Building bridges to VCU

For many students, going to a two-year or community college may be the most practical option for continuing their education for numerous reasons. Our counseling staff, including transfer counselors Chris Oliver and Philip Wilkerson, are available to help students build bridges to VCU as they prepare to transfer!

Thinking about transferring to VCU in 2018? Mark your calendars with these important dates:

  • November 1, 2017 – Spring 2018 application deadline
  • March 15, 2018 – Fall 2018 application deadline

Transfer students applying for admission to programs in the School of the Arts should visit their website for more information about requirements and deadlines.

In addition, the VCU Transfer Center offers a number of services and resources for transfer students, including information about credit transfers, course equivalency tables and unofficial transfer credit evaluations for prospective students.

Whether you have questions about the application process or next steps after being admitted to the university, we’re here to help!

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!

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!

VCU’s Spring Commencement to be held on Saturday, May 13

It’s one of the most exciting times of the year to be on VCU’s campus. We are preparing for our spring Commencement exercises, which will be held on this Saturday, May 13, 2017. Nearly 5,000 professional, graduate and undergraduate degrees will be awarded.

While the university’s main Commencement exercise will be held at the Richmond Coliseum, department-specific exercises will be held throughout the weekend on both the Monroe Park and MCV Campuses.

Several ceremonies will take place throughout the day at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, located across from the VCU Welcome Center. Visitors planning to attend our 10:30 a.m. information session at the Welcome Center, which is located across from the Siegel Center, may experience a higher volume of traffic on West Broad Street. Parking in the West Broad Street Parking Deck is free, but may be limited. On-street parking is free in the city on weekends, unless otherwise noted. Visitors are welcome to park on the streets near and around the VCU Welcome Center.

More information on VCU’s May commencement, including the schedule of departmental ceremonies, can be found at The ceremony will be live-streamed at and at


Protecting your identity

We love seeing the social media posts of our new Rams with their acceptance packages, but want you to be safe when posting and protect your identity. Here are a few things to consider before you post:

  1. Cover up your home address.
  2. Don’t post your VCU Student Identification Number (V-number). Protect your V-number much like you would your Social Security number.
  3. Once you obtain your VCU student ID card (typically received during New Student Orientation), do not post your VCUCard number.

Stay safe and happy posting!