What’s next for accepted students: part I

by Ian Wheeler, Graduate Communications Assistant

As your senior year of high school is coming to a close and your freshman year of college is rapidly approaching, please take time to congratulate yourself on a job well done. I hope that you’re looking forward to making wonderful new memories here at VCU!

In your acceptance package, you should have received a Handbook for Accepted Students. I strongly encourage you to read this entire book from cover to cover! It will detail everything you will need to know moving forward. Here are some key things to note:

  • On page ii, you will find the Response Form which reserves your space for the Fall 2014 semester. Students paying their tuition deposit online do not need to submit this form. If you have received a university scholarship, you may submit the Response Form and your scholarship award letter in lieu of payment. Response Forms can be mailed to the Office of Admissions at PO Box 842526, Richmond, VA 23284. Please note, your tuition deposit must be paid online; we do not accept cash, checks or money orders.
  • On page iii, you will find the form that requests your final high school transcripts. You should fill it out and give the top half of the form to your high school guidance counselor. If you have taken college classes and wish to have your credits considered for transfer, you must take the bottom half and give it your college or university registrar’s office. It is not required that we receive this form back from you; it simply provides our correct mailing address to your counselors.
  • Pages iv, v, and vi are the Certificate of Immunization and other important health forms. You should take these forms to your primary care doctor and have them filled out there. Return them to University Student Health Services by mail at PO Box 842022, Richmond, VA 23284.
  • On your Certificate of Admission, found in your acceptance package, you’ll find not only your VCU student ID number (V-number), but the academic program into which you were admitted. If you wish to change your major before attending NSO, you can e-mail your request to us at ugrad@vcu.edu. Please note that some programs, such as those within the Schools of the Arts and Engineering, may require an additional review process in order to be admitted into their programs. Should you decide to change your major after attending NSO, you will need to fill out a Change of Major/Minor request form through Records and Registration. For more information about changing your major/minor, refer to page 3 of the Handbook.
  • Page 4 will tell you how to activate your VCU eID and your email account; use the eID finder to access your login information. You will need to enter only two of the three pieces of information requested: your V-number and date of birth. Once you have your eID, you’ll be asked to reset your password. Your eID is used for accessing almost all database systems at the university, including your VCU e-mail account. You will need your eID in order to accept our offer of admission online.
  • Once you’ve set up your VCU e-mail account, be sure to check it regularly, especially if you are expecting to receive financial aid. E-mail is the official method for communication at VCU because it delivers information in a convenient, timely, cost effective, and environmentally aware manner. The Office of Financial Aid uses e-mail to provide financial aid information, to request documentation to support financial aid application data, and to provide financial aid application status and award information.

Next week, we’ll go over the processes for signing up for on-campus housing and New Student Orientation. When in doubt about anything, do not hesitate to email us at ugrad@vcu.edu or give us a call at (804) 828-1222!

Best wishes for the future!

When will I receive a decision from VCU?

First-time freshman applicants

VCU is still currently accepting applications for the fall 2014 semester from first-time freshman applicants. Please note that the recommended deadline for freshmen applying to undergraduate programs for fall 2014 was Jan. 15, 2014. Applications received after the recommended Jan. 15, 2014 deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Students applying for freshman admission to the fall class who submitted their application and all required materials by the Jan. 15, 2014 deadline are guaranteed to receive a decision from the Office of Admissions in writing, via US mail, by April 1. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; therefore students who applied earlier in the process may hear from our office earlier than other students.

Transfer applicants

VCU is accepting applications for the fall 2014 semester from transfer applicants. Please note that the recommended deadline for transfer applicants applying to most undergraduate programs for fall 2014 is May 1, 2014; however, some programs on the MCV Campus and in the School of the Arts may have additional requirements and deadlines. Please refer to the departmental websites for the program-specific information.

Should you have questions regarding your application status, please contact the Office of Admissions by phone at (804) 828-1222 or toll-free at (800) 841-3638. We may also be reached by e-mail at ugrad@vcu.edu.

