Have you registered for our Spring Open House?

by Christal Holmes, Asst. Dir. for Admissions Communications

VCU’s Spring Open House will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014. The event provides a full day of opportunities for prospective students and their families to learn more about VCU’s outstanding academic programs and get a sense of what student life is like on campus. Throughout the day, guests will have an opportunity to learn about academic programs and support services; meet with faculty members and student services staff; obtain information about admissions and financial aid; and take tours of the Monroe Park Campus, featuring our freshman residence halls.

Interested in joining us for Open House? Visit ugrad.vcu.edu/openhouse for more information and to register. If you’re not able to join us for the Spring Open House, we’ll host two Fall Open Houses on Oct. 11, 2014 and Nov. 1, 2014. We also host information sessions and campus tours Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., except on holidays and holiday weekends. Each session is followed by a walking tour of the Monroe Park Campus.

We hope to see you on campus soon!

2014 SAT and ACT test dates and registration deadlines

by Christal Holmes, Assistant Director for Admissions Communications

High school juniors, it’s not too early to begin thinking about taking the SAT or the ACT. It is recommended that students test multiple times — I personally recommend that students consider taking both the SAT and the ACT tests at least once. Keep in mind that for regular admissions consideration into VCU, we will look at a students highest combined critical reading and math SAT scores or the highest composite ACT score from multiple test dates.

Letting test dates slip could delay entrance into college; it is strongly recommended that students take tests at least six weeks before college application deadlines. If students are looking for test prep materials, some of the best (and least expensive) options are included in the test registration materials on the SAT and ACT websites.

Students can find out more about each test, and register for an upcoming test date, online at either http://www.collegeboard.org/ (SAT) or http://www.act.org/ (ACT). Here are a list of upcoming test dates for 2014:

Test Testing Date Registration Deadline
SAT March 8, 2014 February 7, 2014
May 3, 2014 April 4, 2014
June 7, 2014 May 9, 2014
ACT February 8, 2014 January 10, 2014
April 12, 2014 March 7, 2014
June 14, 2014 May 9, 2014


Our application deadline is approaching in one week

The regular decision deadline to apply to VCU is Jan. 15, 2014. With there being exactly one week left before the deadline, we realize that students will be working to complete and submit applications to us and that questions may also arise. Students, parents and counselors who have questions about the application process are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions for assistance. We may be reached by phone at (804) 828-1222 or toll-free at 1-800-841-3638. E-mails can be sent to us at ugrad@vcu.edu. Students who live locally can also feel free to drop by our office and meet with our counseling staff members if they have questions — appointments are not required. We are located at 821 W. Franklin Street in the Ritter-Hickok House. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.