FAQs When Applying to VCU

1. Q: What are your deadlines?

A: Our fall regular decision deadline is January 15.

2. Q: Do you look at weighted or unweighted GPA’s?

A: For regular admission we will look at the applicant’s weighted GPA.

Those who are applying to The Honors College should note that they consider the unweighted GPA during their review process and require that applicants have a 3.5 or better for consideration.

3. Q: Will you super score my test scores?

A: For regular admission we will super score the SAT, or consider the highest score for each section of the test from all dates taken.  We also will consider the highest composite ACT score.

4. Q: Where do I submit letters of recommendation?

A: Letters of recommendation can be sent via the Common Application; emailed to us at ugrad@vcu.edu; or mailed to the Office of Admissions at Box 842526, Richmond, VA 23284.

5. Q: When will I receive my admissions decision?

A: Freshman applicants for fall 2019 who submit a complete application package by the recommended January 15 deadline will receive a decision from our office in writing by April 1.  We review applications on a rolling basis; therefore it is possible to receive a decision from us before April 1.

Transfer students applying for fall 2019 by the recommended May 1 deadline will receive admissions decisions from our office in writing, via U.S. postal mail, throughout the spring semester on a rolling basis.

6. Q: I’ve been admitted, how do I accept my offer of admission?

A: If you’ve been admitted to the university we ask that you respond to our offer, whether you’re accepting or declining.  If you’re accepting the offer, we ask that freshmen for the fall semester respond by May 1 if admitted on or before April 1.  Transfer students who are accepted for the fall semester by May 1 are asked to respond by June 1.  Freshmen admitted after April 1, or transfers admitted after May 1, are asked to respond within two weeks of their acceptance notification.

7. Q: I’m a transfer student for the spring, but my transcripts won’t be ready until December; will I still be considered for the spring semester?

A: Yes, if you submit your transcripts to us as soon as your final grades are posted, and all other application materials have been received to complete your application package, we should have time in our office to review your application and get a decision back out to you for the spring semester.

8. Q: I forgot to attach a resume, how can I get that to you to attach to my application?

Documents such as resumes can also be sent to ugrad@vcu.edu where it will be attached to your application file.

If you have any other questions you can email us at ugrad@vcu.edu

 

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VCU Family Weekend

We hope that you will join us for Family Weekend 2018—an exciting opportunity to experience your student’s campus life, meet their friends, connect with other families and enjoy the VCU and Richmond communities.

Family Weekend will take place November 2-4, 2018.

To prepare in advance for the weekend, here are a few things you should know:

  • Book your hotel early if you are coming from out of town. You can find local hotel information at www.visitrichmondva.com/hotels.
  • Family Weekend events begin at approximately noon on Friday, November 2 and end at approximately 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 4.
  • There are a few major events throughout the weekend designed to appeal to everyone as well as smaller events designed for unique audiences. Some of the major events include the Division of Student Affairs BBQ on Friday afternoon, the Fall Block Step Show on Friday night, the Family Weekend 5K Fun Run on Saturday morning and the Family Brunch on Sunday morning. Some of the smaller events include walking ghost tours, art exhibits, adventure activities like whitewater rafting and bike tours, bus tours of the city, upperclassmen residence hall tours and more! There are over 75 events taking place in addition to all of the opportunities afforded by being in the city. There is something for everyone!

Get to Know the Family Weekend Schedule

For quick reference to Family Weekend events, download the VCU Family Weekend guide on the VCU RAM Guide app. Once you have the app downloaded, open RAM Guide and search for the VCU Family Weekend 2018 to view the most updated information including schedules, maps and more.

An email invitation will be sent out to all families when registration opens. If you have never received an electronic newsletter from us, please email ramfamilies@vcu.edu to be added.

If you have any questions regarding Family Weekend, please email ramfamilies@vcu.edu or call the Parent and Family Helpline at (804) 828-7322.

7 Things I Wish I Knew When Applying to VCU

Getting into college can be stressful and nerve racking. You have to submit your transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, submit applications, etc.

Here are some things I wish I knew when I was submitting my college applications:

  1. You don’t have to be a perfect test taker. They tell you early in your high school career “start studying for your SATs/ACTs!” However, not everybody is the best test taker and many students don’t get perfect scores on their test. If you’re a student who doesn’t have the best scores, that’s okay. Other components of your application can be what helps build your case to get admitted. However, it doesn’t hurt to take the test more than once.
  2. Take some upper level classes. You don’t have to be a full AP or IB student, but it doesn’t hurt to take some advanced classes. It shows you’re willing to challenge yourself.
  3. Take any chance to boost your GPA! Your GPA is a big factor when being considered for college. Take some electives you will enjoy, but don’t slack off in them. Electives can be a great GPA boost for your transcripts.
  4. Do some extra curricular activities! These look great on college applications and they are the easiest to add on your application. Volunteer or join a club. If you have a job, list that too! Any of these help you stand out to admissions.
  5. Choose references for your letter of recommendation who have watched you grow and have really helped you prosper! A great example is a teacher you have gotten close to or had more than once.. They are the best to relay to admissions what you can bring to the table.
  6. Really reflect how the school can help better your education in your essay. You want to portray how you can add to the greatness of the university. Admission essays shouldn’t be a narrative of your life, you want to write about how the school can help you, how you can help the school, and why you deserve to be there.
  7. Don’t wait until the last minute do to your application! A rushed essay and application can be seen from a mile away. Take your time filling our your application and writing your essay, admissions can tell if you rushed through it.

