are pre-medicine, pre-physical therapy, and pre-law. Students interested in these sorts of pre-professional programs will need to select an advising track in addition to a major of study. Read about all of the advising tracks VCU offers at the following website: advising tracks.
We admissions counselors are all eager to assist you through the application process at VCU. Please feel free to contact any of us if you ever have questions, and if you see us at a college fair or your high school make sure to stop by and say “hi!”

Notes from the Road – Elmer

by Elmer Campos, admissions counselor
One of the highlights of working as an admissions counselor is having the opportunity to travel and meet with prospective students. This year I started my travel season in Southwest Virginia participating in various college fairs hosted by the Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (VACRAO). It was a busy week! I started my tour in Rocky Mount, visiting schools in Martinsville, Danville, Chatham, Lynchburg and finishing in Madison County.
It was a great way to start the season, but unfortunately time flies. Which mean deadlines are approaching for prospective students. A complete admissions application for our fall 2012 freshman admissions process will require high school transcripts and test scores (ACT or SAT). Letters of recommendation are not required for regular admissions but will be accepted and in fact can strengthen your application.
Keep in mind that if you are applying to the School of the Arts, you will most likely have additional materials to submit. Please be sure to check on the School of the Arts website for detailed information about programs and application requirements: www.vcu.edu/arts/apply.
If you apply on or before January 15, we do guarantee that you will have a decision by April 1! Get your applications in as soon as possible. Remember the December 1 deadline is for all students who would like to be considered for merit-based scholarships. The essay portion of the undergraduate application is required along with submitting all application materials (high school transcripts, test scores) by the December 1 deadline.
If you have not had a chance to talk to one of our admissions counselors, check out or Undergraduate Admissions travel database . We are all over visiting schools and participating in college fairs. This season you can find me at events and schools in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, New Jersey and New York.

OH tomorrow!

by Katherine Beck, admissions counselor
This week I’ve talked to several students planning on coming to VCU’s Open House tomorrow, October 15. We hope you also plan on joining us and wanted to offer a few points of advice:
-We are no longer taking RSVPs for the Oct. 15 Fall Open House event; however, if you wish to attend, you are welcome to do so. Simply come to the Siegel Center on Saturday and register when you arrive. We are still accepting online RSVPs for the Nov. 5 Fall Open House. To make a reservation to attend VCU Fall Open House on Nov. 5, click here to reply online.
-Check-in for the Open House will be at the VCU Stuart C. Siegel Center from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The day’s activities will begin with a student resource fair at 7:30 a.m. and welcoming remarks will begin at 9 a.m.
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. 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!
Check out more details here: www.ugrad.vcu.edu/openhouse
We hope to see you tomorrow!

Fall Open House

by Cara Thompson, Regional Recruitment Specialist
It’s that time of year again – time for Open House! VCU’s Open House events are designed for prospective students and their families to come and visit our diverse campus and see all of the academic and student programs we have to offer. Our upcoming fall Open House dates fall on Saturday, October 15 and Saturday, November 5.
Prospective students and their parents can look forward to receiving an in-depth glimpse of all that VCU has to offer including: information about admissions and financial aid from staff and counselors, opportunities to meet with staff and faculty members from VCU academic programs, a chance to meet student activities and gather information about student life on campus, and a tour of our wonderful residence halls!
Open House check-in will begin in the Siegel Center lobby from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. and will be followed by an official welcome to VCU, an academic program overview, and tours and special sessions with the School of the Arts, Engineering and Life Sciences, Pre-Health Sciences, the Honors College, and the study abroad program.
Want more information about Open House? Check out: http://ugrad.vcu.edu/openhouse/. That’s also where you can RSVP for either Open House, which we recommend doing by October 7 if you plan to attend the October 15 Open House, or October 28 to attend the November 5 event.
We look forward to seeing you there!