Congrats to the Beyond Orientation Fall 2017 Class!

Congratulations to all of our Fall 2017 Beyond Orientation participants! It has been such a pleasure to see you all in class each week or posting in the discussions after each class. We hope you learned a lot from our many presenters and from each other. Don’t forget to stay in touch with each other and with New Student and Family Programs as your student continues their journey at VCU!

Course Registration Reminder

Class registration for spring semester is now open to all currently enrolled VCU students. Be sure to talk to your student about their class schedule and encourage them to make an appointment with their advisor if they are considering any changes.

The winter intersession class schedule is available online, visit the intersession webpage for more information. Intersession classes are listed with the Spring schedule and have section numbers beginning with “V.”

Final Exam Schedule

Final exams began on Monday, Dec. 11 and go through Dec. 17. Below is the schedule of exams, for more information about exam schedule inquires and the evening class exam schedule, visit the Registrar’s final exam page.

For classes that meet 7 – 9:40 p.m. (MTWRF) or on Saturday or Sunday, the final exam will take place during the scheduled class period in regular meeting rooms during the week of December 11 – 17.

For off-campus classes and classes that are not listed, contact the instructor.

Transportation Updates for Winter Break

Transportation Options for Winter Break

Does your student need transportation to the airport, bus terminal or train station to get home for the holidays? RamAway provides free transportation during most University holidays and semester breaks to and/or from the Richmond International Airport, Greyhound Bus Station and Amtrak at Main Street Station and Staples Mill Road.

For more information visit the RamAway webpage.

Winter Break Transit Impacts

Parking and transportation has provided the following information for impacts to parking and transit service during the 2017-18 winter break:

Campus Connector Service schedule:  

Saturday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 No service
Monday, Dec. 18 and Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 Normal service
Wednesday, Dec. 20 through Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 7am to 7pm
Saturday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 No service

Alternate parking: On Dec. 25, One Cap Square Deck, W Deck, K Deck, Coliseum Deck, RTD Deck, and PA Deck employee subscribers may park in the D Deck or Eighth Street Deck

Tuesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 7am to 7pm
Saturday, Dec. 30 through Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 No service

Alternate parking: On Jan. 1, One Cap Square Deck, W Deck, K Deck, Coliseum Deck, RTD Deck, and PA Deck employee subscribers may park in the D Deck or Eighth Street Deck

Tuesday, Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 7am to 7pm
Saturday, Jan. 6 and Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 No service
Monday, Jan. 8 through Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 7 am to 7 pm

The Campus Connector resumes its normal service beginning on Saturday, January 13, 2018.



RamSafe will operate on its normal schedule (5 pm to 8 am) throughout the winter break, with the exception of Saturday, December 23 through Monday, December 25. On these days, RamSafe will operate from 5 pm to 1 am.

Motorist Assistance:

Please note, our customer service offices will be closed from December 21, 2017, until January 2, 2018, in observance of VCU’s winter closing.  In the event you need emergency parking assistance during this time, please contact the Enforcement Supervisor on duty at 804-971-0450.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns regarding impacts to parking and/or transit service, feel free to contact customer service at 828-PARK (7275).

Winter Break Closing

The university is closed for Winter Break (except for Intersession classes) from Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 to Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. Campus offices will re-open on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.

The Parent and Family Helpline (804-828-7322) will operate on limited hours from Dec. 27, 2017 through Jan. 2, 2018 and will be available from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Normal helpline hours will resume on Jan. 3, 2018.

Winter Intersession classes begin on Dec. 27, 2017 and continue until Jan. 9, 2018.

The university will close on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and spring classes begin on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.

Important information students living on campus:

Nine-month residence halls will be closed during these breaks, including: Brandt, Cabaniss, Cary and Belvidere, Gladding Residence Center III, the Honors College, Johnson, and Rhoads.

All nine-month (first-year) residents living in Ackell, Grace & Broad, and West Grace South, will also need to leave their buildings during these breaks at the time listed below.

  • Nine-month residence halls close on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at 10 a.m.
  • These halls will re-open for spring semester on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at 10 a.m.

Please visit the Housing website or contact Residential Life and Housing for more information.

Residential Life and Housing Contact Information


Phone: (804) 828-7666

Health Insurance Open Enrollment

Does your student need health insurance?  Now is the time to sign up! The  open enrollment period for the 2018 Health Insurance Marketplace runs from November 1 to December 15. Visit the webpage to get started.

The student health fee paid by all full-time students covers visits to student health for many basic health needs, but the fee does not cover specialist referrals, medications, x-rays, or hospital/ER visits. For more information on student health and health insurance options, check the Health Insurance information page on the Student Health website.

Still need help? Reach out to University Student Health Services:

Phone: (804) 828-8828


Care Packages for Final Exams

During final exam season, New Student and Family Programs offers final exam care packages for any current students at VCU. Families can order these care packages through our partner’s, OCM (Our Campus Market) Care Package Final Exam websiteThese care packages can be just the treat your student needs to help relieve some stress before finals!

When ordered, final exam care packages will be delivered to the New Student and Family Programs office located in Hibbs Hall, Suite 201. We will notify students via email and text when the packages arrive and all care packages must be picked up by the last day of finals on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

For more information, visit the New Student and Family Programs Care Package page.

Free Flu Vaccines and Student Health Services

FREE Flu Vaccines for Students

University Student Health Services is offering FREE flu vaccines for all VCU students. They can receive their vaccine during any walk-in immunization hours or directly following a scheduled medical visit. The Student Health website provides a list for Walk In Immunization Hours for each campus.

If those times don’t work with your student’s schedule, University Student Health Services is also hosting immunization events across both campuses. These events will take place:

  • Nov. 17; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. @ Larrick Student Center
  • Dec. 5; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. @ Student Commons

Student Health encourages ALL students to get the flu vaccine, especially those at high risk for flu complications, such as students with asthma, diabetes, and other chronic health issues. For more information on the flu vaccine and who should get vaccinated, visit the CDC’s website with key facts on flu prevention.

What to do when your student is sick

Often family members are the first person a student will call when they aren’t feeling well. As cold and flu season approaches, here are some resources and tips for you to share with your student if and when they call you.

  • All students who have paid the student health fee are eligible to use Student Health;
  • Students can make appointments at Student Health either online, through the Student Health portal, or over the phone:
    • (804) 828-8828 for the Monroe Park Campus Clinic;
    • (804) 828-9220 for the VCU Medical Center Campus Clinic;
  • Same-day appointments are reserved for students who are ill, it is recommended that your student call if they’d like to be seen on the same day.
  • The Monroe Park Student Health Clinic is located at 1300 W. Broad St., Suite 2200 and the MCV Campus Clinic is at 1000 E. Marshall St., Room 305. Clinic locations and hours are listed on the Student Health Clinic website.
  • If your student needs assistance after hours, there is a medical provider on call  during evenings and weekends for phone consultations or students may visit one of the many local urgent care facilities. Check the After Hours page on the Student Health website for the after hours number and urgent care contacts.

For more information on preventing the flu, read the CDC’s Tips for Flu Prevention and share them with your student.


Intersession Course Registration

Intersession offers more than 40 courses in various disciplines. Courses are available both in person and online. All three-credit courses for Intersession are taught from Dec. 27, 2017 through Jan. 9, 2018, during the winter break closing schedule. Classes are not held on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 but will be held Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. New and continuing students who wish to stay on track to graduate on time or early are encouraged to consider taking a class during this time. Visiting students also are welcome. Please visit the Intersession page or contact the Summer Studies and Intersession Office with any questions at (804) 827-4586 or