Viva Las Vegas

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
Las Vegas is synonymous with celebration so it’s a no wonder that the Latino Student Association (LSA) chose it as the theme for their end of the year banquet. LSA went all out decorating the Commonwealth Ballroom casino style.
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A number of picture taking stations were set up including a casino photo stand in, giant playing cards, a cardboard slot machine standee and a huge “Welcome to Las Vegas” entrance arch. Students spent the whole night taking as many pictures as they could.
Two game stations were also set up offering black jack and roulette, two very popular casino games. LSA also held a number of raffles throughout the night offering prizes such as playing cards, plush dice and poker chip key chains. Another highlight was the diverse line-up of performers including dancers, singers and a magician!
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An awesome dinner was provided including rotisserie chicken, tacos, and pupusas- a traditional Salvadorian dish made of a thick tortilla filled with cheese and meat. They even had cake! It was one of the best events I have been to all year.
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For more pictures and even videos of performances visit LSA’s Facebook page.

Obama on Campus!

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
Guess who was at VCU over the weekend? The President and First Lady of the United States of America! Thousands of Rams and Richmond locals packed the Siegel Center on Saturday to watch Mr. Obama launch his re-election bid for the White House.
Other noted speakers at the event were Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones and former Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine. Our VCU men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart served as host of the rally and introduced Michelle Obama.
“Hello, VCU!” Those were the first words Obama said to the crowd making Rams go crazy and cheer with excitement. It was an experience I’m sure many VCU students will never forget.
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For videos and images on President Obama’s visit check out VCU’s News Center website.

Campus Events

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
Last weekend Alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc and Black Caucus at VCU were just two of many organizations on campus hosting their final events of the semester.
Even though May is officially Asian Pacific-Islanders Month, students here at VCU wanted to make sure to celebrate the occasion before the semester was over. Throughout April the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs along with organizations such as the Chinese Student Association and Vietnamese Student Association have been hosting a number of events around campus.
Last Friday the ladies of Alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc at VCU hosted Passport to Asia: Culture and Heritage of Cambodia, China, Korea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The event celebrated Asian culture, fashion and cuisine. Some traditional dishes on hand for the event included sushi, egg rolls and lo mien. I made sure to try it all!
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To see the full list of events celebrating Asian Pacific-Islanders Month visit http://www.omsa.vcu.edu/apim.html
On Sunday, Black Caucus at VCU welcomed all Rams to their Annual Unity Cookout out on the student commons plaza. The organization strives to enhance the social environment, political involvement and cultural awareness of students, faculty and staff at VCU.
The event was catered by Famous Dave’s and attracted quite the crowd! Students got the chance to choose between pulled chicken or pork sandwiches along with a side of coleslaw, potato salad and/or warm apples sauced in cinnamon and amaretto. Delicious!
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The event featured a silent auction for the Southwood Boys and Girls club of Richmond. A number of diverse art pieces were on display for all students to enjoy. The music, food, art and games served as the perfect study break for many students.
See what else Black Caucus at VCU has been up to by checking out their Facebook page!

ICF at VCU

by Michelle Abanez, communications intern
The Intercultural Festival (ICF) at VCU is my favorite event of the year! It’s an official VCU tradition celebrating the diversity among students and the Richmond community. The theme for this year’s festival, held in Monroe Park, was “Seven Wonders of The World.”
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Two stages were set up offering a variety of performances throughout the event including dances, poetry, singing and fashion from around the world. The Ballroom Dancing Society, Crossroad Irish, Def Poets Society and Korean Student Gathering were just a few of the performers on hand for ICF.
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My favorite part of the festival? The delicious food! Authentic Mexican, Indian, Thai and Turkish cuisine were offered, to name a few. I had chicken pad thai for the first time and loved it. I also made sure to save some room for a big delicious funnel cake!
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Another big attraction at the festival was the petting zoo filled with llamas, chinchillas, sheep, ducks and bunnies. I could have spent hours petting that chinchilla! Other activities offered at ICF included a caricaturist, henna artists, face painting, picture taking, arts and crafts, and a velcro wall.
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ICF gets bigger and better every year and it’s definitely an event you don’t want to miss when you come to VCU! For more information about ICF visit www.icfvcu.com .