5 Myths About Transferring to VCU – Busted

The deadline to transfer to VCU for the Fall 2018 semester was March 15, which means transfer admission decisions will be sent out very soon. Being a transfer student means you are not the traditional college student. Transferring from one university to another can make you feel out of place and out of the loop, especially transferring in between the fall and spring semesters. However, the experience is survivable, and I will share some key things that I learned in the process.

1. There are more transfer students at VCU than you think there are. 

After being accepted to VCU for the spring 2018 semester, I registered for and attended a New Student Orientation specifically for transfer students. I was surprised to see that I was joined by good company – over 200 other transfer students were present at this orientation alone. It was eye-opening to realize there were so many other students who were in the same situation as me, and that I would not be alone in the transfer process to VCU.

2. Nobody can tell if you are a transfer student.

Unless you choose to tell anyone, no one will be able to tell that you are a new student at VCU! Although being a transfer student is nothing to be ashamed of, it can be intimidating to think that the traditional students will somehow be able to tell that you transferred. The truth is that your status as a transfer student is obvious to no one else, and absolutely nobody will judge you for it if they do know.

3. The academic advisers care about you just as much as their traditional students.

One fear I had when coming into VCU was that my academic adviser would not be as focused on helping me out as much as their students who had been there for longer. I was extremely mistaken; upon transferring to VCU, I was assigned an adviser specifically for transfer students. The advisers are enthusiastic to help you out, even with your unique situation. If anything, they want to devote as much energy as possible to making sure you feel acclimated!

4. There were enough on-campus housing options for me.

Entering halfway through the year meant I would have to find on-campus housing but would not have the traditional experience of picking my own roommate and room. Though I was not able to pick a roommate, the university did give me several options for housing and I was able to choose my residence building. If you apply for housing when the application opens and before the deadline, you will likely receive your first preference of housing and do not need to worry.

5. Making friends and joining clubs is possible.

A common myth I heard before transferring was that everyone has already settled into their friend groups and that you will be left out of already-established friend groups and student organizations. However, since new courses start at the beginning of each semester anyway, everyone, not just transfer students, will be finding themselves in new courses with new people. Most student organizations also hold interest meetings at the beginning of every semester to attract new/transfer students, meaning they are open to new members at any time!

Ultimately, transferring to any university will pose challenges, but the myths that most commonly plague us transfer students’ minds are not real. Transferring to VCU is not as intimidating as you think it is, and there are plenty of resources available to help you in your transition.

If you have any questions or concerns about transferring to VCU, please contact the VCU Transfer Center.

(804) 827-1349

What You Need to Know About New Student Orientation

Once you have accepted your offer of admission at VCU, it’s time to prepare for new student orientation.

New student orientation is the time for you to meet other students in your major, pick your class schedule, and pick up your VCU ID! It also allows you to experience a night on campus. Staff provides you a night to stay in a residence hall to experience campus life. Staying the night on campus gives you a chance to mingle with other incoming students as well as get familiar with the campus. Orientation is based on a first come first serve basis, so those who come to the first sessions get the first pick at classes! It also lets those get ahead if there are any summer assignments for your classes (Univ classes usually assign a book reading, summer reading projects never really go away).

You may also submit your own VCU ID photo, therefore allowing you to skip the line for pick up. The requirements for a submission can be found here. Prospect students will be emailed if their submission has been accepted or denied.

Make sure to take any necessary placement tests online for science, math, or a language before you arrive. Taking these online placement tests allow advisers to place you in the correct classes.

If you have further questions about NSO, please contact New Student and Family Programs at (804) 828-3700.

Summer Studies: There’s still time to register!

Looking to earn extra credits to graduate early? Want to take a class this summer while in RVA? Register for Summer Studies from now up until the first day of your summer class!

To register as degree-seeking (VCU students):

Register for classes in eServices under Summer 2018. Each summer course is designed to give one semester’s worth of work. With careful scheduling, students can earn as many as 15 credits during the summer if coursework extends over the full Summer Studies calendar.

Click here to view all information about degree-seeking registration.

To register as non degree-seeking:

Nondegree-seeking students may register for up to 11 credit hours at Virginia Commonwealth University during Summer Studies. Read more about nondegree-seeking admissions.

Students currently seeking a baccalaureate degree at another college or university can register as a transient student if they:

Click here to view all summer session dates.
Click here to view all summer 2018 courses.
Click here to view tuition, billing & payment information.

Hope to see you this summer!

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VCU Graduate School Fair 2018

Come join VCU’s Spring Graduate and Professional School Fair, hosted by the Office of Admissions. Meet graduate school representatives from VCU’s academic units and learn about the graduate admissions application process.

At the fair, you can:

  • Explore the possibilities of graduate and professional education
  • Meet with admissions representatives and learn about requirements for each program
  • Gather brochures, forms and information to take with youDate: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
    Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
    Location: University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms A-D
    Registration: Click here to sign up online

Registration is not required; you can check-in at the registration desk when you arrive. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (804) 828-6916 or admrecruit@vcu.edu.

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VCU Closed for 10K April 14

Due to the impact of the Monument Ave. 10K around the Monroe Park Campus, the VCU Welcome Center will be closed on this Saturday, April 14. Information sessions and campus tours will not be offered. We will resume our regular office hours on Monday, April 16.

The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K will be held from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The starting line for the race is at the corner of West Broad and Harrison street, directly in front of the Welcome Center, and it is anticipated that over 30,000 people will participate. Traffic patterns on and around VCU’s Monroe Park Campus will be significantly altered during race day.

For more information about the 10K please visit: https://www.sportsbackers.org/events/monument-ave-10k/