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Order the official VCU class ring

The official VCU ring is an enduring symbol of where you come from and what you have accomplished at VCU. The VCU ring symbolizes the university’s founding roots and stature as one of the nation’s top research universities. The official class ring is reserved exclusively for alumni and students who have junior standing or higher. Proceeds from official ring sales go to support scholarships for current students.

We invite you and your student to stop by the ring table outside of the P.O.D market in the University Student Commons Tuesday, Jan. 23 through Thursday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to purchase and/or view the rings.

Any questions can be directed to Allison Toney, or please visit

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

On-Campus Housing Application

If your student is expecting to live in on-campus housing for the 2018-2019 school year, they will need to apply for housing through the housing portal early in the spring semester. To access this portal, visit the VCU Housing website and click on application. This will lead you to the application that students may update and submit for the upcoming school year. Students are then entered into a lottery system where they are given a number that indicates the order in which they will be able to select a room for housing next year.

For more information, visit the Housing Application webpage, Then  scroll all the way to the bottom to review FAQs for returning students and the application process.

Preparing for Final Exams

Final exams for students are quickly approaching as we near December. Finals can be a stressful time for students. You can find the final exam schedule on the  Exam times are determined by the student’s class time.

Here are some tips to share with your student to prepare for next month:

Take advantage of VCU’s academic resources.

If your student is facing some challenges with certain class topics, now is a great time to stop by the Campus Learning Center (CLC), located on the first floor of Hibbs Hall. The CLC offers drop-in tutoring, Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions for certain classes and academic coaching. It’s best to visit now, the CLC gets very busy as finals approach.

If your student has a paper to write, they can also stop by the Writing Center on the fourth floor of the Academic Learning Commons (MCALC) for assistance at any stage of the writing process. Students can make appointments or drop in. 

Mark your calendar.

Visual reminders can be a great way to stay on task and manage time. Have your student pick up or print out a calendar and mark all due dates of big projects and finals. This can help them plan times to set aside for studying and working on projects.

Meet with professors during office hours.

Each professor will have office hours set aside to meet with students about concerns they might have with class. Now is a great time for students to set up a meeting to get clarifying questions on the material that has already been covered. This way, moving forward, your student will feel confident with the material already learned.

L.E.A.R.N. to manage stress.

The end of the semester and final exams can be one of the most stressful times for your students, especially if this is their first semester. VCU’s The Well offers many resources to assist students in better managing stress. One of these resources promotes an emotionally-focused strategy to manage your own response to stresses that are beyond our control. This method emphasizes:

L- Laughter

E- Exercise

A- Attitude

R- Rest/Relaxation

N- Nutrition

Check in with your students and make sure that they are making time to sleep, exercise or move around, and scheduling time for relaxation amid the busy finals season. To find out more, check out this fact sheet from University Student Health Services.

Highlights from Family Weekend 2017

We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all the family members who joined us for this year’s Family Weekend on Nov. 3-5. We had a blast and we hope you did too! Here are a few highlights from this year’s event.

  • More than 700 families and 2200 people attended;
  • The Family Weekend 5K Fun Run/Walk raised over $940 for RamPantry,  which exists to address food insecurity by providing in-need VCU students with healthy, culturally appropriate, emergency food;
  • Families and students cheered on the VCU Men’s Basketball team, who brought home a win from this year’s annual exhibition game versus Virginia Union University;
  • Congratulations to the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., for winning this year’s Fall Block Step Show, which took place during Family Weekend!

Take the Family Weekend survey

Whether or not you attended Family Weekend, we ask that  you complete the Family Weekend survey to let us know how the event went or why you chose not to attend this year. Your feedback is critical for us to make improvements to Family Weekend in the future. Click here to complete the survey.

A snapshot of what you all had to say about your time here:

“Event was very well organized. You can tell a lot of time and effort went into this event.”
“Faculty and staff were welcoming and offered great suggestions for activities through the weekend.”
“My favorite part of the weekend was seeing my husband who graduated from VCU and my son show each other the sites.”
“We loved being able to see the building where our daughter has classes. We also went to the bookstore for our discount on VCU gear and to the Cary Street Gym, which was wonderful.”
“We loved all of the free activities and public art at InLight Richmond!”
We’re excited to begin planning for next year’s Family Weekend, we hope you’ll join us again!


Important Fall Dates

Reading days will take place Oct. 19-20, 2017. No classes will be held.

The last day to withdraw from classes with a mark of “W” is Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

Registration is now open for Family Weekend on Nov. 3-5, 2017. We hope you will make plans to join us!

The university will be closed beginning at noon on Nov. 22 through Nov. 26, 2017 for the Thanksgiving holiday .

The last day of classes is Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.

Final exams will be held Dec. 11-19, 2017.

The university will be closed for Winter Break from Dec. 21, 2017-Jan. 1, 2018.

Other important fall semester dates can be found here.