Richmonds Veggie Fest

Richmond’s Annual Veggie Fest will be this Saturday, June 24, 2017, from noon to 6 p.m. in the Azalea Gardens at Bryan Park. There will be all sorts of vegetarian cuisine, entertainment, and vendors attending! It’s a great way to get involved in the community and meet people with similar interests, or learn how to go veggie if you’ve been wanting too. Come and join in on the activities!

Activities ;

  • Food from local veg-friendly restaurants such as 821 Cafe, Sticky Rice, Goatacado and much more!
  • Multiple speakers talking about supercharging your life, veganism, and transforming to a meatless diet.

Check out their website for more information!

The VCU Common Book

Dear Incoming Freshman,

Every year Virginia Commonwealth University asks incoming students to participate in our summer reading Common Book Program. This year the Common Book for incoming 2021 students is “Dreamland: The True Tale of Americas Opiate Epidemic” by Sam Quinones. You will discuss this book in your Focus Inquiry classes and will need to read the book to keep up. In previous years the author has even visited the university at some point in the year to discuss the book with students. You will receive this book during your orientation, so make sure to read it before classes start in the fall to stay ahead of the game.

Click here for more information!

Parents Role in the Admissions Process

Dear Parents of Prospective Students,

Your involvement in the admissions process of your student is important to them and the admissions process in general. Your support may mean the difference between them having an exciting application process or an overwhelming experience. Most likely they will want and need your input into their college choices, and the decisions that follow. This being said, everyone is different and while one may outright beg you for help, another may barricade you from their bedroom. Because of this, it is important to strike a fine balance in how much assistance you offer.

Ideas of where you could help;

A student that is dealing with deadlines, essays, high school exams, and everyday drama in their life might feel very overwhelmed with everything that’s due. They may be wondering how they are going to keep track of everything, and this is where you could maybe offer some assistance. If applicable help them keep track of dates and deadlines, and offer gentle reminders or even just having the dates in the back of your mind when they may need them.

  • help keep track of deadlines, dates, papers, and appointments
  • go along with them to visit campuses and offer your input
  • offer gentle reminders of deadlines if the time comes to do so
  • encourage them to not limit themselves when applying
  • let them lead the process

Let them take the reins; 

Your student’s admissions requirements are not your new part-time job, as it is the job of the students to be responsible for their admission. It is important for them to take on this responsibility and start their college experience off on the right foot.  If you take on too much of the responsibility you may, in the end, be hurting your student’s ability to succeed by themselves in the future.

Have you registered for New Student Orientation?

Are you an incoming Ram for fall 2017? If so, don’t forget to sign up for New Student Orientation (NSO) this summer! During NSO you’ll have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor, create your class schedule for the fall and meet other incoming VCU students.

In order to register for NSO, you must first accept our offer of admission and then take any required online placement tests.

Once you have registered for NSO, be sure to secure overnight accommodations for family members or guests who are accompanying you to Richmond (freshmen will be housed overnight in Brandt Residence Hall).

Should you or your guests need special accommodations due to a disability, or have further questions about NSO, please contact New Student and Family Programs at or (804) 828-3700.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Graduations Held at Siegel Center

On Tuesday, June 6th through Saturday, June 17th local high schools will be participating in graduation ceremonies at the Siegel Center.  Please be aware of the heavy traffic volumes in the area and plan to arrive early.  Welcome Center visitors will park in the West Cary Street Parking Deck.  If you have any additional questions, please contact (804) 827-2000 or toll-free at (800) 841-3638.