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How to Keep A Good Academic Standing In High School

During high school, it can be easy to slack off or get lazy. However, slacking off can quickly affect your GPA, which is important to college admissions. Here’s how to keep your GPA looking good:

  1. Freshman year in high school is your year to get adjusted. High school isn’t the easiest time of your life, so if freshman year means you don’t get the best grades, it’s not the end of the world. You can use your sophomore year and junior year to fix your GPA for college applications.
  2. It is true, sophomore and junior year are the most important years when it comes to college applications. Make sure you’re really working hard these years and keeping your grades up.
  3. If you forget about an assignment, turn in what you can! Never take a 0 in the grade book. Any points will help!
  4. If your teacher offers extra credit, take it! There is nothing worse than being just a few points away from an A! An A will really give you a GPA boost!
  5. Extra curricular activities are important, but don’t let them take all your time. Make sure you schedule a couple of hours each night to do your homework. You don’t want to be busy all day and cram homework into being a late night activity.
  6. Sleep is everything! You can’t keep up the best grades by sleeping in class. Make sure you get a proper night of sleep so you’re aware the next day.
  7. Make sure you know how to study! A lot of students don’t know the proper way to study. Don’t be afraid to ask your teacher how to study for a test or quiz. Trust me, they don’t want to fail you.
  8. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Your teachers want you to succeed, if you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to stay after school or ask your teacher to explain the lesson during lunch.

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Move In Day Checklist & Tips

The most anticipated day of the summer is approaching quickly! Move in day is August 18th this year. Here are some things you can do to be prepared to move in!

First let’s start off with what you can and can’t bring:

What To Bring

  • Alarm clock and desk lamp
  • Pillows, blankets and bed linens for an extra-long twin bed (Ackell & Broad & Belvidere residents should bring bedding for a full bed)
  • Bath linens, toiletries, shower caddy and shower shoes
  • Flashlight
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Surge protectors with on/off buttons
  • Microwave, mini fridge, TV with QAM tuner, gaming systems (check with your roommate so you only bring one of each!)
  • Plants, posters, wastebasket, mirror (except Johnson Hall)
  • Non-flammable curtains

Students living in suite-style residence halls should also bring toilet paper, toilet plunger, and bathroom cleaning supplies. Students living in apartment-style residence halls should also bring dishes, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, toilet paper, shower curtain, toilet plunger and kitchen and bathroom cleaning supplies. We recommend that students contact their future roommate(s) about possible duplication of items prior to arrival on campus. Only one microwave and mini fridge is allowed per bedroom.

What Not To Bring

  • Additional furniture – wait until you have seen your room and how much space you have before bringing an extra chair. All VCU-provided furniture must remain in its assigned room. Non-VCU mattresses are not permitted without permission from Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity.
  • Loft materials (construction of loft beds is prohibited) or cinder blocks to raise beds (only designated bed risers are permitted)
  • Personal air-conditioners or space heaters
  • Landline telephones (courtesy phones are located in each building)
  • Pets that are not fish
  • Extension cords and items that require a flame to operate or that produce heat, such as candles (including decorative), incense and incense burners, plug-in air fresheners, grills, lanterns and halogen lights (a full list of prohibited fire/safety items can be found in our policy manual
  • Illegal drugs, fireworks, chemicals, firearms and weapons of any kind. Students are expected to abide by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Now that you know what to bring, here are 7 tips to survive move in!

  1. The earlier you get to move in day, the better! Move In Day is arguably the worst traffic day on campus of the year. The sooner you get there, the sooner you check in, and finish carrying all your stuff to your room.
  2. There will be staff and other students at each residence hall to help direct and carry things to your assigned room.
  3. Bring in all the heavy stuff first. Elevators have limited space and there are several people trying to use them at once. Get all the heavy stuff in and if you’re on a lower floor, opt for the stairs for the lighter stuff. You’ll get done faster this way.
  4. Get a good nights sleep and eat a good meal before you move in. Moving in is a lot of work and can be exhausting.
  5. The sooner your room is set up the sooner you can relax!
  6. There are a lot of events going on during move in, so take some time to explore whether it be with your parents or new roommates!
  7. You’re not the only nervous one! Ask your roommate to go eat dinner with you or walk around campus to find your class buildings.