Spring is finally officially here, and with it brings a great opportunity for prospective students to visit their favorite colleges. However, not everyone knows what sights they need to see to get a good feel for their future home. Here at Virginia Commonwealth University, we have a lot to see and its easy to get overwhelmed. While certain activities may be specific to your interests some are must-sees that you have to check out to get to know VCU. Make sure to register online if you plan to visit VCU during your high school spring break.
10. TAKE A TOUR
Probably the easiest way to to get the lay of the land is taking a tour of the whole campus. The tour guides are normally students and can answer many questions you may have about campus. This tour will take you to all of the biggest must see’s on campus; the gym, the dining hall and VCU library.
9. EAT AT THE SHAFER DINING COURT
Students generally don’t have the time or space to prepare their own meals, so most eat their meals at the Shafer Dining Court. The average college student eats at the cafeteria twice a day; it’s possible you’ll go less often, but it’s likely you’ll go even more than that, whether for a snack or late-night meal. Check out the main dining hall and taste test our food! However, don’t forget that meal plans at VCU allow you meals at much more than just the dining court. Check out VCU dining services to see what kind of culinary options would be at your disposal.
8. TOUR THE CARY ST GYM
Most colleges offer some sort of athletic facilities. In fact, sometimes those facilities are just as good as, if not better than, professional gyms! And we like to think the Cary St Gym fits that criteria. So if you’re interested in getting into or staying in shape, make sure to check out all that our gym has to offer including a rock climbing wall, an aquatic center, and a variety of group exercise classes. And if you’re into college athletics, the school’s on-campus fields and other facilities are also something you should visit. Remember that basketball games on campus can be a pretty big draw, and even if you’re not a huge sports fan, they double as a popular social event.
7. VISIT AND MEET WITH A REPRESENTATIVE OF YOUR MAJOR
If you have any inkling whatsoever about what your major in college might be, you should try to make an appointment to meet briefly with a representative in your major’s department during your campus visit. The representative will be thrilled to meet a potential major, and you’ll get some valuable insight into the courses you’d take, professors you’d study under, and academic opportunities that your school and potential major will offer. Don’t hesitate to schedule several of these visits, especially if you’re unsure about your potential major.
6. VISIT THE VCU BARNES AND NOBLE
A big must-see on campus is the VCU Barnes and Noble on Broad St. Stop by and pick up some gear as it’s filled to the brim with lots of VCU merchandise to get you in the Ram spirit! In the future, it will also be a great place to buy your textbooks so if you have any questions about that process then you could ask a sales associate while you are there. It also a quiet place to hang out on campus. With a coffee shop, comfy chairs, and lots of good books it doesn’t leave much to be desired.
5. LOCATE STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES
If you’re lucky, you won’t spend much time in the campus health center. However, should you get sick or injured and are in need of anything from emergency care to DayQuil, it’s always reassuring to know you have access to medical care and technology. Health services are located on the second floor of 1300 W Broad St.
4. CHECK OUT BELLE ISLE AND MAYMONT
If you’re not familiar with the Richmond area you should definitely visit Belle Isle and Maymont when you come to visit VCU. What a better time to check the most beautiful areas in Richmond then spring time anyway? Both are common hang out spots for VCU students and offer a range of activities for the community.
3. TOUR THE LIBRARY
The Cabell Library is one of the main hangout areas at VCU. Here you can see students in their natural habitat; talking, walking, and most definitely cramming for exams. With a Starbucks, five separate floors arranged by noise level, Librarian help desk, and an IT help center it really has everything you would need in a library. Make sure to ask the librarians at the help desks to the right of the entrance if you have any questions about the facility.
2. CHECK OUT THE LOCAL EATERIES AND SHOPS
If you never been to Richmond Carytown is definitely a must-see while on campus. It’s a part of Cary St that has many shops and eateries that the locals love to enjoy, and it’s just a 6-minute drive from campus! Treat yourself to Carytown Cupcakes for one of the best cupcakes in the city, and maybe even catch a movie at the historic Byrd movie theater for just 4$! There are also lots of local eateries close to campus the students love to indulge in. Mama J’s southern comfort food and The Village Cafe of Harrison St are wonderful, just to name and few, but the list goes on!
1. TALK TO STUDENTS
This is a great opportunity to learn about what college life is really like at VCU, an opportunity that many students don’t always take advantage of. If you visit us while school is in session, you should make a point to approach a few students—in Shafer, at the library, or just while walking around campus—and ask them about their experience here at Virginia Commonwealth University. Make sure to be respectful, but most students will be more than happy to stop and chat for a few minutes. Also be sure to ask them what their must-sees at VCU might be!