Take a look inside the new GRC

A reconstructed Gladding Residence Center opened just in time to welcome VCU’s incoming freshmen this fall. The new 360,000 square foot residence hall houses just over 1,500 students in traditional and semi-suite style double bedrooms. The building is subdivided into six neighborhoods of approximately 125-200 students. The neighborhoods provide an intimate community with their own shared kitchens, laundry facilities, study areas and lounges that promote student interaction and community development. Visit the Residential Life and Housing website for more information on GRC and to take the Housing Virtual Tour.

Showcasing VCU’s first-generation students

Twenty-six first-generation students at VCU are subjects of a new exhibit at the James Branch Cabell Library that celebrates those who will be the first in their immediate family to graduate from college. Created by faculty and staff in the Division of Strategic Enrollment Management, the exhibit is spread over two walls on the library’s first floor and features portraits of the students, such as Amber Brown (pictured above), with an inspirational quote from each. The display will be hanging in the library until the end of the fall 2018 semester.

Thirty-three percent of first-year VCU students are the first in their family to attend college. The exhibit is part of a larger effort, You First at VCU, to help those students navigate their university experience. Students in the exhibit represent Summer Scholars  peer mentors, Altria Scholars program scholarship recipients, TRIO Student Support Services and the You First at VCU student organization.

You can read more about the exhibit on the VCU News website.

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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