VCU Will Observe the Thanksgiving Holiday









The University will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday from Wednesday, November 22nd through Sunday, November 26th. Classes beginning at 12 p.m. or later do not meet on November 22nd. Information sessions and campus tours will not be held on these dates. Information sessions and campus tours will resume on Monday, November 27th. We hope you have a lovely holiday weekend.


October is Financial Literacy Month and we hear and the Virginia Commonwealth University office of Admissions want to keep you informed about finicial aid and you finaces during college. VCU has partnered with the nonprofit American Student Assistance to bring you SALT®, a free resource that can help you to take control of your finances and student loans. SALT® offers financial literacy guidance and tools to college students and alumni, so you can use this tool throughout your college career and beyond.

Sign up at to:

  • Track and plan your student loans
  • Get personalized guidance about tricky loan stuff
  • Find scholarships, internships, and jobs
  • Gain know-how that empowers you to be money smart

Primeros Pasos

Primeros Pasos, or First Steps, is a one-day program designed to provide Latino high school students and their families with an overview of the college experience and opportunities in higher education. Virginia Commonwealth University students, parents, administrators, faculty, and alumni will be available throughout the day to welcome you and share their experiences. Check-in begins at the Academic Learning Commons at 9 a.m. The day’s activities will begin with welcoming remarks at 9:45 a.m.

The day will feature interactive sessions for both students and parents. Activities include:

  • Bilingual workshop for parents about financial aid
  • Panel discussion with students from VCU’s Latino community
  • Demystifying college admissions process workshop
  • Conversations with representatives from the Office of Admissions
  • A campus tour and lunch on campus


RSVP online by Nov. 10, 2017, or by contacting Kevin Mondragon at (804) 828-1190 or If special accommodations are needed due to a disability, please contact the VCU Welcome Center at (804) 827-2000 at least two weeks before the event.


VCU Family Weekend

Family Weekend

Dear Parents of enrolled students,  Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 is VCU’s Family Weekend. We hope that you will be able to join us, as this is a great opportunity to experience your student’s campus life, meet their friends, and enjoy the VCU and Richmond communities.

For more information, email or call the Parent and Family Helpline at (804) 828-7322.


Online registration will open for Family Weekend in late fall. There is a $5 registration fee per attendee for the event. This fee provides each registrant with an access pass granting admission into non-ticketed Family Weekend events, as well as discounts at local restaurants and shops. VCU students and children 2 years of age and under will receive an access pass for free.

In addition, there are ticketed events planned throughout the weekend that you can register to attend. Ticketed events sell out quickly, so don’t delay purchasing your tickets once registration opens. If you plan to attend a ticketed event with your student, you must purchase a ticket for your student. When you register, you may also purchase a commemorative Family Weekend t-shirt to serve as a memento of the great time you’ll have with your student on campus!



Family Weekend check-in will begin on Friday, Nov. 3, and will be held from noon until 7 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 4, check-in will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Check-in on both days will take place in the Virginia Rooms located on the second floor of the University Student Commons. When you arrive at check-in, you will receive your Family Weekend access passes, special event tickets, any purchased apparel and a Family Weekend tote bag.

If you are unable to come to check-in during the hours mentioned above, please send your student to check-in on your behalf.

Activities and events

Register and enjoy fun activities and events both on campus and in the Richmond community throughout the weekend. The Family Weekend schedule is available electronically using your smart phone or device. Plan your experience by downloading the VCU RAM Guide from the Apple or Google Play app stores and searching for VCU Family Weekend. Personalize your schedule, browse events, view maps and stay up-to-date on the latest information from your phone, tablet or computer.

For more information about Parking and Accommodations please follow the original link.

Financial Literacy Month: Do the Math


Prospective students, are you worried about paying for college? October is Financial Literacy Month so we here at the VCU Office of Admissions want to help you navigate the daunting responsibility of paying for your higher education.

Do the Math 

Did you know that you could save up to $50,000 buy taking 15 credits a semester? This is based on a 120-credit hour program with standard tuition and fees, books/supplies, room, board, miscellaneous, and transportation expenses over a four-year period. By taking 15 credits a semester you could graduate in four years instead of six. This cuts back on standard tuition and fees, books/supplies, room, board, miscellaneous, transportation expenses and other living expenses that would accumulate in the extra years.


Visit the links below for information about VCU academic schedules, course offerings, tuition and fees calculators and more to help you plan out and make the most of your semester:

SAT/ACT Tests and VCU

Hey high school juniors, have you been thinking about taking the SATs or ACTs? Well, it’s never too early. We here at VCU Admissions recommend that students test multiple times and that students consider taking both the SAT and the ACT tests at least once. For regular admissions consideration into VCU, we will look at students highest combined critical reading and math SAT scores or the highest composite ACT score from multiple test dates.

VCU Requirements

VCU requires freshman applicants (high school graduates and GED holders) 22 years of age or younger to submit SAT or ACT scores and, if applicable, an official copy of their GED scores. Electronic submission is recommended.

Excluding the exceptions noted below, freshman applicants with a minimum high school GPA of 3.3 may request that their application is reviewed without submitting standardized test scores. Applicants should request to be considered for admission to the university without test scores on the application for freshmen admission.

SAT or ACT scores will be required for freshman applicants who wish to be considered for VCU’s merit-based scholarships (the Presidential, Provost, and Deans’ scholarships); students applying to the VCU Honors College and the School of Engineering; home schooled students; and non-native English speakers. Applicants in these categories may not request the score optional review.

Admission to VCU remains a competitive process, and all candidates for admission will be considered on their own merits. Qualifying for application review without submitting standardized test scores does not guarantee admission to VCU.

Don’t Procrastinate

Letting test dates slip could delay entrance into college; it is strongly recommended that students take tests at least six weeks before college application deadlines. If students are looking for test prep materials, some of the best (and least expensive) options are included in the test registration materials on the SAT and ACT websites.