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 Freshman, 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; Pro Tips

The Common Application opens Tuesday, August 1st, and prospective students need to be prepared for everything in holds. For some, the process may be easy as pie, but for others, it can be quite daunting. Because of this, many may end up putting it off until the last minute. However, knowing your deadlines, starting early, and utilizing a few pro tips can make the whole process less intimidating, and in the end, less stressful.

Start Early

It is extremely recommended that prospective students start the application right when it opens on August 1st. Even just starting with the simple things like your name can lessen the stress when approaching the deadline to turn it in the application. This will also help you out if you discover that the program you are applying for has additional requirements. Here is where you can view the admission requirements for VCU, and additional requirements for certain programs.

Review the Website Before Starting

Some students have found it extremely helpful to review the website before starting or submitting applications. This can help you establish the lay of the land before diving into the serious stuff. If you are ever having trouble with the website your high school guidance counselor is a great resource to assist you with navigation. Furthermore, if you have any questions about VCU requirements you can ask us through email at or over the phone at (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638.

Take it a Step at a Time

There are many tasks to complete before you finish the Common Application, but approaching it with a level head can save you time in the long run. Complete each task one at a time instead of sporadically alternating. Definitely, develop a plan of attack for completing the application. Maybe for you, it’s better to get the hardest essay out of the way first? Or possibly it’s less daunting for you to complete the simpler tasks first. By making a plan and taking it step by step you can prevent from getting too overwhelmed about the process.

Golden Rule

Whatever you do don’t wait until the last minute to do everything, or you may run into a hiccup. Leave yourself with enough time to correct any mistakes. Even if you just file out one small section, aim to work on it every day until it’s completed. If you need to change something on your application after you have submitted it you can figure out who your processor is here, and contact them about the change.




All About Open House

Are you interested in attending Virginia Commonwealth University? Then please plan to join us for our Open Houses for prospective students this fall on October 7 or October 28, 2017. Open House will be a day for you to learn more about VCU’s outstanding academic programs as well as to get a sense of student life on campus. Experience the diversity that makes VCU a special place!

Open house will give you the opportunity to;

  • Learn about academic programs and support services
  • Meet faculty members and student services staff
  • Obtain information about admissions and financial aid
  • Tour the campus and residence halls


Richmonds Veggie Fest

Richmond’s Annual Veggie Fest will be this Saturday, June 24, 2017, from noon to 6 p.m. in the Azalea Gardens at Bryan Park. There will be all sorts of vegetarian cuisine, entertainment, and vendors attending! It’s a great way to get involved in the community and meet people with similar interests, or learn how to go veggie if you’ve been wanting too. Come and join in on the activities!

Activities ;

  • Food from local veg-friendly restaurants such as 821 Cafe, Sticky Rice, Goatacado and much more!
  • Multiple speakers talking about supercharging your life, veganism, and transforming to a meatless diet.

Check out their website for more information!

The VCU Common Book

Dear Incoming Freshman,

Every year Virginia Commonwealth University asks incoming students to participate in our summer reading Common Book Program. This year the Common Book for incoming 2021 students is “Dreamland: The True Tale of Americas Opiate Epidemic” by Sam Quinones. You will discuss this book in your Focus Inquiry classes and will need to read the book to keep up. In previous years the author has even visited the university at some point in the year to discuss the book with students. You will receive this book during your orientation, so make sure to read it before classes start in the fall to stay ahead of the game.

Click here for more information!