A reconstructed Gladding Residence Center opened just in time to welcome VCU’s incoming freshmen this fall. The new 360,000 square foot residence hall houses just over 1,500 students in traditional and semi-suite style double bedrooms. The building is subdivided into six neighborhoods of approximately 125-200 students. The neighborhoods provide an intimate community with their own shared kitchens, laundry facilities, study areas and lounges that promote student interaction and community development. Visit the Residential Life and Housing website for more information on GRC and to take the Housing Virtual Tour.
Twenty-six first-generation students at VCU are subjects of a new exhibit at the James Branch Cabell Library that celebrates those who will be the first in their immediate family to graduate from college. Created by faculty and staff in the Division of Strategic Enrollment Management, the exhibit is spread over two walls on the library’s first floor and features portraits of the students, such as Amber Brown (pictured above), with an inspirational quote from each. The display will be hanging in the library until the end of the fall 2018 semester.
Thirty-three percent of first-year VCU students are the first in their family to attend college. The exhibit is part of a larger effort, You First at VCU, to help those students navigate their university experience. Students in the exhibit represent Summer Scholars peer mentors, Altria Scholars program scholarship recipients, TRIO Student Support Services and the You First at VCU student organization.
You can read more about the exhibit on the VCU News website.