VCU will observe Labor Day

The university will be closed for the Labor Day holiday from Saturday, September 2nd through Monday, September 4, 2017.  Information sessions and campus tours will not be conducted on these dates.  The information sessions and campus tours will resume on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Happy First Day of Classes

Good Morning Rams,

Happy First Day of Classes Rams! We hope you are excited that you will be beginning your first day of your college experience today.  Look for the Strategic Enrollment Management Ask It tables that will be around campus if you have questions or need directions.  We will be glad to assist you! Have an amazing first day Rams!

Student Services Center open during move-in

With fall semester classes starting on Thursday, Aug. 24, we know that many of you will be in Richmond this weekend as we kick off Welcome Week activities. We’re excited to welcome you and your family to VCU!

If you’re on campus, be sure to stop by our Student Services Center on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Representatives will be on hand if you have questions about financial aid, student billing or registration. The Student Services Center is located on the first floor of Grace E. Harris Hall, 1015 Floyd Ave., next to the University Student Commons.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend and wish you a successful fall semester!

Carytown Watermelon Festival

Another fun day in the sun awaits us this Sunday, August 13th at the Carytown Watermelon Festival! Plan to attended between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., to catch all the festivities. Shops all along the popular street will be hosting specials, and vendors from across the city are scheduled to attend. And, of course, there will be plenty of watermelon! This is a great way to get the last taste of summer in Richmond before classes start up again on the 28th. For more information check out their website.

VCU Welcome Week Fall 2017

Incoming freshmen, the beginning of classes is just around the corner but even closer is VCU’s Welcome Week. This is the time of year where we welcome you into our home, and now yours, Virginia Commonwealth Universtiy. It will be hosted August 19th-27th, throughout campus. There will be lots of fun things to do, activities to get you accustomed to campus life, and definitely some opportunities for learning along the way.

Plan your Welcome Week experience by downloading the VCU RAM Guide from the Apple or Google Play app stores and searching for VCU Welcome Week. Personalize your schedule, browse events, view maps and stay up-to-date on the latest information from your phone, tablet or computer.

Recommended Activities 

Love ‘n’ Liquor; Hosted multiple times during the week Love ‘n’ Liquor is an interactive session that uses clickers, comedy, and music to explore the truth about substance and sex. Varying times and locations, check the app for when and where to attend.

Meet the PresidentRing in your fall semester with the President! Come out and meet Dr. Michael Rao, President of Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU Health, hear from various departments and student organizations and participate in awesome giveaways, photos, and refreshments on us!

Spirit WalkIn an annual Welcome Week tradition, VCU Alumni welcomes the incoming first-year class with the Ram Spirit Walk. Alumni, faculty, staff and current students line the streets as new students and The Peppas spirit band march from New Student Convocation to the Monroe Park Campus Block Party.

SOVO FairThe Student Organization and Volunteer Opportunities (SOVO) Fair is one of the annual traditions at VCU. It is an exciting event that serves as a kick-off to promote student engagement in campus life and the Richmond community. Student organizations have tables to showcase their groups and recruit new members. Community agencies from around the city participate in raising awareness and recruiting volunteers for both short and long-term placement. Information on organizations and other involvement opportunities will be provided. Friday, August 25th 3-6PM.

Food-Truck-A-PaloozaCome out to enjoy the diverse food trucks that Richmond has to offer! Stop by tables outside of the University Student Commons for FREE $1 vouchers to use at any of the food trucks – tickets are limited so arrive early! There will also be music and games throughout the event. Saturday, August 26th 1-4PM. 

And while you’re there don’t forget to swipe your VCU ID at specified events for the chance to win big prizes, including a free semester of in-state tuition! But the fun doesn’t stop there, check the app to find more details on attending these and other events happening during the week. Click here for more information.

Common Application Goes Live

The Common Application goes Live on August 1, 2017, for Spring 2018 and Fall 2018.

New first-time freshmen applying to VCU must complete the Common Application. Students who apply using the Common Application can log in to their VCU VIP page to check their application status online to be sure we have received all required materials (admission decisions are not provided online).

The application fee for applying online is $65 and may be paid by credit card. The application fee is nonrefundable.

Please be aware that students interested in undergraduate programs on the Monroe Park Campus should submit only one application for a specific semester (for example, a student should submit only one application for fall 2018) and may apply to only one undergraduate degree program. If you need to make a change to your application once it has been submitted, please email your requested changes to your application processor in the Office of Admissions. You may determine who your processor is by visiting the processor contact information. Do not submit an additional application. If you submit more than one application for a semester, only one application will be processed.

Applicants should review the admission requirements. Some programs, including those in the School of the Arts require additional materials to be submitted in order for an application to be considered complete.