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!

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 freshmen, 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 Goes Live

The Common Application goes Live on August 1, 2017, for Spring 2018 and Fall 2018.

New first-time freshmen applying to VCU must complete the Common Application. Students who apply using the Common Application can log in to their VCU VIP page to check their application status online to be sure we have received all required materials (admission decisions are not provided online).

The application fee for applying online is $65 and may be paid by credit card. The application fee is nonrefundable.

Please be aware that students interested in undergraduate programs on the Monroe Park Campus should submit only one application for a specific semester (for example, a student should submit only one application for fall 2018) and may apply to only one undergraduate degree program. If you need to make a change to your application once it has been submitted, please email your requested changes to your application processor in the Office of Admissions. You may determine who your processor is by visiting the processor contact information. Do not submit an additional application. If you submit more than one application for a semester, only one application will be processed.

Applicants should review the admission requirements. Some programs, including those in the School of the Arts require additional materials to be submitted in order for an application to be considered complete.

What to Bring and What Not to Bring to Move In Day

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It is almost time to welcome the VCU class of 2021 to our campus. We hope you are excited about coming to VCU this fall.  Freshman move in will be held on August 19, 2017.  Residential Life and Housing staff, as well as faculty/staff and students from across the university, will be on hand to assist with unloading your vehicle and getting your belongings into your residence hall room.

The following is a list of things to bring with you to move in:

  • 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
  • Your favorite fish, in a 10 gallon or smaller tank
  • 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
  • Toilet paper, toilet plunger, and bathroom cleaning supplies if staying in suite-style residence hall
  • Dishes, kitchen utensils, pots/pans, toilet paper, toilet plunger, shower curtain, and bathroom/ kitchen cleaning supplies if living in an apartment-style residence hall.
  • Only one microwave and mini refrigerator are allowed per bedroom.

What you should Not 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 Disability Support Services.
  • 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 (insert link to 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.

If you need to pick up any last minute items once you arrive at campus, there are many stores located nearby.  Some local favorite options are the Barnes and Noble at VCU (1111 West Broad St.); Kroger (901 N. Lombardy St.); Target (5401 West Broad St.); Willow Lawn shopping center (1601 Willow Lawn Dr.); and Walmart (7901 Brook Rd. or 2410 Sheila Ln.). The Walmart on Campus is conveniently located on campus at 912 W. Grace St.  This smaller-scaled Walmart is designed with students’ needs in mind and includes a pharmacy.

If you have any additional questions, please contact VCU Residential Life and Housing by email at vcuhousing@vcu.edu or by phone at (804) 828-7666.

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 ugrad@vcu.edu 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.